To say that Ellen is a creative force is an understatement. The urge to design and create is inherent in whatever medium she can get her hands on, primarily clothing and costuming, jewelry, photography, graphic design, furniture, crafting, decorating, and her annual Halloween home haunt. With a predilection for exercising her serious eye for design, it is natural that she found her way to architecture, a field that allows her to draw inspiration from many sources and collaborate with other disciplines. Ellen is interested in the social aspect of how buildings form communities and deeply values a sustainable approach to design. She compares a successful building to a well-tailored suit made with quality materials and construction, uniquely fitted to the shape and needs of the client.
Outside of the office, Ellen can be found treasure hunting items for her carefully curated vintage stall in Multnomah Village, likening the process of finding the right items as akin to finding a diamond in the rough. She enjoys drinking mai-tais in her backyard with her husband Nate, with whom she shares an enthusiasm for tiki culture, while their two dachshunds, Gaudi and Mulligan get up to mischief.