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Elisa Silva

Sessional Lecturer

Elisa Silva is the director and founder of Enlace Arquitectura (2007) and Enlace Foundation (2017), established in Caracas, Venezuela. Enlace's projects focus on raising awareness of spatial inequality and the urban environment through public space, as well as the integration of informal settlements and community engagement in rural landscapes.

Enlace is a recent finalist in the XI Ibero-American Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, for its design for the San Juan Vianney Church in Media Legua, in Venezuela. Their public space interventions in informal settlements were recognized in the XX Architecture and Urbanism Biennial in Valparaiso, Chile (2017). They were also winners of the VIII Ibero-American Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, for their Sabana Grande Pavement Project in Caracas, Venezuela (2012); the XI National Architecture Bienal Award, for their Ecoparque Maracay design (2014); the Walk 21 Award, for their design for Puerto Encantado, in Higuerote, Venezuela (2015); the Publication Award and the Urban and Environmental Design Prize at the X Salon Malausena (2016); and several design competitions.

In 2017, Elisa received a Graham Foundation Grant for the publication Pure Space: Expanding the Public Sphere through Public Space Transformations in Latin American Informal Settlements (Actar, 2019). She has co-authored Pro-Inclusion: Practical Tools for the Integral Development of Latin American Cities (CAF Development Bank of Latin America, 2016) presented at Habitat III in Quito; and CABA Cartography of the Caracas Barrios 1966-2014 (Fundación Espacio 2015), widely recognized as a seminal contribution to the city's urban history records. Elisa was awarded a Lucas Artists Fellowship in Visual Arts from the Montalvo Art Center in 2019, the Wheelwright Fellowship from Harvard University in 2011, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2005. She was a visiting professor at the Princeton University School of Architecture in spring 2019 and a design critic in landscape architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in fall 2018. She taught at the Simón Bolívar University in Caracas, Venezuela between 2011 and 2018, and has also taught workshops at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú in Lima, Peru. Elisa grew up between St. Louis and Venezuela.