Elif Erez

Elif Erez is an intern in Studio Gang’s New York office, returning for her second stint at the Studio. She earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture from Yale University and is currently enrolled in the M.Arch I program at the Harvard GSD, where she focuses on issues of urbanism and ecology. She has previously interned for Kengo Kuma in Tokyo; taught an architecture workshop in Naoshima, Japan, for the education collective GAKKO, Inc.; and spent summers working as a construction manager for Habitat for Humanity in San Francisco and as a curatorial assistant at the Royal Portrait Gallery in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Elif was initially drawn to Studio Gang for its approach to architecture that uses design as a tool to bring people together and to create better spaces and more resilient communities. What drew her back was, again, people—this time the amazing team of designers that bring a diverse array of backgrounds and insights to the Studio. A consummate maker, Elif came to architecture through designing and building theater sets, which led her to take an architecture class out of curiosity. She enjoys thinking at multiple scales, jumping back and forth from the scale of the city to the scale of a building to the scale of the human body and its interaction with its immediate surroundings.

Born and raised in Istanbul, Elif is located in Brooklyn but thinks of home as wherever her bike is. Outside of the Studio, she enjoys listening to and making podcasts, writing sci-fi stories, running, cycling, and cooking. Her favorite natural landscapes include Black Moshannon State Park in Pennsylvania, Bear Mountain State Park in New York, and Green Mountain in Vermont. Her favorite bodies of water are, in order of size, the Mediterranean Sea, the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Lake George in New York, and Walden Pond in Massachusetts.

People

Principals

Jeanne Gang
Founding Principal
Mark Schendel
Managing Principal
Gia Biagi
Principal, Urbanism and Civic Impact
Margaret Cavenagh
Principal, Interior Architecture
Gregg Garmisa
Principal and General Counsel
Weston Walker
Design Principal
Juliane Wolf
Design Principal

Directors

Paul Aanonsen
Finance Director
Alissa Anderson
Publications Director
Claire Cahan
Studio Design Director
Juan de la Mora
Shop Director
Jay Hoffman
Imaging Director
Sarah Kramer
Senior Editor
Elizabeth Krasner
Communications Director
Meredith Mack
Chief Financial Officer
Adrienne Peñaloza
Marketing Manager
Schuyler Smith
Shop Director
Harry Soenksen
Senior Director, Technical

Senior Project Leaders

Paige Adams
Senior Interior Designer
Akhil Badjatia
Senior Project Leader
Elena Bresciani
Senior Project Leader
Ana Maria Flor Ortiz
Senior Project Leader
Claire Halpin
Senior Project Leader
Thorsten Johann
Senior Project Leader
Anu Leinonen
Senior Project Leader
Mauricio Sánchez
Senior Project Leader
Aurelien Tsemo
Senior Project Leader
Rodia Valladares Sánchez
Senior Project Leader
Michan Walker
Senior Project Leader

Team

Diana Aguilar
Design Team Member
Ellen Anderson
Design Team Member
JT Bachman
Design Team Member
Susan Bell
Executive Assistant
Abraham Bendheim
Design Team Member
Chris Bennett
Design Team Member
Francisco L. Padron Bolanos
3D & CAD Visualization Graphics Specialist
Vincent Calabro
Project Architect
John Castro
Project Architect
Kimberly Daul
Design Team Member
Emma Exley
Office Coordinator, New York
Jason Flores
Project Architect
Julcsi Futo
Design Team Member
Dimitra Gelagoti
Design Team Member
Alina Gorokhova
Design Team Member
Danny Graham
IT Manager
Anna Guthrie
Office Coordinator, Chicago
Christian Hatten
Executive Assistant
Zachary Heaps
Project Architect
Jordan Hicks
Design Team Member
Jonathan Izen
Design Team Member
Chase Jordan
Design Team Member
Maciej Kaczynski
Design Team Member
Corbin Keech
Project Architect
Christina Kull
Design Team Member
Weiju Lai
Design Team Member
Will Lambeth
Project Architect
Emily Licht
Design Team Member
Arthur Liu
Project Architect
Melissa Long
Design Team Member
Clifton Lyons
Executive Assistant
Andrew McGee
Project Architect
Taylor Metcalf
Design Team Member
Lydia Meyer
Shop Coordinator
Annette Miller
Design Team Member
Greta Modesitt
Design Team Member
Isra Omar
Payroll and Billing Specialist
Angela Peckham
Design Team Member
Gabrielle Poirier
Design Team Member
Teo Quintana
Design Team Member
Andrea Rovetta
Design Team Member
Bryan Scheib
Design Team Member
Stanley Schultz
Design Team Member
Anika Schwarzwald
Design Team Member
Katie Stranix
Design Team Member
Perry Strong
Design Team Member
Jean Suh
Project Architect
Rolf Temesvari
Design Team Member
Art Terry
Design Team Member
Tselanie Townsend
Staff Accountant
Michael Vallera
Shop Team Member
Gabriel Vidal-Hallett
Design Team Member
Amy Vodicka
HR Manager
Heinz von Eckartsberg
Senior Urban Designer
Magda Wala
Project Architect
Lindsey Wikstrom
Design Team Member
Peter Yi
Design Team Member
Wen Zhou
Design Team Member
Peter Zuroweste
Design Team Member