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Farrah Dang 2019 Master of Landscape Architecture University of Virginia

Grading for Karen Cragnolin Park, a Nelson Byrd Woltz project

Farrah Dang SUMMARY SKILLS Planning - requirements, content, analysis, workflows, prototypes Designing - creative direction, digital publications, color and font design principles Instructing - guides, videos, hands-on/remote training, subject matter expertise Communicating - relationship and consensus building, presentations, writing, editing

Education present MLA, Landscape Architecture (2019 candidate). University of Virginia present Virginia Sea Grant Cross-Disciplinary Problem Solving & Research professional development program 05/2016 German, level A1.1-B1.1. Goethe Institut, Washington DC 08/2011 MA, Professional Writing and Editing. George Mason University 01/2005 BFA, Digital Art and Animation. George Mason University 2003 Study Abroad Honors Program. Oxford University

Technical Skills ▪▪ ▪▪ ▪▪ ▪▪

Microsoft. SharePoint, Visio, Office Suite Adobe. Captivate, Connect, Adobe Suite Modeling. AutoCAD, Rhino Fabrication. CNC routing, 3D printing, laser cutting, woodworking, casting, sewing

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Mapping. ArcGIS, OpenStreetMap German. A2.3 Listen/Speak/Read Coding. CSS, HTML, basic PHP, Wordpress Writing standards. MLA, Chicago, GPO Style Other apps. Prezi,, Freemind, Eventbrite

Volunteer Experience 2013 Habitat Restoration, Landscaping, Volunteer Coordination to ▪▪ Arlington Regional Master Naturalist, certified. 40+ annual hours in community service and continuing education 2016 for invasive removals and ecological stewardship ▪▪ Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Seagrass restoration, Potomac trash cleanup and inventory ▪▪ Casey Trees. Tree planting and urban canopy restoration ▪▪ Walter Reed Community Center Garden, Arlington, Virginia. Managing garden redesign with requirements and collaboration from community members, Master Gardeners, and municipality representatives; planning task logistics with Arlington County coordinators; leading volunteer groups of seniors and middle-schoolers in garden construction activities


Work Experience 05/2018 Landscape Architect Intern. Nelson Byrd Woltz to 08/2018 Supported the firm on communications, proposals, research, design, and construction documentation ▪▪ Analyzed cultural history and local geo-ecologies and drafted the 50% Master Plan for Karen Cragnolin Park in Asheville, NC; presented findings in client review and public engagement event onsite; performed sectional topography and land grading analysis and sketched designs for riparian stabilization and check-dam vernal pools ▪▪ Edited and drafted ASLA submissions, proposal templates, booklets, and magazine and online article content ▪▪ Researched and assessed construction documentation for Green Area Ratio (GAR) qualifications for NoMa Green park in Washington, DC as part of permit submission ▪▪ Provided edits and fact-checking support for Memorial Park Conservancy’s Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) submission for Memorial Park, Houston 03/2017 to Research Assistant to Dr. Jennifer Roe. University of Virginia, School of Architecture present Support the Center for Design and Health on publications, research, website development, and graphics 01/2017 to Research Assistant to Dr. Rider Foley. University of Virginia, School of Engineering and Applied Science present Support the School of Engineering on technical publications, research, website development, and graphics ▪▪ Mapping technology infrastructure and neighborhood resources with GIS for the Silicon Harlem project in NYC ▪▪ Collaborated with engineering students to create an award-winning poster for UVA’s 2017 Science Policy Symposium ▪▪ Co-edited and developed graphics and complete website for research report, Future Energy Infrastructures: Engagements with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, published October 2017 06/2017 Landscape Architect Intern. Emschergenossenschaft to 08/2017 Supported the oldest and largest public German waterboard in developing Wasserkreuz park design options 08/2012 Business Analyst, UX/UI Designer, Communications Manager. VETS, Inc. and U.S. FAA to 02/2016 Supported process improvements and major re-architecting of an FAA SharePoint portal servicing hundreds of federal offices and 700+ small businesses ▪▪ Managed brand identity (typography, color, language, tone) for websites, guides, and educational/program materials ▪▪ Managed communications, marketing, and registration for 2 key conferences averaging 631 attendees each ▪▪ Created and edited training storyboards and scripts; captioned and narrated training videos ▪▪ Collaborated with FAA leadership and program management in drafting and executing an enterprise-wide training program; conducted classroom and web-based virtual training ▪▪ Interviewed user groups/stakeholders and analyzed the program’s content organization and data taxonomies; formed user stories and design requirements for the web portal ▪▪ Strategized information architecture plans with the development team; drafted wireframes and mockups incorporating workflows and content hierarchies 04/2012 Assistant Manager. Greenstreet Gardens of Alexandria, VA to 08/2012 Administered store operations for a $1-2.5 million annual revenue, small/local business ▪▪ Trained and mentored new employees on store operations and IT systems; mitigated staff’s obstacles and delegated work; instructed customers on pest management and sustainable horticulture; maintained and cared for inventory

