• global traveler| landscape architecture| visual artist| 
    cultural sociologist| startup designer| writer
  • Elizabeth Ulanova works at the intersection of culture, art, and tech. Based in Cambridge-Boston, she is at Harvard University Graduate School of Design for her professional master's degree (M.L.A, Landscape Architecture) on a full tuition Harvard Dean's Merit Scholarship. She is a first-generation graduate of both the University of Cambridge with her research master’s degree (M.Phil, Sociology of Media and Culture), where she was awarded a Twining Egginton Prize and of Columbia University with her bachelor’s degree (B.A, Visual Arts, Magna Cum Laude) with great distinction. In addition to her MLA studies, Elizabeth is a graduate teaching assistant at Harvard GSD, and building the gaming startup Recess at Harvard Innovation Lab.

    As a survivor of domestic and homicidal violence, a medical child of colored immigrants, and a comorbid neurodivergent, Elizabeth’s artistry is deeply shaped by fluid, psychological storytelling. As a vocally conceptual artist, her art style and practice are self-described as ‘fluid memory’, and she has exhibited original film and art in New York, England, and Boston. Within landscape architecture, Elizabeth’s cerebral designs are influenced by installation art, conceptual narration, and regenerative ecology, especially open spaces concerning the public memory.  As a sociologist, she has conducted original research in new media, such as the impact of social media on romantic relationships. California-born, Elizabeth is a New Yorker at heart and has lived in Asia and Europe.

    Elizabeth has a lifelong love for travel and has visited countries on five continents. Professionally, Elizabeth has held positions at startups and international organizations, such as national president for The Ivy League Council and co-head of the US expansion of Project Access International (New York). Prior to Columbia, she developed digital startups as the first-ever entrepreneur-in-residence for a biotech foundation (Boston), worked in business liaison, journalism, and corporate education (China), and studied Mandarin Chinese, after finishing high school early (California). Elizabeth's hobbies include urban dance, swimming, and cooking documentaries. She is the proud mom of two rescue pit bulls, Brave and Skylar, and can often be found driving with her dogs.

    #CerebralDesign #ConceptualNarrative #FluidMemory
  • Current Positions

    2022-2023

    For past positions and full resume, please refer to Linkedin (Linkedin here) and to view my resume (CV here)
    Interdisciplinary Experienced, Internationally Educated, Versatile Artisan
    Harvard University Graduate School of Design
    master's Degree
    master in landscape architecture - m.L.A, Dean's merit scholar
    2021-2025

    Professional master's degree program MLA I in the #1 ranked landscape architecture department
    •Honors: A full Harvard University Dean's Merit Scholarship for top-ranked incoming students at the GSD that covers 100% tuition. GSD Independent Study + Solo Exhibit (with Professor Ed Eigen).

    •Graduate Teaching Assistant: HIS 4141: Histories of Landscape Architecture I: Textuality and the Practice of Landscape Architecture

    •Cross Register Classes: MIT (School of Engineering)

    •Activities: Harvard Innovation Lab, Design.Able, GSD First-Generation Initiative, Design Entrepreneurs

    Harvard University Graduate School of Design
    graduate teaching assistant
    2022 - present

    Fall 2022: Histories of Landscape Architecture I: Textuality and the Practice of Landscape Architecture (HIS-4141)
    Graduate-Level Harvard Course for Professor Edward Eigen, Department of Landscape Architecture

    Harvard Innovation Labs
    Startup Founder and I-Lab Venture Member
    2022 - Present

    Building the startup Recess at Harvard I-Lab at Harvard Business School; I-Lab Venture Incubation Program: part of Harvard I-Lab Fall 2022 select cohort

    -Recess hosts outdoor game sessions for adults. "Recess Games" are 1-hour social fitness sessions, utilizing favorite childhood playground games

    Designer, Researcher, Visual Artist, Filmmaker, and Writer 
    Studio ulanova
    2016-Present

    Harvard University (2021-2025), University of Cambridge (2019-2020), Columbia University (2016-2019),
    •originally written research in cultural history, sociology, new media, art history, film history, architecture, ethnomusicology, and marine biology
    •originally produced, written, directed, and edited short films & video projects

