Mr. Elias began his architectural education at Cornell University. He later attended Rhode Island School of Design, where Mr. Elias was selected to participate in the schools European Honors Program in Rome, Italy. He received the degrees of Bachelor of the Arts and Bachelor of Architecture from RISD in 1994. Mr Elias recently attended UC LA’s critical Studies in Architecture Program, receiving the degree of Master of the Arts in Architecture in 2008.
Prior to starting his own practice in 2001, Mr Elias worked for firms in New York, New Jersey and California. While working for the office of Thierry Despont in New York, Mr Elias was the project designer for the Polo flag ship store in London. At Corgan associates, he was the job captain for American Airlines New York corporate offices and the project architect for two phases of British Airways 150 million dollar renovation and expansion of their terminal facilities at Kennedy International Airport.
After moving to Los Angeles in 1999, Mr Elias worked for the award-winning firm of Abramson Teiger Architects in Culver City. Among the many projects he completed as project architect at Abramson Teiger, were Knoll Inc.’s 15,000 Square foot show room in Santa Monica and the 26,000 square foot expansion and renovation of the Yeshiva Girls’ High School in Los Angeles.
Mr Elias is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urbanism and the West Los Angeles Urban Forum.