Studio Cadena is an award-winning design and architecture studio interested in engaging contemporary life, the city and its people – 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 cultural, commercial, residential and civic projects – museums, libraries, private homes, interiors, exhibitions and furniture. Founded by Benjamin Cadena and based in Brooklyn, the studio was selected in 2016 by the American Institute of Architects for its biennial New Practices NY Award.
Originally from Bogota, Colombia, Benjamin holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and Master of Architecture from the same institution. Before founding the studio, he worked at Rice+Lipka Architects, Stan Allen Architect, WORKac and Atelier Bow-Wow in New York and Tokyo.
He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation and co-founded talk20, a series of lectures and public forums organized in cities around the world. Benjamin has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Pratt, 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 co-chair of the AIA New Practices Committee in New York
AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, Registered Architect in New York State