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. 


Pier Park is a collaborative exploration of what a new neighborhood in Cincinnati, on the Ohio River, could look like with the implementation of methods that foster community and accessibility to its visitors and residents. 

We initially looked at heterarchical organizations such as the informal settlements of the slums in Manila, Philippines. This led us to develop a pier system to connect blocks to buildings on an elevated plane. 

Spatial relationships and networks, particularly the parks, pathways and piers, bring opportunity and accessibility to those living and working along the mile-long stretch.   
We focused on implementing park spaces on and around each block in an effort to decentralize community gathering and green spaces.

This park approach is a nod to our neighborhood research of Mount Adams where the park entries are exclusive and, being on a hill, request a longer commute for accessibility. The pier system allows for new opportunities of passage throughout the site.

project partner: Elizabeth Enders