Abygail is a dual Master of City and Regional Planning and Master of Public Policy student at Rutgers University’s Bloustein School. She received her B.S. in Environmental Engineering in 2014 and subsequently worked in the U.S. Department of Transportation / Volpe Center in Cambridge, MA for 2 years. Abygail left to do a year of AmeriCorps service at City Year Seattle / King County, working with silly, hormonal, thoughtful middle schoolers. One year then became two when offered the opportunity to serve as a Senior AmeriCorps Member in City Year Philadelphia! She worked on the Civic Engagement Team to plan and execute beautification projects at the public schools in the city (kids, painting, and gardens? Yes, please!).
Abygail is an Army brat, so she has moved frequently and NJ is the 10th place she has lived! In her down time (where it exists in grad school), she enjoys drawing, bullet journaling, and watching Marvel movies!
Where do you get your design inspiration from?
Eco buildings that integrate green and parks into building design inspire me. The ACROS Fukuoka Prefectural International Hall (Fukuoka, Japan) and the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, (Yishun Central, Singapore), for instance! Buildings should not compromise access to health, and buildings themselves should integrate health! I feel the most well in a space that allows me to see and hear the sounds of nature.
If you could work on a project anywhere in the world where would it be
I would travel to Japan to learn the history, culture, and processes of creating Japanese tea gardens. I’d love to learn more about the Japanese approach to planning, Machizukuri, and how to integrate the approach into U.S. practices.
If you had a superpower to make a bigger impact on communities/ cities/ or environments what superpower would you have?
I would be a storytelling projection activator! I could ask someone their dreams for their community and the images would show up as a projection for everyone to see (Iron Man-style with super cool projections!).