Emilie Evans

Emilie Evans is the Director of the Rightsizing Cities Initiative (RCI) with Heritage Strategies International and PlaceEconomics where she leads projects using Relocal, a data-based tool that utilizes over 70 distinct metrics and a community priority survey to develop tailored, parcel-level recommendations for incorporating vacant buildings and lots into neighborhood revitalization strategies. She also serves as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Historic Preservation program at Columbia GSAPP, where she co-teaches Studio I, a core course for historic preservation graduate students.

Evans is a co-founder and co-leader of Brick + Beam Detroit, a Knight Cities Challenge winner that connects building rehabbers and tradespeople across Detroit to facilitate reinvestment. In her spare time, she serves as Secretary on the leadership team of the Preservation Rightsizing Network.

Previously, Evans served as Detroit Preservation Specialist working jointly for the Michigan Historic Preservation Network and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Prior to Detroit, Evans worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard where she helped open BLDG 92, the Yard’s first publicly-accessible cultural destination, in 2011.

Evans holds master’s degrees in Historic Preservation and Urban Planning from Columbia GSAPP. While there, she traveled to Amman, Jordan in conjunction with the Columbia University Middle East Research Center Evans and co-developed an extensive preservation plan for the historic house of the first Prime Minister of Jordan. Emilie is the 2015 winner of the American Express Aspire Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and also currently serves on the Board of Advisors for the National Trust.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4510‑1 Fall 2016
Kim Yao, Emilie Evans, Claudia Kavenagh REQUIRED HP 1
M & TH 2 PM - 6 PM
6 Points
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