Terri Chapman is a Sustainability Fellow working on the new campus design here at Kopila Valley. She is a graduate student at Pratt Institute where she studies International Urban Development, with a focus on environmental systems design. She is a research assistant for the department of Sustainable Urban Planning and Development at Pratt, and has interned for multiple organizations including UN-Habitat, Right to the City Alliance and Immigration Advocacy Matters. She has also worked on multiple building and sustainable design projects in the United States and abroad. Terri has received multiple academic awards and scholarships from The New School where she completed her undergraduate studies, and will be published this year as a co-author of the City Development Strategy for Da Nang City in Vietnam.
Goals: “I am honored to be a Kopila Fellow and am excited to share the knowledge that I have while gaining new skills and experiences. My goals for my time as a Fellow include successfully designing and building a high performing, energy efficient, beautiful school for the students of Kopila Valley, as well as to encourage knowledge production around environmental issues and help Kopila Valley Home and School adapt methods for sustainable development. Additionally, I hope to make lasting connections with the students, staff and fellows, while building a lifelong commitment to the mission and goals of KVHS. I hope to become a role model, guardian and friend for the children.”
Our new high school design would not be anywhere close to being what it is without Terri's influence and hard hours on the site these past few months. She is a brilliant designer with innovative ideas and the drive and skill to put them into action. Remember her name because I have a feeling you'll be hearing about her and her future contributions to the world for many years to come!