Sara Blumenstein

Hi there!

I’m a designer at MAYA Design and a co-founder of the Pittsburgh Canning Exchange. The goals of the Canning Exchange are to teach people how to home-preserve food and to grow a community of home food preservationists here in Pittsburgh. (Here we are on Epicurious!)

Previously, I worked at cityLAB, a tiny nonprofit here in Pittsburgh that took innovative approaches towards the economic development of neighborhoods and cities. I helped conceptualize, design, and manage cityLAB’s projects, including Tiny Houses and the Garfield Night Market. (Here's an interview I did about the Night Market and here's an interview I did about Tiny Houses.)

Before that: I went to college at The University of Chicago, where I graduated with an A.B. in English Literature with honors and learned to write clearly and think critically. I spent a year of college studying archeology at the University of Bologna, which ignited an interest in design and urbanism and helped me decide to study architecture. I received a Masters of Architecture with Distinction from the University of Michigan, then moved to Pittsburgh to work with Pablo Garcia, and was the 2010 Booth Traveling Fellow in Architecture.

Long before that, I wrote a letter to Martha Stewart when I was twelve.

For even more about me, download my résumé or send me an email.

Thanks for reading!