Eleanor Pries

Eleanor Pries


Master of Architecture, UC Berkeley

Master of Architectural History and Theory, University of Virginia

Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University


Trained in architecture, architectural history, art, landscape theory and urbanism, Eleanor Pries approaches design as operative spaces and components within larger, complex systems and ecological processes, largely enabled by material capacities. In addition to teaching and research, Pries leads Giant Order, a small design practice that works across scales designing spaces, cities, and strategies. Giant Order supports vision with system, leveraging data, research, and visualization. Her work engages the macro and the micro — with sites ranging from regional watersheds, to sectors of cities, underpasses, houses, installations and parklets. Pries was previously a Partner at SITELAB urban studio and a project manager at SMWM in San Francisco and The Cecil Group in Boston.

Pries has taught, reviewed, or lectured at CCA, MIT, UC Berkeley, UVA, and WIT as well as within the private sector. She is the Advisory Board Chair of Youth Art Exchange and is an avid surfer.