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CRYSTAL OLIN

CRYSTAL OLIN is a graduate student at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture.  She studies classical architecture and urban design, with a focus on urban design, and plans to graduate with her Master of Architecture next May 2009.  Crystal completed her undergraduate architectural studies at the University of Colorado in May 2006.  At the University of Colorado, she was involved with issues of sustainability throughout her coursework, and especially through her involvement with the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon.  In 2005, the University of Colorado took first place in this national competition.  Also in 2005, Crystal was awarded the Morris K. Udall Scholarship, a national scholarship dedicated to promoting careers related to the environment and Native American rights.  Since then, Crystal has been increasingly involved with the Udall Foundation and with issues of sustainability.  On June 12, 2007, she and twelve other Udall alumni set off on a seven-week, cross-country adventure, promoting public service and the legacy of Arizona Congressman Morris K. Udall.  Traveling in a green-certified biodiesel motor coach, they highlighted innovative solutions to America’s pressing environmental and Native American issues in more than 30 locations, including cities, Native American communities, national parks and college campuses.  Crystal fundamentally believes that traditional architecture and urbanism, as she is studying them at Notre Dame, are the root of sustainable and quality lifestyles.  When able, she also loves to dance the tango, and has studied in Buenos Aires with the acclaimed Luciana Valle.
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