Elisa Iturbe

Assistant Professor

Elisa Iturbe is Assistant Professor at the Cooper Union. Her research and writing are currently focused on the relationship between energy, power, and form. Iturbe also teaches courses on fossil capitalism and carbon modernity at the Yale School of Architecture and at Cornell AAP. At Yale, she served as the coordinator of the dual-degree program between the School of Architecture and the School of the Environment. Her writings have been published in AA FilesLogPerspectaNew York Review of Architecture and Antagonismos. She guest-edited Log 47, titled Overcoming Carbon Form, and co-wrote a book with Peter Eisenman titled Lateness. Iturbe is also co-founder of Outside Development, a design and research practice. 

Elisa received a dual-masters from the Yale School of the Environment and the Yale School of Architecture.

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