Our Built Environment

Scholarship Entrant: Chelsea from Athol, New York
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Chelsea: 49

I am currently studying architecture in Boston, MA. Even though I decided to enroll in a program of architecture late in my junior year of high school, I was unsure that I wanted to be an architect. Even now I am uncertain of what I want my title to be. I do know that I want to to figure out how to better incorporate our built environment with our natural one.
We have recently entered the age of “green design”; it is becoming a competition for architects to design buildings that are eco-friendly. I have recently been introduced to the Passive House Institute, which has researched various building methods and sets international standards for buildings to be comfortable while using minimum energy, perhaps even producing it. It is now my primary goal to be able to work with a design firm that works with Passive House standards.
Because I grew up in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, I feel a personal connection with the natural environment and want to take on more responsibility for respecting it. Construction has always been infamous for destroying nature and polluting natural resources but modern technology is helping the building industry have little impact on this great Earth of ours.
I want to be a liaison between humans and nature; we haven’t always treated it as well as it has treated us. It provides us with resources, beauty, and inspiration. It’s time we not only stopped taking away from it, but actually gave back to it.

Vote for Chelsea: 49

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