Professional Profile: Emily Knipe, IIDA, LEED AP 2017

Emily Knipe - 2017

Name: Emily Knipe - 2017

Title: Interior Designer

Company: Amenta Emma Architects

Location: Hartford, CT


Length of employment:  5 years w/AE

What does your firm do? Founded in 1985 by Tony Amenta and Robert Emma, Amenta Emma Architects is one of the largest architectural firms in the Hartford area, with regional offices in Stamford, CT, Manhattan, N.Y. and Cambridge, Mass.  Focusing on the corporate, education, healthcare, mixed-use, retail and senior living markets, Amenta Emma has a portfolio of work throughout Connecticut and across the U.S., and throughout its 31 years, the firm has achieved an award-winning design reputation, as well as one for technical strength.

What was your first position/job in the A/E/C Industry? Junior interior designer with Tai Soo Kim Partners in Hartford, CT

Why and/or how did you decide on the A/E/C Industry? Growing up I was always interested in color and well-designed interior spaces, but it wasn’t until freshman year of college that I knew I was in the right industry.  Learning about space planning, color theory, and interior design felt natural, challenging, and fun.  Ten years later, I still enjoy it. 

What projects have you participated on? I am responsible for interior design coordination as well as project furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E) packages.  I am currently working on CREC Ana Grace Academy for the Arts Elementary School, Quinnipiac University: Catholic Center, and The O’Connell Companies in MA.  Recent projects include UConn Putnam Refectory, Phoenix Hartford, Middlesex Community College, the Visual and Performing Arts Center at WCSU and Quinebaug Valley Middle College High School in Danielson, CT.