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.”