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Benjamin Knudsen


RESUME

REFERENCES

Ben Knudsen

EDUCATION MAY Masters of Landscape Architecture 2013 North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC · 3.74 GPA

Raleigh, NC 919.637.1845

AUG Bachelor of Science in Landscape Management 2010 Brigham Young University - Provo, UT · Courses included: Arboriculture, Woody Plant ID, Soil Science, Turf Management, Urban Soils & Water

benjamincknudsen@gmail.com

SKILL SET

Language Skills: · Fluent Portuguese · Conversant Spanish Proficient in: · Apple & PC · Illustrator · InDesign · Photoshop · Sketchup · Autocad · Microsoft Office · Graphic Design Familiar with: · ArcGIS · Land FX · Rhino AREAS OF INTEREST

· Green Infrastructure · Art within the Landscape · Site furnishings and details · Material + Product Dev. · Planting Design

WORK EXPERIENCE

Fernando Magallanes Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture, NCSU p: 919.515.8348 e: f_magallanes@ncsu.edu

Carla Delcambre Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, NCSU p: 919.513.8064 e: carla_delcambre@ncsu.edu

JAN 2013 PRESENT

Landscape Designer Maria Lopez Ibanez Design - Chapel Hill, NC · Assist with site design · Create construction documents · Create illustrative renderings and 3D Sketchup models · Perform site measurements and analysis

Owner, Maria Lopez Ibanez Landscape Design p: 919.923.3559 e: mlopezibanez@gmail.com

MAY 2012 AUG 2012

Intern Landform Design Group - Salt Lake City, UT

Brandon Reed

JUL 2011 OCT 2011

Landscape Designer First Impressions Landscaping - Durham, NC

APR 2010 JUN 2010

Intern Linden Nursery - Lindon, UT

· Created presentation boards · Assisted with construction documents and construction details · Created 3D Sketchup models · Developed project cost analysis · Performed site measurements and analysis

· Met with clients · Performed site measurements and analysis · Developed designs, drawings and plans

· Cared for and sold trees, shrubs, perennials · Gave planting and plant selection advice

OTHER JUN Volunteer Missionary 2004 Lisbon, Portugal MAY ·Performed area service projects 2006

·Served in various leadership positions

OCT ASLA Award - N. Carolina - Chapter General Design Category 2012 + City of Raleigh Award for Natural Resource Conservation

+ Featured on World Landscape Architecture Artists’ Backyard Design/Build - Raleigh, NC

· Group design/build project on NCSU campus · Helped develop planting plan and the re-use of limestone stairs

benjaminknudsen.com

Maria Lopez Ibanez

Owner, LOFT SIX FOUR, formerly of Landform Design Group p: 801.580.3325 e: brandon@loftsixfour.com


GREEN STAIR: DESIGN, FABRICATION, & ASSEMBLY <STAIRS TO NOWHERE> Derelict and no longer useful, the re-use of these limestone stairs was part of a design/build project on NC State campus. A fellow classmate and I developed the design and construction documents, and then led the fabrication and construction process. Modular green roof technology was used to direct excess water off the stairs into adjacent plantings, while retaining as much water as possible in the planters. Permeable brick pavers were used for the hardscape.

expanded shale & o.m. (4”) water retention fleece (.5”) drainage mat (.75”) drainage spout

drainage spout 1%

1%

<STEEL PLANTER MAKEUP>

<PART OF A 2012 NCASLA AWARD WINNER + FEATURED IN WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE>


INTERACTIVE & REVELATORY STORMWATER water conveyance/seating

interactive cistern Stormwater planting area (typ)

rain garden rows courtyard entrance

rain garden rows

user activated ‘rain’ trees

water conveyance/seating interactive cistern

SITE PLAN

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PHOTOVOLTAIC SOIL MOISTURE METER LEDS

interactive cistern

water conveyance/seating

<REVEALED HISTORY> Historic aerial photographs revealed the site’s rich history of farming. The rain garden was used to invoke this history with the use of planted rows of native North Carolina flowers and grasses. Ditch irrigation techniques were the inspiration for a water conveyance structure that also provides seating for the residents. Water is released from user-controlled cisterns, which is then conveyed through the seating structure and finally through the runnels that provide irrigation for the rain garden.

