Celeste received her Master’s Degree in Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). 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. After graduating she was awarded the 2017 Alumni Travel Grant to continue her thesis work. Throughout her research, she developed an understanding of the role architecture plays in developing a means of representation for those who are typically marginalized or unrepresented when designing “good architecture”. This new agency led her to the work of Fielding Nair International (FNI) because of the attention they place on school design to the teaching and learning process, as well as the importance of the unique wants and needs of each student’s learning experience.
At FNI she has worked closely on the project with Col.legi Montserrat, a leader in educational innovation, to create diverse and forward thinking learning environments for their early childhood. Her current work includes an extensive Master Plan for the city of Cranston, Rhode Island. This project gives her the opportunity to not only develop an urban strategy for one of the largest districts in the state, but also allows her to work personally with educators and students close to home.
For her undergraduate studies, Celeste pursued a degree in architecture at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. From both schools, she was able to develop a proficiency in various 2D and 3D means of representation, including Revit, AutoCAD, Rhino3D and the various graphic tools in the Adobe Creative Suite.