Emelyn Najera

Class of 2018

A California native, Emelyn Najera is a first-generation Mexican American and graduate student. Growing up in Southern California, she had the opportunity of visiting several of the region’s most iconic architecture, from the state’s historic missions to LA’s deconstructivist monuments; recognizing the importance that the built landscape has in the formation of a region’s, and its people’s, identity. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture in May 2017. Her interest in architecture and the built heritage inspired her to pursue graduate degrees in Historic Preservation and City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, where she currently attends. In the future, she hopes to do her part in the designation and preservation Latin American built heritage. In her free time she enjoys sketching, reading, and spending time with her family and pets.