Elsa studied architecture and urbanism at the Universidad Iberoamericana, where she received her degree with honorable mention and obtained the award for the best thesis of the year. Since 2008, Elsa worked in renowned design firms like Esrawe Studio and TEN Arquitectos in Mexico City and New York, and the interdisciplinary design studio 2x4 performing as Associate Design Director.  Currently, she is a Co-Managing Director at Open Architecture New York and a collaborator at Tatiana Bilbao Estudio. 

She holds a master’s degree in Design Management from Pratt Institute in New York, where she developed a holistic understanding of creative management, design thinking, and business strategy to drive her independent practice and to support organizations and design studios as a design consultant.

Having worked in two megacities and international projects outside the Americas, she recognizes the importance of a global dialogue that starts from local difference. Continuously seeking her voice as a professional between places, Elsa is fascinated by the nuances of contrast, the cross-pollination in practice, and the power of interrelationships to preserve diversity.

Experiences include architecture projects in China, South Korea, USA, Haiti, and Mexico.

Special interests include design research, interdisciplinary design, exhibition design, environmental & social change, technology, and contemporary art.

For a full CV please send a request to elsa@elsaponce.com