Phone: +351 917 493 336   •     Email: mbenoit@bennington.edu     •     Location: Lisbon, Portugal


Bennington College (University) 2012-2016
Bennington, VT USA
Bachelor of Liberal Arts (Dual Concentration) :
Architecture, Contemporary Dance

Tanzfabrik Intensive 2011-2012
Berlin, Germany
Contemporary Dance Training  

Work Experience

Michele Gambato Architetto, MGARK: 2019
Padova, Italy
Junior Architect Intern 

Cognizant: 2018 - 2019
Lisbon, Portugal
Senior Process Executive, Policy Specialist and Content Analyst 

Chavez Arquitectos: 2018
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Junior Architect 

Yoga.in : 2017
Europe, India
Content Specialist + Writer

MSK Engineering and Design: 2016
Vermont, USA
Engineering Assistant

Goldstone Architecture: 2016
Vermont, USA
Junior Designer 

MSK Engineering and Design/Goldstone Architecture: 2015-2016
Vermont USA
Architect Intern

Roderick James Architects, LLP: 2015
Devon, UK
Architect + Studio Assistant 

Bennington College Food Services: 2014
Vermont, USA
Sous Chef 




F.GROHE: 2011/2015/2018/2019
Kublis + Rougemont, Switzerland
Executive Assistant

Brockwood Park Estates, LTD: 2013
Hampshire, UK
Assistant Manager + Interior Designer 

Brockwood Park Estates, LTD (Architects): 2013
Hampshire, UK
Architect Intern
(With Architect Mike Davis)

Umcebo Design: 2013-2014
Durban, South Africa
Studio Assistant 

Field Work Term and Career Development Office: 2012-2013
Vermont, USA
Career Assistant
Front Desk Duties & Admin

Krishnamurti Foundation Trust Limited: 2010-2011
Hampshire, UK
Office Administration + Sales

Crêperie Le Montagn’Art: 2008-2013
Monêtier-les-Bains, France
Waitress promoted to Sous-Chef


I am a motivated, committed, and goal-driven professional. I pride myself on being reliable, highly organised, and excel under pressure.


  • Strong drafting skills and familiarity with architectural concepts; developed design approach and process.
  • Experience with renovations, taking measurements, site visits and inspections, client and site management meetings.
  • Confident working in all stages of the design process, from concept drafts to detail and construction drawings.
  • Basic knowledge of construction methods, timber framing, and budgeting for projects and materials.


  • Civil engineering design and process.
  • Experience preparing a range of site designs including grading.
  • Assisted several land surveying projects.


  • Professional experience in Industry-leading multinational technology firms.
  • Confident using Word and Excel for a range of tasks (e.g. data entry, scheduling, budgeting, stock organisation).
  • Strong customer service and telephone skills.
  • Motivated, detail-oriented, and deadline-driven, with a track record of extremely strong organisational skills.
  • Working knowledge of HTML, CSS and Wordpress.


  • Extensive Contemporary experience and training.
  • Captivating on-stage performance presence.
  • Dynamic movement vocabulary.
  • Diverse experience in various dance, choreography and bodywork techniques: Contemporary, Ballet, Hip Hop, Yoga, Alexander technique.

Culinary & Service:

  • Waitressing helped me hone my ability to work independently as well as in teams while ensuring customer satisfaction.
  • Experience as a sous-chef in fast-paced kitchens in Europe and the Americas.
  • Passionate about food, cooking, and culture.


English (British + American)                                                                                                                 Native Speaker

French                                                                                                                                                      Native Speaker

Spanish                                                                                                                                                       Intermediate 

Portuguese (European)                                                                                                                                   Beginner 

Italian                                                                                                                                                                 Beginner

Software & Skills

AutoCAD Architecture

Hand Drafing

Google SketchUp

Model Making


Laser Cutting 

AutoCAD Civil3D

3D Printing

Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Photoshop


Adobe Illustrator



Contemporary Dance



Body Work


Hip Hop

Other Experience

Yoga and Meditation: 2005 - 2018
Over ten years of regular meditation and yoga practice and training. 

Travel Planner: 2016 - 2018
Mapping out travel itineraries, organising and personal assistance: booking flights, hotels/Airbnb's, itinerary planner, budgeting advisor.

Photography and Blogging: 2012 - 2018
Film and Digital photography, photo editing (Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop) and Creative Writing. 

The Odin Project: 2017 - Ongoing
Web development course; HTML, CSS, Javascript, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, web frameworks, Git,  jQuery.

Stage Lighting Manager, UK & USA: 2009 - 2016
Lighting design and management for theatre and dance performances on the largest spring stage in Northern America.

Contact Improvisation Tutorial: 2009 - 2010
Led collaborative project exploring contact improvisation technique.

Contemporary Dance Teacher: 2008
Beginner and Intermediate level dance class at Brockwood Park School.

Eco-building in Auroville, India: 2008
Assisted in building a 'Capsule', a cyclone proof building shaped like an octahedron, made from local, biodegradable materials.

Childcare - Various 
Experience taking care of children from the ages of 6 months to early adolescence.