About Us

EL Studio is an award-winning architecture and design firm dedicated to the practice of experimentation, collaboration, and advocacy.

We specialize in innovative design within challenging constraints. We eagerly take on complex problems and, through research and testing, strive to rethink standard uses of techniques and materials. We collaborate with design partners to develop resolutions unique to the problems and potential posed in each project. We are our client’s advocates, developing expertise in the full range of their current and future needs. We advocate for equitable and sustainable design at every scale whether in the public or private realm.

Not satisfied with the purely theoretical, EL builds what we draw, realizing our designs as finely-crafted spaces that feel good to be in.

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’s architectural interests stem from the place where he lives and works. The alley-based studio in Washington DC serves as a testbed for researching a variety of scales from questioning urban infrastructural issues to materiality and detail.

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 to expand the education and action of architecture to underserved areas in the Washington region. Mark is a licensed and registered architect in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Florida 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

Sarah Beth
McKay

Associate

Sarah Beth
McKay

Associate

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

Win
Overholser

Architectural Designer

Win
Overholser

Architectural Designer

Win is an architectural designer who enjoys the richness that emerges when theory and practice reconcile. His pursuits in school, work and life as such share a focus on narrative and craft: giving form to thought and vice versa. When not in the studio, Win will put on a record and curl up with a book, or take a trip to one of DC’s many museums.

Education

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, Northeastern University

Shariwa
Ramakrishnan

Architectural Designer

Shariwa
Ramakrishnan

Architectural Designer

Shariwa is an architectural designer and recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture, where her work focused on context and materiality. She loves to create from scratch and is interested in woodworking and sewing.

Education

Bachelor of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University

Morgan
Weber

Architectural Intern

Morgan
Weber

Architectural Intern

Morgan is an architectural intern currently enrolled in the Integrated Paths to Licensure graduate program at CUArch. He has a passion for technology and its integration within interior spaces. Morgan enjoys the fine details of woodworking and often prototypes his own designs with 3d printed models. During his free time, Morgan likes to explore the city while riding around on his electric onewheel.

Education

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