Co-Founder + Chief Executive Officer

Mariana Pickering, Co-Founder of Emu Systems, is a recovering architect and an expert in communicating the construction industry’s movement towards a better understanding of building science and sustainability. With over a decade of work on high-performance projects and products across three continents, she is passionate about translating data, results, and needs into stories that help shift the cultures and mentalities of building professionals towards change. She manages strategic partnerships and the licensing of Emu’s CPHT curriculum, has worked on the Presidential Climate Action Plan, was a founding member of Passive House Rocky Mountains, is the elected Chair of the Denver Chapter of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, and organizes both the Colorado Passive House Happy Hour and the Green Drinks Denver meetups.


  • 2008 Master of Design Science in Sustainable Design
    University of Sydney, Australia
  • 2004 Bachelor of Arts in Architecture
    Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • 2003 Semester program at Royal Danish Academy of Architecture
    DIS Program, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 2003 Summer program at Santa Reparata School of Arts (Florence, Italy)
  • 2000 Primary education at The Hockaday School (Dallas, Texas, USA)


  • Accredited LEED AP BD+C via USGBC
  • Board of Directors member for Colorado Renewable Energy Society
  • Chair of Metro Denver Chapter of CO Renewable Energy Society
  • Co-Founder of Passive House Rocky Mountains


Mariana G Pickering
CEO of Emu Systems