I am currently enrolled in Auburn University's Masters of Community Planning program. Prior to graduate school, I acquired a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Design from Auburn in 2019. I also attended Benjamin Russell High school in Alexander City, AL.
"If you're passionate about something, do it. Even if the probable outcome is failure." - Elon Musk
What is environmental Design?
Environmental Design is the process of rethinking or revitalizing the built environment and enhancing the user experience while also considering different factors and parameters (such as budget, stakeholders, etc.). It places an emphasis on human-centric design, the idea of systems thinking through holistic approaches. This allows me to better help people by designing with them, instead of for them.
What is Community Planning?
Community planning usually consists of a public participatory and interactive form of town or neighborhood planning and design in which diverse community members contribute toward formulation of the goals, objectives, planning, and direction of local planning. It often promotes public/private partnership as a means to harness physical development activities in support of community-defined goals.
At a minimum, it seeks community consensus for proposed allocations of scarce resources among competing demands. In more vigorous applications, community member access a full gamut of planning tools and thus future infrastructure and land uses, as well as helping coordinate the work of overlapping jurisdiction, levels of government, internal and adjacent communities and various providers, such as business associations, utilities, and schools.
This program has allowed me to gain skills in more areas than I anticipated. In addition to the software advances, I have progressed in my dexterity on a personal and professional level. Environmental design has granted me a different outlook and thought-process for all problems presented.
Community Planning is the marriage between people and their surroundings. It is how the built environment influences human behavior and interaction. It is daylighting the frames and systems that shape our cities and the lives of people within them. The built environment and our places within them are not accidental. The discipline shapes where we live, work, and play, all of which affect our health and wellbeing. it requires us as planners to be intentional about how we plan, design, and distribute those spaces to promote better health and social outcomes.
It is with the belief that cities and communities are malleable products of developers, governments, and individuals. Planners construct policies and dissect the social and physical fabric of our environments. It is shaping the scale of the environment that is relevant to the human experience.