Elizabeth Silver
Associate Principal, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

Elizabeth’s architectural and urban design background provides her with a broad understanding of complex built environments, systems, structures, and the influences that shape them. Elizabeth has led design and planning teams for projects including Hudson Park and Boulevard in New York City, Jacob Javits Plaza in NYC, Princeton University’s 2026 Campus Framework Plan, the 300-acre Lower Don Lands Urban Estuary in Toronto, and the Trinity River Park in Dallas, TX.Elizabeth has lectured on MVVA’s multifaceted planning and design work at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, and The City College of New York. In 2014, she was the keynote speaker at the ISALA Annual Conference in Beer Sheva, Israel, and in 2015 she lectured on MVVA’s Corktown Common project at the Cultural Landscape Foundation in Toronto, Canada. Elizabeth is an ongoing participant in the emerging Great Lakes Project, “Greatness”, hosted by The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.Prior to joining MVVA, Elizabeth practiced as an architectural designer at the Los Angeles-based firm of R.L. Binder, FAIA Architecture & Planning. Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art from Yale University and her Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.