A trip to Nubri Monastery, Gorkha Nepal
The Nebri Monastery is a unique Buddhist sanctuary located high on the southern slopes of the Himalayas at the border of Tibet and Nepal. It is a Nyingmapa (old school) monastery and has been in existence for over five hundred years. In April 2015 Laura Toups journeyed to Nepal with a group of 4 Americans and 8 Brits. Following a 5-day trek in the Himalayas, the group traveled by helicopter to the remote monastery to experience monastic life. During their visit, on the morning of April 25th a 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal with the epicenter just 30 miles from the monastery. Ms. Toups will share photos of this unique place and experience in the magical mountains of Nepal.
Laura L. Toups, P.E., LEED AP
Urban Design Group, Vice President
Ms. Toups, a professional engineer and urban planner is Vice President of Urban Design Group a local civil engineering and planning firm located in Austin Texas. She has over 32 years’ experience in urban planning and design and construction of projects. Throughout her career she has been involved in the City of Austin planning and policy process. Ms. Toups work with her firm has focused on design projects that incorporate state-of-the-art design concepts and pedestrian scale environments. She has worked on many projects throughout her career being fortunate to be a part of many landmark projects in Austin including City Hall, Palmer Auditorium, Butler Park and Auditorium Shores. Recent design work has included Colony Park Sustainable Community Initiative Project, a master plan for 208 acres in East Austin, Laguna Gloria Master Plan, and the New Central Library currently under construction.
Her interest in community and public space has extended to her love of travel which has taken her to visit remote indigenous cultures in Mexico, Guatemala, Peru and Nepal.