The Resort Village Master Plan in the Florida panhandle is creating spaces for people to connect to a pristine natural environment on 50 acres of barrier island property. Nestled within the SGPOA on St. George Island, the Resort Village encompasses a kayak launch, recreational courts, and a series of hiking trails.
Project Type: Landscape Architecture, Public Art, Community Engagement, Social Practice
Size: 1.67 Acres
Location: Gulfton Neighborhood, Southwest Houston
Project Description: Community Design collaboration with Open Architecture Houston, Connect Community, and Houston Southwest MultiServices Center
Work in Progress, 2017
BAIPP Arts and Culture Walk
PROJECT TYPE: Park Artwalk Competition Proposal
LOCATION: Bastrop, Texas
SERVICES PROVIDED: Concept Design
SIZE: 22 acres
The concept weaves together cultural and natural history of the Bastrop community by creating spaces that celebrate the people, geology, plants, and ecosystems of the region. The integrated spaces are built from local natural materials. Each space celebrates an aspect of the Bastrop community.
Celebrate People: Heritage Post Site Marker, 14 Total
The site markers, shown on the schematic plan as orange rectangles, are four-sided wood posts made from reclaimed Pine beams. Each side of the beam has carved text relevant to the languages, people, and history of the four prominent cultural groups that have lived in the Bastrop area. The four cultural groups are Native Americans, Mexicans, Africans, and Anglo Settlers. Each of these different peoples have a distinct culture to be represented each on one side of the Pine beam. Examples of text for the heritage posts might include poetry, stories, place-names, famous people, and significant dates. Together, each four-sided Pine beam represents a facet of the cultural and ethnic history of the region. The Heritage Post Site Markers are located at identified “gateways” throughout the Walk. The first posts flank either side of the walkway into the park and the additional posts mark sequenced spaces along the walk.
Celebrate Ecosystems: Texas Hill Country Wildflower Meadow and Texas Mesquite Savanna Boardwalk
The existing wildflower meadow is enhanced with seeded and transplanted native wildflowers and grasses including Sunflower Goldeneye, Velvetleaf Senna, Little Bluestem, Pink Evening Primrose, Rain Lily, Zexmenia, White Mistflower, Hill Country Penstemon, Four-nerve Daisy, and Winecup. These flowers and grasses are native to the region and create a colorful textured canvas for integrating additional permanent public artworks and sculptures within the park.
The Boardwalk is a subtly elevated wooden deck walk four feet wide that arcs through a planting of Texas Mesquite trees and Little Bluestem grasses. It is meant to be a discovery walk adjacent to the main path of the park that allows visitors to experience a slice of the Mesquite Savanna ecosystem.
Celebrate Geology and History: Limestone Plaza with Curved Seating
Using locally sourced limestone, a plaza with a curved seat wall is integrated into the path between existing mature trees. The plaza stones and stone seating area are designed to integrate various types of limestone rock relevant to different periods in Texas geologic history. The stones have embedded text about the geology endemic to the Edwards Plateau, the Lost Pines, and the formation of Limestone rock related to the prehistoric conditions of Texas.
Celebrate Plants: Loblolly Pine Grove Planting
As an homage to the special stand of “Lost Pines”, the loblolly pine grove is a loose grid of Pinus taeda trees planted in a drift from the limestone plaza and continuing north to the Wildflower Meadow. The pines should be planted from seedlings by volunteers as a way to teach the public about reforestation and forest management practices.
Celebrate People: Terraced Amphitheater
The amphitheater is a gathering space for watching movies, spoken-word performances, and contemporary plays. The terraced space is graded into the existing land to form a half-circle that joins the existing park pathway. Near the main path and parking area, the amphitheater is positioned to host lively arts events that celebrate today’s arts and cultural programs.
PROJECT TYPE: Wilderness Park Design, work in progress
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: How do you design access into a pristine wilderness while respecting the beauty and remoteness of the place? You work with a light hand and design with minimal materials: wood, sand, crushed shells, water, fire, native plants. These designs in progress for a barrier island in the Florida panhandle create spaces for watching bald eagles and wading birds in Apalachicola Bay and for discovering colonies of rare native plants growing on the island's interior. Boardwalks connect to sloughs within the Bay and to interior freshwater ponds fed by rain. The goal is to connect people to nature for everyday enjoyment.
PROJECT TYPE: Public Art, Urban Plaza Design
LOCATION: Baltimore, Maryland
Concept design, invited proposal as short-listed artist team for Baltimore's Public Art-in-Transit Red Line Project
The project combines large, brightly lit iconic symbols with colorful walkways leading transit users from the Red Line station mezzanine towards their neighborhood’s most significant sites. The inspiration for Poppleton Paths came from our experience walking the neighborhood and seeing embedded footprints and handwriting in patched and newly-poured concrete sidewalks. Deliberately made by residents over the decades, the acts of physically marking the ground traces personal histories of place. It is with that intention that we want to represent the movement of people from the Poppleton station to meaningful neighborhood locations.
Poppleton Paths is a visually striking, walkable map that accomplishes three goals: embraces community-based symbolism, highlights pedestrian movement through color and references the local watershed with integrated drainage structures.
PROJECT TYPE: Clubhouse Gardens Design, work in progress
LOCATION: St. George Island, Florida
SERVICES PROVIDED: Concept Design, Planting Plans, Site Layout, Courtyard Plans, Detailed BBQ and Poolside Amenities
SIZE: 2 acres
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: A landscape design for an existing private clubhouse on St. George Island. The design creates a series of garden spaces that complement the existing pool and beautiful beachside location. All existing old growth Pines and Sand Live Oaks are being preserved. Proposed plantings are drought tolerant, salt tolerant, and wind tolerant.
Richmond Canopy Plaza
Project Type: Corporate Courtyard and Public-Private Park
Location: Houston, Texas
Services Provided: Concept design while employed as a Landscape Architect at Sasaki*
*Landscape Architects: Sasaki Associates, Landscape Architect of Record: Office of James Burnett.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Large existing Live Oak Trees were preserved during the tower construction and provided the framework for the design of a plaza and park-like setting. Native ferns create a lush blanket of plants in the shade of the 100+ year old Live Oak Trees. Benches set in crushed limestone paths are used daily by office workers for eating lunch. The modular pavers create a driveway and drop off location for the tower that's integrated with the parking garage and garden areas.
PROJECT TYPE: Ecological landscape design, wilderness park design, ecopark design. work in progress
LOCATION: St. George Island and Apalachicola Bay, Florida
SERVICES PROVIDED: landscape design
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Located on the shore of Apalachicola Bay, Tully Park provides a secluded view out over the bay to the adjacent wetlands. Wilderness boardwalks and platforms lead to a kayak launch within a slough of the Bay.
Arlington National Cemetery Expansion
Project Type: National Cemetery and Memorial Arboretum Design
LOCATION: Arlington, Virginia
Services Provided: Lead Plant Designer for the 30 acre expansion project while employed as a Landscape Architect at Sasaki
Project Size: 30 acres
Arlington National Cemetery is an iconic landscape and a national memorial space for veterans. The design for a 30 acre expansion of the cemetery was focused on creating an arboretum of specimen trees in the burial ground and gardens and pathways that navigate the steep slopes of the site. Several hundred species of trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, vines, and bulbs were used in the design of this project.