Projects, University Coursework

Fire Follows the Water


University of Virginia, Indigenous Ecologies ▪ 2018 Emma Mendel

The Sisseton-Wahpeton Cultural Arts Center


University of Virginia Research Studio, Indigenous Ecologies ▪ 2018 Phoebe Crisman

BoxWoods Garden


University of Virginia, Healing Spaces ▪ 2017 Reuben Rainey

Blue Ribbon Park


Summer internship, Germany, Emschergenossenschaft ▪ 2017 Martina Oldengott

Social Herb Row


University of Virginia Research Studio, Tobacco Row ▪ 2017 Shiqiao Li

The Cycles


University of Virginia, Plant Form and Function ▪ 2017 Julie Bargmann

Detail to Design / Design to Detail


University of Virginia, Ecotech II ▪ 2017 Zaneta Hong

Experience Fields / Animating Information University of Virginia Zaneta Hong, Digital Practice II ▪ 2017 Michael Lee, History of Landscape Architecture II ▪ 2017


Fire Follows the Water University of Virginia, Indigenous Landscapes â–Ş 2018 Emma Mendel This project investigates subjective, non-linear, and non-western ways of undertstanding landscapes and human relations with(in) them. Research knowledge is shared as drawings and, later, models. My particular focus is the fire management regime of the plains tribes in North America. Through careful, controlled burns, indigenous peoples increased habitat zones and species diversity, thus increasing food reserves and preventing the out-of-control, large scale fires we commonly see today. Curiously, mapping and the logistics of fire management reveals the close relationship between fire and water. Waters of the Mississippi basin provided not only sustenance, but also served as very convenient fire breaks.







The Sisseton-Wahpeton Cultural Arts Center University of Virginia, Indigenous Ecologies studio â–Ş 2018 Phoebe Crisman The design is in progress. This studio features an actual built site on the Lake Traverse reservation in the Dakota states, with construction planned for 2019. In summary, the Cultural Arts Center is the celebration of Dakotah culture and heritage. The Center shall house and embody the principles of harmonious ecologies, resilience and independence, and indigenous craft and knowledge. It will serve as a destination for students, tribal members, and invited visitors to the reservation seeking meaningful cross-cultural exchanges. An integrated mix of interior and exterior spaces will encourage learning and community interaction. Of particular interest to the tribe is the revival of the Dakotah language, prairie restoration adjacent to the site, and youth outreach and development. The studio is wholly collaborative. Drawings not my own noted noted by




Layered Radial Schematic

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Team: Farrah Dang (Plan), Brady Scott (section), Kevin Lane (render), Mark Meiklejohn (3D model), Cris Bertone and Anne Souza (model) 3

Site Context

N. Dakota

Sisseton Wahpeton College Campus Minnesota

main college S. Dakota Lake Traverse Reservation

restoration prairie ~33,800 sq ft nature trail

100 ft


CULTURE Native Flag Design Crazy Horse Memorial, Black Hills, South Dakota

Receiving a tribal flag is one of the highest honors given by Native Americans. Currently there are more than 125 flags displayed throughout the Crazy Horse complex. The Crazy Horse Memorial, dedicated to the Native American war leader of the 19th century, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. This display is a means of increasing public awareness of the wide diversity and individuality of Native American tribal heritage and living cultures.

CULTURE Four Directions of the Midicine Wheel Tree of Life Pendant


The Circle of Life, is often depicted in what is known as the Medicine Wheel. Each of the four colors, divided into four equal parts contains significant meaning and symbolism. The four colors represent the four qualities of a balanced life. WEST AUTUMN PHYSICAL BODY HARVEST BLACK - CAVE AND WOMB STILLNESS MATURITY

Sisseton Wahpeton Flag Similar to nearly all tribal flags of North and South Dakota, the Sisseton and Wahpeton flag features the tepee as a significant design element. Historically, as the rulers of the northern Plains, the tribe constantly traveled, following buffalo herds, using the tepee as a nomadic shelter. The tepee is considered a unifying symbol among the various Native Americans. The Tribe’s light blue flag includes the triangular map of the reservation in dark blue. On it, seven red tepees, outlined in white, represent the seven districts of the reservation, each named above. Arching over the reservation map, in white, are the words, Sisseton and Wahpeton. Below, Sioux Tribe is labeled.



The United Siox Flag, South Dakota



“The Evolution of Hempcrete and Hemp Construction.” True Hemp Clothing International. Accessed November 1, 2018. post/2016/03/the-evolution-of-hempcrete-and-hemp-construction.html.

Hempcrete is a sustainable building material made from a mixture of hemp shivs, a lime-based binder, and water. As with concrete, additives can be used to manipulate qualities including color and malleability. Hemp has frequently been compared with marijuana for its physical attributes, though its chemical properties are where the two differ significantly. Hemp has a tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) level of up to or less than .3% while its cousin features heights of 15-30%. The plant is fast growing, requires no pesticides, and lacks the hallucinogenic effects of marijuana.It should be noted that the material is not intended to be used for structural purposes. It is rather a filler that requires either timber or steel framing to shape and uphold its form. It can also me molded into block form.

