Emily Kovner has been involved with architectural design and theory for over 10 years. Kovner received her Bachelor’s degree in Art History at Stanford University. Having graduated with honors, distinction, and Phi Beta Kappa, she further developed her academic talents at Yale University with a Master's in Architecture. Kovner became the winning designer of the first-year Yale Building Project and obtained teaching fellowships in the Architectural Department and the History of the Art Department. She then received a Luce Fellowship in 1998. Upon returning to Los Angeles, Emily Kovner accepted a teaching position at the University of Southern California, School of Architecture; she worked as the lead instructor and coordinator until 2002. Kovner is now a managing partner and designer for Eric Owen Moss Architects in Culver City, CA. While she manages, designs, and oversees multiple operations, her internationally renowned firm participates in projects for the United States, China, and Austria. Over the years, Emily Kovner has developed a unique architectural perspective that explores contemporary design, engenders a sense of place, solves clients’ specific needs, and utilizes innovative, elegant and sustainable materials. Her Canal House (displayed in the Los Angeles 2008 Summer Home Tour and Architect’s Forum) in Venice, California, gained particular recognition by Dwell Magazine and the Los Angeles Times for its creative and efficient use of space, its poetic reconciliation of a restrictive site, budget, and program, and its distinctive relationship to the water. Kovner has continued to create new projects throughout neighborhoods such as Santa Monica, CA, Venice, CA, and Pacific Palisades, CA.
Luce Fellowship Awardee, New York, NY.
Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholar, New York, NY.
American Association of University Women Scholar, Washington DC.
George Nelson Fellowship For Independent Research Recipient, Milan, Italy
Eero Saarinen Award (Excellence in Design) Recipient, Yale University, CT.
Yale Merit Scholar, Yale University, CT.
Yale Building Project Winning Designer, Yale University, CT.
Golden Grant Research Fellow, Stanford University, CA.
National Endowment For The Arts Intern, Washington, DC.
“Learning Through The Arts” Guggenheim Museum Benefit Co-Chair, New York, NY.
AIA Home Tour Honoree 2008, Venice, CA.