A Director at KPF, Elie has 14 years of experience creating innovative designs for cities, institutions, companies and developers. His work includes an array of project types internationally, across multiple scales and sectors.
Currently, Elie is leading the design of what promises to be the tallest office tower in Brooklyn - a key building within its emerging downtown skyline. Other current projects include the Royal Atlantis, a new hotel and residential project in Dubai that is the centerpiece of development for the upcoming 2020 Expo. The project’s innovative design centers on a series of exterior “sky courts” allowing every major suite a private outdoor space, multiple stories in the sky - a feature found on no other hotel on earth.
He is also designing a new residential project in Boston that will be the largest private residential project in the city since the mid-60s. The design sensitively adjusts the multi-block massing, to humanize its scale while creating terraces and significantly enhancing views from each unit. It features a major new public space envisioned to be flexibly programmed with events ranging from farmers markets to beach volleyball.
Elie excels at realizing design visions at all scales. Recently, he developed the design for the Boston Seaport Square Master Plan, which provides space for innovation in research and technology. The plan has become a keystone of the city’s quest to retain knowledge-based companies and workers, while developing a mixed-use neighborhood that embodies emerging cultural trends.
At a smaller scale, Elie was Senior Designer for the façade of Michael Kors’ new flagship location in Shanghai. The digitally designed, materially innovative façade has proven successful, winning numerous design awards, and is already being implemented at new flagship locations worldwide.
Elie has worked on several academic projects, both internationally and locally. He has been involved in all KPFs academic work in China. His design of Peking University’s Graduate School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, with a dynamic stepped "study" atrium, doubling as lounge, meeting area and large auditorium, promises to catalyze this new type of law school with its unique focus on the exchange between the US and China in legal education and international law.
For New York University, he designed the interiors of its first facility in China, located in Shanghai, and also developed the urban concept and masterplan for the university's winning proposal for its CUSP (Center Urban Science and Progress) program in Brooklyn.