A Director at KPF, Elie has 14 years of experience creating innovative designs for cities, institutions, companies and developers. Across a wide range of project types both domestically and abroad, Elie’s work is consistently sensitive to a human scale, an urban context, and sustainable practices.
Elie excels at realizing design visions at all scales. He developed the design for the Boston Seaport Square Master Plan, which provides space for innovation in research and technology, as well as Echelon Seaport, which upon its completion, will be the largest single-phase residential project completed in the city since the mid-1960s.
Elie’s design for the Royal Atlantis, a new hotel and residential project in Dubai, 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.
In China, 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 being implemented at new flagship locations worldwide. He also shepherds the design of NYU Shanghai, which reimagines the campus stacking the complex mix of open spaces and programs into a vertical campus integrating programs, communities and open space in truly three-dimensional way on a constrained urban site.
Elie has taught at his alma mater, Cornell, as well as Harvard and Columbia. He was an adjunct professor of second year studio design at NYIT for eight years, and has served as a guest critic at Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, UPenn, Syracuse, Pratt, and Parsons, among other institutions. He is an active member of the New York chapter of the AIA.