Nicolas (Nico) Azel is an adjunct faculty member in School of Architecture. His background is in urban design and landscape architecture with a focus on urban environmental systems and design computation. He works at the architecture firm evolveEA in Pittsburgh, integrating urban and environmental data into strategic planning and site design projects. Nico’s academic work has focused on the role of information and simulation in design thinking. He has coauthored research on the performance of passive thermal mass tiles and storm water simulation for rapid feedback within the design process. Nico’s current academic work explores the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and autonomous sensor systems for custom landscape surveying. Nico teaches in the B.Arch second year. Previously, he has instructed in the Pre-College and UDream programs and has also taught digital media in Cornell University’s Landscape Architecture Department.