Celeste received her Master’s degree in Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) after studying at Texas Tech University for her undergraduate degree in Architecture. During her time at RISD she received the Graduate Thesis Award for her work, “The Orientation of the Outlier”: a pursuit in developing a language of mediation and intervention along the United States and Mexican border. Continuation of this research after graduation was made possible when she was awarded the 2017 RISD Alumni Travel Grant. Throughout her research, she developed an understanding of the role architecture plays in developing a means of representation and expression when designing for those who are typically marginalized or under-represented.
Prior to working at FNI, Celeste has had the opportunity to work with students at both the high school level as well as varied collegiate levels in developing their design skills in their pursuit of an education in architectural design. While working at FNI, she has continued her interest in working with students through her involvement and review of various workshops and activities that are developed in pursuit of the student’s personal expression of spaces that are centered around their needs. These activities have played an active role in the design process of various learning spaces she has worked on.
Additional skills she gained during her education and those she continues to develop with her work at FNI include proficiency in 3D modeling software: Revit (BIM software), Rhino3D; 2D software: AutoCAD, the Adobe Creative Suites and Microsoft Office Suite as well as other graphic representational tools of sketching and traditional drafting.