Amanda Rhodes grew up in a cul-de-sac, which gave her freedom to imagine and create spaces. She earned her M.Arch from the University of Oregon, where she was a Teaching Fellow for the course, "Environmental Control Systems," which focuses on passive and energy efficient design. She worked as a Research Assistant for the Center for Housing Innovation, where she interviewed integrated design team members for a case study project sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council. She has also written about planning and design for a small newspaper. Her poem, Oscar Niemeyer, was published this year by Breakwater Review.