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.
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 was Design Critic in Landscape Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 2018 and has taught workshops at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú in Lima, Peru. She has taught at the Simón Bolívar University in Caracas, Venezuela since 2011 and is a consultant to CAF and UN Habitat. Elisa grew up between St. Louis and Venezuela.