Clara studied architecture at the Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota, Colombia. Following her graduation, she began her career in design at David Restrepo & Cia. Arquitectos, also in Bogota, where she rose to the position of Senior Architect and worked on corporate, hospitality and residential projects. Two of these projects, a restaurant and a bank branch, were published in the Colombian architectural magazine Exkema .
Her architectural work led to her acceptance into the Masters’ Program at Parsons The New School for Design. However, it was her professional and personal experience with the many ways that design can influence human experience that drew her to the lighting design discipline. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Architectural Lighting Design from Parsons in 2018, joining CBB as a designer after her graduation. Her thesis, “Lighting: the Historic Value of Brick and Cities’ Identity,” was selected for presentation at the 2018 Illumination Engineering Society (IES) Conference.
Clara’s international travels have given her a global perspective on design and its effects on our health, happiness and success. On a journey that began in her hometown on the Colombian/Venezuelan border, traversed both Latin America and Europe and concluded in New York City, she has developed an appreciation for design as an influence on social interaction. In her own words: “Good lighting encourages and welcomes people to use a project, making human beings the center of the designer’s creation.”