Danielle Abe graduated the DCC program as a member of the Eta class, and she is now in her second of three years working toward both a Masters of Architecture and a Masters of Community Planning at UMD’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Danielle’s main interests within architecture and planning are sustainability and human health & wellness, so she is constantly working to incorporate those values into her school work and everyday life. She strives to better understand and teach others about the overlap between sustainability and wellness in the built environment, and hopefully her thesis will add community planning into that mix to design toward more sustainable, health- and wellness-oriented communities. A skill she would like to work on and learn more about is the art of storytelling, which is valuable in school, in the world of architecture, and in everyday life. She received her Bachelors of Science in Architecture from UMD between 2016 and 2020, and during those years she enjoyed participating in a variety of campus organizations such as RHA, the Climbing Club, and Alpha Rho Chi (professional fraternity for architecture and the allied arts). In her first year of graduate school at UMD, she was a teaching assistant for ARCH300, which was about the fundamentals of design representation, and for ARCH465, which is Structures II for architecture students. This past summer, she worked at a sustainability consulting firm and worked towards getting a new apartment building in Northwest DC certified under LEED and Fitwel. In her free time, Danielle loves playing video games with her friends while they stream, getting lost down youtube rabbit holes, rock climbing, playing piano, and blasting broadway music in her car. Danielle hopes to be a helpful resource for students getting to know the school and the campus, and she’s happy to be back in the DCC environment!