Jefferson Ellinger and Nona Yehia received their Masters of Architecture from Columbia University in 1997 and have worked for Reiser + Umemoto, Greg Lynn Form, and Eisenmann Architects. Nona Yehia received her B.A. in Architecture from the University of Michigan and Jefferson Ellinger received his B.S. in Architecture from The Ohio State University.
They established their firm, E/Ye Design, in 2003 and shortly thereafter they were included in an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of The Young Architects Program (YAP). YAP is an annual collaboration between The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 that fosters innovative design research and promotes emerging talent. Jefferson Ellinger is currently Head of Graduate Studies and Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York and the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology, NY.
Each project undertaken by the firm is treated as part of a continuous exploration: one that investigates the cross section between architecture, landscape and technology via an understanding of inter-relationships between surface, inhabitation and flow. Applied as a design concept, a project is then treated as both a unique space for living based on the needs, desires and dreams of the client as well as a construct that synthesizes issues of sustainability, efficiency, and economy to create the greatest architectural effect within real constraints of program, budget and structure.