For Nico Azel ’12, the opportunity to study sustainable urban design in Copenhagen was an invaluable experience in developing his interest in landscape urbanism. The experience came about as part of his participation in the study abroad semester in Denmark, with the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS). Having graduated this spring with a B.A. in architecture and urban studies, Azel is going on this fall to pursue a master’s in landscape architecture at Cornell University.
“What I like most about the curriculum at Cornell is that it is largely self-determined and I will be able to focus my energy on my personal interest, landscape urbanism and settlement design around sustainable food systems,” explains Azel.
After his first year in the program, he also hopes to enroll in a master’s program in city and regional planning through the School of Architecture, Art and Planning. This complimentary program offers students the opportunity to complete concurrent degrees in four years.
“HWS helped me prepare for my studies at Cornell by giving me a strong historical context to our contemporary built environment, as well as the artistic and creative skills required for practicing design,” says Azel.
While a student, he was involved with America Counts, was a teaching assistant, and a member of Phi Sigma Kappa.