Karina Kentsis Henriquez

Karina Kentsis Henriquez

San Francisco, CA, US



My name is Karina Kentsis Henriquez. I graduated with a BA in Sociology from Boston University in 2003; and with an MFA in Interior Architecture + Design from the Academy of Art in 2012. In the years between attaining my two degrees, I explored opportunities in business from production and project management, to real estate, and lastly sales. Through all of my experiences, professional and social, my love for people and the study of related topics have always been present in my life.

Who I am as an individual is growing every moment of every day. The commitment I have to self exploration and achievement takes precedence in everything I do in my life.

In studying the self and the individual, I have always recognized the relevance of the whole or the society, and in considering the society, the role of my physical surrounding environment has intrigued my personal development. The fascination of my environment's impact and its' beauty on my state of mind has very much transpired into a passion for design.

From a very young age, I have found delight in analyzing the flow of movement in the universe, in each culture, in each individual lie, and at a basic level, in each space. The way a space is constructed has a tremendous impact on our subconscious. Alain de Botton, author of "Architecture of Happiness", argues that our surroundings heavily influence who we are as people and that "it is architecture's task to stand as an eloquent reminder of our full potential." Alain de Botton's portrayals of the direct relevance of architecture on our identity poses a rather interesting thought for me and further inspires my reflection of our surrounding's influence on our understanding of ourselves and our role within this society. It is really this fascination that has led to my love of architecture, to my love of design, and my search to understand the intersection of function and beauty in design.



Bar Method, San Francisco, CA, US, Studio Assistant

Bar Method is an exercise studio. I am a studio assistant and work in customer service and maintenance of clients.

Studio website:

Oct 2010 - current

Architecture For Humanity, San Francisco, CA, US, Project Manager Assistant

Assistant project manager of design to aid those in need, including projects in Haiti and Africa

Company website:

Jul 2010 - Sep 2010

Martha Angus, San Francisco, CA, US, Interior Design Assistant

Assisted in the process of the residential interior design process.

Company website:

Feb 2010 - Sep 2010

AMR Research, Boston, MA, US, Account Manager

AMR Research is a research technology firm.

Successfully met and exceeded a quota
Effectively managed the client engagement process to ensure account value and overall satisfaction

Company website:

Mar 2006 - Jan 2009


Academy Of Art University, San Francisco, CA, US, Masters, Interior Architecture and Design

Masters program included a thesis project, which I worked on for the last year of the program.

Thesis Project, Wellness Center
The design of a wellness center in the Bay Area that focuses on not only the practice of physical, mental, and emotional insight, but also educates and serves as a guide for how to achieve this.

Jan 2009 - Jul 2012

Boston University, Boston, MA, US, Bachelors, Sociology

Course of study emphasized:
Relationship between status in interior and exterior design elements; and,
Comparative studies in urban migration

Sep 1999 - May 2003

Cheshire High School, Cheshire, CT, US, High School, High School

Sep 1996 - May 1999

Areas of Specialization