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Elin Corneil was born in Trondheim Norway on July 23, 1935. She graduated with a diploma from the department of architecture at the Norwegian Institute of Technology, Trondheim, in 1962. Elin taught in Norway at the Norwegian Institute of Technology, and in the Faculty of Architecture at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She has also lectured at the University of Toronto, and the MIT School of Architecture in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Most recently Elin held the Visiting Critic Master’s Studio at the School of Architecture, University College Dulbin.
Elin has been a member of the Council of the Trondheim Architectural Association, the Committee of the Museum Norwegian Fish Industry Museum, a founding member on the committee for documentation of the Norwegian Iron and Steel Industy, and Chairman for the ‘Amelia Earhart’ Stipend committee. The Corneils now teach and practice in Norway full time.
Awards include: Medal, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, 1957; Massey Medal, 1971; Governor General's Medal (Ontario), 1992.