Ciana Frenze

Ciana Frenze

Brooklyn, NY, US

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I am a multidisciplinary designer based in Brooklyn, focusing on architectural explorations—both visual and written.

In 2013, I graduated from UMass Dartmouth with a BFA in Graphic Design and a concentration in tactile arts, specifically printmaking and bookmaking. 

After practicing communications design for almost six years—largely identity branding, infographics, print, and web design—my desire to expand my design vocabulary led me to architecture, particularly the way it shapes the minutiae of our lives.

In 2021, I received an M.Arch from Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture.



Places Journal, Brooklyn, NY, US, Fellow

Nominated by Pratt Institute faculty, the summer intensive allowed me to work with other participating Fellows and Places editors to develop a piece of scholarship relating to the state of the world amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. This fellowship consisted partly of a writing workshop and part of a rigorous editing journey. The final piece was published in September in a special section of Places’ website.

Jul 2020 - Sep 2020

Tinyhood, Boston, MA, US, Freelance Designer

I was directly involved with Tinyhood's multi-talented team to create custom illustrations, brand assets, social media content, class content, and a variety of specialty projects.

Nov 2018 - Jun 2020

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, Graduate Assistant

A semester-long Graduate Assistantship with the Mediums Department of Pratt’s Graduate Architecture & Urban Design program. Responsibilities included digital mock-ups for a new Mediums resource website using Google Sites, setting up for first-semester Mediums classes, assisting students with pin-ups and other reviews, and photographing and archiving review events.

Aug 2019 - Dec 2019

Space Saloon, Morongo Valley, CA, US, Designer + Builder

Space Saloon is an experimental build festival where artists, architects, designers, and engineers collaborate on a build set in the rugged landscape of California’s high desert. My team created the DOTS pavilion—a 25 column arrangement in a five-foot by five-foot grid creating bays that hold platforms and objects. The objects and platforms act as cross-bracing for the columns and allow for playful program flexibility. The pavilion is currently used for gathering, camping, intimate concerts, and star-gazing, among other activities. My team and I not only worked on the design of the pavilion but built the structure from foundation to finish.

May 2019 - Jun 2019

Liska + Associates, Chicago, IL, US, Senior Graphic Designer

Oversaw clients across various industries from healthcare and beauty, to finance and architecture. With a focus on communication design and branding, I worked on projects of all sizes, both web and print, from concept to completion while maintaining correspondence with clients. I also managed and assisted with social media content creation for a handful of brands on an as-needed basis.

Jun 2016 - Jul 2018

Euromonitor International, Chicago, IL, US, Graphic Designer

Responsible for designing and managing data visuals, infographics, and white paper covers. Global oversight of data visual work with international analysts, business development teams, and working directly with company CEO. Conceptualizing and executing custom projects with the Communications team from start to finish. Making custom graphics and presentation templates for research, consulting, and sales divisions.

Nov 2013 - Jun 2016


Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2018 - current

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, New Bedford, MA, US, Graphic Design

Sep 2009 - May 2013

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