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Elaheh Demirchelie

San Francisco, CA
M.Arch., Architecture, Georgia Institute of Technology

Elaheh joins MIT from San Francisco with a focus on multifamily housing development strategies. She seeks housing typologies that offer an equilibrium between intimacy and community, isolation and accessibility while providing a seamless experience of well-being throughout. Her research investigates typologies that enrich our cities towards sustainability, inclusivity, heterogeneity, and resiliency.

She received a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Science in architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology while focusing on sustainable design and net-zero energy micro-housing.

Prior to launching her own design firm, she served as Chief Creative Officer for Mark Cavagnero Associates in San Francisco and as Creative Director for various architecture and design companies. Her professional architecture experience is marked by contributions to global projects during her time at John Portman & Associates and HKS Inc., among others.

She is a firm believer in the power of design and education as instigators for change. As part of her personal investment to continually support education, she has served as faculty and invited juror of architecture in multiple academic and professional settings and as a board member and advisor to a few San Francisco nonprofit organizations.

When away from her studio, she enjoys reading, socializing, painting, making by hand, surfing, long walks in nature, and contributing to causes relating to education, climate change, and the environment.