Anastasia Congdon is an architectural designer and educator in Providence, RI. She studied critical theory and film production at Northwestern University and the Sorbonne in Paris. She worked for five years as a cinematographer and documentary filmmaker before earning her Master of Architecture at UC Berkeley where she was awarded the John K. Branner travel fellowship for a year of funded travel research. Anastasia has over 10 years professional experience in architecture. She worked for 5 years with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects in San Francisco, collaborating with Eckersley O’Callaghan Structural Design on the glass stair, bridge and curtain wall designs for Apple Computer stores in Tokyo, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, and other cities in Japan. She also worked on the Children’s Museum: Los Angeles for AGPS architects in Los Angeles, and as Senior Associate at Friedrich St. Florian Architects in Providence, designing residential projects and a museum for the America’s Cup in Bristol, RI. She has her own practice in Providence, RI, focusing on adaptive reuse of buildings and their materials. She also collaborates with local urban agricultural organizations to study and implement the re-integration of agriculture into urban environments at the scale of the region, the neighborhood and the building.
Anastasia has taught design studios, core curriculum and seminars in the architecture department at RISD since 2008. As a teacher she emphasizes the architectural literacy achieved through drawing, and the role of the physical object in architectural thinking. Through the practice of both filmmaking and architecture she has explored the material nature of light, time and movement, and continues to study the role they play in the creative process. She has also taught at UC Berkeley, California College of Art and Pasadena City College. She has been a guest critic at UC Berkeley, UCLA, Sci-Arc, Woodbury University, MIT and Brown University.
- MARCH, University of California, Berkeley
- BS, Northwestern University
THE MAKING OF DESIGN PRINCIPLES