Emily Kettlewell, RA

Project Architect & Registered Architect

“Buildings should do more than fulfill basic functions, such as shelter and safety; thoughtful designs call on our higher selves to create beauty and meaning in a structure.”

Inspired by the landscape in which her creations live, Emily draws from environmental cues to capture the best qualities of a site and apply them to the architecture being created. Drawing from context is an important part of designing a cohesive and articulated building, and Emily helps the design team in designing and managing projects that realize these intents.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. She also studied abroad at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville in 2011 while touring several European countries to see both historic and contemporary works of architecture. Emily originally joined Sanders Architecture in 2013 as a project designer prior to moving to New York City to work at Leroy Street Studio. She also developed her passion for sustainability while working for SunPower as a solar power plant designer in California. Ultimately, Emily calls Austin home, and moved back in 2019 to rejoin Sanders Architecture as a project architect.

Supporting Boy Scouts of America Capitol Area Council on a pro bono basis, Emily helped design and produce construction documents for a bathhouse pavilion that has been constructed in two locations at the Lost Pines Boy Scout Camp near Bastrop.

For this Houston native, Ellsworth Kelly’s Austin is one of the most stunning places in Austin to appreciate the union of pure geometry, color, and natural light.