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Monday, April 2, 2012

MOVERS AND SHAKERS: Georgia Crowe-Benevides, Author and Architect, Our Coverage Sponsored by Miraclesuit® and Miraclebody® Jeans by Miraclesuit®®

Georgia Crowe-Benevides

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Georgia Crowe-Benevides was born in Houston, Texas in 1957 to a Cuban mother, Clara Matilde Garcia de Maseda, and a Texas cowboy father, Talmadge Layne Crowe. She then moved to Cuba until Castro took over in 1961. Since she was only 4 she relied on her parents to take her out of Cuba and traveled with them and her 2 brothers for the next 10 years until they settled back on a ranch in Texas where her dad raised cattle and she rode horses. She then decided she wanted to be an architect and began her training at the University of Houston. She received her first project when she was 18 for her mothers best friends' home in Nantucket and was published for the first time in House Beautiful when she was 19 for a home in Houston.

After getting her Bachelor of Architecture, she decided to see the world. Her first stop was the Cayman Islands where she worked for a developer designing homes. After a year in the Caymans, she wanted to move to a different island and was offered a job in Bermuda. When she arrived in Bermuda she sat next to her future husband, David Benevides also an Architect, thus making Bermuda the end of her very brief island hopping but not the end of her world traveling. She and David decided to start their own architecture firm and they also decided to have a son, Ryan, at the same time. The firm and Ryan are now both 19 years old and Ryan has been to 47 US states and 25 other countries including Russia with his parents.

In Bermuda, there is an architectural design competition called the Building Design Awards that has been going for 16 years. Georgia and David have won the award 14 times, came in second 5 times and received an honorable mention 3 times. They have been published 18 times in various magazines including Coastal Living, Verandah, House Beautiful, Elle, and Southern Living. They have also won the Bermuda National Trust award 6 times for their careful renovation of old Bermuda homes.

Their son Ryan is now a freshman at Rice University in Houston where he is attending on a golf scholarship while studying Economics. They continue to have a solid firm with clients ranging from important political figures to entertainment celebrities with homes in Bermuda. They have worked in Florida, Virginia, Vermont, New York, and London as well as Bermuda. She is one of the authors of Bermuda Spirit, which we highly recommended:

 We are so pleased to present her as our latest Mover and Shaker. Peachy Deegan interviewed Georgia Crowe-Benevides for Whom You Know.

Peachy Deegan: How have you personally been affected and inspired by each of the places you've lived and how does Manhattan compare to each? 
Georgia Crowe-Benevides: I've only lived my adult life in Texas, Cayman and Bermuda so Manhattan is much more crowded but fun

What do you think defines excellent architecture? 
No 2 story columns for starters but basically simplicity and taste

We adore the New York Landmarks Conservancy; how are you involved in restoration both professionally and charitably specifically?
I do not live in Manhattan but I do support the Bermuda National Trust and all National Trusts

What should most people know about architecture that most do not know? 
That less is more

What or who has had the most influence on your pursuit of excellence? 
People with integrity and taste

What are you proudest of and why? 
My son

What would you like to do professionally that you have not yet had the opportunity to do? Design a house where I am the only decision maker

What honors and awards have you received in your profession? 
Many...about 26..mostly in Bermuda, some in Texas (AIA awards)

What is your favorite place to be in Manhattan? 
Bemelmans at the Carlyle listening to Jazz

What is your favorite shop in Manhattan? 
ABC Carpet

What is your favorite drink? 
Pinot Noir

What is the funniest thing that has ever happened to you at a cocktail party? 
A food fight

What is your favorite restaurant in Manhattan? 
Dinner at the Waverly Inn lunch at Baltazarr and breakfast at the Carlyle

What is your favorite Manhattan book? 
Hmmm..not sure I have read one..I guess Breakfast at Tiffany's

Who would you like to be for a day and why? 
Angelina Jolie...Brad Pitt and doing good

If you could have anything in Manhattan named after you what would it be and why? 
A homeless seems to be a problem in New York and it makes me sad

What has been your best Manhattan athletic experience? 
Walking around Central Park

What is your favorite thing to do in Manhattan that you can do nowhere else? 
See the Macy's Day parade

If you could have dinner with any person living or passed, who would it be and why? Brian Williams because he is interesting and cute
What has been your best Manhattan art or music experience? 
Jazz at the Carlyle

What do you personally do or what have you done to give back to the world? 
My book is all for charity

What do you think is most underrated and overrated here? 
I love it all

Other than Movers and Shakers of course, what is your favorite Whom You Know column and what do you like about it? 
Peachy's Pet Pals-I love dogs!

Have you drank The Peachy Deegan yet and if not, why not?
I will make it for my dinner party tomorrow and send a photo of us all drinking it.

What else should Whom You Know readers know about you?
I love dogs!

How would you like to be contacted by Whom You Know readers? 
Thru you 

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