Christianna Bennett + Kirsten Catellier spent Saturday, January 12th judging at the Future City Competition - a project based program where students in grades 6-8th imagine, research, design + build cities of the future! 🏡 The competition was filled with TONS of creative+ inspiring ideas! .
Studio A is thrilled to announce the following -
Happy Fall! Check out the Fall 2018 Issue of Studio A’s Quarterly Newsletter, featuring updates on new projects, our team, and more!
We would like to congratulate Kirsten Catellier for being nominated + selected as the Eastern Section Chair for the NY Upstate Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects!
What a fun couple days at the ASLA Annual Meeting in Philly! Great speakers, connecting with old + new friends & exploring a beautiful city!
Meet Aaron Roberts! Have a question about plants? Want to design your dream backyard? Aaron is full of knowledge and design ideas! From choosing rain garden specific plants to shady plants or making sure the fire pit is in the perfect location, he can help!
Favorite recipe to cook:
Favorite vacation spot:
If we went to happy hour, what would you drink?
On Sunday mornings, you can usually find me…
“Working on my house”
Name three words that describe you professionally…
“Creative, inquisitive, motivated”
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.”
Studio A team members were in Waterford, NY last night for the Mohawk Gateway Streetscape Project workshop. Design elements were presented for transforming Waterford's Downtown along Saratoga Avenue, based on feedback and ideas from the local community at a previous presentation over the summer.
"On the Boards" with our friends at SD Atelier Architecture L.L.C.: Seagle Music Colony Master Plan! Located in Schroon Lake, NY, Seagle Music Colony is the oldest summer vocal program in the U.S.. Proposed improvements include a dining hall, Opera House + Performance Theater, dorms, + site amenities.
A whole different meaning to "living wall" - Check out this AMAZING rock/living wall literally right out the back door! Studio A completed the site design for this residence in Bolton Landing, NY.
The Studio A Summer 2018 Newsletter has been released!
Click on the link below to check out the inaugural quarterly edition of our Studio A Newsletter!
Thanks Albany Business Review for an exciting blurb on an upcoming project of Studio A's in Bolton Landing, NY!
Studio A is honored to be part of the team on this exciting project in Bolton Landing, NY!
Studio A is pleased to welcome Christianna Bennett, as a Landscape Designer to the firm. Christianna is a graduate from the Master of Landscape Architecture program at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. Her background includes a Bachelors in Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
She is interested in the social dimensions of landscape and in coupling daily learning in practice, with teaching young designers at the School of Architecture at Rensselaer. Her skills include site design, spatial visualization, landscape-related research and writing for publication.