Elena Whittle

Elena Whittle

Boston, MA, US



Elena Whittle is a recent graduate of Syracuse University with an interest in the social impact that responsible and sustainable architecture can have on local and global communities. She has worked in New York City and Philadelphia. She recently received recognition for her undergraduate thesis, which explores gentrification, affordable housing, and class dynamics in urban space. In November 2019, she was awarded a grant from Syracuse University towards travel research  for this project.


Renegade Magazine, Syracuse, Back of Book Editor

Managed writers, edited stories, enforced deadlines and assisted staff members in production of the back half of the magazine. Organized events throughout the year.

Sep 2016 - May 2020

Studio V (freelance), New York, NY, US, Research Assistant

Collected image and text-based research on a freelance basis for an upcoming book by Jay Valgora, principal of Studio V Architecture

Sep 2018 - Feb 2020

Syracuse University Catering, Syracuse, NY, US, Caterer

Set up and cleaned venue, performed catering services (i.e. serving, bussing, bartending).

Sep 2016 - Jan 2020

Ballinger, Philadelphia, PA, US, Architectural Intern

Developed digital models and preliminary design iterations; worked on site-analysis, created analysis drawings, and produced materials for internal meetings for the New Patient Tower Project. Assisted and coordinated with project leaders.

May 2019 - Aug 2019

STUDIO V Architecture, Syracuse, Architectural Intern

Created renderings, built models, and conducted site research for several
different projects; helped develop a preliminary design proposal through drawings
and digital models. Produced presentation materials for client meetings.

May 2018 - Aug 2018

Boston Harbor Cruises, Boston, MA, US, Server

Prepared boats for events, served food, cleaned venue, and aided cruisers. Worked at Boston Harbor Cruises during Summer 2016 and 2017.

Jun 2016 - Aug 2017


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

Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude, Chancellor’s Scholar
previously: SU School of Communications, Fall 2014- Spring 2015

Aug 2015 - May 2020

Syracuse University in Florence, Florence, IT, Architecture

Abroad semester in Florence, Italy

Sep 2018 - Dec 2018


Syracuse School of Architecture Thesis Awards, Honorable Mention

Received an honorable mention from Syracuse School of Architecture for my undergraduate thesis project, "Redesigning Gentrification: Creating an Architecture for the Displaced."


Chancellor's Scholarship, Scholarship

Merit-based scholarship issued by Syracuse University. The award is given annually until the recipient graduates.


SOURCE Grant Recipient, Grant

Won a $3,100 grant from Syracuse University towards my undergraduate thesis research and travel.


Academic Excellence Award, Award

Awarded to a member of the WellsLink Leadership Program who has achieved academic excellence over the past semester.


Areas of Specialization