Designer Spotlight: Elissa Scrafano

COIN_01LrElissa Scrafano, principal and founder of Scrafano Architects, has been practicing architecture for more than 22 years and is a registered architect in California, Illinois, and Michigan. She knew by 16 that she wanted to be an architect and never strayed from that goal and mission.

eSCRAFANO2_mBefore establishing Scrafano Architects in 1997, Elissa worked at the offices of Frank O. Gehry and Associates, Eric Owen Moss Architects, Narduli Grinstein Architects, and Landworth Debolske Architects. She has taught model and object making and architectural drawing at Southern California Institute of Architecture SCI-Arc, University of California at Irvine, and Woodbury University in Burbank. In addition, she has been a guest critic on several undergraduate and graduate student reviews.

Elissa received a B.S. in architecture from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with a concentration in art history, in 1985 and a master’s in architecture with honors from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles in 1990. She was a guest student at the Architectural Association in London and the Staadelschule in Frankfurt, Germany, and also studied history of art and architecture in Italy.

She has traveled extensively throughout Europe, North America, Asia, and Central and South America. Growing up in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, she was influenced by the architecture, art, and gardens of ranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills as well as her travels around the world with her family. She was one of the first girls to play boys little league baseball, ran track, and was all state in tennis.

In addition to architecture, Elissa is passionate about traveling with her husband Tim Sullivan, fashion, art museums, cooking, literature, music, product design, running, hiking, tennis, skiing, and her niece Isabella and nephews Charlie and Cole in Birmingham, Michigan.  See Elissa at our Speaker Series on February 20th.

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