Bringing honesty to creativity and collaboration.
Elisa specializes in the strategy and design of experiences for the places where we live, work, learn and gather. With a Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University, she brings the discipline of scientific process and thinking to the art of creative problem-solving. Elisa has worked extensively in design for the built environment, including stints as Creative Director for large retail firms. Her design portfolio includes many high-profile installations, as well as large scale brand and retail systems for clients that can be found across the country. In 2011, she founded Winter Holben Design and then expanded the firm in 2015 to add architecture and become a full-service multidisciplinary firm in partnership with her husband. Today she continues to work with top tier organizations (including Bank of America and Procter & Gamble) as well as local and regional cultural institutions and businesses. Elisa is dedicated to the value of design and design thinking as a means to enhance communities and has donated work to several local organizations including 3S Artspace, The African Burying Ground, and Seacoast Science Center.