Elena studied Art History, French, Italian and Linguistics in Middlebury College, in Vermont and in Nanterre-Paris X. One day she closed her books and following a dream she went to London to study architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture and at the Cooper Union in New York. She has worked extensively in architectural practices in Paris, Berlin and Athens with an involvement in multiple projects varying in scale and use. She was a partner at the office decaARCHITECTURE for seven years, gaining international distinctions and prizes. She has lectured, taught and appeared in television architectural programs. Even though she does not drive, she uses fiction as a vehicle for the production of spaces, landscapes, images, and texts.