Erika Benson

Erika Benson

New York, NY, US


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Architecture for Humanity New York City Chapter, New York, NY, US, Director of Development

- Served on the Board of Directors for a volunteer-run organization.
- Created the budget for the 2014FY.
- Assisted in drafting the organization’s five year strategic plan.
- Created and implemented a design competition for the New York City social sector.

Sep 2013 - current

Solar One, New York, NY, US, Assistant Project Manager

- Served as Assistant Project Manager for the Solar 2 project; a fully resilient, LEED Platinum, environmental community center located in Stuyvesant Cove Park
- Wrote two grants through the New York State Consolidated Funding Application Process to NYSERDA and NYSEFC
-Completed the first draft of NYCEDC's Neighborhood Game Changer Grant

May 2013 - Aug 2013

Secretaria de Turismo-Municipality of Matagalpa, Matagalpa, Nicaragua, Project Designer

- Completed schematics through construction documents using Revit for the eco-tourism project Biologico Interpretativo El Arenal.
Artesania Matagalpa, and Eco-tourism infrastructure in La Siare y La Granja.
- Successfully won a grant for $300,000 from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for the construction of Museo Biologico Interpretativo El Arenal.
- Developed new techniques for building with bamboo and adobe pre-fabricated panels.

Jan 2011 - Aug 2012

ODESAR, Matagalpa, Nicaragua, Project Designer

-Designed and constructed two branch offices in La Dalia and Esquipulas; a Preschool and Park in La Dalia; and an Auditorium for ODESAR's Agricultural Center in San Dionisio using Autocad.

Sep 2010 - Nov 2011


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Masters, School of International and Public Affairs

Master of International Affairs
Concentration in Urban Policy
Specialization in Management

Sep 2012 - May 2014

University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Graduated Magna Cum Laude
Awards: Discovery Scholar (Award for Outstanding Research Project), Recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for Leadership (Department Award for Academics and Service), Recipient of The Order of the Laurel and Palm for Leadership and Academic Achievement (University Award for Academics and Service)

Sep 2005 - May 2010


Discovery Scholar, Award

Award for Outstanding Research Project, University of Southern California


Order of the Laurel and Palm, Award

University Award for Academics and Service, University of Southern California


Alpha Rho Chi Medal for Leadership, Award

Department of Architecture Award for Academics and Service, University of Southern California


Areas of Specialization 


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