Ciana Frenze



Pier Park
Waste to Nightclub
Brooklyn Interlock

published work

The Virtual Hallway
Authorship and Agency



Hello, 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. 


A conservatory on Governors Island, without plants. 

Like museums or libraries, botanical conservatories focus on the specimen—collecting and displaying, offering at most a hands-off experience for the visitor.

In this conservatory, phenomena found in desert conditions of the American West—salt flats, geological formations, and the mirage—are brought to the Northeast and housed for interaction.
This unique effort of conservation grants the feeling of spatial curiosity. An expanse of luminous, naturally pink salt will reveal itself to you. The presence of a massive boulder reaching for the sky will stand before you, inviting you to constrict yourself upon navigating its crevices. At the end of your journey, you will be underground, but you may find yourself asking “is there water at the other end of the room?