During his time studying in Copenhagen, Zachary Felder ’18 won the Design Excellence Award from the Danish Institute for Study Abroad. The award is given to one student per semester within each design discipline (architecture, urban design and graphic design) who has made an outstanding contribution to academics and a positive learning environment, as well as exhibiting diligence and commitment to the field. Felder won the award within the urban design discipline based on his class contributions and work outside of the classroom on academic projects.
In Copenhagen, Felder discovered he was well prepared for the challenges of learning in a different country. The HWS Art and Architecture Department “gave me an amazing foundation for my experience. During my first two years, HWS professors focused on developing both my design process and fostering the value of constant questioning so I relied on those two skills to make my way in the abroad program.”
The architecture major completed two urban redesign projects. The first analyzed the transportation offered within an area about the size of a football field. The second examined an industrial park on the outskirts of Copenhagen, and looked at re-developing the area to find new uses for existing equipment and features. For both projects, he visited the sites multiple times, created a fully developed proposal, delivered a presentation on his proposals to the class, and underwent a critique.
Felder was thrilled with the entire experience. “Copenhagen was the first time in my life I’ve been able to do something totally new every single day. I had an amazingly compassionate, engaged and fun host family who welcomed me as their “fifth son” and I made some of the most meaningful friendships of my life in Denmark. I’m unbelievably fortunate to have had that opportunity.”
On campus, Felder is a Teaching Assistant in the Architecture Department and Woodshop, an intern at Kana Furniture Studios, and an office assistant in Stern Hall. He is a recipient of the William and Diane Green P’83, P’87 Endowed Scholarship.