Nicole Furtado 

University of Guelph  

Thesis: The Impacts of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT on the Urban Landscape 

Research Interests and Future Goals: I have always been captivated by the world we’ve created around us and its continuous growth and development, which sparked my curiosity in urban/ community design. Landscape architecture plays a significant role in this process; as populations rise, there is a growing demand for more innovative solutions and environmentally sustainable structures within the urban context. I believe we have a symbiotic relationship with the natural world around us, we impact it, and it, in return, impacts us. I am currently pursuing a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a Certificate of Environmental Citizenship at the University of Guelph and maintain student member status with the OALA, CSLA and OAA in hopes of becoming a full member upon my graduation in 2023. I plan to continue researching transportation infrastructure and explore how it intersects with landscape architecture and environmentalism. This research exposed me to a range of complex social, cultural, environmental, and economic factors and forces in shaping the evolution of existing places and has made me consider how these approaches can be implemented worldwide.

Fun fact about you: I am left-handed, and my favourite author is Khaled Hosseini!

Explore Nicole’s publications below:

  • Studio Vantage – Student Landscape Architecture Journal: Studio Vantage is a Landscape Architecture student edited journal that aims to support, stimulate, and showcase student and faculty excellence at the University of Guelph. A few photographs I’ve taken were selected and featured in the 2020 – 2021 publication of the Studio V Journal.
  • Section 4: Team D: Villa Park – Globally We Design International Studio: Studio teams are comprised of multi-national, multi-institutional, multi-disciplinary teams of students and faculty from across the world. Remotely working together to conceptualize and develop creative outcomes in response to a universal design brief.
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