Landscape Urbanist (Architectural Association)
Earth Scientist (National Autonomous University of Mexico)

Elena is a seminar tutor for Histories and Theories and Policy Design at the Landscape Urbanism MSc and MArch programme at the Architectural Association. Her work focuses on the verticality of territories, its imaginaries, epistemologies, and disciplinarian tensions in relationship to contemporary design praxis. She also conducts workshops situated in the interstices between soil sciences, collaborative ethnography, its imaginaries and materialities in site specific practices in collaboration with UK Landscape Design institutions. She is a research fellow at the Groundlab Research Residency at the Architectural Association, where she has been conducting semi quantitative and qualitative studies of site-specific projects in Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and the UK in collaboration with the British Geological Survey, the University College of London, and the British Council. She has taught in the Mexico Visiting School at the AA, at the Royal College of Art, and at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Her work is also situated alongside community approaches to connect with the community and radical forms of resistance through soil and land management. These collaborations are extended within London, South East Wales, and the periphery of Mexico City. The collaborations unfold as cartographies, archives, and other forms of media.


Soil Health Clinic London

Soil and landscape strategy for Patlachique common lands

Architectural Association Landscape Urbanism tutor

Royal College of Art Environmental Architecture studio tutor

Decentralised Water Solutions for Mexico City and its Metropolitan Area

Field Office Workshop 1

Infográficos de campamentos en riesgo en Chile

Just Transition: the (Un)intended consequences of Greening

Environmental Architecture Studio tutor at the Royal College of Art

2022 - 2023

Associate lecturer at the Royal College of Art in the Environmental Architecture MA programme.

Her studio work unfolds geology and its encounters with soil and water through visualisations, archival curatorship, and representation of the multiple scales involved in the creation and becoming of the agricultural landscapes of the Punjab.  

    Credit: Christie Swallow at the Royal College of Art. 1:1 soil porosity/tortuosity and infrastructural colonial model in the Punjab.