Emily Meza

Emily Meza

Career Interests

Watershed Management, Land-Use Planning & Infrastructure Finance

Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, 2018
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Water Resources Management Concentration
Relevant Coursework: Natural sciences foundation including hydrology and biogeochemistry. Resource and environmental economic and policy history, theory, and application 
Specialized courses in Water Law and Water Finance 
Evaluation and manipulation of large datasets, including statistical analysis is R
Master of Architecture, Spring 2012
University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Spring
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Professional Experience

Research Assistant, Nicholas Institute, Duke University, Durham, NC
Applying alternative valuation techniques to advance Ecosystem Services. Co-author on working paper “Trends in Measuring Biodiversity and Ecosystem Function in Mitigation Programs;” responsible for coding 43 mitigation techniques in Excel for statistical analysis. 2016 – present
Project Manager, Leroy Street Studio Architects, New York, NY
Upper East Side Townhouse
Served as lead architect for $12 million construction project from design through completion. Maintained strong client and contractor relationships in fast-paced, high pressure environment. Managed fluctuating team of 1 to 3 employees to ensure quality and attention to firm deadlines
West Village Apartments & Townhouse 
Acted as architectural designer in team of 5+ for a $45 million ground-up project in Manhattan. Analyzed and presented multiple solutions and their associated risk factors to inform clients’ decision making process. Balanced design considerations with a team of 15 consultants in roles from structural engineer to security consultant.
2013 –2016
Capstone Project, Re-conceptualizing Waste & Water in Los Angeles
Conducted research on mega-landfills that resulted from tightened 1990s U.S. federal regulations. Identified trends of rising interstate trade of municipal solid waste, privatization of the public utility, and socio-economic biased site selection for new landfill operations. Presented and defended proposal to fund the revitalization of the LA River by keeping municipal waste removal local to local stakeholders. Fall 2011 – Spring 2012
Design Proposal, Coastal Resiliency: Master Plan for Sendai, Japan post 2011 Tsunami
Mapped physical damage caused by the natural disaster. Proposed a master plan for rebuilding and reprogramming the coastal zone. Produced clear and convincing visual presentation for complex, multifaceted proposal. Winter 2012
Architectural Intern, Sander Architects, Venice, CA
Summer 2011
Architectural Designer, Deborah Berke & Partners Architects, New York, NY
2007 –2009

Additional Information

AIA (American Institute of Architects)

Technical: R statistical package; Microsoft Office; Adobe Creative Suite; Drafting, 3D-modeling & Rendering software


environmental economics
project management
water resources management

Graduation Date

May 2018

Additional Resources

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