Elif Erez

Elif Erez (she/her) is a Designer I in Studio Gang’s New York office, returning for her third 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

Design

Jeanne Gang
Founding Principal, Partner
Juliane Wolf
Design Principal, Partner
Weston Walker
Design Principal, Partner
Mark Schendel
Managing Principal, Partner
Thorsten Johann
Design Principal
Margaret Cavenagh
Design Principal
Rodia Valladares
Design Principal
Ana Flor
Design Principal
William Emmick
Design Management Principal
Steve Wiesenthal
Campus Environments Principal
Harry Soenksen
Senior Technical Design Director
Peter Heppel
Technology Fellow
Aaron Mark
Senior Designer, Architect
Abraham Bendheim
Senior Project Leader
AJ Rosales
Project Leader, Architect
Alan Huang
Designer I, Architect
Alexia Cavazos
Designer I
Andrea Rovetta
Project Leader
Angela Peckham
Senior Project Leader, Architect
Anika Schwarzwald
Project Leader, Architect
Anne-Virginie Sala
Senior Project Leader
Anu Leinonen
Design Management Director
Aria Griffin
Designer I
Art Terry
Project Leader
Arthur Liu
Design Director
Ashley Hinton
Project Leader, Architect
Aurelien Tsemo
Design Management Director
Austin Chod
New York Shop Manager
Austin Edwards
Designer I
Bethany Mahre
Senior Project Leader, Architect
Bryan Scheib
Project Leader, Architect
Chris Bennett
Senior Project Leader, Architect
Christine Dunn
Design Director
Corbin Keech
Project Leader, Architect
Courtney Arabea
Designer II
David Swain
Senior Project Leader, Architect
Diana Aguilar
Designer I
Elif Erez
Designer I
Eric Zuckerman
Designer II
Evan Wermers
Designer I
Fatima Betts
Designer I
Francisco L. Padron Bolanos
Senior Visualization Specialist
Hannah Lee
Designer II, Architect
Haoxiang Yang
Project Leader, Architect
Jason Flores
Senior Project Leader, Architect
Jay Hoffman
Visualization & Design Director
Jeffrey Pauling
Project Leader, Architect
Jing Chen-Joyeux
Project Leader, Architect
Jonathan Izen
Senior Designer, Architect
Jordan Hicks
Project Leader, Architect
Julcsi Futo
Project Leader
Julia Roberts
Designer II
Julien Roy
Senior Project Leader
Kimani Raley
Designer I
Kristina Eldrenkamp
Designer II, Architect
Lara Kaufman
Design Director
Laura Ettedgui
Senior Project Leader
Lauren Eggert
Designer II, Architect
Leia Gorra
Designer I
Liang Hu
Designer I
Liao He
Designer II
Luis Medina
Designer I
Luis Tejeda
Senior Visualization Specialist
Lydia Link
Build Shop Manager, Urban Ecology Specialist
Maciej Kaczynski
Senior Project Leader
Mae Smith
Designer I
Magda Wala
Project Leader, Architect
Marylynn Antaki
Designer I
Mauricio Sánchez
Technical Design Director
Melissa Swick
Designer II
Michael Vallera
Shop Coordinator
Michan Walker
Senior Project Leader
Micheal Nham
Project Leader
Molly Kinsella
Senior Project Leader, Architect
Myles Emmons
Designer I
Ola Kusznerko
Designer II
Olesya Vodenicharska
Project Leader
Paige Adams
Senior Interior Designer
Paul Golisz
Designer II, Architect
Perry Strong
Designer II
Rolf Temesvari
Senior Designer
Sarah Beaudoin
Designer I
Schuyler Smith
Shop & Design Director
Seanna Walsh
Project Leader, Architect
Seth Byrum
Designer II, Architect
Shawn Barron
Designer I
Shovan Shah
Designer I, Architect
Shunfan Zheng
Designer I
Shuping Liu
Designer II, Architect
Teo Quintana
Project Leader
Tim Shouder
Project Leader, Architect
Weiju Lai
Senior Project Leader, Architect
Wen Zhou
Project Leader, Architect
Yaxin Jiang
Designer I

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Alissa Anderson
Principal of Publications & Exhibitions
Francesca Johanson
Publications Manager
Andi Altenbach
Archivist, Librarian

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Josh Ellman
Principal of Marketing & Communications
Magdelis Santos
Business Development Director for Europe
Adrienne Penaloza
Marketing Director
Natalie Dubois
Marketing Coordinator

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Meredith Mack
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Claire Cahan
Principal, Chief People Officer
Danny Graham
Principal, Chief Information Officer
Paul Aanonsen
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Amy Lawlor
Human Resources Director
Ana Maksin
Senior Executive Assistant
Nicole Lozada
Executive Assistant
Ryan Mayhugh
Project Accounting Manager
Ryan Maxwell
Accounting Specialist
Tselanie Townsend
Studio Program Leader
Carlos Hernandez
Building Engineer
Bryan Caldwell
Systems Administrator
Alex Girovich
Systems Administrator
Zandra Neely
Human Resources & Payroll Administrator
Ashley Milfelt
Human Resources & Legal Coordinator
Carolyn Brunsen
Chicago Office Coordinator
Kelsey Kirkley
New York Studio Manager
Sok-Man Cheung
Paris Office Coordinator