Meet Darla Elsbernd (Architect) – In A Minute Portrait (Week 332)

Darla Elsbernd is an architect, an urban adventurer and a traveler. She’s also one of my best friends.

Darla Elsbernd works at the prestigious New York City firm Ennea Architects, which specializes in work for cultural, educational, governmental and scientific not-for-profit institutions. She continues to impress me with the big and well-known projects she gets to work on.

As you will hear in the video, Darla grew up in Iowa and now lives in Brooklyn. We met at an independent filmmaker event in New York over ten years ago and became fast friends. Darla is incredibly kind, thoughtful, supportive, generous, spontaneous and loads of fun! I don’t think I know anyone who more actively participates in cultural events and city life.

She’s my biggest inspiration in getting out of the house and experiencing the world. If she’s not at work, she seems to always be at an independent film screening, an exhibit, a concert, singing karaoke or playing in a skee ball league. She’s a true adventurer by always going out there and trying something new. And if your band is playing, your movie is showing or you’re having some other event, she will definitely be there to support you. Nobody makes me miss New York City as much as Darla does. Fortunately, she’s eased my longing by coming to visit me frequently since I moved to Colorado.

Darla also inspires me through all her travels around the world. When I went on my first big trip in forever, we overlapped in Thailand for just a day, before she and her family were off to Vietnam. It was fantastic to tag along on their packed itinerary for a day and see the ease with which she dove into unexplored territory.

The photos of Iowa farm and farm land were taken by Darla; the pictures from RAGBRAI (the Iowa bike tour) were taken by Susie Wilson; I took the one of Darla in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Thank you, Darla, for letting me make this video of you… and for always being such an amazing friend to me. It’s comforting to know that I can always count on you!

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