Brianne joined MASS in May 2018, first as a Development Intern, and now a Junior Associate on the Development and Communications team. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2017, where she studied Women and Gender Studies and Global Sustainability. Her research focuses and interests lie at the intersection of public health, social justice, and the built environment, with a particular interest in affordable housing and sustainable, community-based design. During her time at UVA, she led an urban agriculture and social justice initiative in one of Charlottesville’s oldest public housing neighborhoods, taught a class on Food Justice in Charlottesville, and had the opportunity to lead a participatory design project in Khayelitsha, South Africa.
These experiences, among others, both inspired a fascination in the immense power our built environment has on our everyday experience, as well as instilled a curiosity to explore how good design, paired with thoughtful community engagement, can leave a positive, systemic impact. Following graduation, Brianne studied architecture in an intensive six-week post-baccalaureate program at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design. She plans to pursue a Master of Architecture in the future, where she hopes to deepen her understanding of how design can be used as a tool for health, justice, and empowerment.