    •original mixed media, kinetic art, sculpture, painting, printmaking, drawing, photography, and installation projects

    •originally designed landscape architecture studio projects
    (see the projects section below for details, conference presentations, and artistic exhibitions)

    University of Cambridge
    master's Degree
    master of philosophy - m.phil, sociology of media and culture
    2019-2020

    Research-based master's degree in Sociology. The Cambridge Department of Sociology is #1 ranked in UK league tables. Postgraduate at Downing College.
    Master's Thesis: "The Influence of Social Media on Modern Romantic Relationships" (Supervisor: Dr. Rikke Amundsen)
    Honors: The Mr and Mrs Geoffrey Twining Egginton Prize, Downing Graduate Conference (Select Research Presenter), Downing College MCR-SCR Seminar (Select Research Presenter), Downing College Twining Egginton Exhibition (Select Art Exhibitor), Downing College Cedar Tree Exhibition (Select Art Exhibitor), Seton Cavendish Bequest Grant
    Activities: Downing College MCR, Cambridge Tap and Jazz Dance Society, Cambridge Technology and New Media Research Cluster, Cambrovision. Initiated the creation of the first-ever art studio for students use at Downing College (first student beta user), and the first student to propose an art residency.

    Columbia University in the City of New York
    BAchelor's Degree
    Bachelor of arts - b.a, VisUal Arts, Cinematic arts, MaGna Cum Laude
    2016 - 2019

    3.86 GPA, FIRST CLASS

    Honors: Magna Cum Laude (High Honors/Great Distinction), Dean's List, Leadership Service Award, Senior Thesis Stipend Award, Senior Thesis Studio, Independent Study: Advanced Video (Department Chair, Matthew Buckingham), Tuition Scholarship, Junior Marshall Selectee, Spectator Senior Profile

    Senior Thesis: "Clashings of Art, Culture, and Technology in a Digital Anthropological World" (Advisors: Matthew Buckingham, Nicola Lopez, Serra Victoria Fels)
    Activities: Ivy Council National, Ivy Council Steering, First Generation Student Advisory Board, Orientation Leader, Peer Mentor, Ivy Policy Conference, Ivy Leadership Summit, Spring Gala Design Co-Chair, Apollo Society, One For The World, Latin Dance
    Courses Taken: Visual Art, Art History, Architecture, Global History, Literature, Ethnomusicology, and Biological Sciences. Additional courses: Chinese Language and Literature (Chongqing University), and Social and Computer Sciences (Harvard University)

  • Select Visual Art and Film

    The process and concept behind my projects are the most crucial aspect of my artistic practice. To me, the journey of making is even more important than the final product.

    2022:

    Alchemy: Between the Past and Magic

     

    Ongoing Project

    2022: 

    Swan Song

    A Conceptual Art Video

    2021:

    Process on Palka: In Collaboration with Anna Stevens

     

    See Series Video Above

    2021:

    "Galaxy"

     

    See Series Portfolio Here

    2020:
    Sensory: A Collection of Fluid Acrylics

    See Full Series Here

    2018 - 2020:
    Elizabeth Ulanova Official
    Portfolio
     
    Visual Art, Film and Mixed Media

    See Full Portfolio Here

    2018:
    Clashings of Art, Culture, and Technology in a Digital Anthropological World

    See Full Series Here

  • Select Past Collections
    Project Synthesis: A Park to Recover
    Herter Park

    2021

    Project PPE: Protest, Protect, Empower: A Plaza for Protestors,

    2021

    Project Meta-Marble: A Courtyard to Reflect

    2021

    Project Street Pool: A Street of Access

    2o21

    Minerals

    2020

    Conceptual Short Film

    2018

     

    As a part of "Clashings" series

    Conceptual Short Film

    2018

     

    As a part of "Clashings" series

    Conceptual Short Film

    2018

     

    As a part of "Clashings" series

    Kinetic Sculpture and Video Installation

    2018

     

