Ellen Winkler is a cultivator of possibility. As the Co-Founder and Partner of INDUSTRY, she is one of the most influential urban planners in America. As a master designer, real estate visionary and placemaking expert, Ellen leverages insight to understand community needs.
With a talent for curating memorable activations and spaces, she is considered one of the founders of experiential design specializing in bringing client vision into reality. Ellen heads up all design on each INDUSTRY property (with four nationwide and counting), offering a personalized approach to every venture that better understands local dynamics. Now she has entered the urban planning world and is leading the design of over 30 acres in downtown Salt Lake City. These blocks will transform the city and update how city dwellers live, work, enjoy and congregate.
Ellen’s cumulative career encompasses a deeply rooted set of skills that allows her to elevate properties, thinking holistically to deliver an end-to-end experience. Her entrepreneurial spirit led to the ownership and management of Drumbeat, a progressive architecture, interior, and brand firm that transforms spaces for large and small-scale clients alike. Ellen’s design-thinking can be experienced in first-of-their-kind properties in urban metropolises across the country.
As a community leader, her commitment to evolving people and places translates to an extensive resume of volunteering and nonprofit work, garnering her the Women’s Chamber of Commerce Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Colorado, the Downtown Denver Champion Award, and the Urban Land Institute Impact Award.