Erinn McGurn

Erinn McGurn

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Erinn McGurn is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of SCALEAfrica, a non-profit organization directly addressing the growing need for access to education, responsible shelter, clean water, and sanitation by working within rural African communities that need design services the most. Through culturally-responsive, sustainable architecture and an active community participation model, SCALEAfrica leverages the power of design to increase access to education, boost local economies, and preserve the natural environment.

Erinn is also a licensed architect and Owner/Principal of SCALEStudio in New York City. By balancing work with private clients and non-profit institutions on educational projects in East and Southern Africa, the studio actively works to transform traditional architectural practice by operating on a for-benefit model with social change and community-driven design as the primary focus.

Erinn was a 2014 recipient of Architectural Record's inaugural Women In Architecture Award, honoring an architect who has used her skills to design for social change, effect the public realm or perform pro bono work. SCALEAfrica was also named to “The Good List” by Architectural Record as one of the best non-profits “building for social change" and the "Public Interest Design 100" for working at the intersection of design and service. 

From 2013-2016, SCALEAfrica selected for complimentary membership into the Clinton Global Initiative, where Erinn served as an advisor to the Clinton Foundation on Girls and Women Integration.from 2015-2016. She also serves on the Board of Director’s of the Smith College Alumnae Association, the Advisory Board of the Smith College Center for the Environment and the STEM Advisory Board for Partnership for After School Education (PASE) in NYC.

Erinn received a B.A. from Smith College where she majored in Architecture. She received her Master of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. She is the proud mother of twelve-year-old twins and lives in Kigali, Rwanda with her husband, Guy.