Anastasia Congdon is an architectural designer and artist based in Gambier, OH, and is certified by Passive House Institute, US (PHIUS). In addition to her architectural practice, Anastasia has founded a small democratic school based on the Sudbury Valley School in Framingham MA. Anastasia has taught art and architecture at Rhode Island School of Design where she lead advanced studios, seminars, core urban design and design principles classes. She has worked internationally with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects, where she was lead designer on four high profile retail environments for Apple Computer in Japan. She has also led projects for agps architects based in Los Angles and Zurich, and Friedrich St.Florian Architects in Providence where she was Senior Associate. She has taught architecture studios and architectural history at California College of the Arts, Pasadena City College, and UC Berkeley. She recently taught a 6 week seminar at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China, under the invitation of Wang Shu of Amateur Architects.
She received her Master of Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was awarded the John K Branner Fellowship in recognition of excellence in thesis research, with funding for one year of international travel, and the ILAUD Fellowship for six weeks’ study in Venice Italy. Her early training was in film-making and cinematography, she studied critical theory at the Sorbonne in Paris for one year, and she worked nationally as a cinematographer for five years. She uses animation and drawing to explore phenomena & perception, scale, and the imagination. Other interests include urban agriculture and alternative food systems for cities.