Elena holds B. Arch and a M.S. in Urban Planning by the UNAV (2002) and a M.S. in Advanced Architectural Design and Advanced Architectural Research by the GSAPP (Columbia University) (2006-08).
She worked as architect designer at the offices of Zaha-Hadid (03-04), Rafael Moneo (04-06), Grimshaw NY (08-10), and as professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute School of Architecture in Troy, NY (11-19). She has been recipient of numerous fellowships such as Caja Madrid Foundation (2006-08), Smart Geometry Group (2007), Brown Travel Fellowship (2014), European Ceramic WorkCenter artist residency (2014) or the Stimulerings Fonds (2022) for creatives in the Netherlands. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally, in venues such as Tristate of Mind (emergent ceramic artists in NY, 2016. Project: Breeze from Calais) , Data & Matter (Architecture Venice Biennale 2018. Project: Mille-oeille), Artificial Realities (ISTAR in association with the Architecture Lisbon Triennale, 2019), or her latest solo exhibition Xunaxidó’. Worlds within worlds at the MEAPO museum in Oaxaca, Mexico (2022). Her research interests focus on the phenomenological, the intersection between art and architecture, art as a medium to overcome patterns of exclusion, and material experimentation. She is a PhD candidate at the department of Methods & Matter at the TU Delft School of Architecture, her project “Architectures of Care. From the Zapotecs to the Cosmos” involves a study-through-making of ancestral knowledge from indigenous communities.