Elise Francis

Elise Francis

Miami, FL, US

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My earliest exposure to architecture was a vernacular Caribbean approach to the basic need for shelter and means of living. I was born and raised on the island of Trinidad.

I moved to Miami, Florida to pursue a degree in architecture. A new world of contemporary design and technology opened up for me, allowing me to experiment with various drawing media, modeling techniques, and new ways of thinking about architecture and the built environment at a conceptual level. 

I lived and studied in Genoa, Italy whilst completing my Master of Architecture Degree. Studying in Europe allowed me to test ideas about the relationship between old (sometimes ancient) contexts, and contemporary architectural interventions. I was able to observe and experience ways of operating in urban space that were completely new to me. Traveling in Europe was akin to a pilgrimage to important architectural precedents.

The lessons I have learned through sketching and photographing important architectural projects has been invaluable to my growth and development as a designer.

My next endeavor will be to integrate these lessons and observations into a professional practice of architecture.



Florida International University School of Architecture, Miami, FL, US, Graduate Research Assistant

Tasks: curate and edit books exhibiting the experience and
work produced by students of the Architecture in Genoa Study Abroad program // lead workshops
and software tutorials in AutoCAD, Revit, Rhinoceros, and Adobe Suite for first-year formative students

Aug 2017 - Apr 2018

Florida International University School of Architecture, Miami, FL, US, Architectural Designer

Tasks: collaborate on a design team to create architectural drawings, renderings, and presentations for an informative and interactive exhibition on Sea-Level Rise for the Miami Children’s Museum

Jan 2017 - Aug 2017

Florida International University School of Architecture, Miami, FL, US, Graduate Assistant

Tasks: work with students from high schools across the U.S. during a one-week intensive workshop // visualize design ideas reflecting a given theme, through renderings and tangible objects // assist in curating an exhibition and performance held at the end of the week at the National Young Arts Foundation in Downtown Miami

Jan 2017 - Jan 2017

Bynoe Rowe Wiltshire Partnership, Port of Spain, Trinidad, Design Student Intern

Tasks: update company profile // to collaborate on design proposals // to visit active construction sites and participate in company meetings

May 2014 - Jul 2014


Florida International University, Miami, FL, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

5-year Accelerated Master of Architecture Degree

Aug 2013 - Apr 2018


Master's Thesis Project Recognition, Award

Two awards were distributed to deserving students from each class, based on the completion and quality of design thinking and communication of ideas.


FIU Ambassador Scholarship, Scholarship

Full tuition paid to attend Florida International University


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