As the Crow Walks : an embrace of the particularities of places and landscapes; an observant, unhurried way of experiencing the great things in life; a design practice based in New York City since 2009.
Patra Jongjitirat, Founder +
I came into my field through a circuitous route but one that always had the urban environment at its core. Early on I was convinced I wanted to be an architect. After receiving a degree in architectural studies (and subsequently living a year in Andalusia, Spain—the perfect time and place to think matters over), I started gravitating towards the scale of landscape architecture, or, more specifically, landscape urbanism: creating healthier cities through a series of ecological and socially functional landscapes that respond, change, and adapt, as all cities must over time.
I was interning with Future Green Studio in Brooklyn when a colleague at the office started teaching me the tools of graphic design. The immediacy and, as is often the case, the ephemerality of graphic design appealed to me instantly.
I continued to hone my skills in design while working for No Longer Empty, an arts organization dedicated to staging site-specific exhibitions in alternative spaces. As the in-house designer, I worked on exhibition design and managed all visual content across print and web. Because we were nomadic—always making a temporary home in different communities and attracting visitors from all boroughs to our exhibitions—we started producing neighborhood guides to encourage exploration of the local cultural landscape while promoting the area’s noteworthy businesses.
Maps became the inspiration for my design studio that set up shop in 2013. In cartography I’ve found my ideal synthesis of graphic design, the urban landscape, and travel. Mapmaking is my attempt to give organization to the chaos around us by making decisions about what should be included, omitted, represented. The product is deeply subjective, an endeavor to convey the magic of cities, with so many intersections, corridors, life, and creativity happening in a connected web.
I hold a B.A. in Architectural Studies from Brown University and studied graphic design at Parsons The New School for Design.
Amy Kaufman Cultural Planning
Broadway Housing Communities
Brooklyn Historical Society
Lantern Community Services
Meatpacking District Management Association
Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership
No Longer Empty
Storm King Art Center
Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling
World Music Institute
As the Crow Walks, LLC is a certified Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprise.