Diana Mangaser received her Masters of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. She holds a Sheridan Teaching Certificate from Brown University, and has taught in the Foundation Studies, Art History & Architecture Departments at RISD. She currently teaches within the Media Design Faculty at Hostos Community College, City University of New York. Her studio practice is based in Newburgh, NY where she is part of a growing collaborative Architecture Studio, A R C H. She is involved with the local artist/craftsman community at the studios at Atlas Industries, and she works as the architectural project manager with Newburgh Community Land Bank, a non-profit seeking to revitalize Newburgh through the stabilization and inhabitation of its abandoned buildings. Her current interest in architecture is in the practical application of building within a community, and the transformation of a place through the manifestation of a sub-culture that seeks forgotten spaces as new opportunities for emerging creative practices.