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, the studio was selected in 2016by the American Institute of Architects for its New Practices award.


Benjamin Cadena

2013 Studio Cadena
2008 Rice+Lipka Architects
2006 Stan Allen Architect
2005 Atelier Bow-Wow
2004 WORKac

 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
Atelier Bow-Wow.

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