Boston, MA, USA
Giovanna joined MASS in 2016. Born and raised in a low income neighborhood on the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Brazil, she experienced first hand the detrimental impacts rapid and unregulated development had on her community, which now informs her work as a designer. She has contributed to a range of projects at MASS including the design of the campus master plan for the Haitian Education and Leadership Program (HELP), the interdisciplinary research on the relation of urban design and the treatment of opioid patients facing homelessness at the Massachusetts Avenue Corridor, and the MASS Monograph.
Most recently, in addition to working in the design team, she leads the Business Development department operations at the Boston and Kigali offices. Prior to joining MASS, she worked at YouthBuild Boston in Construction Administration of LEED Affordable Housing in the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan, and as the city of Boston AIA 2030 Challenge Fellow, where she headed the data collection and analysis for all signatory firms in the region. While pursuing her degree in Environmental and Interior Design, Giovanna worked as a carpenter, where she did everything from framing to demolition of homes - she is a strong advocate for women in the trades. Giovanna is currently pursuing her Bachelor of Architecture at the Boston Architectural College developing her thesis project on informal settlements.