Co-Founder + Chief Executive Officer

Mariana’s educational background is in architectural design with an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a masters in sustainable design from the University of Sydney. Her work experience over the last 10 years has spanned a wide range of topics including communications, international business, marketing, policy, and design. She has worked with the Presidential Climate Action Plan and sits on the board of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society.


  • 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
  • Co-Founder of Passive House Rocky Mountains


Mariana G Pickering
CEO of Emu Systems