Real Estate, Architecture and Design Reporting

I have been writing about real estate, architecture and design in New York City and beyond for a decade. I began covering these topics across Brooklyn, New York for Brownstoner.com in 2010. Since then I’ve covered the unique role of elevators inside super-luxury, super-skinny towers (WSJ), what it’s like to full-time on a yacht (WSJ), the Century 21 revamp (Entrepreneur) and the role of ramps in the fight for building accessibility (the Atlantic). I  traveled to the top of the earth — Kiruna, Sweden — to figure out the role of a new city hall in the relocation of an entire city built atop an iron ore mine.

I have contributed to the House of the Day column for Wall Street Journal’s Mansion section since 2017. You can view that work here.

I also write sponsored and marketing content for real estate and architectural clients. I have written for the marketing firms LX Collection and Conway+Partners as well as the architecture company Henning Larsen. If interested in marketing, copywriting or sponsored work, please email me at hello@emilynonko.com.

RESIDENTIAL

Old Company. Troubled Industry. Inside the Effort to Reboot Century 21, Entrepreneur 

As Condo Towers Get Taller, Elevators Rise to the Challenge, Wall Street Journal 

I Live in a Castle in NYC, New York Post

A City Program for Senior Roommates Wins Raves, Observer

Kansas City’s Quest for a Real Housing Policy, Next City

What a 2020 Recession Would Mean for Your Home Buying Dreams, Apartment Therapy

COMMERCIAL

Brooklyn Brewery Taps Navy Yard for Expansion, Wall Street Journal

Now When You Shop Local, You Can Pay Local, TooThe Bridge

Can Zoning Actually Save Manufacturing Space in San Francisco?, Next City 

How a Detroit Landmark Built a Space for Creative, Minority-Owned Businesses, Next City 

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

How Wheelchair Accessibility Ramped Up, The Atlantic  

Toward an Architecture of Healing, Pelican Bomb

A Modern Pyramid Rises Next to MoMA, Wall Street Journal 

The Community Hub of the Future is City Hall, Fast Company

How One NYC Museum Sparks Architects Most Radical Work, Curbed

Elevating the Role of Architects as Advocates for Equitable Housing, Next City

Conversations About Confederate Monuments in Former Confederate Capital, Next City 

“Asian Woman Architect”; Minnette de Silva’s Vision of Tropical Modernism, Pelican Bomb