We are proud of our founding partner, Ursula Emery McClure, as she takes on new challenges with her new position as Senior Project Designer at Perkins and Will. They are lucky to have such a visionary and talented designer, educator, mentor, and advocate for the built environment.
As a founding partner, Ursula cannot be replaced. She has been a driving force in our work for over 20 years. Founding Partner Michael McClure along with our integral team member, Sarah Young, look forward to the challenge of continuing the tradition of excellence at emcarchitecture.
emc will continue to provide a critical voice, design services, and design research for our clients, our culture, our place.
emerymcclure architecture Michael A. McClure, AIA, FAAR and Ursula Emery McClure, AIA, FAAR, LEED AP BD+C, are architects and educators. The design research practice of emerymcclure architecture engages this mission through its design works (constructed and recognized locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally). The built work, writings, and design speculations of emerymcclure architecture have been published in a wide range of periodicals including professional, academic, and popular press. The firm has won numerous peer reviewed design awards, including recognition from the AIA and Architectural Record. Our sustainable urbanism work has won design awards, been published in Places Magazine, and is included in both books Interior Architecture Theory Reader(Routledge 2018) and Writing Urbanisms: A Design Reader (Routledge 2008), and was included as part of the 2006 and the 2010 Venice Biennale. This combined body of work and research was recognized by the American Academy in Rome through the awarding of the Gorham P. Stevens Rome Prize in Architecture 2008-09. Most recently the firm and its collaborators have been awarded Grand Prize in the 2013 Unbuilt Visions Competition, Finalists in the 2015 Field Constructs Competition, and had a design installation constructed and exhibited at two universities. Our most recently completed residence, BSL2 was awarded a Grand American Residential Design Award (2017) by the American Institute of Building Design. In 2018, the firm won Boutique Residential Firm of the Year by London's Corporate Live Wire.The firm’s mission to consistently search for, to question, and to define the assemblage in order to reveal and contribute to the elusive and yet constructed potentialities found within complex systems, enables us to practice design research wherever we are located and to date we have been successful in our efforts. They lecture on their work at numerous conferences and universities and often find themselves between the global petro-chemical infrastructure and an alligator.
Ursula Emery McClure, FAAR, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, a founding partner of emerymcclure architecture and in addition to the firm, she also serves as a Professor in the School of Architecture at Louisiana State University. Presently, she teaches studios in the Masters of Architecture program and seminar courses that focus on Louisiana culture and architecture. She has also served as the Southwest Director for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. She studied liberal arts at Washington University in St. Louis MO with a major in Architecture and a minor in History and received a Masters in Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, NYC. Before starting emerymcclure architecture with Michael A. McClure, Ursula worked in New York for both Wendy Evans Joseph and Mitchell Giurgola Architects. She was a project manager and construction administrator for Mitchell Giurgola Architects on two large-scale urban schools on Staten Island, NY and the Manhattan Family Courts Building. Most recently, Ursula was selected as ArchDaily's Most Innovative Practitioners (April 2018.)
Michael A. McClure, FAAR, AIA, a founding partner of emerymcclure architecture, was raised in rural Pryor OK. In addition to the firm, he currently is the Associate Dean for the College of the Arts and Distinguished Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Professor McClure joined the faculty in the School of Architecture and Design in 2001. In 2011 he was awarded the UL Distinguished Professor Award. He holds a MARCH degree from Columbia University and a BA in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. He has taught at Pratt Institute in New York and at Tulane and LSU here in Louisiana. Throughout his tenure at UL McClure has made significant contributions to the architecture program winning advising awards and initiating studies with his students into ways of integrating architecture with the specific conditions of coastal wetlands. Before starting emerymcclure architecture with Ursula, Michael worked for Karen Bausman and Associates, Gluckman Mayner Architects, and Robert A.M. Stern.