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01Labyrinth 02Retreat Center 03Vertical Herb Garden 04Garden Entrance 05Parade Ground 06Nest 07Joined 08Forced Perspective 09Smithsonian 10Collage

A entrance maze

The Pacific School of Religion resides in the hills north of Berkeley as a higher institution of learning. Years of piecemeal development have resulted in a disjointed campus with no cohesive core. The redesigned courtyard unifies the existing campus

through simple yet dramatic material slices that cut through the whole courtyard connecting libraries to classrooms and chapels. The complimentary materials of limestone, marble, turf, and water provide areas for reflection and resting as they reflect themselves.

The single offset row of Olea europeas is a metaphorical reminder of the academic affiliation of the tree, and the Equisetum hyemale mark the threshold of both edges of the courtyard for the single runnel to pass through.

B looking west




Cornus alba

Salicornia spp.

Native corridor

Solidago rugosa

Deschampsia cepitosa

The spiraling nautilus is inspiration for this Half Moon Bay retreat center. Situated on the coast of California, bands of grasses, natives, halophytes, and a sunken detention pond of rain garden plants highlight the local microclimate as well as educate visitors about the importance of animal corridors and the elimination of water runoff. Ideally the site is a living example of the tactics it preaches.

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Cohabitation is key to this site. Understanding that introducing new elements into the landscape does not mean erasing what already exists. In order to demonstrate the philosophy of the neverwas haul project, modern consciousness as well as principles of classic

victorian garden design must be integrated with the very distinct landscape of industrial West Berkeley. This garden aims to bring nature back into a landscape that has been stripped of the green while enhancing the current use of the sitean eclectic and thriving

steampunk fabrication shop. An entrance of reclaimed shipping containers will only be enhanced by a living wall as opposed to covered. A cohesive union of formal vegetative reclamation of the space through a modern victorian herb garden.

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Agave parryi

Trichostema lanatum

Garrya elliptica

Lysiloma mycrophylla thornberi

Eragrostis curvula

Salvia leucophylla

The redesign of Blake Garden’s entrance integrates Cerrito Creek, the existing fauna, and local visitors through plant material selection, path

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material and plant placement. The goal is an attractive entrance built for humans as well as wildlife. The creek serves as a natural barrier and allows the visitor to observe the garden across the way. Multiple paths allow for a leisurely entrance or direct access to the nearby greenhouse.

cohabitation seasonal interest







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The parade ground of Alcatraz sits abandoned and unused. Traditionally used as a military parade ground and then as a recreation y a rd f o r i n m a t e s . M y intervention aims to maintain the starkness of the prison and the emptiness and order of a parade ground. surrounding the space with a simple concrete seat wall and Monterey Cypress trees allows visitors to sit and


rest while still very much in the Alcatraz experience and in direct view of the prison. This allows the visitor to experience prospect and refuge by hiding an expansive and open void within an apparent forest until further exploration and personal discovery.

People are very particular about how and where they will put themselves into the landscape. It is important to feel safe and protected, yet fully aware of surrounding activity. Birds are masters of this with nests. AT B l a k e G a r d e n i n Kensington, students

were allowed to install full scale interventions in the landscape to reveal certain preexisting characteristics of the garden. To demonstrate the prospect refuge of a specific lookout in the garden, I constructed a human scale nest of acacia branches that i collected

from another part of the garden. In essence, the space that I chose to build my nest was an example of where people in the garden would subconsciously like to sit, and my nest construction embellished a n d h i g h l i g h t e d w h y.


As part of a construction detailing final project, I chose to focus on one of the most fundamental aspects of detailing and constructionjoinery. I specifically focused on five traditional wood joints used structurally for specific purposes and strengths. This forced me to really concentrate and focus on how things actually fit together, and was a very beneficial exercise in primitive construction techniques. Using only a table saw, chisel, and drill, I built a mortise and tenon, shouldered mortise and tenon, dovetail, end lap joint, and cross lap joint.


08Forced Perspective

Casa Equis sits atop the towering cliffs of Peru-projecting out into the Pacific Ocean. This study in plexiglass and wire model making aims to capture the deceptive perspective and scale created by the cantilevered pool above the ocean. Using Joseph Cornell as inspiration, this piece, in itself, is an accelerated perspective of the view from the entrance of the house looking west.

09Smithsonian The museums of the Smithsonian Institution are the second most visited attractions in the District of Columbia. Washington is also a very congested and crowded city. This can

have an inhibiting effect on accessing the museums. Here is an attempt at connecting the National Museum of the American Indian to the weak but existing bike network in the

district through prominent and attractive bike racks, and through implementing the popularizing SmartBike bike share system.

The AutoCAD drawing on the left and accompanying planting plan are redesigns of a garden at the Natural History Museum of the Smithsonian Institution. The two drawings below are designs that

i did for Smithsonian’s Folklife Festival. As a temporary exhibit of mid-Atlantic Native plants on the National Mall, the section on the left demonstrates the installation of the plants.


annie thornton portfolio  
annie thornton portfolio  

a portfolio of work from my undergraduate education at the University of California Berkeley