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

Field Office Workshop 1

October 2023 

The workshop attracted over 250 applications, from which 50 participants joined in person and 50 joined online. Participants joined from 10 countries, 20 universities, and 15 independent practices. Through a combination of lectures, site visits, workshops, and panel discussions, participants explored three questions: firstly, how projects create equitable and meaningful engagements with communities; secondly, how data that is collected and generated can be made accessible to communities that are part of sites; and thirdly, how study and design of a site/project, such as Sayes Court, can be distributed across a wider area.