Described as a “maker and a thinker with a strong emotive dimension to her work”, Erin Pellegrino is interested in the tangible and human qualities of architecture. Currently, she is pursuing a Master’s of Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Previously, she graduated from Cornell University’s Bachelor of Architecture in 2014.
Her most recent work includes the design and construction of an Alpine Shelter in Slovenia. This is the result of a studio project and then collaboration between OFIS Arhitekti, Frederick Kim and Katie MacDonald. The building was completed in August, 2015, and was awarded a Design Honor Award from AIA New England.
At Cornell, her design excellence was recognized with the Charles Goodwin Sands Memorial Medal for her thesis on architecture and perfume. In spring 2013, she was nominated to represent Cornell University’s Bachelor of Architecture program for the AIANYS student work competition. She has also been awarded the Seipp Prize and York Prize.
Erin has worked for a range of firms and institutions, as a designer at FXFOWLE, as an artist’s assistant to Jane Philbrick, as a Teaching Associate at Cornell University, and as a shop assistant at both the Cornell University and Harvard University fabrication shops. Most recently she was awarded first prize in Redesigning Detroit, a competition for the redesign of a vacant city block in Detroit, Michigan. This was a result of a collaboration with Davide Marchetti, a Roman architect and visiting critic at Cornell University’s Cornell in Rome program.
In the summer of 2011, Erin traveled to South Africa as a part of a Design + Build team to construct an early education crèche in Johannesburg. Other projects include a collaboration with Jake Rudin on a renovation of a Richard Meier home in Ithaca, NY, which was awarded a Historic Ithaca Preservation Award as well as construction of a Ceremonial Japanese Tea House in Danby, NY.