Elise Chelak

Elise Chelak

Portland, OR, US



Recent graduate of the Syracuse University School of Architecture, with a minor in Real Estate from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management. Additional coursework in Landscape Architecture Studies at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, as well as World Urban Geography at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.



SERA Architects, Portland, OR, US, Urban Designer/Planner Project Assist

Sep 2019 - current

West 8 urban design & landscape architecture, New York, NY, US, Urban Design Intern

Produced site analyses for masterplans of a Google Tech Campus and Houston Innovation District. Collaborated on conceptual design with sketches for paving, curb, and seat edge conditions. Developed 3D models and rendered streetscapes, landscapes, and furniture. Drafted and illustrated site and street sections in proposed and existing conditions.

May 2018 - Aug 2018

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, New York, NY, US, Architectural Design Intern

Assisted with schematic design development of the West Side PATH Harrison Station Replacement Project. Produced conceptual design sketches, Rhino 3D models, and built physical study models. Additionally involved in ongoing East Side stage 3 efforts; created construction documents using AutoCad, and collaborated with the Architectural Graphics Designer on the schematic wayfinding design of the station's exterior temporary stairwell's mesh graphic wrap.

Jun 2017 - Aug 2017

Performative Praxis Lab, Syracuse, NY, US, Design & Research Intern

Designed and developed a multi-layered informational map displaying Syracuse’s existing and proposed shared economy urban mobility transportation systems. Researched cities' walkability + bikeability maps for effective representational mapping methods. Conducted local stakeholder interviews to gain insight into how people view the city's multi-modal transportation systems.

Sep 2016 - Dec 2016

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, New York, NY, US, Project Delivery Intern

Formulated and composed critical evaluation documents for the Port Authority Bus Terminal Design + Deliverability Competition. Researched alternative project delivery methods, specifically Public Private Partnerships (PPP), and co-authored a best practices report for internal utilization.

Jun 2016 - Aug 2016

William G. Brown Architects, Wyckoff, NJ, US, Architectural Intern

Surveyed, documented and plotted existing and proposed residential and commercial conditions for clients using AutoCad.

Jun 2015 - Aug 2015


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

Architecture Major, Real Estate Minor

Aug 2014 - May 2019

Syracuse University in Florence, Florence, IT, BArch, Architecture

Jan 2017 - Apr 2017


Cum Laude, Other

Syracuse University School of Architecture


Syracuse University Dean's List, Other

2015 - present


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