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Cara Armstrong is an educator, writer, and illustrator who was trained as an architect.
Tainted at birth by dint of her parents’ professions in architecture and education, Armstrong received bachelor’s degrees in environmental design and philosophy (both cum laude) from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University. She was awarded fellowships for study in England and Canada.
Armstrong was a project director at the Urban Design Center in Kent, Ohio, from 1994-95, and an intern architect at Myers Associates, Architects, Medina, Ohio, before taking a post in 1995 as historic preservation planner with the city of Key West, Florida's planning department. She was named president of Gecko Roamin’ Inc., a gallery in Key West that featured her art-to-wear designs and the work of other local artists in 1997. In 2002, the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy named her curator of buildings and collections at Fallingwater. She was Fallingwater’s curator of education from 2006 through June 2010. She also completed a Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Drew University.