Get to Know: Emily Haire

May 22, 2019

Emily Haire
Johnson Architecture


Emily Haire, NCARB, LEED AP, joined JAI in 2011.


What is your role at JAI?

Project coordinator and designer and graphic designer. Do we ever wear just one hat?


What three words best describe you?

Spirited, creative and supportive.


What is your favorite aspect of being on the JAI team?

I so appreciate my great teammates and their willingness to share knowledge. And I love the space to be able to design on so many levels from paper/presentation graphics to a variety of building project types on any given day.


What three words best describe the culture at JAI?

Spirited, creative and supportive – obviously it’s a great fit for me.


What has been your proudest moment to date working at JAI?

Seeing some of my first full design to construction projects come to completion and the impact those projects have on clients, homeowners and the public.


How has working at JAI enhanced your professional development?

Working at JAI has helped me to become well-rounded. I am learning from the best of the best when it comes to design, project management, architectural detailing, professionalism, client service and more. The partners at JAI are selfless in their consistent investment in their employees.


What is your go-to source for work inspiration?

Making things and following different makers in all fields. From custom quilt patterns, to clothes for me or my kids, to furniture designs my husband brings to life for our home, to letterpress printed stationery and laser-cut earrings and other creations in my basement studio (from my former days with Fourth Year Studio). For me, making thing keeps me creative and pushing the norm when it comes to design and detailing.


If you could switch places for a day with any JAI team member, which one would you choose?

No one. I know how hard we all work – I’ll stick with my load. We all have our own skills, which is what makes us a great team.


Before joining JAI, what was the most unusual/enjoyable/challenging job you held?

I worked at a Mexican restaurant in high school. The food was great, but the daily Spanish ballads that the chef would sing were my favorite!


What do you look most forward to at the end of a workday?

My babies. With three kids age 6 and under and two dogs, my arms are always full, and I wouldn’t want it any other way!


What is your secret talent?

I guess it’s still a secret, because I can’t think of it.


What is your favorite place in the world?

Anywhere adventuring with my family – camping, beach trips, kayaking, biking and hiking locally or otherwise!


What are you currently watching or reading?

Did I mention my hands are full, ha! I don’t watch a lot of TV, but I am a sucker for British home shows like “Grand Designs” and “The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes.”