What is a Student Ambassador?
ENVD ambassadors are students that serve as liaisons between prospective students, parents, and the university, as well as promote the Program in Environmental Design and provide connections between prospective and current ENVD students, staff, faculty, alumni and donors through informational and outreach events.
What Does a Student Ambassador Do?
Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator
Office: ENVD 162
Home Town: I grew up in Colorado Springs with my very large family and I had never moved until I made my decision to pack up and leave for Boulder, and I am so happy that I made the move.
Why ENVD: Even though I didn’t have far to go to get from home to college, I still felt incredibly homesick, and wasn’t sure that I made the right decision. However, once I realized how incredible ENVD is and how amazing all of the people and my friends in the program are, I understood that this is what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, and I want to be there to help you out too!
Best Part of ENVD: I love being involved in this program more than anything.
ENVD Involvements: I am the Environmental Design Peer Mentor Student Coordinator as well as the Environmental Design Student Government President.
Future Plans: My future goal is to work for the LEGO Company, based out of the US or out of Copenhagen.
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
Why ENVD: Environmentalism is becoming an ever heated topic the world over. I feel architects need to be more conscious of the buildings they create; but not just the buildings but also the land the buildings sit on as well as its surroundings. Through ENVD I am gaining and learning the knowledge to recognize these problems and hope to build more sustainable and better for the world.
Best Part of ENVD: The best part of ENVD is the rounded knowledge I am gaining. I am learning not only what applies to architecture but also to landscape and planning.
ENVD Involvements: I am an ENVD Ambassador as well as the AIAS Junior Representative.
Future Plans: My goal is to go straight into grad school after I graduate ENVD.
Home Town: Parker, Colorado
ENVD Involvements: Student Ambassador, Peer Mentor, AIAS Marketer
Future Plans: I am planning on moving on to graduate school after I graduate from CU and eventually getting my license. I am really interested in hospital design and created spaces for people to heal with nature. I am also very interested in getting my degree in Urban and regional planning as well. I hope to be able to start a project and doing everything involved in it.
Why ENVD: Being an architect has always been the dream since I was a little kid. I first toured CU with my sister in 2008 and fell in love. I knew that CU was where I wanted to go to school and focused on getting here. I discovered ENVD and absolutely fell in love. The idea learning multiple disciplines and working with so many great people in class every day sounded amazing, and it is. I have loved learning everything from the ground up in this program. Learning each part of design has been really interesting starting with a smaller scale and moving us very interesting and has helped me learn tremendously.
Best Part of ENVD: The best part of ENVD is studio. I absolutely love coming to class and working on my projects with my teachers one on one, and working with my classmates as well. I love the different parts of the program and learning different curriculums every semester.
Why ENVD: Environmental Design is possibly one of the best majors out there. ENVD fosters creativity while also prepares its students for real world jobs. There isn’t any “busy work” done, every assignment is built upon and necessary to the end project. There is never a dull moment in ENVD. The consideration of the surroundings of a site that is taught makes this major specifically important to the built environment now.
Best Part of ENVD: The best part of ENVD is the relationships developed not only between fellow classmates but also between the faculty. Because of the small class size, everyone becomes familiar with one another. The studio classes create an environment that engages you one on one with your teacher, forming a relationship rarely found elsewhere.
ENVD Involvements: I am involved in Diverse Scholars as well as the peer mentor program.
Future Plans: My future plans are to graduate and travel while working at different firms before going back to graduate school for a major in architecture.
Home Town: Boulder CO
Emphasis: Design Studies
Why ENVD: I choose the ENVD program because I love design, but as a senior in high school I did not know if I wanted to study architecture or another form of design. After watching my older brother go through the program, I decided that ENVD was a perfect fit since it allowed for tracks in multiple design disciplines
Best Part of ENVD: In addition to having flexibility in what to study, my favorite part of the ENVD program is the people. I have met my best friends in this program, and their support and distractions and help and kindness are more than I could have imagined
ENVD Involvements: Lead Student Ambassador, Peer Mentor
Future Plans: I would like to design light fixtures as well as design the lighting schemes for buildings. Additionally, I hope to have to opportunity to travel, both within the states and internationally.
Hometown: Pueblo, Colorado
Emphasis: City Planning
Why ENVD: I have always loved being creative, and I am also passionate about helping the environment so the Program of Environmental Design is the perfect way to combine these two interests. This program also allows its students to explore different pathways of design, which is different from most other programs.
