About

We are a multidisciplinary design studio based in San Francisco.

Our work spans multiple contexts to include creative direction, architecture, and product design.

Our practice is focused on projects that serve as a reflection of our time, current technology, and culture and places experience at the core of the design process in generating designs that captivate the senses and cultivate social inclusion and interaction.

Our mission is to invest time on projects that work towards the betterment of humanity, inspiring the way we live, learn, heal, work, and play. Sensitive to the ever-evolving needs of the built environment, our core areas of research have been net-zero energy and sustainable design, compact housing, and technology in design.

Architecture

We believe in architecture that is synonymous with its programmatic, contextual and environmental needs; manipulated to generate unconventional building constructs to establish new, balanced anatomy of forms. 

Our work is highly exploratory and research-oriented; grounded in a speculative process, promoting thinking, writing, and making. We use various digital technologies to advance the conceptual exploration of ideas. Interconnected to this, we deploy manual form of craftsmanship and continue to use drawing, painting and making by hand in creating new trajectories.

Interior Design

We collaborate with makers, artists, designers, and craftsmen to push the boundaries of design in each project and to provide our clients with spaces that are formed around their identity and requirements.

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Founder

Prior to launching her own studio, Elaheh Demirchelie served as Chief Creative Officer for Mark Cavagnero Associates in San Francisco and as Creative Director for various architecture and design companies in the past decade. Her professional architecture experience is marked by contributions to large-scale global projects during her time at John Portman & Associates and HKS Inc., among others.

She received a Master of Architecture with highest honors and a Bachelor of Science in architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology and is currently pursuing a Master of science in real estate development from Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Elaheh’s academic research focused extensively on sustainable design and environmental strategies. The same principles of social and environmental responsibility exist in the ethos of every project while collaborating with like-minded clients, users, contractors, and stakeholders.

Elaheh believes in the power of design as an instigator for change. As part of her personal investment to continually support education, she has served as faculty and invited juror of architecture in multiple collegiate settings, in pursuit of innovative pedagogies, specifically those applied to the beginning design students.

She is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

 

Featured Awards
Project

LEONOEL receives the First Award in RTF Awards 2021

LEONOEL is a sustainable fashion brand based in San Francisco, merging design, technology, and science in reducing the environmental footprint of garments through their entire lifecycle. Leonoel consists of 100% compostable, biodegradable, and reclaimed collection of clothes.

Global Design & Architecture Design Awards 2021
First Award | Category: Fashion, Lifestyle & Accessories

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2019 GOOD DESIGN® Award by The Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design and The European center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies

Awarded for Corporate Identity, Architecture and Design Industry.

2019 GOOD DESIGN® Award by The Chicago Athenaeum, Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, 2019 GOOD DESIGN® Award, Awarded for Corporate Identity, Architecture and Design Industry.

“Now in its 69th year, GOOD DESIGN® is one the oldest awards programs organized worldwide. Founded in Chicago in 1950 by the former MoMA curator Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., together with such pioneers in modern design as Charles and Ray Eames, Russel Wright, George Nelson, and Eero Saarinen, GOOD DESIGN® honors the yearly achievements of the best industrial and graphic designers and world manufacturers for their pursuit of extraordinary design excellence.”

 

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2019 Gold Recipient of the 13th International Design Awards, IDA

Category of Sustainable Fashion

Demirchelie received gold for her fashion startup LEONOEL; a San Francisco based sustainable fashion label, which intersects design, environmental science, and technology, contributing to the transformation of the fashion industry by inserting digital design in the process and striving to achieve the smallest environmental footprint throughout the entire life cycle of garments.

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2019 Hermes Creative Award – Gold Award

Awarded for Integrated Branding and Marketing Companies in the Architecture and Design Industry

Gold Award, Judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, Awarded for branding and market positioning companies in the Architecture and Design industry.

Hermes Creative Award is constructed by Society Awards’, which includes the Golden Globes, Emmy’s, MTV, Academy of Country Music, The Voice and Dancing with the Stars.

2020 A’ Design Award Grand Jury Panel, Lake Como, Italy

A’ Design Award Jury Member

 A’ Design Award Grand Jury Panel brings together the World’s leading design professionals, prominent academics, influential press members and leading experts in industry to recognize, cherish and value good design products, projects and services.

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2019 Honorable Mention by the International Design Awards, IDA

Micro Housing Awarded for Architectural Design

2019/2020 Honorable Mention by the International Design Awards, IDA, under the category of Architectural Design, for our Micro-housing development project in the city of San Francisco. 

2019 Winner of the London International Creative Awards

Awarded for Sustainable Fashion Design

LEONOEL is a San Francisco based sustainable fashion label that launched in 2019 intersecting design, science, and technology, contributing to the transformation of the fashion industry by inserting digital design in the process and striving to achieve the smallest environmental footprint throughout the entire life cycle of garments. 

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2019 Mill Valley Private Residence Wins Honorable Mention by the London International Creative Competition

Category of Architectural Design

Our Mill Valley Private Residence project receives an Honorable Mention from the London International Creative Awards.

Modest in scale and small in footprint, the 800 square-foot single-family residence located in Mill Valley, California, explores sustainability, materiality, and compact spatial planning, characterized by a minimal hyperrectangular form which informs the interior. Elements of volume, light, proportion, and materiality are orchestrated to respond to the project’s unique compact spatial challenges, echoing the juxtaposition of intimacy and openness.

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2019 Micro Housing Development Project, International Design Awards, IDA

Category of Architectural Design

The proposal tackles the problem of housing in the city of San Francisco, by carefully studying it through the lens of urban planning, environmental sustainability, social and psychological behavioral patterns and opens a new dialogue towards a more sustainable future inclusive of the many layers of individuals that help enrich our cities. The project is currently in conceptual phase of design with various micro unit configurations and facades in conceptual analysis.

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2019 A’ Design Award Grand Jury Panel, Lake Como, Italy

Grand Jury Panel

 A’ Design Award Grand Jury Panel brings together the World’s leading design professionals, prominent academics, influential press members and leading experts in industry to recognize, cherish and value good design products, projects and services.

The award is a source of inspiration for award-winning designers, artists, architects, brands and design agencies and recognizes excellent and original design work from across the globe.

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San Francisco

680 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA

General Inquiries: creative@demirchelie.com