Elaine Morales is a Design Associate at buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. She led the Rapid Disaster Recovery Housing Pilot Program (RAPIDO) and supports other making projects within the LRGV office. Acting as Chief Advocate of the RGV office, Elaine connects contextual, practical, and analytic research with the offices ongoing programs and initiatives; this is shown by leading the Brownsville City Design Studio yearly programs, heading the launch of the Public Interest Design Initiative (PDII) in the Valley and supporting policy and community capacity initiatives in the LRGV. She was a bcFELLOW from 2013 to 2014.
Prior to joining [bc], Elaine centered her studies in architecture and urbanism on community development and international cooperation. Elaine brings to [bc] experience in participatory approaches, research and design, and connecting policy guidelines to fieldwork and practice. She participated in the Post-Flood Sports Workshop with the Pac Rim Studio of Architecture for Humanity (AFH) in Brazil, and worked as a research and needs assessment intern for the Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation branch of UN-HABITAT in Kenya.
Elaine obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and a Master of International Cooperation from the International University of Catalunya (UIC) in Barcelona, Spain. She also has a Post-bachelor Certificate in Urban Studies from the UPR.