Harvard University, Graduate School of Design
Master's in Landscape Architecture
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
United World College, Montezuma, NM
International Baccalaureate Diploma
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)
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.
Founder and Team Leader
2000+ microloans; $50,000+ loaned to Kiva
HONORS / AWARDS
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
Harvard University, 2018-2019
American Society of Landscape Architects, 2018
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
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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