Emily Najera is an artist and educator based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her research as a photographer examines forms of architecture as vernacular artifacts. Partnering with historic preservationists and urban planners, Emily documents and archives the changing landscape of city neighborhoods. She is a Visiting Professor of Photography at Grand Valley State University. Additionally, she has held teaching appointments at the University of Nevada, Reno and the Santa Catalina School in Monterey, California.