Elly graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2005 and went on to complete her Post Graduate Diploma in Architectural Practice at De Montfort University where she was awarded a distinction and the David Nesbit award for outstanding achievement in 2007.
Elly spent six years working for White Design in Bristol; a practice at the forefront of sustainable design and low environmental impact architecture. The projects she worked on ranged from award winning public buildings to sustainable community master planning and curating architectural exhibitions.
Her built projects used natural and innovative materials to create buildings that maximise passive design principles and incorporate relevant and considered on site renewables. Examples include the use of prefabricated straw bale panels in the Knowle West Media Centre, solid timber panel construction at the Woodpecker Eco House and rain water harvesting and biomass heating at the Dalby Forest Visitor Centre.
Elly worked on a number of award winning projects, including the Dalby Forest Visitor Centre which won the Prime Ministers Better Public Building Award in 2007 and the Rogiet Primary School which won an award for the highest BREEAM rating in the UK.
Elly has always been driven by her passion for truly sustainable architecture and innovative, beautiful design. Sustainable principles are inherent to the way she thinks and works and her particular interest in how building’s affect not only the environment, but the people who live and work in them informs her architectural philosophy and her sensitive approach to building design.
Elly believes strongly in the value of working collaboratively with clients, colleagues, design and construction team members. By working in partnership with all stakeholders and supply chain members, the design, function, services, buildability, costs and risks are all closely integrated and support both the client’s brief and the sustainability objectives.