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Emily Baker is an architect and educator whose full-scale constructed experimentation informs her creative work as well as her teaching. Experience on job sites in architectural practice catalyzed her search for novel structural and construction systems, and her work, employing both digital and analog design and fabrication techniques, seeks to discover new aesthetic territory embedded in the way architecture is conceived and constructed. She believes in inherent haptic intelligence accessed through direct experience with materials and processes of production. She teaches architectural technology courses, comprehensive design, and fabrication-based studios that engage the local construction industry and emerging technologies. Her recent design/build sequence, Audi-fab Design Build, won an AIA Middle East Design Merit Award as well as an ACSA Design Build Award. She has most recently mentored a two-student team who constructed a piece of public art called Keswa, funded through the Christo and Jeanne-Claude Award and Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation. Her graduate work, which culminated in a space frame construction system called Spin Valence was published in Fabricate: Negotiating Design & Making, and a large piece employing the system was bought by Cranbrook Art Museum for their permanent collection. She holds degrees in architecture from the University of Arkansas and Cranbrook Academy of Art.