Nico Azel, evolveEA urban design and gis specialist

Nicolas Azel

Nico’s foremost interest is in analyzing the historical and present context of our built environment so that design opportunities to promote egalitarian communities and increase ecological health can be pursued. He leverages his specialty in computational design workflows to process urban data and elucidate complex systems through dynamic representations. This approach advances evolveEA’s work on urban scale projects such as the strategic plan for Pittsburgh’s Greenways, a Citywide Green Infrastructure Study for the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, and Port Authority’s Busway Plan.

Some of Nico’s past work includes developing custom modules for 3d urban model generation, visualizing complex transportation datasets, and designing workflows which simulate storm water runoff. Nico is an adjunct faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture, and has coauthored research on the performance of passive thermal mass tiles, and storm water simulation components for rapid feedback within the design process. He has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Architectural Studies and Urban Studies from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and conducted graduate studies in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at Cornell University.

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