Meet Christianna Bennett (or CB as we call her!) If she's not in our Studio being HIGHLY creative, you can find her at RPI where she is an adjunct professor in the Architecture program! No matter the time or day in our Studio, she's always got a smile on and loves brainstorming ideas!
Favorite vacation spot:
“Quebec City from a recent excursion! My boyfriend and I went in the dead of winter (which probably wasn’t the smartest idea) and it was the most magical place! Each year Quebec City hosts a winter carnival, “the Carnaval de Quebec,” during the month of February. It is absolute-zero, bone-chillingly freezing, but everyone there is super happy and friendly. There were crowds of people and families walking the beautiful historic promenade along the Terrasse Dufferin and all throughout the historic downtown. The old town in Quebec City was settled in the 16th century, and is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. The architecture is tiny and all made of stone. Also, the city is at a smaller scale than even some of the older cities throughout the Hudson Valley. Their public squares are enveloped with beautiful, light-blue stone structures, and are themselves quaint and festive. I very much recommend making the trip!!”
Cats or dogs?
“Horses! And dogs…and cats…and…all the animals!!”
What’s the most inspiring part of your job?
“For me, its the people I work with. I truly feel the team one surrounds themselves with can make or break good habits, bad habits, productivity, inspiration…et cetera. Especially in a creative field such as landscape architecture, where the need to support one another is fundamental, and where constantly being of assistance one another in producing new and promising ideas for the real world is truly paramount.”
What are you most passionate about professionally?
“I am very interested in the social and ethical responsibilities of landscape design. How the spaces we make are accessible and enjoyable by all (including our non-human companions - plants + animals). I’m really inspired by public parks, beaches, and waterways, for example, where various groups can come and go, and all have an opportunity to experience the same place, even if its at different times of the year, or for different reasons.”