Vanessa and her team have become an integral part of what Caribbean Highlands is to be, taking a concept in thought and bringing it to the point where CH will be a truly luxurious community overlooking the Caribbean and Limon in Costa Rica.
She is a registered architect and the Principal of Studioteka, a published, award-winning design firm she founded in 2003. Studioteka approaches design through a multidisciplinary lens that spans the boundaries between architecture, economic and social development, and urban and environmental concerns. Vanessa is especially interested in the issues faced by developing and tropical countries as they adapt to climate change, and in envisioning design-oriented technical and engineering solutions to environmental problems.
The firm’s work ranges from urban design to residential and commercial buildings, site planning, design of custom interior elements, lighting and interior design, program research, feasibility studies and creation of investment packages, as well as design research and writing. Select projects include Caribbean Highlands, a Costa Rican eco-community located on a lush, 112 acre rainforest site with views of the sea, Lower East Side favorites Tre Restaurant and Nurse Bettie Bar, as well as the Flatiron Marketing Offices, a project featured in August 2008 in Frame Magazine, and in the February 2010 edition of Hinge Magazine in Hong Kong. YMCArt Center on the Gowanus, a prize winning competition entry, was featured in the Honors section of the Architect’s Newspaper, and published in the April 2010 issue of Amsterdam’s Mark Magazine. First Date,” Studioteka’s entry for Design Against the Elements was featured in Surface Asia Magazine in March 2011, along with an interview with Keith. Nurse Bettie was featured in the March/April 2012 edition of Design Bureau Magazine, and Studioteka’s entry for the Busan Opera House competition was published in the December/January 2012 edition of Mark. Finally, “2100: A Dystopian Utopia: The City After Climate Change,” a book of design case studies for climate impacted cities by Studioteka, will be released by OR Books as a part of Michael Sorkin’s Urban Research book series in Fall/Winter 2015.