Elisa Silva


Department of Architecture

Email: elsilva@fiu.edu


Elisa Silva is Associate Professor at Florida International University FIU at the Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab and the Department of Architecture. 


She is principal and founder of Enlace Arquitectura and Enlace Foundation, established in Caracas, Venezuela, a practice that address the integration of cities including informal settlements through participatory design processes and cultural programs. Their work has received awards in numerous design competitions and international architecture and urban design biennials. The San Juan María Vianney Church in Media Legua, Venezuela was awarded in the XI BIAU 2019 and the project Integration Process Caracas in the barrio La Palomera is part of the XVII Venice Architecture Biennial 2021. Elisa received the Rome Prize from the American Academy in 2005, the Wheelwright Fellowship from Harvard in 2011, Graham Foundation Grant 2017 and the Lucas Artist Fellowship 2019. She is co-author of CABA: Cartography of the Caracas barrios (2014) and author of Pure Space: Expanding the Public Sphere through Public Space Transformations in Latin American Spontaneous Settlements (Actar, 2020). Elisa has a Master in Architecture degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She has taught at Princeton University School of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Design at the University of Toronto and the Simón Bolívar University in Caracas, Venezuela.