Elisa Orlanski Ours
This fixer brings a varied background in academia, architecture, and construction to her management role at one of New York City’s blue-chip development firms.
Elisa Orlanski Ours has spent seven years as vice president of Corcoran Sunshine Marketing Group’s Planning & Design department, which she founded after graduating with a master’s in architecture and four years of on-the-job experience as a construction manager. At this point, Ours has worked on more than 100 properties, notching over 6,500 residences, 1,400 kitchens, and 1,000 bathrooms on her proverbial belt.
Somewhere in that tightly packed day planner, she schedules time to lead real estate–focused workshops at Columbia University, her alma mater. Ours explains that there is an “innate allure to the academic commitment of teaching future generations,” and the university’s Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE) program fuses architecture, construction, real estate, urban design, planning, and marketing in a manner very similar to her own career path. She’s come a long way from the days of wearing her husband’s clothes to a building site, observing that “I am seeing a lot more women in construction now, which is really refreshing. And the women who have construction backgrounds excel faster in architecture because they have more experience and a greater skill set to bring to the table.”