Ellen is a registered architect in Queensland and Victoria with experience in architecture practices across South Australia, Victoria and Queensland. Ellen sits on the Sustainability Committee for the Queensland chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects. She received the 2020 Emerging Architect Prize (Qld State Award). The jury stated:
"As an emerging architect Ellen Buttrose has already executed some of the nation’s highest performing and most innovative sustainable projects amidst challenges of extreme climatic conditions, remote delivery and intercultural engagement. Ellen brings a local lens to global issues including climate change, indigenous empowerment and housing affordability. The jury was inspired by Ellen’s energy, ethics and competence. The 2020 Queensland Emerging Architect Prize is awarded to Ellen Buttrose in recognition of her unique accomplishments across all facets of practice, research and education and to provide a platform for the kind of leader the profession desires in its next generation of architects".
She has experience in community engagement from her time working at the Office for Design + Architecture SA (ODASA), where she worked on major public projects and on a community based advocacy project, "Project Tag".
Ellen also previously worked for Melbourne based architectural practice Six Degrees, working on institutional, cultural and civic projects that focussed on public interface and human centred experience. Ellen has worked collaboratively with clients across university and government sectors, and at local and state levels.