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The Featured Employee: Summer Student Edition | Cornel

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This summer, Cornel is MBTW's intern helping out the Landscape and Urban Design teams. Check out our feature to get to know Cornel!

1. Where and what do you study?

I study at the University of Toronto and I am going into my third year of my Master of Landscape Architecture.

2. What are you most excited about in the field of landscape architecture and urban design?

I really see landscape architecture as a critical profession for the future in that it will be crucial in solving a variety of social and environmental problems while still creating places that people enjoy to use.

3. What are your hobbies / interests outside of landscape architecture / urban design?

I love to go camping and fishing whenever I can get out of the City. I also home brew my own beer and build furniture.

4. If you were not in this field, what would your alternate occupation be?

My responsible answer would probably be an urban planner since that is what I used to do before coming to landscape architecture, but I would also love to start my own craft brewery if I had the means.

5. What’s your favourite part of working at MBTW | WAI?

I love that I get to work on a wide range of different projects and that everyday is something different. In contrast to school, I like that I get a chance to work on projects that are being built and having the satisfaction that these will make a positive change in local communities.

6. If you could have dinner with anyone in the field, living or dead, who would it be and why?

If I could have dinner with anyone in the field it would be Michael Van Valkenburgh. I am really fascinated by his firm’s work because their projects are always pushing the envelope with regards to creating ecologically conscience spaces that address local and regional environmentally issues. At the same time, his projects are some of the most iconic contemporary public spaces in the world and exemplify that you can create functional spaces that are also equally beautiful.

7. What is a fun fact about yourself that your team at MBTW does not know?

Not sure how fun of a fact it is, but I (you could say unfortunately) have been to more countries than provinces of Canada. (10 vs 2)