CHRISTINA BROWN

SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina Exhibitor

North Carolina Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am inspired by the resilience of local communities, by the optimism of sustainable professionals, and by the excitement of everyday people who are trying to help make the world better, safer, and kinder.

CHRISTINA BROWN

Bio:

Growing up in 3 different countries that varied greatly from one another, I came to recognize and appreciate the role of nature in our built environment and our social fabric. Through my pursuit of sustainability, I have developed passion for social resilience, circular economy, systems thinking, ecological design, and computational design in architectural practice. I strive to integrate these different aspects into my work to produce a positive impact environmentally and socially.

 

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

My wellbeing and personality was greatly influenced by the built environment. It shaped who I am, how I perceived the world, and how I interacted with others. This developed into my passion for how we could design more inclusively and sustainably.

What do you do?

I am an architectural designer at Kohn Pedersen Fox in New York City, but I am also pursuing research and engagement in discussions of sustainability, justice, and equity in the built environment.

What excites you in the work you do?

Making positive impact through system-thinking that relate to both the larger environmental ecosystem and the local communities involved excites me. Exploring new potentials and synergies for environmentally and socially just design also excite me.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am inspired by the resilience of local communities, by the optimism of sustainable professionals, and by the excitement of everyday people who are trying to help make the world better, safer, and kinder.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

The development of my thesis and presenting it at several international conferences is my proudest achievement so far. I firmly believe that it is one crucial piece to addressing the wicked problems we face today.

Featured Project Name: 

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

 

Featured Project Location: 

Pittsburgh

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

December 2020

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Thesis

 

Featured Project Description:

As global warming accelerates, buildings currently account for 39% of energy-related carbon dioxide emissions annually. Despite this fact, architecture is increasingly designed to be internalized, which not only increase energy consumption, but also creates spaces where people disassociate from their community. This thesis reimagines spatial boundaries to be 'externalized', and explores the environmental and social impacts of externalizing programs through both design evaluation and morphology.

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