Monty Hasan

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When I first got accepted into the USC School of Architecture, I was thrilled – studying to become an architect had always been my childhood dream. However, after a year in the Bachelor of Architecture program, I realized that I needed more flexibility and variety in my schedule with my current interests and pursuits.

GeoDesign allows me to do just that. With a diverse pool of classes from three different schools – Dornsife College, Architecture, and the Price School of Public Policy – I’ve been able to build a schedule that allows me to focus on my interests in sustainable community building, as well as cultivating my curiosity for architectural design.

In 2015 I began my sustainable hat company “Topiku”. Together with artisan villagers in Indonesia, we create handmade snapback hats from up cycled and recycled materials such as buckets, leather shoes, and garment waste from apparel companies. I believe that by providing developing communities with alternative materials, we can help lessen our exponentially-growing waste epidemic.

With a major in GeoDesign and a minor in Architecture, I am able to have a wholesome education that will equip me with the tools and knowledge necessary in reaching my goal to help address environmental, economic, and social issues in developing countries through design.

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