Elizabeth Irene Benson

Elizabeth Irene Benson

Middletown, NJ, US



Architecture and design is about living, and so my interest is strongly focused in design as it relates to context, social aspects and inspired environments based in how we live. Throughout my work, there can be seen a sense of minimalist clarity sharpened with a delicate touch of material innovations, construction methods, clarity of structural solutions, and implied tectonics. My attempts are to attain a sense of dramatic spatial immateriality as a consequence of light and the comparison of materials; putting the attention focus on the connection spaces; on the segments between inside and outside, and one room to the next. All design choices stem, not so much from an intention to guide forms, but to conform to how we move, think and exist in each surrounding environment.

With international work experience and time spent learning abroad in Rome, my design skills and capacities have truly begun to reach a more mature and sophisticated conceptual approach. Well organized, I work diligently, deliberately and passionately with all areas of design and presentation. With these energetic qualities, I learn quickly, solve problems easily, as well as thrive under tight deadlines. My studies and work have allowed me to possess a great deal of experience with physical model making and labor, 2D and 3D visualizations, parametric prefabrication and mill work, as well as international client and contractor communications. Having worked with Regis Pean and omni//form, Caterina Tiazzoldi Studio in both Torino and NYC, NJIT, Sea Dance Craftsman Inc. and the NJ Driftwood Players, I have maintained an interest in ALL phases and scale of design, with a good eye for both presentation and detail design, and work best in combination of organic and logical tones, as a collaborative process or individually, both in and out of an office.

Publication recently recognizing work:
• Temporary Architecture Book (2014)
• Elle Decor (Oct 2013)
• Interni Magazine (Sept 2013) Project - Instant Installation
• Wallpaper Magazine (Sept 2013) Project - Instant Instalation

Award: NJIT Student Showcase "Dream Without Limit" 2011
• First Place All-Round

Award: NJIT Design/Build Masonry Competition 2009
• First Place All-Round Design/Build/Presentation
• First Place Mockup Design
• First Place Presentation

NJIT Deans List 2007-2012

       English – Native
       Norwegian – Elementary
       Italian – Elementary

       PADI Dive Master
       Curler for the Plainfield Curling Club, NJ
       Photography, Travel, and Adventure
       Surfing, Skiing
       Violin, Berimbau, Flute, Piccolo, Pipe, Piano,  +



Omni//Form, New York, NY, US, Freelance Architect/Designer

Global Strategic Design - architecture / interiors / retail / furniture/ packaging / graphics
• Strategic design and scalable solutions for the world's leading brands, such as Dior and Tom Ford
• High-end luxury customer experience design
• Translating design and documentation through various cultural context
• Renderings, Drawings, Prototyping and 3D Modeling, visualizations and documentation
• FF+E Sourcing, international collaboration with venders, artisans and contractors
• Extensive International Client Communication

May 2014 - current

Caterina Tiazzoldi Studio, Turin, IT, Junior Architect

• High-End Designs and process in its entirety
• 2D + 3D modeling, visualizations and documentation
• Extensive International Client Communications
• Firm Image, Website, Office Organization, Scheduling and Prioritizing
• Working in collaboration, team leadership and independently

Jun 2013 - Feb 2014

Sea Dance Craftsman Inc., Leonardo, NJ, US, Designer + Contractor

• High-End Residential custom restorations, expansion, renovation + landscaping
• Concept Design + Construction Drawing preparation
• Physical Labor in the shop and on location

May 2011 - May 2013

NJ Driftwood Players, Cranford, NJ, US, Designer

• Graphic design for posters, fliers, and web
• Prop, set and lighting design

Feb 2009 - Feb 2013


New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, BArch, Architecture

Throughout my schooling, I maintained a strong interest in urban design and development and material innovations as it relates to context. I have also acquired an extensive background in engineering and architectural theories of ancient to modern art through additional education such as..

• Summer 2009 Roma Summer – A four week Study Abroad program

Addition studies in...
• Physics
• Mechanical Engineering
• Mathematics
• Urban Development and Planning

Aug 2007 - May 2012


Design/Build Masonry Competition - all round design/build/presentation, 1st Place

Design/Build Masonry Competition
First place - all round best building design, masonry mockup, and presentation


Design/Build Masonry Competition - mockup design, 1st Place

Design/Build Masonry Competition
First place - best mockup design


Design/Build Masonry Competition - presentation, 1st Place

Design/Build Masonry Competition
First place - best presentation


Areas of Specialization