Eleni is an architect and academic with a research focus on urban commons, community empowerment, participation, and urban ecology. Specifically, her doctoral dissertation identified catalyzing spatial patterns of resident-led sharing culture practices within urban neighbourhoods. Eleni has worked on participatory planning and co-design projects in the US and UK and has taught on issues of urban ecology and the urban commons at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Sheffield.

Eleni’s role at Newham is as Lead Urban Designer, working to develop and deliver an exciting and progressive town centre strategy for Green Street (Upton Park), Forest Gate and East Ham. Her work involves carrying out research and analysis of the existing town centres, leading interactive co-design workshops with the local community and stakeholders and developing town centre strategies and a strong set of place principles for each town centre to guide future development.