Emily Struzik

Emily Struzik

Emily Struzik is a freelance writer, designer and educator specializing in architecture, urban sustainability and green living. Being an avid blogger, information addict and internet surfer, she is an enthusiastic member of the writing community. Emily's freelance experience includes contributions to publications in architecture and design, community outreach, and lifestyle management.

Architectural Designer

One of Emily's noteworthy passions is and always will be design. Emily studied architecture in McGill University's undergraduate program and received her master's degree in architecture from The Pennsylvania State University. Before switching to full-time writing, she enjoyed a stint as an architectural designer. (Not surprisingly, sooner or later, offices always ordained Emily the official, in-house wordsmith.)

Interior Design

Along with architecture, Emily has always had an eye for interior design. In past years, she has worked in both architectural and interior design firms. Her appreciation for space planning and detail is apparent in her many published pieces covering furnishing trends and home improvement. Her background in design contributes a great deal of insight into her writing.

Environmental Sustainability

Emily has presented her environmental research papers at professional design conferences and exhibitions around the country. Directly after graduate school, Emily worked as an environmental consultant in Detroit. There, she managed the office's energy conservation plan and initiated a sustainability program.

Green Living

Emily is insatiably curious about innovative energy-saving technologies and often writes pieces about living and building "green." Her own backyard is evolving into a waterwise landscape. She also supports her community's slow food movement by owning shares in a local farm (a.k.a. Community Support Agriculture). She is always researching the latest news about energy conservation for her blog Build Up/Power Down and finding creative ways we can all reduce our carbon footprint.


Emily seizes every opportunity to teach others about what she has learned. During her undergraduate studies at McGill, she was hired as a Library Ambassador to teach research methodologies in the design library. Emily also instructed a first-year design studio at The University of Pennsylvania's School of Architecture. She currently contributes to her local writing community by mentoring local writers through the Salt Lake Community College's DiverseCity Writing Series Program.

More About Emily Struzik

If you'd like to speak to Emily about writing opportunities, you can connect with her via LinkedIn.

Most Recent Contributions by Emily Struzik

Build a Kitchen Banquette

If you want the charm of an eat-in kitchen with extra storage, but every inch is prime real estate--create a kitchen banquette. This old-sty ... Read More

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