Elie has 20 years of experience creating innovative designs for cities, institutions, companies, and developers. Across a wide range of project types around the world, Elie’s work is consistently sensitive to a human scale, an urban context, and sustainable practices.
Elie excels at realizing complex planning and 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. Also in Boston, Elie’s design for Channelside creates a new cluster of lab, office, and residential buildings adjacent to the city’s historic Fort Point District, integrating new typologies into one of America’s great historic neighborhoods.
Adept at creating striking forms, Elie led the innovative design concept for Atlantis, The Royal, a hotel and residential project in Dubai, that centers on a series of exterior “sky courts” allowing every major suite a private outdoor space, multiple stories in the sky. He also shepherded the design of NYU Shanghai, which reimagines the campus concept by stacking the complex mix of programs on a constrained urban site.
Elie has taught studios at his alma maters, as well as Columbia GSAPP and Tongji University. 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, chairing the Global Dialogues Committee, and of ULI both in US and Europe.