Sustainable Built Environments Alumni
B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments graduates are prepared for a wide range of employment opportunities in entrepreneurial start-ups, global corporations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies as well as graduate studies.
Learn about some of the exciting career paths the graduates of Sustainable Built Environments have taken! Make sure to check back as we will post more stories from our graduates. Thank you to the Sustainable Built Environments alumni for sharing their success stories.
C.J. Agbannawag, Membership Coordinator at Local First Arizona
B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments - Sustainable Communities Emphasis Area (2015)
Senior Capstone: EcoDistricts: Bridging the Gap Between Plans and Projects
“I started at the UofA as undecided. I could not find any program that truly fit what I was truly passionate about. I knew that I wanted to learn more about the environment and climate change, and more specifically the ways that we, as humans, could mitigate climate change. I was very lucky to learn about a new program at the University that was just starting called the Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Built Environments, in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture (CAPLA). I am proud to say that I joined with only a handful of other students and that the program now has 100 plus students.”
C.J. studied planning in the Sustainable Communities Emphasis Area and completed his professional internship at the City of Tucson’s Office of the Mayor. He now works as Membership Coordinator for Local First Arizona, an organization that educates the community on the importances of shopping local to ensure a sustainable economy. He is working with Local First Arizona on expanding their programming in Tucson, including the business member program, the Localist program, and community engagement
Nora Campbell, Planner at Town of Oro Valley
B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments - Sustainable Communities Emphasis Area (2014)
Senior Capstone: Pedestrian Activity of the University of Arizona: How the Built Environment Informs Mental Image and Pedestrian Activity of Campus Districts
“It's been incredible to take my education into experience. Sustainable Built Environments (SBE) gave me the opportunity to build an educational foundation of an active, analytical and solution-based approach to all aspects of the built environment. SBE gave me the knowledge and skills I needed to begin the real education of experience. The SBE program showed me that the change I want to affect for the built environment, natural environment and humanity is achievable, and it gave me the foundation to start.”
Nora Campbell studied urban planning in her Sustainable Communities Emphasis Area. She completed her professional internship with the Town of Oro Valley and was hired on as their town long-range planner upon graduating. One of her projects has been the Town of Oro Valley General Plan update, known as the Your Voice, Our Future Project. She helped write the General Plan through research and public participation, with sections of the plan including form-based codes, economic development, an updated land use map, and sustainability initiatives. She has engaged directly with residents, stakeholders, town boards and commissions, and neighboring municapl agencies in critical conversations to ensure the General Plan is effective and reflects the values and needs of the community.
Katie Cooney, Master of Architecture Graduate Student
B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments - Sustainable Buildings Emphasis Area (2015)
Senior Capstone: Alternative Sustainable Design within an Established Structure
“The combination of architecture and Sustainable Built Environments coursework gave me a holistic insight into sustainable building and provided me the opportunity to apply that knowledge in creative and productive ways.”
Katie Cooney studied architecture through her Sustainable Buildings Emphasis Area and took advantage of the Accelerated Masters Program opportunity to begin her Masters of Architecture courses during her senior year in Sustainable Built Environments. Not only did this dual coursework help her begin her graduate degree more quickly, it also immersed her fully into the college's architecture experience. She has been able to utilize the design studio and fabrication facilities as well as work closely with other graduate architecture students and faculty members.
Rachel LaMantia, Master of Science in Architecture Graduate Student
B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments - Sustainable Buildings Emphasis Area (2014)
Senior Capstone: Designing Sustainable, Affordable and Energy Efficient Housing in the Hopi Community, Linking to Cultural Patterns of Sustainability
Rachel LaMantia declared Sustainable Built Environments during her sophomore year and concentrated on the energy efficiency of buildings in the Sustainable Buildings Emphasis Area. She continued this research in her senior capstone, which focused on sustainable housing options for the Hopi community. After graduating from Sustainable Built Environments, Rachel was accepted into the Master of Science in Architecture degree program at The University of Arizona. During her first graduate semester, she competed in the UA Grad Slam competition with her senior capstone and won first place, ahead of many other talented graduate students at both the masters and PhD level, across the university. Watch her prize winning presentation! Rachel is currently completing her graduate degree and looks forward to continuing her work on sustainable housing options.
Amy Webb, Master of Landscape Architecture Graduate Student
B.S. in Sustainable Built Environments - General Emphasis (2015)
Senior Capstone: Geographical Information Systems as a Tool for Non-Profit Organizations
“Having had Sustainable Built Environments courses, I am able to understand on a deeper level how a landscape design will fit in with the overall architecture or planning project.”
Amy studied a combination of landscape architecture and sustainable building courses in the General Emphasis Area. In her professional internship, Amy used Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to create a map of all of the trees planted through the Trees for Tucson program, which distributes free trees to reduce the amount of energy used for air conditioning and create outdoor shade opportunities.Through Sustainable Built Environments, Amy learned she enjoys the design process and creating spaces that improve livability. Amy was accepted into the Master in Landscape Architecture program at The University of Arizona upon graduation and is currently a graduate student in the program.
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