    As a part of "Clashings" series

    Kinetic Sculpture and Video Installation

    2018

     

    As a part of "Clashings" series

    Human Wifi

    Kinetic Sculpture and Performance Installation

    2018

     

    As a part of "Clashings" series

    Conceptual Art Video

    2018

     

    As a part of "Self-Portraiture" series

    Narratus

    Mixed Media

    2017

    Patere

    Photography and Silkscreen Printmaking

    2017

    Zane

    Conceptual Short Film

    2017

    PenPairs: A Meaningful Connection

    2016

  • Select Recent Projects
    Art Projects, Productions, Exhibitions, and Presentations
    2016 - Present

    Originally produced, written, directed, and edited original short films & video projects, original architectural designs, as well as original mixed media, sculpture, painting, and kinetic art installation projects.

     

    Ongoing Art Projects: 

    • "Alchemy" Between the Past and Magic, 2022
    • "Swan Song" A Conceptual Art Video, 2022

    Select Exhibitions:

    • 2022 - "Alchemy: Between the Past and Magic" (Solo: Elizabeth Ulanova), Independent Study Exhibition, Gund Hall, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Upcoming

    • 2021 - "Design Award 2021 Exhibition" A + D Architecture and Design Museum, Los Angeles, California (In Collaboration with Anna Stevens for "Palka")

    • 2021 - "Fall 2021 Core I Studio Exhibitions" Gund Hall, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts

    • 2020 - "Twining Egginton 2020 Exhibition" Heong Gallery, Cambridge, England (Covid Canceled)

    • 2020 - "Twining Egginton 2020 Exhibition" Downing College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England (Virtual Exhibit)

    • 2020 - "Cedar Tree Exhibition" Battcock Lodge, Downing College, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England

    • 2018 - "Fall 2018 Senior Thesis Presentation", Leroy Neiman Gallery, Manhattan, New York

    • 2018 - "Fall 2018 Visual Arts Department Exhibition" Prentis Hall, Columbia University, Manhattan, New York

    • -"Spring 2018 Visual Arts Department Exhibition" Prentis Hall, Columbia University, Manhattan, New York

    • 2017 - "Fall 2017 Visual Arts Department Exhibition" Prentis Hall, Columbia University, Manhattan, New York.

    • -"Spring 2017 Visual Arts Department Exhibition" Prentis Hall, Columbia University, Manhattan, New York

    • 2016 - "Fall 2016 Architecture Department Exhibition", Columbia University, Manhattan, New York

    Select Presentations and Press
    • 2022 - Guest Lecture, "On Chinese Cultural Implementation, Desecration, and Exportation", HIS 4141: Histories of Landscape Architecture I: Textuality and the Practice of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design
    • 2021 - Press, Notable Alumni, Alumni Notes, The Owl Magazine, Columbia University
    • 2020 - Lecture, "The Influence of Social Media on Modern Romantic Relationships", Downing Graduate Conference, Downing College, University of Cambridge
    • 2020 - Lecture, "Social Intimacy In An Age of Technology Inspired Culture", MCR Seminar, Downing College, University of Cambridge
    • 2019 - Press, "Elizabeth Ulanova Is Where Art Meets Technology Meets Axe Throwing", The Eye Feature, Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia University
    Landscape Architecture Designs
    2021 - Present

    Original designs, in response to studio projects at Harvard Graduate School of Design MLA I.

     

    Recent Projects: 

    1. Alchemy: Between the Past and Magic, Fall 2022
    2. Project Eden: A Cemetery for Regeneration, Spring 2022
    3. Project Synthesis: A Park to Recover, Fall 2021
    4. Project Eco: A Collection of Fluid Plants, Fall 2021
    5. Project Derive: A Galaxy of Possibilities, Fall 2021
    6. Project PPE: Protest, Protect, Empower: A Plaza for Protestors, Fall 2021
    7. Project Meta-Marble: A Courtyard to Reflect, Fall 2021
    8. Project Street Pool: A Street of Access, Summer 2021
       

    Exhibitions:

