April 19 2013

Farewell From Bonnie Rodd: Blogging from Austin, TX

Farewell from Austin, TX Bonnie RoddIn the summer of 2012 I was a fresh graduate from the University of Texas at Austin, trying to make my way into the working world. Having been an Urban Studies student minoring in Architecture, I was hopeful I would be able to find work in which I could apply my passion for urban development, environmental sustainability, and architecture.  Like most UT graduates, I wanted to remain in Austin, TX. Austin is a vibrant, culturally rich, and friendly city; as a growing city it has much to offer an individual with my interests. Scrolling through my Planetizen app one afternoon, I stumbled upon an opportunity to apply my studies and love of my city in the form of a blogging internship with Global Site Plans.

My internship experience has been phenomenal in that I have been able to deeply explore some of the planning and environmental challenges present in Austin today, while developing a new skill set. Prior to my internship I predominantly wrote lengthy research papers, and writing concise, informative, yet interesting pieces was a skill I developed through my work with The Grid.

Only a few months ago I was offered a job with a commercial real estate firm whose work emphasizes sustainable urban development in the Central Texas area, but predominantly Austin. My interviewer, and now boss, was particularly interested in my writing with Global Site Plans, and I know that my internship work was that extra item that made me the most qualified candidate for the position. I want to give a big thank you to the company, Renee van Staveren, and my editors for this opportunity that has brought me great things personally and professionally.

I am saying my farewell to Global Site Plans due to the demands of my newly-started career, however, I am enthusiastic about the future of this company, and look forward to reading future publications from The Grid bloggers.

Bonnie Rodd

Originally from the North-Central area of California, Bonnie Rodd found herself at home amongst the creative, participatory, and sometimes off beat Austinites. She holds a B.A. in Urban Studies with a minor in Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. Her primary interest is sustainable urban development, focusing on alternative transportation and pedestrianism. Believing that the human element in design is invaluable, she dabbled in some social studies as well. This past spring she explored the three legs of sustainability in her thesis titled “Making a Case for Affordable Housing in Transit-Oriented Developments: Austin,TX” and developed a model for single-family affordable housing delivery in such neighborhoods. Bonnie currently resides in Austin, Texas, and will be exposing readers to environmental design issues present in both Austin and Central Texas.

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