DEREK JACKSON LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO
RESUME CONTACT INFO Derek Jackson 12 Gerry Street Stoneham MA 02180 United States firstname.lastname@example.org 1781 779 1485 339 293 3821 (Cell)
EDUCATION 2011-2015 Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland BA (hons) Landscape Architecture 2009-2011 South Eastern Regional College, Downpatrick, Co. Down, Northern Ireland Access Course 1995-1996 Greenmount Horticultural College, Antrim, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland Certificate Horticulture
PROFESSIONAL SKILLS Autocad Photoshop, InDesign Sketchup Microsoft Word, Power Point, Excel Model making Hand drawing/sketching
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 2014 - Present Landscape Architect MWA Partnership, Belfast, Co. Down, Northern Ireland • Masterplans for Parks, Housing, Public Realm, Commercial • Detail Design • Planting Plans • Visualizations • Attend site meetings • Attend client meetings • Existing Conditions Surveys • Visual Assessments • Developed proposals for new website 2009 - 2011 Carpentry Redsky, Belfast, Co. Down, Northern Ireland • Kitchen Installation • Finish Carpentry • Framing • Making material lists • Organised other trades 2000 - 2009 Carpentry (Self-Employed) Classic Carpentry, Crossgar, Co. Down, Northern Ireland • Worked for developers on new build projects providing services for all Carpentry works • Refurbishment and extention projects • Met with clients and prepared details of design • Estimated costs (labour and materials) • Organised sub-contractors • Gained experience working on period homes with bespoke finish 1996 -2000 Landscape Gardening Cuffey Landscapes, Crossgar, Co. Down, Northern Ireland • Worked off Landscape plans • Installing hardscapes • Large-scale tree and shrub planting • Experience working with light-weight machinery
CONTENTS ACADEMIC 1. PARK DESIGN - CALDERWOOD, WEST LOTHIAN, SCOTLAND Individual @ Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
2. DETAIL DESIGN - ST. MARGARETâ€™S LOCH, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND Individual @ Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
3. HOUSING MASTERPLAN - AN CAMAS MOR, CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK, SCOTLAND Individual @ Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
4. PARK DESIGN - MH17 MEMORIAL ISLAND, AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS Individual @ Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
5. URBAN REGENERATION - ROYAL DOCKS, LONDON, ENGLAND Group Work @ Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
PROFESSIONAL 6. PARK DESIGN - GILFORD RIVERSIDE REGENERATION, CO. DOWN, NORTHERN IRELAND Group Work @ MWA Partnership, Belfast, Northern Ireland
7. PUBLIC REALM - CRUMLIN ROAD, BELFAST, CO. ANTRIM, NORTHERN IRELAND Group Work @ MWA Partnership, Belfast, Northern Ireland
8. HOUSING - CAIRNSHILL, BELFAST, CO. DOWN, NORTHERN IRELAND Group Work @ MWA Partnership, Belfast, Northern Ireland
9. PARK DESIGN - EDENVILLA PARK, PORTADOWN, CO.ARMAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND Group Work @ MWA Partnership, Belfast, Northern Ireland
1. PARK DESIGN - CALDERWOOD, WEST LOTHIAN, SCOTLAND Academic : Individual @ Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
Calderwood is a proposed new village set on 88 hectares of farmland on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Plans include the construction of 2300 homes as well as schools, retail and leisure facilities. The site is bounded by a 95 hectare country park which has influenced the developers proposals. Two main parks will be connected by pedestrian only greenways that continue to the edges of the site and into the adjacent country park. As part of the project brief, we were given the freedom to choose between the two park sites within the developers proposed masterplan.
As part of my research on housing developments, I looked into the amount of waste materials from both site groundworks and construction waste which is taken off-site to landfills and local authority waste disposal. This influenced me to look at alternative, sustainable solutions whereby these materials could be kept onsite and used as construction materials for the proposed park. West Lothian has a rich history in the production of shale oil, leaving behind large man-made landforms which can be seen throughout the region. I combined the shape of these shale hills with the crag and tail landforms left behind by the movement of ice during the last ice-age (north-west to south-west). This gave me the final shape and orientation of landforms which would be constructed using the excess groundswork and waste materials.
