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Elissa is an independent designer and artist, who brings degrees in the psychology of art, special education, and interior design to years of experience on both residential and commercial projects. She also works collaboratively with HABITAT, a NY-based living design firm.

She has worked on projects from civic institutions to staging rental apartments, and her joy comes from the problem-solving process and bringing real and meaningful satisfaction to her clients, on time and on budget. Elissa has a knack for decluttering and organizing, helping her clients create spaces that encourage access, utility, and a sense of well-being through composition and beauty.

Elissa finds inspiration in nature, travel, lively conversation, and admiring the work of other creatives, such as Rita Grendze, Paul Klee, Meredith Fife Day, Clyfford Still, and Jeanne Gang, and so many others. She currently lives in the Denver Metro area where she enjoys hiking, skiing, terrific food, and rich culture with close friends and her significant other.


With ADD Inc (Stantec):

Natick Mall, residences

Watermark Apartments, model unit

With Safdie & Associates:

Eleanor Roosevelt College

Salt Lake City Public Library, Main Branch

Peabody Essex Museum, addition


Confidential Healthcare, Methuen MA, upcoming
Confidential Healthcare, Nashua NH, in progress 
Building Entrance, Lowell MA

Patio, Denver CO, in progress 
Loft, Denver CO
Loft, Lowell MA
Guest Bathroom, Topsfield MA
Townhouse, Stoughton MA
Townhouse, Ayer MA


Solo Shows

Moments & Meditations, Greenwald Gallery

Arts League of Lowell, 2022

Lowell, MA

Group Shows

100 & Below Members' Show

Arts League of Lowell, 2021

Lowell, MA

Greenwald Inspirations

Arts League of Lowell, 2021

Lowell, MA


Arts League of Lowell, 2021

Lowell, MA


Local Artist Showcase

Tewksbury Public Library

Tewksbury, MA


University of Massachusetts, MEd, Special Education

Parsons School of Design, AA, Interior Design

Wheaton College, BA, Psychology of Art


Dave is the principal and lead designer with HABITAT. He is a registered landscape architect with over 20 years of experience in the field.

Dave has an enormous breadth of experience covering major transportation infrastructure projects, park planning and construction, wetlands mitigation, downtown revitalization plans, estate design , and residences.

He was a Director of Landscape Architecture for NYC Parks and a Senior Instructor with the New York Botanical Garden, and his work has been recognized by the New York City Public Design Commission, the Municipal Arts Society of New York, the National Parks Service, and the American Society of Landscape Architects.


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