Elana Abraham joined MERGE Architects in September 2016. She earned her M. Arch with Distinction from the University of Michigan, where her graduate thesis, "WMCs: Widgets of Mass Collection," explored architectural possibilities in a realm traditionally outside of the scope of architecture - waste. While at Michigan, Elana was a co-coordinator of ARC (Architecture Representative Committee) which advocated for students and pioneered a range of curricular and extra curricular activities. Upon graduation, Elana received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal acknowledging leadership, service, and professional merit.
Before coming to MERGE, Elana worked at multiple firms in Chicago, IL, gaining experience in a range of project types including the renovation of the Cubs' Wrigley Field, multi-unit residential, commercial, and healthcare projects. She received her B.S. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, graduating magna cum laude and also obtained a minor in Environmental Studies.
Elana recently taught at the University of Michigan's ArcStart program, an introductory course in architecture for high school students. She is a USGBC LEED Green Associate.