Elizabeth Bishop

Elizabeth Bishop

Oakland, CA, US

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I am equally passionate about the built and natural environment, engaging with nature on a deep level both inside and outside the city. High quality design and respect for the natural environment are inextricably linked. 

My core belief is that architecture can be a force for good. I believe in quality design for people and for the city, creating exceptional buildings that are both responsive and responsible to their context. Working with and within the surrounding fabric I strive to design meaningful places for the narratives of our shared lives to unfold.  

I believe that design can help shape lives and society for the better


University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, Lecturer in Architecture

Jan 2019 - current

SERA Architects, Oakland, CA, US, Project Architect

As a project architect, I am a creative thinker and a flexible team leader, balancing different, diverse project drivers to achieve successful design solutions that provide value to clients.

Relationships are key to good design, and communication is an important factor in successful architecture, alongside more prosaic aspects such as mastering code requirements and contract nuances, and more poetic parameters such as harmony of materials and formal beauty. I work to balance these aspects and deliver projects that exceed expectations.

Oct 2018 - current

Ove Arup & Partners, San Francisco, Senior Facade Designer

Sep 2013 - Aug 2018

Ove Arup & Partners, San Francisco, CA, US, Senior Facade Designer

As a façade designer I combine the aesthetics and architectural intent with technical rigor. At the intersection between the interior space of the building and the exterior environment, the façade acts as a membrane or filter. I help combine the architectural articulation of this filter with the increasingly rigorous technical performance requirements, adding value by optimizing the façade performance.

Jan 2017 - Jan 2017

Zaha Hadid Architects, London, GB, Senior Designer

Jun 2008 - Sep 2013


Yale University, New Haven, CT, US, Masters, Masters of Environmental Design

The Master of Environmental Design program is a two-year research-based program of advanced architectural studies culminating in a written thesis or independent project. This full-residency program leads to a degree of Master of Environmental Design (M.E.D.).

My thesis was a study of the London Docklands and the ‘infrastructure of empire’ that developed during the height of the British Empire, when trade routes branched overseas, connecting London, the heart of the Empire, with foreign locations in far-flung lands such as China, the West Indies, and India. A strain of ‘warehouse urbanism’ developed in the heart of the city and to the east, on the Isle of Dogs. The building of warehouse complexes by the East and West India Companies and other investors can still be read in the texture of the city fabric today.

Sep 2006 - Jun 2008

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, US, BArch, Architecture

Bachelors of Architecture (Masters of Architecture conferred 2004).

Sep 1998 - Jun 2003

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