Erin Pellegrino is the Designer-in-Residence at NVP, and the founder of Make Think Design, a creative agency that manifests ideas from creation, to iteration and realization. Through her work, the office seeks to uncover, build upon, and create meaningful relationships through design at various scales. The studio focuses on physical, digital and spatial design, with projects that collaborations coalesce context, material, time and detail to push for new approaches to problem-solving. Our consulting arm focuses on the development and strategic innovation of business design and development. We develop narrative, visual and spatial identities, and assist to craft representations that synthesize vision and collateral to drive innovation and growth in young companies.
Erin has a background in architecture and design, is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Architecture and Professional Development at Cornell University, and Adjunct Faculty at New Jersey Institute of Technology. In 2018, NCARB named her an inaugural Scholar of Professional Practice, and she has a research focus on the practice of design in the future. In 2016, Pellegrino collaboratively realized a public mountaineering shelter in alpine Slovenia, a collaborative project recognized with the AIA New England Design Honor Award, the Core 77 Design Award in Built Environment, two Architizer A+ awards, a Paul M. Heffernan International Fellowship, and a nomination for the EU Mies Van der Rohe Award.
Before focusing solely on her own work, she trained in the offices of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, Studio Gang and Nuvu Studio, honing a focus on craft, rigor, and collaboration. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, a Master of Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and an MBA.