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CBS People: Elena Brown

This CBS staffer and U student has an eye for design.

Elena Brown

What do you do here?

I'm a principal administrative specialist in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics. 

How long have you been at the U?

I started here as student five years ago, but I've worked in CBS for three years.  

What is something interesting or unusual about your work here?

I work at the reception desk of BMBB, so I greet and interact with CBS staff, students, faculty and affiliates all day just by sitting at my desk. This college is full of diverse, engaging, and original characters that bring very interesting dynamics to this campus. It's fun to witness this every day.

You're a current student, what degree are you pursuing?

I am a few weeks away from completing my Bachelors of Design in Architecture degree.

What do you hope to do with your degree?

My focus is on public-interest design and interior design. Public interest design mixes design practice with social consciousness. It aims to solve grand challenges through design thinking. I would love to find a career that allows me to positively transform everyday experiences through design. This can be through design of actual physical space, products or even programs. Design is VERY versatile in that way. One of my favorite design teams is Charles and Ray Eames. Their careers were geared toward "better living through better design." This is something that I aim for with my work. 

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to entertain, so I have friends over for dinner/drinks pretty frequently. When I'm alone, I like to experiment with new recipes, rearrange furniture, take on random DIY projects and watch movies.