Jenna Ciano, RA

Designer

When did you know you wanted to be an architect?

Officially – when I was about 10 years old. I used to hide a marble composition pad behind my textbooks in class and draw houses (exterior AND interior) during class. I got sidetracked in high school because I was too nervous to submit a portfolio for college. Luckily, I found my way and enrolled at Parsons during the summer of 2008, where I met Nora!

What’s the biggest highlight of your career?

Whenever someone tells me they saw a completed project I worked on. My favorites are an adaptive re-use in the Pacific Palisades and a L’Occitane store in Miami Beach.

Do you have any hidden talents?

You don’t want to mess with me in kickball – I’m pretty good at it.

What’s one accomplishment you’re most proud of?

I’ve completed 4 marathons! But, I recently got my architecture license, so that’s up there.

What’s the most unusual item in your desk drawer?

I have a little bottle of honey from Lithuania I use on special occasions.

Any other interesting fact about you?

Before grad school, I was really into running and cycling. I’ve completed multiple century bike rides (that’s 100 miles!). Now that I’m finished with my ARE, I hope to get back into it.

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