Emily Mueller De Celis

Emily Mueller De Celis brings an interdisciplinary perspective to the design process with master degrees in both architecture and landscape architecture and a background in sculpture. Her extensive experience in the practice of landscape architecture provides her with a deep knowledge of complex built environments, integrated site design, systems and materials. She has led the day-to-day project coordination and design development for a wide range of project types, including public parks, institutional landscapes, residential gardens and urban plazas. Selected work includes Corktown Commons and York Quay’s Ontario and Canada Squares in Toronto, Ray V Mellone Park in Allston, Jacob Javits Plaza and Teardrop Park in New York City.

Mueller De Celis is an associate principal at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) and the lead coordinator for MVVA’s work at Wellesley College and has overseen the implementation of more than 20 projects resulting from the 1998 MVVA Master Plan, including the award-winning Alumnae Valley. Current projects include Harvard's Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center in Cambridge; Cambridge Crossing development in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston; and the Port Lands Flood Protection project in Toronto, ON.

In addition to teaching at RISD, Mueller De Celis has been a guest critic at MIT, Northeastern, Wentworth, UMass Amherst, The BAC and Harvard’s GSD. She serves on the Advisory Board of CitySprouts, a nonprofit organization that partners with Cambridge and Boston public Schools on gardening, the food cycle, sustainable agriculture and the natural environment. She is a member of the ASLA and a registered landscape architect in Massachusetts.

  • BA, Wellesley College
  • MARC, University of Virginia
  • MLA, Harvard University


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