Elizabeth Graziolo A 1995

Running For: 2018-19 Nominating Committee

Campaign Statement

Cooper Union is a unique institution and we must seek out, vet and secure leadership candidates that will excel in this environment. I am well suited to the task of identifying these individuals for two reasons: as an alumni of Cooper I am intimately familiar with the school’s mission having lived and breathed it, and as a board member of the Museum of the City of New York I served on their nominating committee giving me invaluable insight that will help me identify people that possess the must-have qualities that will aid CUAA moving forward. It would be an honor to be part of Peter Cooper’s vision by serving.


Elizabeth Graziolo joined Peter Pennoyer Architects (PPA) in 1998 and has been a partner at the firm since 2005. At PPA, she has directed a range of projects, both in the United States and abroad, including private houses and residential developments. Elizabeth has been responsible for renovations and reconstructions of townhouses and apartments in New York City, new residences in Maine and Massachusetts, a luxury townhouse development on the Peak in Hong Kong, and a residential development in Dalian, China, for which she led the site master planning and the design and development of thirty-nine townhouses. She recently led a team through the construction of 151 East 78th Street, a new 17-story condominium on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Elizabeth’s work at PPA has been widely published in newspapers, books, and periodicals, including The Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and A Field Guide to American Architecture, which included her project, a Federal style house in Massachusetts, as a paradigm for new classical architecture designed to be contextual with its historic setting. Elizabeth is a member of the board of trustees of The Museum of the City of New York and serves on the Delano & Aldrich/Emerson Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects. She has presented at international conferences for L’ARDEPA, an architecture and educational organization based in France and is a guest speaker for the senior professional practice class at The Cooper Union in New York. Elizabeth received her Bachelor of Architecture from The Cooper Union. She is a registered architect in the State of New York and a member of the American Institute of Architects. Elizabeth was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and is fluent in French. She is a member of Wu Mei Kung Fu, the Chinese martial arts association and is recognized for her skill in the ancient martial arts.

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