Rebecca Book

Rebecca Book

New York, NY, US

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Rebecca Book is a recent graduate of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where she received a dual Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Urban Planning. The combination of design talent and analytical skills she has developed in these programs have allowed her to work on innovative projects at the intersection of architecture, resiliency and social justice. She is currently an intern architect on the Big U/ Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency project. Here she both helps develop the schematic design of the flood protection systems and public amenities which will weave through 10 miles of Manhattan's dense coast line, as well as provides mapping and data analysis expertise to predict how this project will influence Lower Manhattan. She has also served as a zoning analyst on SHoP architect's 'Envelope City' software, which visualizes and runs scenarios for development potential under current zoning. 

In her free time (or lack there of) she also enjoys track cycling, bike touring, cyclocross, and sometimes even road cycling. 

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, she now resides in Brooklyn, New York.


One Architecture, New York, NY, US, Intern Architect

Detailed urban analysis, mapping, modeling and schematic design for the Big U/Dryline
Provide research and mapping to support the team realizing major coastal resiliency projects
Participated in multi-disciplinary meetings on the design and implementation of major
infrastructure projects

Dec 2016 - current

SHoP Architects, New York, NY, US, Zoning Analyst

Assisted in the development of the ‘Envelope’ 3D urban mapping platform in collaboration with representatives of SHoP Architects, and the Director of MIT’s Civic Data Design Lab
Interpreted zoning regulations and analyze their applicability to real world scenarios
Collaborated with zoning experts and software engineers to develop a zoning rules database

May 2016 - Jan 2017

Columbia University, New York, NY, US, Exhibitions Assistant

Researched and curated exhibits for the Istanbul Design Biennial; procured artifacts for display
Managed 13 employees to complete exhibits to the highest standards and in time for openings
Prepared architecture related exhibits featured in the New York Times and Architect Newspaper,
as well as assisting in fabrication for exhibits in the Chicago Biennial

Aug 2013 - Aug 2016

Studio Rede, New York, NY, US, Intern, Tamer Fellow

Developed an urban design proposal to improve the traffic congestion, economic opportunities, and availability of tourist amenities in Hatsukaichi, Japan
Recipient of a $6,000 Fellowship for social and environmental entrepreneurship
Researched potentials for a digital platform for community involvement in planning and preservation issues surrounding heritage sites in the developing world

May 2015 - Aug 2015

Sustainable Urbanism International, Bangalore, IN, Intern

Developed strategies for promoting culturally and environmentally sensitive urban development
Created and reviewed feasibility studies for heritage based development in Karnataka
Provided GIS mapping expertise for flood risk mapping and sustainability management plans

May 2014 - Aug 2014

Farm from a Box, San Francisco, CA, US, Designer, Graphic Design lead, Founding Member

Began as a project of Architecture for Humanity, now a certified “B” Corporation
Works with a small team developing a modular agricultural system to deploy in communities in
environmental , economical, or social crisis. The final product will be a matrix determining which
technology, crops and livestock to deploy in different situations, packaged in a re-imagined shipping
Developed charts & graphics used to win investors from Ethiopia, North Korea & the US
Designing a proof of concept farm in Sonoma, to be run in partnership with UC faculty & students

Feb 2011 - Aug 2013

Architecture For Humanity, San Francisco, CA, US, Contributing Author, Volunteer

Wrote several articles published in the recently released book Design Like You Give a Damn II
Interviewed designers, architects & activists from around the world

Jan 2011 - Aug 2013

Brookwood Group, San Francisco, CA, US, Project Administrator

Provides the graphic and organizational skills to help Brookwood’s projects run smoothly and elegantly
Assists in day to day management of an office of 6-15 people
Edits & formats text for project proposals, including a successful bid for project management support
services in a 2 million sf project that was planned for the San Francisco Mission Bay neighborhood

Jan 2011 - Nov 2012

Abraxas Architecture, San Francisco, CA, US, Associate

Assists in design consultation and expert witness projects
Research & analyze building codes relevant to design, construction & due diligence projects nation wide
Played a pivotal role in developing and implementing the young company’s website, including coding,
graphic design & web management

Jan 2011 - Nov 2012


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, MArch, Architecture

Received a dual Masters in Architecture and Urban Planning, which allowed me to research and design projects which emphasize the social and political impacts of design, from working with community groups in a Favela in Rio de Janeiro to develop building guidelines for their informal settlement, to traveling to Berlin to design new prototypes for refugee resettlement housing for one of the German Public Housing Authorities, and designing an educational and productive greenhouse for the roof of the Henry Street Settlement House right here in New York City.

Sep 2013 - May 2017

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, BArch, Architecture

Graduated with an overall GPA of 3.6, focus on sustainable design

Aug 2007 - Dec 2010

Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, DE, Architecture

Attended TU Berlin as an exchange student supported by a full scholarship from the German government. Took several masters classes, including a design studio. All classes were taught in German.

Oct 2009 - Apr 2010

Chamblee Charter High School, Atlanta, GA, US, High School, High School

Graduated in the top 5% of the class with a GPA of 4.0

Aug 2003 - May 2007


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