Bio: Elisa Silva is director and founder of Enlace Arquitectura 2007 and Enlace Foundation 2017, established in Caracas, Venezuela. Projects focus on raising awareness of spatial inequality and the urban environment through public space, the integration of informal settlements and community engagement in rural landscapes. Public space interventions in informal settlements through didactic and participatory methodologies are central to the firm´s practice and were awarded in the XX Architecture and Urbanism Biennial in Valparaiso, Chile 2017. Other recognitions include winners of the VIII Ibero-American Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism for the Sabana Grande Pavement Project in Caracas, Venezuela 2012, the XI National Architecture Bienal Award for Ecoparque Maracay 2014, the Walk 21 Award for Puerto Encantado Higuerote Venezuela 2015, the X Salon Malausena Publication and Urban Design Awards 2016, and winners of 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 the Wheelwright Fellowship in 2011 and the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome in 2005. She is currently Visiting Professor at the Princeton University School of Architecture and has been Design Critic in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2018, and Professor at the Simón Bolívar University in Caracas, Venezuela since 2011. She has also taught workshops at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain 2018 and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú in Lima, Peru. 2015 and 2017. Elisa has a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and grew up between St. Louis and Venezuela.