About Us

EL Studio, an award winning architecture and design firm, specializes in building finely-crafted, innovative structures within challenging constraints. EL Studio eagerly takes on complex problems and strives for the creative use of techniques and materials to develop resolutions unique to the problems and potential posed in each project. We collaborate with design partners to provide maximum benefit to clients. Not satisfied with the purely theoretical, EL builds what we draw, realizing designs that will enhance the way customers utilize space now and adapt to meet future needs.

Elizabeth Emerson

Principal & Co-Founder

Elizabeth Emerson

Principal & Co-Founder

Elizabeth Emerson’s architectural interests spring from the social and cultural. A native of the Washington DC area, Elizabeth’s research in design has engaged issues of social and environmental sustainability, individual and collective identity, and privatization.

Elizabeth's project experience prior to founding EL Studio ranged from multi-tenant residential and hospitality projects to institutional and government projects including the Syracuse University School of Architecture and the US Embassies in Rabat, Morocco and Vienna, Austria. She has taught at several institutions, most recently in the graduate Urban Practice concentration at Catholic University School of Architecture and Planning. In addition to her design work and academic research, she undertakes art exhibition and residency projects in partnership with Carpe Diem Arte et Pesquisa in Lisbon, Portugal. Elizabeth is a licensed architect in New York and Washington, DC.

Education

Master of Advanced Architecture Design, Columbia University GSAPP

Bachelor of Architecture, Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning

Teaching

Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture, Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning

Adjunct Professor, New York Institute of Technology

Adjunct Professor, New School University / Parsons School of Design

Mark Lawrence

Principal & Co-Founder

Mark Lawrence

Principal & Co-Founder

Mark Lawrence is a maker, solving theoretical problems with a material vocabulary and skill set. He approaches architecture just as much with his hands as with his mind, using his intimate understanding of construction to understand how seemingly theoretical decisionmaking affects built work.

He has worked on a range of project types of varying scale with architecture firms in both Washington, DC and Los Angeles, CA, including the US Federal Courthouse in San Diego and the UCLA Broad School Art Center reconstruction and expansion under Richard Meier and Partners. As a board member of the Washington Architecture Foundation, Mark works with Community Design Services to increase access to the organizational value of architecture by optimizing the space occupied by non-profit organizations. Mark is a licensed and registered architect in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Education

Master in Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Bachelor of Architecture, Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning

Teaching

Adjunct Professor, Catholic University of America School of Architecture and Planning

Adjunct Professor, Boston Architectural Center

Adjunct Professor, Corcoran College of Art and Design

Karl Gleason

Architect & Urban Farming

Karl Gleason

Architect & Urban Farming

Karl Gleason has spent time both as a teaching and research assistant. He led design/build projects for exhibitions of small-scale urban farming practices and assisted with advanced research into concrete masonry construction systems. He has previously worked for Mangado y Asociados in Pamplona, Spain, where he collaborated on a number of design competitions.

Education

Master of Architecture, University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Spanish, University of Texas at Austin

Max Rosner

Architect & FABricator

Max Rosner

Architect & FABricator

Max Rosner has worked in a variety of design disciplines including commercial store design and interior design and fabrication, in New York City and Washington DC. He also spent time at Syracuse University as a teaching assistant with a focus on developing architectural representational conventions and techniques. In 2013 Max was awarded first prize in the William J Slivers Competition for his proposal for an urban parking lot.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, Syracuse University School of Architecture

Tyler Crain

Architect & artist

Tyler Crain

Architect & artist

Tyler is an architectural designer, CG artist, fabricator, and photographer. His work typically delves into topics within or related to physical computation, computer vision/graphics, emerging material technologies, fabrication, and simulation. He studied architecture, art, and design computation at Washington University in St. Louis and MIT.

Education

Masters of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis