Nick Armitage, a graduating senior in the Smart and Sustainable Cities program as well as the Landscape Architecture program, was recently selected as the recipient of the 2020 Phi Kappa Phi Medallion Award. He is a member of Virginia Tech’s chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and regularly attends guest lectures, workshops, and meetings withthe organization. Nick is interested in how planners can best work as liaisons between communities and designers to ensure that implemented infrastructure is representative of regional values and needs.
In research with Professor Theodore Lim, Nick looked deeper into questions surrounding community engagement and environmental design, and climate change solutions. He has an ongoing project focused on designing and implementing systems for bioenergy and carbon capture and storage in rural communities. This research aims to bring policymakers, designers, and constituents together on common ground. Nick’s hope is that he can continue conducting research with Professor Lim after his graduation, adding greater context gained from professional work.
Nick had two full-time summer internships with Dominion Energy in which he worked with biofuel and energy infrastructure in both project management and business development roles. After graduation, he will join Dominion Energy full-time to work as a Project Designer for electric distribution projects.