A Pasadena native, Cynthia is founder and President of CBA. After graduating from U.C. Berkeley with a major in English and a minor in Fine Arts, she started her career in New York in book publishing and originally intended to be a writer. After living in New York for over two years, she moved to the Netherlands where her interest and involvement in architectural remodeling, renovation and space planning began. She found she had a strong talent for construction and design, rebuilding and remodeling several of her own homes in the Netherlands where she lived for 15 years. After returning to the United States, Cynthia returned to school and studied interior design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. She also attended UCLA for architecture with remodeling and space planning as her goal, as well as taking every course offered by the National Kitchen & Bath Association, for her kitchen and bath specialty. She started her own company, Cynthia Bennett and Associates, Inc. in 1981, and became a General Contractor in 1983. Cynthia has served on the board of the American Building Contractors Association, the Pasadena ASID, and is a 20-year member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association. She is a past board member of the Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena Arts Council, and the Festival of Women Authors. Cynthia is a professional member of the American Society of Interior Designers and a Certified Interior Designer in the state of California. She holds both a personal General Contractor’s license as well as a corporate Contractor’s license in the state of California. In addition to design and construction, Cynthia’s interests are landscape design and gardening, Pilates, reading, writing, and travel. She resides in Pasadena in a smart/green home built by her firm in 2003, surrounded by a garden that has been featured on multiple tours.
Carolien is the Vice President and Director of the Interior Design division at Cynthia Bennett & Associates (CBA). Carolien studied at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and the University of California, Santa Barbara and received her CID certification in March 2012. Carolien joined CBA in 2007, and her experience and ability have transformed the interior design portion of Cynthia Bennett & Associates into a thriving division. “When I started doing interior design, it felt so natural and I realized that this is where I belonged,” Carolien states. Her approach is to listen carefully to her clients and interpret their wishes into designs that will make their lives both more beautiful and functional. She tries many designs, paint colors and fabrics before making final selections with the client. Carolien is a perfectionist, and she wants the colors, fabrics, floor coverings and furniture to be just right, often creating custom paint colors and custom furniture pieces to satisfy the palette. Her work has been featured in four Pasadena Showcase House projects and several Pasadena ASID Home Tours. Carolien attributes her strong color sense to the intense color studies she enjoyed during her years in the cosmetics industry, working for Lancôme, Shiseido and Aveda. She also was in fashion and eyewear sales for companies such as Gucci, Karl Lagerfeld and Sonia Rykiel, managing a large territory of accounts from San Diego to San Francisco. When she is not working, Carolien is often found riding her horse or working on beautifying her home.
Stephanie was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nutrition from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She is also a Licensed Nurse, although her true passion has always been design. While studying Interior Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise, she worked as a residential stager. After receiving her degree from FIDM, she began working as Assistant Interior Designer for CBA. Stephanie’s other passion is animals — if she could, she would rescue every animal in every shelter.
Tim has returned to CBA after working for three years as project architect for one of the top custom residential architectural firms in Honolulu. Prior to this he worked for twelve years at CBA as staff architect, project manager, permit specialist, and in sales. He graduated from Syracuse University School of Architecture and is currently licensed in California, Hawaii, and Colorado. An avid outdoorsman, professional ski instructor, kayak instructor, and raft guide amongst others, his current playground is the San Gabriel Mountains where you’ll find him hiking on weekends.
Peggy is a California licensed architect with over 20 years of residential design experience, much of it involving hillside residential projects. Born and raised in Pasadena, Peggy first studied at UCLA and then received her Bachelors in architecture from UC Berkeley. She has worked at Walt Disney Imagineering, Parsons, and William Pereira Associates.
Gary is a graduate from the University of Hawaii at Manoa School of Architecture with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree. His design experiences are in Residential, Commercial and Hospitality projects. Born and raised in Honolulu, Gary relocated to Pasadena in 2009 where he lives with his wife and two children. He is a Professional Member of the American Society of Designers and an Associate Member of the American Institutes of Architects. During his time of leisure, he enjoys weight lifting, hiking and traveling.
Judy was born and raised in Los Angeles. Bilingual in English and Cantonese, Judy is no stranger to construction; she’s a second generation Estimator with family working in real estate and land development in America and Asia. After earning her degree in Business Management from California State University at Northridge, Judy combined her desire to help others with her passion for construction and entered the family business. Judy loves to travel the globe and experience cultural food. When she’s not working or traveling, she’s in the kitchen replicating dishes she has had.
Chris is a Pasadena native with a professional background in business and project management in design and manufacturing. He is also currently licensed for real estate in the state of California. Having played soccer for South Pasadena schools, Chris recently returned to volunteer as head coach for the South Pasadena Middle School boys soccer team in 2016 and 2017. Chris is an avid surfer and musician spending much of his free time riding waves on the California coastline.
Born and raised in a family of home designers, Jude York is an artisan of home construction. Boasting an impressive history extending over 30 years in the craft of building Southern California’s homes, he has developed a keen eye for detail. He prides himself on perfecting small features that prove the quality of home building. From frame to finish, Jude has overseen home production in the state’s finest communities. His other passions include performing as a drummer in the band “Loose Gravel.”
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