    • Fall 2022 - "Alchemy: Between the Past and Magic" (Solo: Elizabeth Ulanova), Independent Study Exhibition, Gund Hall, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Upcoming

    • Fall 2021 - "Fall 2021 Core I Studio Exhibition", Gund Hall, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Select Research
    "The Influence of Social Media on Modern Romantic Relationships" 2019-2020
    graduate SOCIOLOGY research thesis conducted at the University of Cambridge, department of sociology. supervisor: dr. rikke amundsen

    The role of social media technology has had a profound influence on modern romantic relationships in the past decade. This dissertation critically reviews empirical literature from the field of new media studies (situated within the broader field of media and communications) that focus on the heightened impact of social media usage in the beginning to maintenance stages of romantic relationships. Moreover, gaps in the current literature are explored, such as limitations in the demographics and romantic relationship stages that are analyzed for data collection. For example, the paucity of published literature regarding how social media affects relationships past once users meet their partners is examined. Furthermore, this review questions the scope and focus of existing empirical case studies as well as highlights the importance of literary representation and the cruciality of diversity in this emerging field. It is important to note that this research is focused specifically on social media (such as Facebook), however, this does not exclude dating websites and applications (such as Tinder) that utilize social media profiles within its algorithms. Ultimately, future research must become more invested in inclusivity, namely who and what is represented both topically and empirically, to allow for more insightful exploration into this burgeoning research area regarding the influence of social media on modern romantic relationships.

     

    Conference Presentations:

    • October 2020: Downing College, University of Cambridge, Downing Graduate Conference 2020 (Select Research Presenter) - "The Influence of Social Media on Modern Romantic Relationships"

    • January 2020: Downing College, University of Cambridge, MCR-SCR Seminar Night (Select Main Research Speaker) - "Social Intimacy in an Age of Tech-Inspired-Culture"

    "Clashings of Art, Culture, and Technology in a Digital Anthropological World" 2018
    studio-based thesis composed of a series of original short films, kinetic art installations, and academic inquiry. Conducted via both Columbia University Visual Arts Honors Senior Thesis I (advanced video) & senior thesis II studio as well as Honors Independent Studies. Projects Supervised by Matthew Buckingham (Department Chair), Nicola Lopez (Department Director), Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels, and sondra perry.

    For my theses at Columbia University, I created original short films and installations that showcased alternative universes set in the immediate future. These storylines were centered around the modification or mediation of human behavior through fictional technology. For example, “Voices” critiqued the nature of internal transparency and surveillance within society, through the lens of a fictionalized world that mandates its citizens to wear telepathic brain microchips. Likewise, “Remember” focused on the subjective role of memory through the apparatus of glasses that record and playback every one of life’s moments. The goal of these projects was to present the sociological questions that inevitably arise when technology and culture overlap. Hence, I wanted audiences to digest my hypotheses in an engaging, visceral manner (through media) while I visually critiqued our human behavioral and cultural patterns. In my last thesis film “Connection," I focused on social interactivity and the role of self-medication through the framework of bioengineered pills that induce apathy. Live installations that included the utilization of video projection, sculpture, and paintings, such as “Cracked”, “Screens”, and “Body”, were also produced as tangible mixed collages that sought to create said dialogue in the physical sphere. In conclusion, I did not seek to predict the future, but rather to continually analyze and synthesize the influence of technology-inspired-cultures and culture-inspired-technology.

     

    Exhibition: Leroy Neiman Gallery, December 2018, Manhattan, New York.

  • Select Writings
    For academic papers please view my academia, and for poetry please view my medium
  • Select Press
    University of Cambridge

    Downing College Cambridge Graduate Conference 2020

    University of Cambridge

    The Mr and Mrs Geoffrey Twining Egginton 2020 Exhibition

     

    Downing College Cambridge

    University of Cambridge

    Cedar Tree Exhibition 2020

     

    Downing College Cambridge

    University of Cambridge

    Downing College MCR-SCR Night 2020

    Leroy Neiman Gallery Exhibition

    Columbia University

    2018

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