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Austin Torrabla


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Austin Torrabla, an undergraduate architecture student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is constantly thinking about ways to improve the world around him. Born in Southern California, he moved to the Philippines at a young age to live with family. While growing up in the Philippines, he took notice of the lack of sustainable infrastructure and how pollution affected everyday life. In the early 2000’s, Austin relocated to Oahu with his family of four and currently lives in Kalihi. He’s noticed that his community is facing a similar lack of sustainable infrastructure to his childhood home in the Philippines. As an architecture student, Austin says, “I hope to incorporate energy efficient and sustainable models into my future work. When I look at the communities I grew up in, I see a lot of room for improvement. I would like to be a part of that progress.”  

While Austin incorporates sustainability into his architectural plans, he also aims to be eco-friendly in other aspects of his life. As a student, Austin also uses his UH Manoa U-Pass to ride the bus for free. Through using the bus, he can get to work, school, and arrive at any destination while saving money and reducing his carbon footprint. As Austin strives towards an environmentally friendly lifestyle, he says, “I try to live green in tribute to places where infrastructure does not support sustainability.” Looking forward, Austin hopes to use his education to promote architectural sustainability to improve community efficiency.

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