Best Part of ENVD: The best part of ENVD is the community of students and teachers that are willing to help you with anything you need, whether it be class work or your college transition.
ENVD Involvements: I am the sophomore representative for Environmental Design Student Government, and I am part of the Peer Mentor Program.
Future Plans: I want to go to graduate school for city planning and/or historic preservation.
Why ENVD: I always knew I wanted to be a designer since I was in elementary school, but I never knew what I wanted to design. I went to one of the Student for a Day here at CU and toured the ENVD building and felling love with everything about the program. From exposure to all the emphases to tight sense of community, ENVD and CU Boulder won me over.
Favorite thing about ENVD: My favorite part about ENVD is how as a first semester freshmen over half of your classes are directly related to the ENVD program. So you immediately get to start learning about things you love and are passionate about.
ENVD Involvements: Freshman Representative for Environmental Design Student Government
Future Plans: My plans are to join and architecture firm as an Interior Architect or go into furniture design. My dream is to become an Interior Architect for Marriott International.
Home Town: South Park (Fairplay,CO)
Emphasis: Urban Planning
Why ENVD: After falling in love with the campus, I chose ENVD because of the unique opportunities it had compared to other programs. We have the opportunity to learn more than just one discipline of design. For me, it has been my life-long dream to be a designer of the built environment, and ENVD was the best fit.
Best Part of ENVD: The studio culture is incredible. We truly get to learn and grow from each other. We push each other as designers and support each other. Some of my best friends have been made during late nights in the studio.
ENVD Involvements: Designers Without Boundaries, AIAS Freshman Representative, Peer Mentee, APAS Member
Future Plans: I hope to go on to the CU Boulder Real Estate School and study Land Development for grad school. Eventually I hope to become a land developer and redevelop polluted lands.
Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado
Emphasis: Landscape Architecture
Why ENVD: I really wanted to go into a program that embraced artistic expression while having real-world application, and I really love the sustainable side to our design projects.
Best Part of ENVD: My favorite part is the community that gets created through the small classes and studio atmosphere. It is so nice to have my friends in almost every class I take!
ENVD Involvements: Secretary for Student Association of Landscape Architects
Future Plans: I want to grad school for landscape architecture, and hopefully get to travel throughout my career!
Home Town: Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Why ENVD: Like most of the people, I thought ENVD was a program that emphasized environmental issues a lot. Given that nowadays for Chinese construction the most important thing is not fancy design but functionality, I decided to come here and learn more passive design strategies.
Best Part of ENVD: ENVD is such a warm community that cares for everyone. A simple example is that you can always find some food, such as donuts and muffins, at ENVD which might save your life when you are starving. Also, everyone here is so nice that it makes me feel homely.
ENVD Involvements: Peer Mentor, AIAS
Future Plans: I want to finish my Lighting Design certificate here and take a tour around the country. Also, I will apply for the graduate school.
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, CO
Why ENVD: I chose the ENVD program because it covers multiple different fields of design. When applying to colleges, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to be an architect, a landscape architect, or an urban planner. ENVD has allowed me to try each field to help me determine which path is right for me.
Best Part of ENVD: My favorite aspect of the ENVD program is the constant collaboration with my professors and peers. Even though most projects are individual, the studio atmosphere allows me to gather excellent feedback and opinions on my work. While I learn a lot from my professors, I also believe I learn from my fellow students.
ENVD Involvements: Peer Mentor
Future Plans: While my future is still a bit of a mystery, I do have interest in attending graduate school and/or law school to learn more about zoning and city demographics. I hope to use this knowledge and determine how we can utilize design to promote socio-economic justice and equality.
Home Town: Antonito, CO
Why ENVD: I picked ENVD because I wanted to stay in state and study architecture. I love the mountains in Colorado and being close to them was also a huge plus for me.
Best Part of ENVD: The fact that you get the benefits of a small school while still going to a very large college is one of my favorite things about ENVD. As an example, we have an amazingly supportive tight-knit community in ENVD, but we still have the opportunity to go and meet new people throughout CU.
ENVD Involvements: Co-Secretary of American Institute of Architecture Students, Designers Without Boundaries, Member of Student Association of Landscape Architects
Future Plans: After graduating from ENVD I plan to work for a year or so to build up my resume and portfolio before going to graduate school for architecture.