Ellie became involved in ASF-UK following the Change by Design workshop held in 2013 in Quito, Ecuador. Following this she continued working in the informal settlement of Atucucho for four months, developing an Improvements Plan for the district, utilising the participatory design methodology. This plan linked the community to the wider urban dynamics of Quito, forming ways to leverage power with the municipality and integrate top-down and grass-roots approaches to development.
She has worked on low-environmental impact construction in Peru and an informal urbanism project in Spain. She completed her studies at Cardiff University and works as an Architect in London.