Dee Dee DeVuyst
Dee Dee DeVuyst began her higher education at the University of Florida, graduating summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Design in Architecture, minoring in Spanish for the inherent and understated affection of the culture and language she had experienced as a Florida native. She continued at Washington University in St. Louis, graduating in 2009 as a Master of Architecture. This university experience was particularly integral to her academic development as methods of construction and sustainability were interwoven into the curriculum in addition to providing various opportunities to study and teach abroad. Within this academic framework, she studied architecture abroad in Spain, Italy and Argentina, visiting a total of 13 countries within 5 years. These programs allowed her to encounter a variety of perspectives that undoubtedly affected her own while acquiring a broader understanding of human connectedness in a global context. She was able to transform her convictions into practical experience in the summer of 2006, while participating on a construction team for a service project in the Brazilian Amazon, assembling underground plumbing for the Satere Mawe tribe that resulted in a network of piping that would distribute clean water throughout the villages to each individual hut. Soon after, she traveled to rural India for 6 weeks with Washington University's anthropology department to teach architectural hand drawing and mural painting to high school students.
She is very excited to be a part of the Master's International Environmental Engineering Program at University of South Florida, because it is a culmination of her academic achievements, contextual experience and professional goals. Her intent is to combine environmental engineering and architecture in developing nations, addressing emerging water depletion through the study of water collection, treatment and supply.
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