emerymcclure architecture Michael A. McClure, AIA, FAAR and Ursula Emery McClure, AIA, FAAR, LEED AP BD+C, are architects and educators. The firm’s work and writing has been published in books, journals, and popular magazines including Places, 306090-05, Architecture Record Online, JAE, Dwell Magazine, and Southern Living. The work of the firm has won numerous awards including being recognized by the 2006 and 2010 Venice Biennale, Architectural Record, the AIA, and was awarded the Rome Prize in Architecture in 2008 for their project, Terra Viscus: Hybrid Tectonic Precedent. Most recently, emerymcclure architecture won the Sukkah City STL competition and the 2013 Unbuilt Visions Competition. 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 the A. Hays Town Professor in the School of Architecture at Louisiana State University. Presently, she serves as graduate coordinator and 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 awarded the 2013 ARCC Research Paper of the Year Award for her research of historical constructions along the Louisiana Coast and two of her graduate students placed in the 2013 ACSA Preservation as Provocation competition.
Michael A. McClure, FAAR, AIA, 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 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.