Laura Elbogen grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana, with an affinity for art and architecture from girlhood. Inspired by an art-loving grandmother, she sketched landmarks―houses, public buildings―from the age of five or six. She easily selected art and archaeology as her Princeton major. “I do believe in the power of design to transform our experience,” she says. “Spaces shape our lives.” She sometimes traded her sketchpad for a tennis racket; at Princeton she played varsity tennis for four years.
She met her husband, classmate Brian Elbogen, in a history of photography course taught by Elizabeth Anne McCauley, the David Hunter McAlpin Professor of the History of Photography and Modern Art. She has been an AG volunteer since senior year and is now participation solicitor for her class. “Princeton was, and is, a great thing in my life,” she says. “I have always felt strongly that I should contribute to the University in any way I can.” She notes her commitment to Princeton was influenced by her father, who is a dedicated alumnus of his own alma mater, Hanover College in Hanover, Indiana. Post graduation she worked in fashion and design at Kate Spade, Brooks Brothers, and Richard Meier & Partners Architects. She also spent several years at the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter/Center for Architecture, helping to start Archtober, Manhattan’s month-long festival of architecture activities, programs, and exhibitions.
Laura and Brian became engaged at their fourth reunion, and were married a year later in the University Chapel. It was the invitations she designed for their wedding that inspired the Laura Ann Ivy Campus and Chapel invitation series she now creates for LAURA ANN (www.lauraannstudio.com). She also designs wedding invitation packages for Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Columbia, and Harvard chapel weddings. Specializing in watercolor and ink, she creates house portraits and other landmark art as well.
A special line, Tiger Spirit greeting cards, is available at the University Store. A percentage of profit benefits the Class of 2007 Dean Fred Hargadon Memorial Endowment Fund. “We were the last class Dean Fred admitted, and we all felt very close to him,” she says.
She and Brian, who works in product development for FirstREX, a home financing organization, live in San Francisco, with baby son Evan. She has started Museum Mamas, “group visits for moms, dads, and babies to a different Bay Area museum or cultural institution each month for fellowship, learning, and to help families tap into local arts education programs.”