Briana’s passion is to influence the lives of Baltimore residents by aiming to make the AEC industry a profession that is more inclusive through her engagement and role modeling as a woman of color who aspires to be in a position of leadership. At CannonDesign, she has made notable contributions on both higher education and healthcare projects such as The University of Maryland Cole Field House, Towson University New Science Facility, and Penn State Health Hampden Medical Center.
Alongside design influence, Briana was also selected amongst several applicants to attend the 2018 Equity x Design (EQxD) Conference in San Francisco, California, where she was able to serve as a change agent for the firm as other represented architecture and engineering firms discussed practices centered on equitable design practices within the AEC industry.
Where Briana truly stands out from her peers is her ability to foster meaningful relationships within her community by leveraging the opportunities sought since working at CannonDesign. Many of her other contributions involve bringing diverse sets of students into the office for opportunities to learn about the AEC profession and meet the diversely talented faces of designers who impact the built environment that they live in.
She has had the pleasure of serving as the lead supervisor for the CannonDesign partnership with the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Corporate Internship Program for the past 3 years. Five times a month throughout the academic school year, she was responsible for overseeing the intern, Brayan Perez, in providing engineering mentorship by leveraging the firm’s nation-wide resources in our other offices and mentoring him through tasks that gave him both design ownership and influence within our project work. Most notably, Brayan graduated with honors in May of this year, and will be studying Engineering at Santa Clara University on a full scholarship in the fall. There is no doubt that Briana’s influence over the past three years shaped that Brayan’s life for the better, while the synergetic relationship also molded Briana into an exceptional professional within the AEC industry.
Ultimately, it invigorates Briana to use her design skills to improve Baltimore’s built environment. With a team of nine individuals in the Baltimore office, she partnered with the Neighborhood Design Center (NDC) to work with communities along Pennsylvania Avenue. Conclusively, they developed streetscape guidelines to showcase and revitalize the local history of entertainment within the neighborhood, and as appreciation and reward, the team’s work won the NDC’s 50th Anniversary Volunteer of the Year Award.
Congratulations to Briana for this well-deserved recognition!