Jodi Balster (otherwise known as Jodi Lb) is a Professional Masters Student at the Mortenson Center of Global Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She has a Bachelor's Degree of Architecture from Woodbury University, Burbank, CA, where she has achieved a high degree of recognition and several awards for her work within her community. Jodi has worked closely with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Architecture Students (AIAS) to bring awareness to her community about the importance of earning ones licensure, the growing epidemic of the homelessness and housing crisis in Los Angeles, and educating middle and high school student about design and their potential in an architecture-related field.
During her architectural studies, Jodi presented her research and designs on the use and efficiency of space focusing on the island dead space created by highways in densely urban cities. She proposed the use of pedestrian bridges to promote the use of alternative travel, build social interactions with greenspace and communal activities, improve the safety of pedestrian and biker traffic from automobiles, and reconnect segregated neighborhoods that formed after the invasive highways were built in the 1950s.
Now, Jodi has joined the Mortenson Center in aims of learning how to expand her knowledge of design into the humanitarian aid sector. She hopes to build cost effective, energy and space efficient homes that tackle the issues related to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Jodi has experience in community engagement and leadership, teaching, tutoring, and mentoring peers, hosting conferences at a variety of scales and has spent her last few years working in an architecture firm as a designer and construction manager (in-training) in Los Angeles developing housing and services for the homeless community. Currently, she is tutoring a large variety of students and subjects from a local company while working to finish her degree in a single year.