Yael Erel graduated with honors from The Cooper Union School of Architecture where she received the Irma Giustino Weiss Prize for creative achievement. She is a registered architect in New York and Israel. In 2006, she co-founded YEStudio – Lightexture, a New York based collaboration with lighting designer Avner Ben Natan. Their work focuses on the interplay of architecture, art and light through building projects, lighting installations and the design and fabrication of light fixtures. Erel and Ben Natan have recently received a patent approval for an overlapping leaves mechanism that operates as a light control aperture. Her work has been published in Metropolis Magazine, artnow Magazine, Architect Magazine, and exhibited at the Krakow Biennial and in installations throughout New York City. Prior to founding YEStudio, Erel worked for the award-winning firm Diane Lewis Architect and ROART Inc. Erel taught at The Cooper Union, Harvard GSD, and has been teaching architecture as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University as well as Pratt Institute since 2004.