Nicole is a 4th-year undergrad studying Architectural Engineering. She is interested in food waste, energy systems in buildings, adaptive reuse, and the integration of architecture + ecology. With the Webber Energy Group, she utilizes her architectural background to analyze the relationship between electricity and residential homes and domestic impacts of food waste and energy consumption.
Nicole was selected to study global energy policy and smart cities for a summer program in Paris with Dr. Webber and Prof. Moore where she learned how – despite Europe’s advanced energy systems – they also live more passive ways of life, leading to healthier cities. She worked with the Webber Energy Group for a case study on Barcelona’s “Superilles”, analyzing the effects of reduced road usage for cars and revitalizing that space for parks, local businesses, and cleaner air. This experience also sparked an interest in the food-energy nexus through localization and cleaner transportation/mobility. In the summer of 2019, she worked at Walt Disney Imagineering at a LEED certified environment as the Project Engineering intern for the Disneyland Paris Expansion. She primarily focused on clash detection, discipline coordination, and navigating building codes/regulations/environmental regulations between France and America. During her sophomore year, she interned at the Texas Capitol as a legislative aide where she was introduced to the system of municipal regulations and legislative affects towards energy.
With her education in energy and environmentalism, she hopes to design healthier buildings and systems that address food, waste, energy, and water problems. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, learning film theory and depth psychology, and enjoying the Austin college life.