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Emily Flagler, NCARB, AIA, NCIDQ, Owner / Principal

Licensed Louisiana Architect  #8201


Emily Flagler holds Bachelors degrees in Architecture (1999) and Interior Design (1999) from Auburn University.  After working for large firms in Atlanta and New York City, she took a leap of faith and moved to New Orleans in June 2005 to practice architecture in the city she loved so dearly. For over a decade, Emily apprenticed under award winning local architect, Peter Waring, where she was trained in the fields of historic preservation, custom residential architecture, effective contract administration, and the importance of diplomacy and effective communication.  Over her tenure at Waring Architects, she advanced to the position of Director of Production and eventually Senior Architect. 


Emily received her architectural license in 2015.  She is a member of NCARB, AIA, NCIDQ, the USGBC, and the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans.  She is involved in numerous non-profit environmental advocacy groups in New Orleans, which enhances her commitment to building energy efficient buildings that have a reduced environmental impact.


In 2019, she launched her own firm, Emily Flagler Architect, LLC, a full service architecture firm specializing in custom residential, commercial, and historic renovation projects.  The firm’s work is grounded in a strong commitment in designing complex solutions that positively benefit our clients, our community, and our environment. 


Emily lives in Broadmoor with her fiancé and daughter.  She is an avid organic gardener and advocate of environmental reform.



My process is client-driven; I am committed to listening to the needs of my clients and responding with an appropriate design strategy that fits their goals, timeline, and budget.  As a sole practitioner, my clients interact with me and me alone.  I am selective with the projects I take on so that I can provide the individual attention that each client deserves. 


For residential projects, I work with contractors early in the design process, obtaining pricing at each stage of the design. I find that this streamlines the design process and ensure that design, timeframe, and budget are constantly being compared each to the other.


My experience navigating complex building and energy codes, zoning ordinances, and historic guidelines allows me the ability to implement an effective strategy for my clients early in the process.  This feasibility period avoids potentially expensive and time saving pitfalls later on. 


I ground my work in the tenants of ecological sustainability, often referred to as green design or sustainable architecture.  As a member of the AIA 2030 Challenge and the USGBC Building Council, I have a strong commitment to designing buildings that have a reduced environmental impact. 


In creating buildings with a smaller carbon footprint and higher energy efficiency ratings, I can save my clients money. The goal is to reduce the building’s environmental impact while reducing utility and operating costs.  I take great pride in educating my clients in sustainable and energy efficient alternatives.


Historic preservation and renovation is another key component of my practice. The rich history of New Orleans is interwoven through our buildings, our culture, and our music.  I feel a deep sense of honor to and responsibility of each building I am entrusted to preserve and renovate.   In order to help offset the costs required to renovate historic buildings, I have secured millions of dollars in state and federal historic tax credits for my clients over the past decade.

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