Landscape Architecture Design Portfolio
- Piazza Emilio Morosini
Urban Revitalization - Rome, Italy
- The project was an urban revitalization project based in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome, Italy. After living in Trastevere for four months, I became quite familiar with the neighborhood and chose a small vacant lot located next to the public library which had high potential to become a vibrant piazza.
The piazza design was part of a larger corridor revitalization project involving the main roadway through Trastevere, Viale Trastevere.
- Spring Creek Canyon
Conservation Master Plan
- A 1,300 acre master-planning project located in Centre County, PA. The project involved satisfying multiple stakeholders including Penn State's School of Agriculture, local residents, the PA department of environmental protection, and the PA game commission. Interests of the involved parties ranged from conservation of some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in Pennsylvania to land development to stimulate economic growth. By using resource mapping through ArcGIS and assigning a hierarchy of land use priorities, a master-plan was developed to identify the most appropriate use of the canyon parcels.
- Republic Park
Economic development - Reston, VA
- A 35 acre office park located in Reston, VA. The publicly traded real estate company, Liberty Property Trust, recently acquired Republic Park which is 97% impervious surface, is currently showing nearly 50% vacancy rates of its office buildings, and is in much need of amenities. Knowing that the new light rail line under construction will place a stop directly in front of Liberty's property, the developers at Liberty knew there was a need for expansion through increasing leasable square footage as well as adding amenities and green space.
- Children's Garden
Penn State Arboretum - State College, PA
- As a portion of the Penn State Arboretum, the children's garden was to be designed to engage and educate children. The formalized and geometric form of the garden forces movement through this space to occur in a linear and angular fashion, creating the feel of a maze because of the varying degrees of enclosure. Children become aware of their surroundings through the levels of enclosure created by the mounds as well as the different colors, smells, and textures of various plant species.
- Center for Sustainability
State College, PA
- This is one of Penn State's projects to raise environmental awareness in the community. The design studio explored various aspects of environmental and sustainable design. The images shown depict the amphitheater design which was only a part of the larger design used as an outdoor education space for visitors. Some sustainable aspects incorporated into the design included stormwater infiltration and reuse, photovoltaic cells and small wind turbines, and native plant species. The project required a scale model to be constructed of the focus space.
- Mount Nittany Elementary School
- Being based on a currently active project in Centre County, the elementary school design was to be completed using BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology. A variety of programs were used in order to explore the capabilities of BIM and the IPD (Integrated Project Delivery) specified delivery method. The design team consisted of an Architect, Landscape Architect, Electrical/Lighting Engineer, Construction Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, and Structural Engineer. The four phases of the project included a BIM execution plan, schematic design, design development, and the final design. The construction managers, engineers, and architect of the actual project were present at each of the design presentations as well as throughout the design process to provide critique.
Collaboration and communication through each of the disciplines was crucial throughout the design process. The importance of design compromises, 3D and 4D coordination, and value engineering, became evident through the entirety of the design process.