Zig-zag pathways compliment the straight lines of the mounds, while also creating a series of smaller parks along the greenways. Large drifts of wildflowers are planted throughout the park, producing new habitats for birds and insects while also creating seasonal interest for park users. Extensive tree planting using native species hugs the boundary of the park and continue along the pedestrian greenways to the edges of the development where it will fuse with the existing vegetation of the country park. Extensive native understory planting compliment the tree selection, creating new habitats for wildlife found throughout the area with species ranging from badgers, otters, foxes, roe deer, bats and owls.
2. DETAIL DESIGN - ST. MARGARETâ€™S LOCH, EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND Academic : Individual @ Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
St Margarets Loch is located within Holyrood Park, a royal park covering 265 hectares. The park is a wild piece of highland landscape only 15 minutes walk from Edinburgh city center consisting of hills, lochs, glens, ridges, basalt cliffs and patches of gorse. The project brief involved the enhancement and improvement of the visitors experience with proposals including a sheltered area and a design that compliments the surrounding landscape.
Untreated Oak deck boards
Topsoil - sow with grass seed
Treated timber beam
Treated timber joist
Threaded rod set in concrete pier
Steel c-channel beam
Resin bound gravel
Treated timber joist
Untreated Oak deck boards
Concrete foundation with concrete block retaining wall
Threaded rod and beam bracket set in concrete pier
Treated timber beam
Treated timber joist
Untreated Oak deck boards
Threaded rod and beam bracket set in concrete pier
Treated timber beam
As part of the design concept, I wanted to fuse the modern shapes found at The Scottish Parliment Buildings with the natural setting of Holyrood park. White oak deck boards cover the structure and are left untreated to age a silver/grey, complimenting the natural surroundings. The shape of the shelters give the impression the structure has been pulled up and bent over. The edges of the decked surface are staggered, allowing the surrounding landscape to become part of the design.
3. HOUSING MASTERPLAN - AN CAMAS MOR, CAIRNGORMS NATIONAL PARK, SCOTLAND Academic : Individual @ Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
The main driver behind the design proposals for An Camas Mor was to create a place where residents live within the natural landscape and are free to engage with their surroundings as opposed to living beside a landscape they cannot. To achieve this large areas of the existing landscape would be protected and enhanced with additional tree planting.
During the 1960â€™s the town of Aviemore, located in Cairngorms National Park, expanded rapidly following investment in the Cairngorm Mountain Ski area. The areas popularity has however left a shortage of affordable homes for local people. Covering 105 hectares, An Camas Mor is a proposed new village which will include 1,500 mixed tenure homes, a secondary school and commercial/business hub. Due to the sites location within a National Park, it was important that any proposals would be sensitive to the landscape and existing habitat issues. The design brief for the project was to choose an area of the site which would include the planning, landscape design and specification of 50 houses with road and pedestrian circulation taken into consideration.
To help inform the design I researched different types of housing layouts, creating a concept masterplan for the entire development. The Surburban zone creates a soft edge, with large areas of the existing landscape protected and free for all residents to enjoy. The Urban zone is layed out in a formal grid system with the existing landscape filtering through to the Urban centre, where business, retail and apartments surround a central park.
An important part of the design proposals included the construction materials for the buildings. These would be locally sourced with the goal of making the development as sustainable as possible while also adding to the local distinctiveness and a sense of place. The primary material is timber, with the framing made from Douglas Fir and the outer skin finished with Larch siding. Sheeps wool would be used to insulate the building. To reduce energy consumption the buildings are orientated predominantly south facing, reducing energy demand by providing light and heat from natural sunlight and solar gain. Solar panels would be installed on the roofs, producing both electricity and heating water.
4. PARK DESIGN - MH17 MEMORIAL ISLAND, AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS Academic : Individual @ Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
Malaysia Airline Flight 17 (MH17) was a scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down near Torez in eastern Ukraine with all 283 passengers and 15 crew killed. Netherlands was the most affected with 193 citizens lost. Therefore Amsterdam, the departure point of this one-way flight, was selected as the location for the MH17 Memorial. An international open ideas competition was initiated to remember and honour the victims of the MH17 tradegy. The proposed site is in the Amsterdam â€˜Internal Seaâ€™ - Ijmeer. The design brief required proposals for a landscape park built on an artificial island in the Ijmeer covering 8 hectares.
