Elizabeth Cohn-Martin

Elizabeth Cohn-Martin

New York, NY, US

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Elizabeth Cohn-Martin is training to be an architect and urban planner in the City of New York. She holds a Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Urban Planning from Columbia University GSAPP as well as a B.A. in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Elizabeth has professional experience working for design firms and non-profit organizations such as Latent Productions, rePLACE Urban Studio, and Terrapin Bright Green in New York City as well as Architecture for Humanity, Volume 21: Office for Architecture, Nathaniel Corum AIA, and Siegel and Strain Architects in the San Francisco Bay Area. While studying at Columbia University, Elizabeth assistant taught courses on architectural technology and building systems, sustainable architectural design, building energy assessment, and urban resource use and metabolic trends.

Elizabeth’s research and design work falls at the intersection of urban design, geospatial mapping and data analytics, and urban food production systems. Her master thesis research, completed for the Urban Planning program at Columbia GSAPP, focused on the use of GIS-supported multi-criteria decision analysis to identify critical areas within New York City that have the greatest potential to socio-economically and environmentally benefit from urban agricultural interventions. Utilizing geospatial information systems to visualize information and support design intervention is a specialty of Elizabeth’s. Critical ongoing research that she is pursuing includes studies of the processes and effects of climate change as related to vulnerability and the use of design as a tool of adaption and mitigation; urban agriculture techniques and hydroponic growth systems and greenhouses; and the use of design to help create healthier, responsive urban conditions. Elizabeth has critical hands-on experience in current urban housing issues, varied policy and planning approaches, and identification of opportunities for cutting-edge urban interventions.

Elizabeth has been a design reviewer at California College of the Arts, the University of California - Berkeley, the Academy of Art University - San Francisco, and San Francisco City College. Elizabeth has aided in producing Design Like You Give a Damn II: Building Change from the Ground Up and is published in Columbia GSAPP’s Abstract 2015 and Abstract 2016 as well as Ethnography for Designers (Routledge 2016). Elizabeth has received grants and awards for her research and built installations. Most notably, she received the 2011 ASLA Student Award of Excellence for PlantLAB, a hydroponic garden installation, produced and built for the San Francisco Flower and Garden Show. Grants received include the Public Service Fund and Academic Opportunity Fund awarded by the ASUC at UC Berkeley for her research on flooding patterns, urban form and responsive design for Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Elizabeth currently resides in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and, while not working, enjoys spending time exploring the city, dancing, and cooking delicious meals with family and friends. She is an avid practitioner of Hatha and Vinyasa yoga and adores being outside and in nature whenever possible. 


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, MArch, Architecture and Urban Planning

Completed both the MArch (Master of Architecture) and MSUP (Master of Science in Urban Planning) programs (2013-2017)

Aug 2013 - May 2017

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Aug 2005 - May 2009

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