Ellen has researched, taught, designed, and participated in educational events throughout the world, which has helped her contribute to local and international projects at the firm.”
Ellen has brought her expertise in 21st century learning spaces to a multitude of educational facilities, ranging from early childhood education centers, to all girl’s schools and international high schools. While her design portfolio is varied, all of her projects share a similar goal- to create flexible, comfortable, and supportive spaces that encourage fun in learning at every turn.
Her inspirations draw from the eclectic intersection of culture, community, and interactive design. From in-house research around gender differences in architecture to the relationship of design with neuroscience, Ellen provides resilient contemporary solutions that embrace equitable learning.
Educational spaces are more than just an architectural design to Ellen, they present an opportunity to stimulate intellectual, social, and emotional growth for 21st century students. Whether it is working with a group, exploring a new skill, or blossoming a new friendship, she feels thoughtful educational spaces can result in experiences that enrich everyday lives. From in-house research around gender differences in educational spaces to the relationship of design with neuroscience, Ellen is always searching to bring learning environments to life through unique design solutions.
Ellen has researched, taught, designed, and participated in educational events throughout the world, which has helped her contribute to local and international projects at the firm. Before her role as a designer with Fielding, she researched and worked with award-winning firms in Ecuador, China, and Germany. She has taught as an assistant in sustainable systems coursework at the University of Michigan and has been invited to facilitate workshops at nationally renowned conferences, including the Deeper Learning conference and with the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools. Beyond her passion and pursuits in design, she enjoys adventure travel, culinary exploration, and outreach initiatives in her local community.
Ellen holds a B.S. in Architecture from Northeastern University, with a minor in International Affairs, and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan. Recent projects with Fielding include designs for an elementary school in Cedar Falls, Iowa; a master plan for an all girl’s catholic school in Virginia; and an early childhood education center in Shanghai, China.
I am beyond impressed with the knowledge and expertise that Ellen brings to the table each time we meet. She listens intently to the input being given and is able to bring our ideas to life in the next iteration... We are elated to have such a talented architect!”
Above: Content Courtesy of AIA Detroit Ellen's work draws specifically from the intersection of culture, community, and interactive design to form innovative solutions for dynamic and equitable educational environments. She designs local and international schools that re-imagine learning spaces through robust stakeholder engagement and visioning workshops. Read More 2022 AIA Detroit Young Architect Award Recipient, Ellen Duff, with members from the Fielding International Michigan Studio. Learn More https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjXEFQx0XBg
Education Talk Radio Podcast / Equity & Access https://open.spotify.com/episode/4wMJ4hra8fcnQnoFWMyrzx?si=33e013e09a2c426c Featuring Fielding International’s Ellen Duff, AIA, NCARB, Michael Posthumus, and Kim Rowland from Grand Rapids Public Schools on the Education Talk Radio Podcast with Larry Jacobs.
Education Talk Radio Podcast / Equity & Access Featuring Fielding International's Ellen Duff, AIA, NCARB, and Danielle Weitzman on the Education Talk Radio Podcast with Larry Jacobs discussing Their work at Magnificat High School in Rocky River, Ohio.
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