Emily Roush-Elliott
Roush Elliott
Greenwood-Leflore Economic Development Foundation and Carl Small Town Center


“My host organizations are interested in seeing the work we accomplish in the Baptist Town neighborhood during the next few years serve as a model for communities throughout the Mississippi Delta that are facing similar issues. Developing processes that will allow public interest design to be more accessible to both communities and emerging professionals is of particular interest to me, and I look forward to pursuing this goal in the coming years.”

Hosted by the Greenwood-Leflore Economic Development Foundation and Mississippi State University’s Carl Small Town Center, Emily is working in Greenwood, MS on an ambitious redevelopment plan for the Baptist Town community. In addition to the challenge of revitalizing the built environment of Baptist Town, Emily’s work will address social, economic and emotional divides that persist in the Mississippi Delta. Emily has drawn on her background working with the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio and her work in Tanzania to integrate social and environmental sustainability in a similarly rural environment.

Emily is a registered architect. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Design from Arizona State University and a Master of Architecture from the University of Cincinnati, and is LEED certified. During and after graduate school she worked with Village Life Outreach Project in Tanzania, contributing to the designs and leading construction of the Roche Health Center and the Burere School projects. The Roche Health Center team’s success was recognized with the 2011 National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) prize, an Archive Second Responder Award, and honorable mention among SEED award winners in 2011. Emily first became interested in socially impactful architecture during a study aboard in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2006. Her interest solidified into a career path while rebuilding homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina with Hands on Gulf Coast and the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Miss.

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