<REVEALED WATER CYCLE > Photovoltaic moisture meter LEDs inserted into the soil of the site’s rain gardens give insight into a normally invisible part of the water cycle. The instrumentation educates the public about infiltration and ground water storage while simultaneously providing interest for the nighttime landscape. Only after a storm event occurs and the soil becomes saturated do the LEDs come to life. Days after a storm event the LEDs will still be luminous if groundwater is present.


PHYSICAL MODEL

<DAN KILEY’S ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO SOUTH GARDEN> As part of a historical study I was asked to select a landscape of significance to recreate via model making. I chose Dan Kiley’s Art Institute of Chicago South Garden. The site is know for its serene environment despite the busy noise of the city passing by. The materials for the model were chosen based on Kiley’s modern ideals and use of the grid.


WELLNESS CENTER: SITE ANALYSIS

<SITE ANALYSIS> A disturbed 23-acre piece of land in Raleigh, North Carolina is the site of a proposed development by Rex Hospital that includes a wellness center, surface parking, a parking garage, and an outpatient facility. With the help of GIS data, our group conducted a site analysis by creating an overlay of various site constraints, like the level of forest development, slope, a riparian buffer, soils, and disturbed land. This constraints overlay helped our team determine the optimal areas for site development, conservation, and preservation.

PRESERVE CONSERVE DEVELOP

CONSTRAINTS OVERLAY: SITE ANALYSIS Slope · Vegetation · Setbacks · Riparian Buffer · Infill · Disturbed Land · Soils

CONSTRAINTS OVERLAY: CONCLUSION

Slope · Vegetation · Setbacks · Riparian Buffer · Infill · Disturbed Land · Soils

PRESERVE CONSERVE DEVELOP

CONSTRAINTS OVERLAY: CONCLUSION


WELLNESS CENTER: SITE PLAN

PRESERVE CONSERVE DEVELOP

USER EXPERIENCE

SITE STORMWATER

<FOCUS ON WELLNESS>

· Site design promotes mental and physical health with preserved forest in sight-lines of patients’ rooms, exercise trails and community and meditation gardens · Preservation of a riparian buffer and a parking lot with 25% green space and integrated green infrastructure promote environmental health

SITE CIRCULATION


WELLNESS CENTER: SITE FOCUS & GRADING STUDY

<SITE PLAN>

<SITE FOCUS>

<SITE REDESIGN> <SITE FOCUS: STORMWATER> Each team member focused on a particular portion of the site for further design refinement and the creation of a grading study. My area focused on a stormwater plan for the parking lot of the wellness center. Slightly curved bioswales bring rows of water-filtering green space into the parking area while creating pleasant site lines. The stormwater feature continues to the wellness center hiking area, intertwining with the native plantings and hiking trails.


LUTZ RESIDENCE

<PROJECT FEATURES>

· Provided privacy without presenting an unfriendly streetview · Provided pleasing views from inside residence despite need for car port · Provided spaces for entertaining, recreation, and gardening · Custom designed fence and car port · Professional work with Maria Lopez Ibanez Landscape Design


ACCESSIBLE TUNNEL PROJECT FEATURES: · ADA focused design · Complete set of construction documents created · Safe, efficient & enjoyable experience for ALL users · Centrall lawn social gathering space · NCSU-red accents: custom bridge & brick-lined path · 20 feet of grade change

<PROCESS>


ACCESSIBLE TUNNEL: CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS

<MATERIALS PLAN>

<GRADING PLAN>

<PLANTING PLAN>

<DETAILS>


PERSONAL WORK

<TEST TUBE TREE AND CHANDELIER> These two projects were a study of

<LETTERPRESS> The above prints are studies of overprinting, or the

<FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS> I ran a floral design business for a couple years,

repurposing an object that normally serves a singular use..

mixing of different color inks to produce varying affects.

delivering flowers to local businesses and various events. I often used invasive and native plants to supplement the arrangements.


BEN KNUDSEN 731 GATEWAY PARK DRIVE #311 RALEIGH, NC 27601 919.637.1845 benjamincknudsen@gmail.com benjaminknudsen.com

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