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

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

Madelynn Ringo

Architect & Column Enthusiast

Madelynn Ringo

Architect & Column Enthusiast

Madelynn is an architect and entrepreneur from Kentucky with interests in model making, product design and landscape architecture. Arches and columns are among her favorite architectural elements and she is delighted by the recent uprising of houseplants on social media. Her favorite houseplant is the Chinese Money Plant (Pilea Perperomioides).

Madelynn has experience in exhibition, residential, and hospitality design on projects including The Standard hotel in NY and LA and the Manetti Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis. Her past employers include SO-IL Architects, Andre Balazs Properties, and OMA in New York as well as Joeb Moore & Partners in Greenwich, Connecticut. She has most recently worked with Studio Joseph Architects on the upcoming exhibition at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Education

Masters of Architecture, Yale University School of Architecture

Bachelors of Arts in Architecture + Music Performance, University of Kentucky

Teaching

Teaching Fellow, Yale University School of Architecture