Emergent Form was established by architect Jessica Birnbaum in 2014 in order to connect more people with the study of emergent processes as a driver for responsive spatial invention, exploring the consciousness of design. With more than 10 years of international experience in the field of architecture, she brings a high level of sensitivity to EF projects.
Jessica received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois, having spent one year studying in France at L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles (ensa-v) on the grounds of Louis XIV’s palace. Originally from Chicago, she worked for Midwest based residential design firm Bloodgood Sharp Buster before moving to New York City to acquire a Master of Architecture degree from the innovative Parsons School of Design. There she was awarded the Eileen Gray Thesis Prize for her outstanding design thesis that reimagined urban stadiums.
She moved to London to work as a project designer for British architect Sir Norman Foster after graduate school. While working at Foster + Partners, Jessica took full advantage of the firm’s cutting edge resources, ranging from top virtual modeling, animation, and analytical computer software to 3D printing and rapid prototyping, helping to advance the salability of smart, sustainable design. As a LEED AP, she contributed her advanced knowledge of environmentally conscious building to the design of F+P’s New Istanbul Tower, Campus Biometropolis, Aramon Castanesa, and Seattle Civic Square. In 2009, she was transferred to F+P’s NYC office to help coordinate the construction of Yale School of Management’s new building in New Haven, Connecticut, which was completed in 2014.
Jessica became a free agent in 2010. Since then, she has been consulting on a spectrum of design inventions for Avant Muse, detailing and managing the construction of private residences for the architecture firm CLA, performing with Brooklyn based band Big Volcano, and teaching at Parsons School of Design. She is inspired by the unique, yet universal process of creation across multiple disciplines. It motivates her to continually expand perspective in order to find the clearest, most sensitive design solutions for each distinct set of circumstances. EF was established to collaboratively continue this ongoing exploration through commissioned design work.