Octavie Berendschot

Research Assistant

Okki Berendschot (she/her) is a architect and civic designer based in Cambridge, MA whose works examines how systems of oppression are imbedded in the built environment and how to use storytelling and art to demystify urban planning policy and issues for underrepresented communities. Her thesis will focus on uncovering the activist work that women and non-binary people have undertaken to shape the neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights over the years through a graphic novel.

She received a B.Arch from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and currently a graduate student in the Department of Urban Planning + Studies at MIT.  She previously worked as research assistant at SAA/Stan Allen Architects for the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale exhibition. She has also worked as an architectural designer at LEVENBETTS and Steven Holl Architect, and her team's work was exhibited at Art OMI and GA Galley and was recognized with the Progressive Architecture Award and others.