Upon obtaining a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University in 1985, Elliott Barnes began his professional career in the Los Angeles offices of Arthur Erickson Architects. In 1987 he met Andrée Putman who proposed that he join her office in Paris. Project designer and then partner, he became director of the firm in 1997. He contributed to the development and expansion of the office and its projects until 2003. Simultaneously, he pursued an academic career teaching in renowned universities in the United States and from 1993 until 1995 at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris (ENSAD). In 2004 he founded the office of elliott barnes interiors, EBI to express his own pure and eclectic vision. The offices of ebi, is called upon for upscale high end project such as private residences, boutiques, hotels, spas, and institutional spaces. The office works in France, Germany, Austria, Russia and Japan.