Liene Cikanovic – Designer
Liene is interested in spaces and life around her. She finds it fascinating to see how built environments influence our life on many levels: our emotional state, behavior, habits, lifestyle, and social structure. Observing how our activities shape the built environment also intrigues her.
Liene has studied in several countries; Latvia, Sweden, and Belgium. Studies reinforced her interest in socially and environmentally responsible design. She accepts architecture can’t solve all problems and social issues; but believes, thoughtful design can be a tool to provide conditions for a better change. She graduated from an International Master in Architecture program at LUCA School of Arts (KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture in 2013). Her master thesis explored relationship of spaces in Nordic climate, including interior and exterior space, intimate and open space, as well as the effect of light on space.
When Liene moved to San Francisco, her desire to make a difference, she volunteered to do work for Architecture for Humanity and Habitat for Humanity in the Greater San Francisco branch office. Before joining H+A Architects Liene worked on private and public sector design projects, involving retail and mixed-use planning, residential, landscape, religious, and industrial projects.
Since starting at H+A Architects Liene began working on modernization and renovation of A.P. Giannini Middle School in San Francisco.
Master of Architecture & Master of Science - LUCA School of Arts, Gent, Belgium
Bachelor of Engineering Science in Architecture - Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia
ERASMUS exchange studies in Lund University, Lund, Sweden
Bachelor of Engineering in Transportation Design - Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvi