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(adjective) emergent | i-ˈmər-jənt

+ arising as an effect of complex causes, as a sum of their parts

+ in the process of coming into being, becoming newly formed or


+ calling for immediate action, requiring urgent action


EMERGENT is a design & research studio working at architecture's intersection with urbanism, landscape, and infrastructure. Fascinated with how emergent patterns, paradigms, and phenomena impact our constructed environments in an era of rapid urbanization, we investigate these spatial conditions by engaging in interdisciplinary work that cuts across multiple scales and forms of representation that are able to speak to a diverse set of audiences & stakeholders.

Based in New York but operating sensitively in multi-regional contexts around the globe, we believe that it is imperative to carefully ask the right questions before providing solutions. Accordingly, each of our catalogued investigations seeks to examine emerging questions facing our rapidly evolving built environments—believing that design holds vast potential for critiquing and intervening in the cultural, social, ecological, environmental, and infrastructural issues facing our contemporary cities and their landscapes. Armed with both design and the research that frames it, our investigations act as a cog in addressing solutions to these emerging questions.


Our versatile work ranges from design proposals & competitions, to cartographic research mappings & curated exhibitions, to authored books & architectural graphic novels aimed at impacting a wide audience. Collectively, they act as a toolkit of ideas for tackling emergent questions in a rapidly urbanizing world.



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Evan is an architect, urbanist, researcher and educator who is the director of Emergent Studio. He founded the studio following a decade of professional working experience in the architecture & urban design fields, in both the private & public sectors.


In addition to directing Emergent, Evan was recently appointed to the full-time faculty at New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) where he teaches as an Assistant Professor of Architecture.  Throughout his career, he has...


JULY 2024

Evan Shieh lectures at the NYC Urban Design Forum (UDF)'s 

"Office Hours" forum fellow discussion series

Evan Shieh interviewed & profiled by Medium's Authority


JUNE 2024

Emergent Studio' proposal Fastscape-Slowscape awarded

3rd Place in the international "Banpo-Hangang River Connection Park and Cultural Facilities" design competition, hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government

+ Evan Shieh awarded a 2024 Emerging Technologies 

Implementation Grant by NYIT for his proposal "Geo-Spatial Cartographic Urban Morphologies"

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