Kassandra semenov leiva

Kassandra Semënov-Leiva

Lecturer

Kassandra is an architectural designer, artist, and educator whose work taps into the storytelling power of ornament, craft, texture, color, and detail.

She currently works at Centerbrook Architects and Planners, where she has focused on religious and academic buildings, with a particular interest in ornamental patterns and details.

Kassandra’s past experience includes work with Robert Orr and Associates, Mitchell Studio, and Kent Bloomer Studio, where she worked as a fabricator of large-scale bent aluminum ornament. Together with Misha Semenov-Leiva, Kassandra is a co-founder of SpiraLworks, an interdisciplinary design practice that completed the Urban Canopy Parklet project for the City of New Haven. In collaboration with Kent Bloomer, she has done research on the history and taxonomy of architectural ornamentation. Since 2022, Kassandra has taught the theory and design of architectural ornament as an adjunct professor at the University of Hartford.

As a visual artist, Kassandra works in a variety of media including oil and acrylic paints, watercolor, and graphic illustration. Much of her work explores the relationships between nature and culture, and she is a co-creator of The Ecoempathy Project, an online platform that explores connections between art, architecture, and ecological awareness. She is a member of the Connecticut Women Artists organization and has exhibited her work at local galleries including MAC650 Middletown, The Space in Chester, and the Art League of New Britain. Her “mitos y raíces” and “genesis” series of paintings were shown in a solo exhibition in the Main Street Gallery at Congregation Beth Shalom Rodfe Zedek in Chester, CT in Summer 2023.

She holds a B.A. in Architecture from Princeton University and an M. Arch. from the Yale School of Architecture.

Education
M.Arch I, Yale University
BA, Princeton University