A native of Queens, NY, Ellen has spent years in North Carolina deciphering phrases like "well, bless your heart."  She's mastered the pleasantries, yet still manages to tell it like it is.  Ellen is a designer's designer, a connoisseur of well-made things, from the buildings of Louis Kahn and Peter Zumthor to snowy globes and pop-up books. She holds a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from Ohio State and worked several years for a New York architectural office before moving to Raleigh, where she got her Master of Architecture degree at NC State.

Ellen has been a partner at Weinstein Friedlein since 1992, and in 1999 received the highest design honor for North Carolina architects, the Kamphoefner Prize.  She teaches design studios at NC State and is an active member of the American Institute of Architects, serving as president of the local section in 2008.  She's also a regular on design award juries for regional and national award programs.