Elena Brescia joined SCAPE in 2005, after 12 years of practice, and became a partner in 2007. She plays a crucial role in the firm, advancing ideas throughout the design process from concept to built form. She excels at bringing a project from the schematic stage into documentation and construction, and has critical project organization experience and a reputation for thoroughness and attention to detail.
Her backgrounds in the fine arts and conservation have fostered a deep interest for the creative process and the importance of remaining faithful to its integrity. She understands the value of preservation as well as the need for current inhabitation, and believes that judicious interventions can both preserve and enhance our environment.
Elena earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Fordham University in 1985, receiving the Sophocles Papanicolaou Award for Excellence in Art History and Studio Art. After working in Textile Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, she returned to school and earned a Master of Landscape Architecture in 1993 from the University of Pennsylvania, at which time she received the ASLA Certificate of Honor. Since then her work has explored the spectrum from large public works to small private works.
Her career began with work on the Conceptual Plan for Hudson River Park, which entailed extensive community involvement and multi-disciplinary collaboration. She has also worked on local parks and private estates of all sizes. Before joining SCAPE, her work focused on streetscapes in the lower Manhattan community of Battery Park City, a project that has received national and local design and planning awards from both the American Institute of Architects and American Society of Landscape Architects. Current work includes overseeing the documentation and construction of streetscapes, plazas, residential developments, environmental centers, and private residences.
Landscape Architect, New York, Illinois, Virginia
President, Fine Arts Federation, 2010-present
Board of Directors, Fine Arts Federation, 2006-present
Board Member, New York State Council of Landscape Architects, 2005-2006
Executive Committee, New York New Visions Coalition of Design Professionals, 2001-2007
Executive Committee, American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter, 2000-2007