Emily Smith, LEED AP, NCIDQ

Assistant Professor
MFA, Interior Environments, Virginia Commonwealth University
BS, Interior Design, Virginia Tech (minor, Art History)


Emily’s belief that a language of materials influences individual and community empowerment has led her to pursue the creation of knowledge-sharing opportunities. This interest is seen in her blend of professional practice, volunteer practice, and teaching.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech in 1999 with a major in Interior Design and a minor in Art History. Wanderlust led her to explore the west coast; settling in Seattle to practice interior design for six years. During this time, Emily also became a LEED accredited professional (2004) and guest lectured at the Seattle Art Institute. Upon returning to the east coast, she continued to practice interior design while pursuing NCIDQ certification (2008) and became involved with the James River Green Building Council as a committee chair and now, a director. After receiving her MFA in Interior Environments from VCU in 2012, she worked as a designer at 3north, while also teaching studio courses for the department. During the summer of 2015, Emily formally joined the department as a full-time assistant professor.

Emily also works with the James River Green Building Council to develop national design competitions focused on specific sites in Richmond facing unique, and also universal, challenges.