Eli Rosenwasser

Eli Rosenwasser

Philadelphia, PA, US



I am a recent graduate from the University of Oregon with a Masters of Architecture. My approach to design is firmly rooted in the manual creation of physical things. I am passionate about creating strong interactions and meaning through design by considering the full spectrum of sensory experiences. These are the common denominators that led to my love of architecture and design. They stem from a culture of making based in the collaboration and intersection of people, process, and context.

Independent research is the catalyst in my design approach. While conducting an independent study abroad, I encountered examples of architecture and urbanism that propelled my interest in the idea of user awareness through digital interfaces. The results I compiled revealed a rethinking of the way objects and the spaces they inhabit are designed, produced, and implemented in a contemporary context.

My research in Europe gave me an insatiable thirst to learn non-traditional approaches to architecture and product design. While interning at FISHER ARCHitecture in Pittsburgh, I was able to work directly with a licensed architect, revealing the full scope of the design and building processes. I learned the value and reward of exploring design opportunities that are unusual while satisfying my love for craft and construction.

My background in practical hands on work combined with my education make me a strong member of any design team. While working at Von Tundra in Portland, I learned a more tactile relationship with designing that regularly influences my work. When designing objects I consider their relationship to spaces, when designing spaces I consider their relationship to objects. This dual understanding of design and scale is paramount in my collaborations with individuals from varied disciplines. The integration of digital interfaces with the built environment is a recent interest that is becoming a focus in my work. Through fabrication or conceptual design, digital tools provide greater flexibility for creating experiences outside of the purely visual. My future research will explore ways in which the integration of digital experiences can influence the senses in architecture.


SERA Architects, Portland, OR, US, Practicum Student

Mar 2014 - Jun 2014

Architecture W, Portland, OR, US, Architectural Intern

May 2013 - Sep 2013

Von Tundra LLC, Portland, OR, US, Design Intern

May 2012 - Sep 2012

Fisher Architecture, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Architectural Intern

May 2009 - Sep 2011


University of Oregon in Portland, Portland, OR, US, MArch, Master of Architecture

Jul 2011 - Jun 2014

University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, US, Bachelors, Architectural Studies

Sep 2007 - May 2011

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