Courtney Basile, 23, received a master's in architecture from Ball State University in May after completing an extensive three-month architectural world tour.
The Munster native visited 30 countries, 70 cities and three continents with 24 other Ball State students, studying famous architecture while learning the societal and cultural influences behind it.
Basile toured Malaysia, Russia, France and the United Arab Emirates, among other destinations, completing her master’s thesis and snapping nearly 15,000 photos along the way.
Among her favorite stops were Mongolia and The Netherlands.
“I never once thought I would be able to ride wild horses in the Mongolian Tundra after spending the night in a yurt (wool insulated tent with a coal stove for heat),” she said.
“The stars at night were incredible, even when it was about -20 degrees Fahrenheit. We experienced Mongolian Folk dancing, which put a smile on my face the entire time.”
“Amsterdam is a sustainable designer’s dream city because of the incorporation of bikes around the city and the utilization of canals instead of relying on vehicles. Some of the world’s top architects had designs in Amsterdam,” she added.
As an undergraduate at Ball State, Basile also accompanied a group to Lennox Head, Australia and helped design a bike trail and Surf and Beach Rescue Center.
“I really believe that no design concept or idea is impossible, because I have seen some amazing examples of successful precedents,” she said.
“Now, I’m always analyzing the historical and cultural impacts of buildings. In my head, I start brainstorming the similarities of projects from around the world.”
The daughter of Caroline Basile, Basile was recently hired at Sol Design + Consulting in Cincinnati and works to analyze the energy efficiency of building designs.
“I value the importance of sustainable design in architecture, landscape, and city planning, and I really want to be involved in developing communities,” she said.
“Architecture was always a profession I wanted to pursue, since grammar school, and I worked hard to take the necessary steps to achieve it.”