Prior to completing a masters in landscape architecture at Rutgers University, Arianna received undergraduate degrees in ceramics and art history, and then nurtured her passion for small-scale agriculture while managing a two-acre organic farm in central New Jersey. This proclivity for growing food directly influenced her masters thesis, which focused on large-scale suburban community gardens, and continues to guide her current work in agriculturally oriented courses. Arianna recognizes the distinctive opportunity and ability that the field of landscape architecture has to utilize design in order to problem solve in matters of environmental stewardship, social justice and land planning, and understands it to be a field in which one can both create and give back. As such, she envisions a partnership between landscape architecture and agriculture that inherently speaks to these components in a direct and powerful manner. She is currently pursuing these ideas as a Geography Ph. D candidate.
Before joining the Department of Landscape Architecture as an instructor, she worked as a landscape designer and project manager at ETM Associates, a landscape architecture firm that specializes in public space management and design.