Studio Cadena is an award winning design and architecture practice interested in engaging contemporary life, the city and its people. We are interested in the real, in designing new and captivating spaces, places and experiences for those who use them.
The studio is young, yet combines substantial experience in the US and abroad, ranging from high-level strategic planning for cities, to project design on commercial, residential and institutional projects – museums, libraries, private houses, exhibitions, interiors, and furniture. Founded by Benjamin Cadena and based in Brooklyn, in 2016 the studio was selected by the American Institute of Architects for its New Practices award.
Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Benjamin holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and Master of Architecture from the same institution where he was awarded the E. Lewis Dales Traveling Fellowship and the Matlock Traveling Fellowship. He founded the studio having gained experience working with Rice+Lipka Architects, Stan Allen Architect, WORKac and
He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation and at Pratt Institute, and co-founded and directed talk20, a series of lectures and public forums organized in cities around the world. Benjamin has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Parsons and NYIT, and has been an invited critic at Harvard University, Columbia University, Cooper Union, Princeton University, NYIT, NJIT, The Institute, and Syracuse University. He is currently co-chair of the AIA New Practices Committee in New York
2006 – M.Arch, Architecture, U. of Pennsylvania
2000 – B.A., Economics, U. of Pennsylvania
AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, Registered Architect in New York State