Memory Poles -
Each victim of the MH17 disaster will be rembered with a memory pole made from timber native to their country of origin. The poles would be manufactured with lights built-in to illuminate the night sky as part of the memorial.
Memorial Forest -
A forest will be planted around the Memory Poles, creating a peaceful place in constant flux - shadows, seasonal change and the sound of leaves moving in the breeze.
Reflection Pool -
Incorporating the sky into the design was important as this was the place the tradegy occured.
Memorial Circulation -
The pathways run throughout the memorial park, leading visitors along the Reflection Pool and through the memorial forest,
Exhibition Building and Marina
Public Park Circulation -
The paths move through the reed beds constructed around the perimeter of the island, creating a natural environment for residents of Amsterdam to enjoy in an urban setting.
Memorial Park -
This is the spine of the park made up of three different elements - Reflection Pool, Memorial Forest and Memory Poles.
Public Park -
These are multi-functional spaces which can be used for leisure, festivals and exhibitions. .
Extensive reed beds will be constructed around the perimeter and between the public pathways around the sland, creating a new habitat in Ijmeer which has been in decline since the construction of Houtibdjk dyke.
The Dutch landscape is almost 50% below sea level which has been achieved by constructing dykes along the coastlin ries. This influenced the topography of the design proposals, creating elevation changes which have produced different rimeter of the island are for general public use with associated public park space. The highest elevation forms the main pa and along the island edge reed beds would be planted, creating a new habitat for ducks, fish and insects which have be
ne and throughout the country over several centut user zones. The lower elevations around the peart of the MH17 Memorial. Between the elevations een in decline due to the poor condition of Ijmeer.
5. URBAN REGENERATION - ROYAL DOCKS, LONDON, ENGLAND Academic : Group Work @ Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh
1 Business and Retail Hub 2 Docks reintroduced Leisure Hub
3 Urban Forest 4 Pedestrian link to
Thames Barrier Park
5 Future development potential
6 Silvertown Quays Park
7 Waterfront residential zone 8 Residential zone 9 Drumlins Park 8
10 Thames Barrier Park
Royal Docks is situated in the London Borough of Newham East London and comprises of 3 Docks; Royal Albert, Royal Victoria and King George V Docks. Constructed between 1855 and 1921, together they formed the largest enclosed Docks in the in the world with almost 90 hectares of water. The Docks suffered a steady decline from the 1960’s onwards, finally closing in 1981. The area was transformed during the 1980’s and 90’s with the construction of thousands of new homes and retail space. The redevelopment of the area continues with an area of the Docks known as Silvertown Quays. Covering 20 hectares, the site will provide offices, leisure and retail space and 3000 new homes. For this project, the class was divided into groups .The design brief for the redevelopment of Silvertown Quays included a creative resolution of landscape design issues in an urban context, functional organisation and user needs.
Creating a sustainable development that works with the environment while also producing a place where people will want to live was an important part of the design proposals. The roofs of all buildings will be green, covered in vegetation. This system helps with rainfall absorbsion, insulates the building and creates a new wildlife habitat. A SUDS system running throughout the streets of the development with tree and shrub planting would also be introduced. During heavy rainfall. excess water would move through the development and be released into the adjacent water of the docks.
6. PARK DESIGN - GILFORD RIVERSIDE REGENERATION, CO. DOWN, NORTHERN IRELAND Professional : Group Work @ MWA Partnership, Belfast Status : Planning
Gilford Community and Leisure Centre
Existing pedestrian bridge
3 Cantilevered decking over steep riverbank 4
Cantilevered decking over Mill Race
Observation deck built on existing bridge abutments
Bridge over Mill Race with canoe steps
Built along the banks of the River Bann, Gilford grew in size when a large linen mill was constructed in the mid 1800’s. At its height the Mill employed 2000 workers but by the time of its closure in 1987, just 167 workers remained. Following its closure, the connection with the River Bann was lost. Gilford Mill and associated lands stood derelict for over a decade until it was purchased by the local council with the hope of renewing the towns link with the river once more. MWA Partnership was awarded the project in the summer of 2014 with the design brief of creating a linear park along the Bann river. Responsibilities during project included • Existing conditions survey • Concept designs • Masterplan • Visualisations • Detail design • Interdisciplinary meetings • Client meetings
Part of the proposed route along the river required built structures due to limited space. Cantilevered decking was designed to allow users to move through existing trees along the river bank and hang over the river. Due to site localion, meetings with Rivers Agency and Structural Engineers were important with proposed levels in assuring the design met flood plain requirements.
