Elena Echarri Myers

Elena Echarri Myers

Syracuse, NY, US

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Elena is a trained architectural designer and art enthusiast with a strong passion for sustainable design and residential architecture. Originally from Salamanca, Spain, Elena moved to New York in 2015, where she received her bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with an accredited architecture degree and a Fine Arts and Art Histories Minor. Throughout college, her education was supplemented with professional opportunities that allowed her to become experienced in the design of low-energy buildings and passive systems implementation, as well as efficiency analysis and calibration both at the individual and urban scale. 

Currently, Elena has relocated to Long Island, where she practices as a full-time architectural designer for James Merrell Architects in Sag Harbor. Her passion for fine arts has also led her to recently become the Co-Director of Modern Marvel Gallery. 

In her work, Elena seeks to find ways to negotiate between the sculptural and the sustainable, in order to arrive to a new form of aesthetics that does not forget about the practice’s most basic principles. 

Feel free to start a conversation. Ask me about Yves Klein and the Blue painting discourse.


James Merrell Architects P.C., Sag Harbor, NY, US, Designer

Jun 2020 - current

Shepley Bulfinch, Boston, MA, US, Architectural Intern

Worked as a design assistant in the development of the University of Edinburgh library addition. My role was focused on the design of an efficient passive facade system through the use of performance simulation tools. Other non-design related tasks included the production of rendered visualizations, animations, and the production of three-dimensional computer models.

Jun 2019 - Aug 2019

Everson Museum Of Art, Syracuse, NY, US, Exhibition production team

Worked towards the exhibition design and production of architectural materials for the exhibition celebrating the Everson Museum 50th year anniversary.

Jun 2018 - Aug 2018

Preformative Praxis Lab, Syracuse, New York, Energy Research Assistant

Worked as a first assistant and co-author towards the development of research materials now published in the Proceedings for the 2018 IBPS Building Simulation Conference. My role focused on the energy analysis of a residential community in Texas and the development of a urban energy model for simulation, as well as running simulations on such model to obtain data. From the data extracted we were able to determine the best architectural retrofit for each of the participant homes, to guarantee best energy performance.

Jan 2018 - Aug 2018

MART Lab, Syracuse, NY, US, Research Assistant

Worked as a design assistant towards the development of a self-sustainable housing prototype. My responsibilities included applying knowledge about passive and environmental systems, research on low-carbon materials and proposing weekly design schemes.

Dec 2017 - May 2018

Estudio ARTiquectura, Salamanca, ES, Arrchitectural Intern

Worked towards the development of a small residential project. Primary tasks included design assistance, drafting and the production of rendering visualizations and construction documents.

Jun 2015 - Aug 2015


Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US, BArch, Architecture

Bacherlor of Architecture, Minor in Fine Arts and Art Histories, Emphasis in sustainable design.

Aug 2015 - May 2020


2020 James A. Britton Memorial Award -Advisory Board Prize, Award

The James A. Britton Memorial Awards were established in 1982 in memory of James Britton, a 1925 Syracuse Architecture graduate. Every year, three thesis projects have been chosen by the thesis jury to recognize the best thesis projects by graduate and undergraduate students. The James A. Britton Memorial Award Advisory Board Prize is one of these three awards and the one selected by practicing members of the board.


Annual King & King Architects Design Competition, Nomination

Each year the King & King Architects Leadership by Design Prize recognizes excellence in the School of Architecture’s comprehensive studio. After a rigorous semester, each studio nominates teams of students to present their projects in a competition which is juried by members of the firm.


Marsception 2018, Honorable Mention

Worked on the development of a self-sustainable structure prototype focused on the normalization of sustainable behaviors through eco-feedback technologies for speculative human occupation on Mars.


Scholarship in Action, Scholarship

The Scholarship in Action Merit Scholarships are awarded to 11 upper-class students according to academic achievements and demonstration of scholarship in action.


Extraordinary Merit Award, 1st Place

The Extraordinary Merit Awards for Colegio Montessori are given to the students of greatest academic performance within each class promotion. I was awarded twice, in the year 2014 and 2015.


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