The past few months have reinforced the importance of teamwork in the face of health challenges, and confrontation of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in society and in our profession. Our ongoing focus and attention on our team composition has allowed us to build, grow and develop our most valuable asset: our people. The most recent additions to our dynamic team bring talent, perspective, energy, creativity, and skill that make our solutions for each project unique to its special circumstances.
In today’s architectural workplace, only 17 percent of registered architects are women; almost half of the students in architectural programs in the US are now women. This number has increased steadily since the 1970’s, and the number of women in leadership roles in architecture is increasing. Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS remains committed to developing and promoting women’s growth in the profession to create a more representative mix. We are pleased to welcome four very talented women to our team hailing from various cities including Chicago, Pittsburgh, and San Juan, PR.
Zenairee Garcia, AIA
Zenairee is a licensed architect with experience in the design and construction of commercial, institutional, and government funded projects, including affordable housing and cultural spaces for the community. Zenairee graduated in 2011 with honors from the New School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico. She worked at a variety of architecture firms in Puerto Rico and Virginia, becoming a licensed architect in 2015. Zenairee is the Project Architect for AHC’s four-building affordable housing project, Fort Henry Gardens, in Arlington, VA, and for the headquarters for The Community Partnership for The Prevention of Homelessness on Kennedy Street, NW in Washington, DC. Outside of work, Zenairee enjoys hanging at the beach (“PR has the best ones!”), distance running, kickboxing, skiing, wine tasting, and cooking.
Casey Huntington, Associate AIA, LEED Green Associate
Casey, a 2019 University of Maryland graduate, completed her Master of Architecture and Master of Real Estate Development with an urban design certificate, and is Architectural Designer. Originally from Chicago, IL, she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Judson University in Illinois. Casey was a leader on the University of Maryland’s winning team for HUD’s Innovation in Affordable Housing Competition, and her thesis addressed urban planning policy and social equity. Casey interned in Chicago and Washington, DC on educational and multifamily work. Casey is a Project Designer on Fort Henry Gardens working on all aspects of design. Casey enjoys cooking and baking with her husband, taking long walks around DC with her dog, listening to podcasts, and learning to play the piano.
Caroline graduated in May 2020 with her Master of Architecture at Tulane University’s School of Architecture, and is a Project Designer. Caroline was President of the Alpha Rho Chi Professional Fraternity for Architecture and the Arts, and was recognized for her leadership skills and achievements in academia. Her thesis, called Symbiotic Architecture, aimed to address the issue of over population in sprawling cities that are about to experience a large increase in population, specifically Houston, Texas. Caroline interned with firms in New Orleans, Louisiana, and her hometown, Chicago, Illinois. Caroline is assisting with the design of the Brass Knob in Washington, DC. In her spare time, Caroline is a marathon runner and attempting to run a marathon in every state! “Covid-19 set me back in that process, but I’m back at it again and ready to run!”
Anna is a junior at The Catholic University of America, and joins B|HA as an intern enrolled in the NCARB IPAL program. The program offers an integrated path to licensure for students dedicated to becoming architects. Anna is passionate about architecture that makes a difference in the communities it serves, and excited to join our team to expand her knowledge about design and community engagement. At CUA, Anna is involved with AIAS, Habitat for Humanity and German club. Anna is assisting with the preparation of presentation drawings for the B|HA website, and on various project tasks. Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Anna has played the violin for 15 years, was a varsity rower, and enjoys sketching, learning languages, exploring new places in DC, and watching Seinfeld.
At Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS, we are always interested in discussing opportunities with passionate, talented individuals. We operate in a collegial studio environment and foster a collaborative culture that values our clients, the community, continuing education, and the advancement of our profession. Do you know someone who be a good fit for our team? Have them get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org.