Anastasia's pathway into the field of design came through the lens of studying history and the liberal arts. Anastasia began her journey while studying art history, wherein she discovered her love of architectural history. She began working at a small design firm in her hometown in upstate New York during the summers and gained valuable insight from being immersed the daily work of an architect.
Having heard about the BAC's unique concurrent program, Anastasia was attracted to the idea of being able to continue to work in the design field while also more actively pursuing her interest in engaging with architecture via her education. She transferred to the BAC in Fall 2010, initially pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture. She participated in several Gateway projects, worked in a kitchen design firm, and found practice in the field to be a valuable component in her design education.
Anastasia transferred into the Bachelor of Design Studies program concentrating in Design History, Theory, and Criticism when it became clear the importance of shifting the focus of her design education to re-incorporate her interest in history. Anastasia became interested in molding the idea of a being a design-advocate: being the character in the design field that provides critical insight, who articulates complex design ideas, who champions new and promising methodologies, etc.
Her career goals involve working with alternative modes of design education, and for this reason she was awarded the Huxtable Fellowship for the 2013-2014 year to work behind-the-scenes on the BAC's innovative Gateway Projects. During her time at the BAC, Anastasia worked with the Dean of Graduate Studies and Director of Liberal Studies, Diana R. Jasso, to pilot a peer mentoring program within the History of Contemporary Architecture course to help students succeed in rigorous liberal arts coursework. She also assisted in creating a new organization to better represent students in the Design Studies degree programs on campus. Anastasia has also volunteered with the Boston Society of Architects' Common Boston organization which hosts annual festivals and exhibitions celebrating Boston's architecture and neighborhoods.