curriculum vitae



Harvard University, Graduate School of Design 


Master's in Landscape Architecture 


Duke University


Trinity College, Bachelor of Arts


Major: Visual and Media Studies (High Distinction)

Distinction Project: Movement and Sensing Through Immersive Cinema


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC


Major: Geography




United World College, Montezuma, NM


International Baccalaureate Diploma


Additional Coursework:

MIT Sloan School of Management (Entrepreneurship Lab)

Danish Institute for Study Abroad – Urban Design Foundations Studio (2015)

Venice International University - Cultural Heritage Program (2013)

The London School of Economics (2011)

The School For Ethics and Global Leadership, Washington D.C. (2009)





Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)         
LEED Green Associate                                                

Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV  SP)      






SWA, San Francisco, CA 

Landscape Architecture Intern | 6.2018-8.2018

Designed resilient waterfront proposals for San Francisco’s
North Beach and Staten Island. Part of graduate student
working group from international pool of design and
planning applicants. (8 chosen from 132 applicants).
Cumulative presentation to community stakeholder groups.



Volpe, The National Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge, MA

Community Planner - Student Trainee | 6.2016-8.2016


Contributed to policy level projects and working papers addressing national transportation systems as well as strategic planning at the local level. Surveyed recreation use of public lands experiencing overcrowding and erosion in collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and local agencies to inform transportation management recommendations. Organized and facilitated a regional workshop for scenario planning focusing on long-range, regional transportation plans and implications of climate change and automated vehicles.


Duke immersive Virtual Environment (DiVE), Duke University

Research Assistant | 2014-2015


Bass Connections Project: The Digital Landscape: New Technologies to Visualize Ancient Landscapes (Supervisors, Dr. Sonia Silvestri and Dr. Maurizio Forte) Investigated the decline of Venice Lagoon salt marshes from 1900 to present; Georectified, digitized historical maps, performed spatial analysis of marsh areas.


Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

Research Assistant | 2013-2015                                                                                                                                 

Bass Connections Project: Exploring the Intersection of Energy and Peace-­‐building Through Film (Supervisors, Dr. Erika Weinthal and Dr. Liz Milewicz)

Coded archival video footage from United Nations Environment Program and produced a short film on the UNEP mission in Ogoniland (Niger Delta).


Fuqua School of Business
Career Management Center, Duke University

Employer Ambassador | 2012-2014


Staff support for corporate recruiting events and presentations administered by Fuqua’s Career Management Center.


Rockefeller Foundation Asia Regional Office, Bangkok Thailand

Program Intern | Summer 2014


Supported the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN); Assisted with grant management and evaluation of 40+ projects across Southeast Asia; Produced communication materials and research overviews; Embedded placement with Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Ltd. to conduct interviews with canal residents.


Smart Home, Duke University

Public Relations Coordinator and Resident | 2014-2015


Organized and promoted programming including lectures, workshops, and open houses in the Smart Home’s live­‐in laboratory centered on energy efficiency and sustainable  technology.


Appalshop, Whitesburg KY

Documentary Intern | Summer 2013


Interviewed, filmed and edited footage on topics related to Central Appalachia including the history of the Kentucky River and the 50 year anniversary of the War on Poverty.


United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)

U.S. Youth Delegate and Policy Team Member


2012 Contributor to policy briefs and documents produced by SustainUS and the UN Major Group on Children and Youth leading up to and during the conference.


U.S. House of Representatives, Washington D.C.

Congressional Page



Founder and Team Leader

2000+ microloans; $50,000+ loaned to Kiva  















Dean’s Merit Scholarship 
To attend Harvard GSD, 2016-2019

Robertson Scholars Leadership Award 
To attend Duke and UNC, 2012-2016

Davis United World College Scholar Award 
To attend UWC and Duke, 2010-2016​

Climate Change Leaders Program 

Harvard University, 2018-2019

ASLA Honor Award

American Society of Landscape Architects, 2018

Penny White Project Award

Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2017

Oliver W. Koonz Human Rights Prize

Duke University, 2015

Student Award for Academic Excellence
Venice International University, 2013 


Sally Martin Prize
UWC-USA Student Award & Speaker, 2012

Other Awards

​Parsons Healthy Materials Competition - 2019 Honorable Mention,

2016 Duke University Visual Studies Initiative Award, Department of Art, Art History and Visual Studies; Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD) Grant Recipient (2013; 2014; 2015); Duke Undergraduate Research Travel Grant (2015); Duke University Student Data Visualization Contest 2nd Place (2014); Full Frame Fellow, Full Frame Documentary Festival (2013) 




Sennett, S. (2017). Ellen Biddle Shipman’s design intent for the Sarah P. Duke Gardens: Tracing through virtual and physical augmentation. Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes. DOI: 10.1080/14601176.2017.1281036


Sennett. S. (2015). Immersive Technology and Design. Invited guest lecture at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts; Digital Construction in Architecture, Copenhagen, Denmark.


Sennett, S. (2015). Movement in Landscape Architecture: Immersive Design and Prototyping in Oculus Rift. Presented at the Ninth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, Chicago, Illinois.


Sennett, S. & Silvestri, S. (2014). The Ancient Salt Marsh Landscape of the Venice Lagoon. In A. Addison (Chair), Virtual Reality and 3-D Modeling. Presented at The 5th International Conference on Remote Sensing in Archaeology, Durham, NC.


Sennett, S. (2014).  Visualizing the Altered Landscape: Tradition and Environmental Change Captured Through the Appalachian Media Institute. Presented at The Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting, Tampa, Florida.


Sennett, S. (2013). In My Backyard? Weighing Local and Global Externalities When Considering Construction of North America’s Largest Coal Export Terminal. Presented at Spaces and Flows: 4th International Conference on Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


“Peace and Conflict”, A Future Uncompromised: Policy Briefs on Sustainable Development. SustainUS. June 2012. 






Neil Brenner, Harvard GSD, Fall 2016

Linda Jewell, UC Berkeley, Spring 2016

Brad Cantrell, REAL Lab, Harvard GSD, May 2015





Design and film: Adobe Graphics Suite (Acrobat, Illustrator, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, InDesign); Processing (Java based programming, Final Cut Pro, hand illustration and watercolor

Modeling: AutoCAD, Rhino, Sketch-Up, Unity 3D, 3D printing, Revit (beginner),  wood and laser shop certified
Spatial Analysis: ArcGIS, Ecotect

Data Analysis: R

Languages: Spanish (intermediate), Danish (beginner)


2017 World Design Summit, Panel talk in Montreal, CA

WXYC 89.3 FM (Chapel Hill) Weekly morning D.J (2014-2015)
WMMT 88.7 Mountain Community Radio (Whitesburg KY) TEDxYouth@ABQ (2012, with H. Freedman)

Ethical Solutions for Environmental Classism

Powershift National Conference (2011, with H. Freedman)



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