Deanna is from New York City, via Fort Lauderdale, but she doesn't quite consider either home. She went to Florida State University and ended up with a degree in art history, with minor concentrations in psychology and museum studies after having spent considerable time as both a dance major and an art therapy major. She ended up studying architecture somewhat on a whim with just the general idea that she enjoyed being creative, wanted to do something practical and wanted to contribute to the world around her. Luckily architecture has been a perfect fit.
Travel would be her hobby of choice if she had enough money, she says "seeing new things with fresh eyes really awakens my sense of self and the world." She enjoys traveling domestically and internationally and has particularly enjoyed her time studying and living abroad. Deanna studied avant-garde art in Paris during undergrad and architecture this past summer in Madrid with other BAC students, led by Rich Griswold and Jovi Cruces. It was in Spain where she began to discover parts of architecture that interest her most; she finds herself drawn to museum and exhibition design- wayfinding, lighting, and synthesis of architecture and object particularly- which became the focus of her research while in Spain. She says "there is no greater potential to create a full experience than when guiding someone through a space where their only responsibility is to reflect."
Deanna currently works at Addo Novo, a furniture showroom in the South End where she assists clients with furniture selection as well as helping them design their homes through full consultations. Previously, she worked on the Women's Lunch Place/Church of the Covenant Gateway Project as an interior designer before continuing with the project as an intern creating construction documents at Arrowstreet Architects.
Deanna was elected to Atelier at the end of her first year at the BAC and was the head of LoftArt, an initiative to expose students to each others work by exhibiting work in the Loft of the Newbury St. building as part of her role as Student Representative for the 2011-2012 academic year.