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 and is an Architectural Expert Guide for Spain and Portugal with AIA Architectural Adventures. 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

Meredith Miller

Architect & Fashion Designer

Meredith Miller

Architect & Fashion Designer

Meredith is energized by problem solving, materials, and getting her hands dirty. In school she found herself at the intersection of fashion and architecture, mixing concrete and polyester. She has participated in numerous fashion shows, designing over thirty unique pieces. Meredith is also an avid traveler with a passion for learning about culture, lifestyle, and languages. She is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Education

Masters of Architecture, University of Cincinnati

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Miami University

Juli Petrillo

Artist, Dancer & Architectural designer

Juli Petrillo

Artist, Dancer & Architectural designer

Juli is a designer interested in investigating the boundaries between architecture and art. She recently graduated from The Catholic University of America where she split her time between the architecture studio, ceramics studio, and ballroom dance studio. She is an enthusiast of abstract expressionism and can commonly be found sitting in front of Rothko paintings at the local DC art museums.

Education

Bachelor of Science, The Catholic University of America

Sarah Beth McKay

Architect & Anthropologist

Sarah Beth McKay

Architect & Anthropologist

Sarah Beth is a project architect based in Washington DC. Her passion for architectural practice is inspired by how people influence and are influenced by the built environment.

She joins EL Studio with experience spanning higher education, K-12, recreational, museum, and residential project types, specializing in programming and planning efforts at building, campus, and district scales. Her approach to design is shaped by past roles as the editor of various journals and magazines, as part of archaeological excavations in Greece and Turkey, and currently as a volunteer at the National Gallery of Art.

Education

Masters of Architecture, The University of Virginia

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, The University of Pennsylvania