Growing up in Angola, Africa, Edna was impassioned by the opportunities she saw for how conscientious building design could alleviate some of the burdens of poverty and lend aid to disaster relief. Awarded a full scholarship by her local government to pursue an education in habitat development, Edna completed a Bachelors in Architecture from Andrews University and a Masters of Building Science from the University of Southern California.
During her education, Edna became fascinated with how biophilic design can tie together architecture, the environment, and the health and well-being of the occupants in a way that benefits each. Edna focused her master’s thesis on creating a tool to empower architects to implement green facades into their design. She acted as a Research Assistant for USC’s Human-Building Integration Lab and volunteered at local non-profits that served the homeless in Los Angeles.
Edna has recently made the move from Los Angeles to Seattle and is excited to join the team at the International Living Future Institute.