Ian is a senior in ENVD with minors in sustainability and English. He was recently named CADC Research Ambassador - a recognition of his efforts to promote research h in our college. Ian is also a current president of EDSO (Environmental Design Student Organization) where his main goal is to create a network of environmental design programs based on design and research.
His general focus in design and research has been the links between mental health and urban design, particularly the ways urban design (through things like city parks, squares, and other public space) can work to improve mental health.
He has presented at Auburn's undergraduate research symposium twice ( in 2016 presenting a paper on physical media and literary journals (looking at the Southern Humanities Review which is published at Auburn University), and again at 2018 presenting a poster on mental health and cities and city parks as a way of improving mental health.
Ian has worked independently on a full thesis paper based on design research done abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark for the ENVD capstone class. He looked at the Danish concept of hygge, how it related to mental health, and how it could be created in the built environment through effective public space design. The paper is currently under peer review for publication in the Journl for Urban Design and Mental Helath.
He has continued to pursue his passion for poetry throughout the ENVD program. He self-published a book of cheesy coffee poetry winter of his freshman year at Auburn, and is planning on starting a new book project this spring.
One of his favorite projects in the ENVD program has been an extension proposal for the Jones Valley Trail in Birmingham. His project looked at three different avenues for extending the trail, connecting Railroad Park and the Rotary Trail at one end with Avondale Park on the other.