7. PUBLIC REALM - CRUMLIN ROAD, BELFAST, CO. ANTRIM, NORTHERN IRELAND Professional : Group Work @ MWA Partnership, Belfast Status : Complete
MWA won the tender for the redesign of two lengths of Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) Interface or ‘Peace Wall’. The Peace Walls run through parts of Belfast where rival communities (Nationalist and Loyalist) are separated by high reinforced concrete walls due to secterian tensions. After the Good Friday Agreement, Northern Ireland moved into an era of peace and stability not seen in four decades. This has brought about opportunities to create connections between communities separated for years. The site is divided by the Crumlin Road with two sections of Peace Wall built on either side. The project brief required proposals for the improvement in the appearance of the physical barrier and to create potential gateways onto the Crumlin Road to facilitate freedom of movement between the two communities. Following consultations with both communities, the NIHE proposed to regenerate the area by way of reducing the height of the wall and erecting railings in its place. These measures will help soften the barrier, creating a visual link between housing and the Crumlin Road while still maintaining a feeling of security. The proposals incorporate two sets of decorative fixed panels. Over time it is hoped these panels would be removed to create new access points. Other proposals included paving, grassed areas, tree planting, hedging and shrub planting. Responsibilities during project included • Existing conditions survey • Masterplan • Detail design • Interdisciplinary meetings • Site meetings
In 2013, the First and Deputy First Ministers for Northern Ireland set a 10 year target to bring down all Peace Walls throughout the country. Crumlin Road was the first of around 70 to come down.
â€œDismantling a wall 30 years after being made and the most encourag
Deputy First Minister Martin Mcguin
it was built does more than just transform the physical landscape. It sends our a strong signal progress is ging thing isnâ€™t the bricks of a 10ft wall lying flat on the ground, but the fact it was a community-led decisionâ€?.
nness speaking at the official opening.
8. LANDSCAPE MASTERPLAN - CAIRNSHILL, BELFAST, CO. DOWN, NORTHERN IRELAND Professional : Group Work @ MWA Partnership, Belfast Status : Onsite
Set on 13 hectares of rolling farmland in the suburbs of Belfast, MWA won the tender to produce landscape proposals for a new housing development. Existing elements such as mature trees, hedgerows, viewpoints and a stream running east to west would form the main element of the proposals. The stream will become a vegetative swale/marshland, assisting in defending the new development against flooding during heavy rains with the surrounding lands forming a linear park, connecting the site with surrounding housing developments. Many of the mature trees are also retained with gabion walls constructed to accomodate changes in topography to facilitate the new development. Other proposals included extensive tree planting, shrub planting and a cycle path connecting to an existing cycle network. Responsibilities during project included â€˘ Existing conditions survey â€˘ Masterplan â€˘ Planting Plan
9. PARK DESIGN - EDENVILLA PARK, PORTADOWN, CO. ARMAGH, NORTHERN IRELAND Professional : Group Work @ MWA Partnership, Belfast Status : In Design
1 1 Landmark art installation 2 Play area ( Junior and Senior) 3 Nature Trails
4 New car parking (increased by 84 spaces) 5 New indoor tennis courts 6 New pavilion building and council facilities
7 Outdoor event/activity space 8 Kickabout area 9 Walled Garden
4 5 6 7
MWA was appointed by Banbridge Borough Council to develop a Masterplan for Edenvilla Park in the town of Portadown, Co. Armagh. The park was once part of an estate with a large dwelling with a walled garden built around the 1850’s. During the 1960’s the dwelling was vacated and fell into a state of disrepair. The house and associated lands were taken over by the council with the house demolished in 2003. The walled garden is the only remaining structure left onsite of the original dwelling. The overall aim of the project was to establish how the area can be regenerated and improved to allow for better use of the facilities by the local communities. The Masterplan would include enhancements of entrances, planting, development of children play facilities, nature trails, improved circulation and an upgrade in council faciities found onsite. The park is also home to Portadown Tennis Club who were consulted about expanding existing facilities. Responsibilities during project included • Existing conditions survey • Concept design • Masterplan • Visualisations
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