NHA. “Some Interesting Facts About Hempcrete As a Building Material | National Hemp Association.” Accessed November 1, 2018. https://

Extensive studies of the site, culture, landscape, and construction methods, are ongoing. Paralleling the environment of design firms, the studio meets weekly as a group to share research and refine the design. The studio visited the site for client review and feedback in October 2018.

General Sources

The flag consists of a white logo of the organization in the center and the organization’s name across to lower part of the flag. The central logo is a ring of 11 white stylized teepees, representing the eleven member tribes within the corporation. Each teepee consists of a partial red filling and all are organized radially touching a black ring in the center. Within the ring is a representation of the four prime directions, drawn with red arrows. The number four is substantially significant to the tribe, not only representing the cardinal points but also the four seasons, the four natural elements (earth, wind, water and fire) as well as the four races of man.

Bruijn, Paulien de. “Cover: Hemp Concrete Specimens. (Photo: P.B. de Bruijn),” n.d., 47. “De Bruijn - Cover Hemp Concrete Specimens. (Photo P.B. de Br.Pdf.” Accessed November 1, 2018. “Hempcrete Factsheet - Essential Hempcrete Info.” The Limecrete Company, April 26, 2014. “Hempcrete Video – Al Jazeera | American Lime Technology Website.” Accessed November 1, 2018. NHA. “Some Interesting Facts About Hempcrete As a Building Material | National Hemp Association.” Accessed November 1, 2018. https:// “The Evolution of Hempcrete and Hemp Construction.” True Hemp Clothing International. Accessed November 1, 2018. post/2016/03/the-evolution-of-hempcrete-and-hemp-construction.html.


Culture | ALAR 8010/ARCH 4010 Indigenous Ecologies Studio | Fall 2018

Shown here are small samplings of the massive quantity of research. WATER CAPTURE STRATEGIES: CISTERNS

RAMMED EARTH Testing the soil While rammed earth may be one of the most economical and low-tech ways to construct a building, great care must be taken when working with soil. It must have the right mix between sand, silt, and clay, be free of organics and relatively uniform in granular texture, and have just the right amount of moisture. Failure to have all these qualities in the soil will result in failure of the structure. An ideal mix will be close to 75% sand, 10% stabilizer (lime or concrete additives), and the remainder composed of clay. Note: Very fine silt (siftable through a #200 sieve) is combined together with clay to form “fines.” The ideal rammed earth soil mix will still feature only about 25% combined fines.




$$$ Not recommended for clay soils Insulated underground, water at constant temperature Subject to freeze-thaw cycles and cracking More difficult to maintain Can be laid under driveways, paths, etc. Can be hidden Can be larger structures

$ Versatile placement More subject to temperature extremes Easier to maintain Needs space alotted to it, close to water capture sources Very visible Often smaller structures

$$ Hybrid qualities of above ground and under ground cisterns

The results of the soil boring tests on the SWO campus reveal that sand will have to be added; the SWO soil is classified as “Fat Clay.” For soils of rich clay, lime is recommended as the stabilizing additive.

To test for wetness, the drop test is one of the most popular and easy. Make a ball of the soil with your fist, then drop it from about shoulder height. Check to see that the ball breaks apart into clumps.

Water Capture Strategies | ALAR 8010/ARCH 4010 Indigenous Ecologies Studio | Fall 2018

Soils | ALAR 8010/ARCH 4010 Indigenous Ecologies Studio | Fall 2018




More labor Gives a feeling of lightness and craft Can be uniquely patterned

More labor Feels warm very organic Can be very low in cost, but may require more maintenance


Winter to spring condition

Spring to summer condition

Summer condition

Using idea of the kettle, a prominent local geological feature. Right image, the Praire Coteau to the west of Lake Traverse

MORAINES kettles

Agency Village

opportunity wet meadow


Birch bark Water Capture Strategies | ALAR 8010/ARCH 4010 Indigenous Ecologies Studio | Fall 2018


Early process sketches







Tiotipi round shape theater, walkable roof connected with community garden







Multipurpose room exhibits/artifacts storage/theater prep/hand game/community meeting/lecture/




located right for wind to blow smoke away



form shared outdoor space for student to play


sunken plaza fire pit


Natural path TO CABIN


connect with existing path



Exterior connections Schematic Team: Farrah Dang (sections), Carley Leckie, and Anne Souza (models, plan), Xiaonian Shen (render) 5

BoxWood Garden University of Virginia, Healing Spaces ▪ 2018 Reuben Rainey I wondered, “How can I fit a soothing forest into a box?” This garden was a challenging exercise in fitting a sense of openness, freedom, and comfort into a narrow, underused void in the centre of a Virginia hospital. Using principles of environmental psychology, healing, and biophilia, the design creates a forest-like environment tucked within a very industrial, linear space. The goal is to encourage faster healing for patients as well as provide refuge for them, their families and friends, and hospital staff who also feel the daily impacts of stress and crisis management. An inspirational force was Yayoi Kusama. With the simplest of forms and gestures, she is able to transform small rooms into expansive wonderlands.

Yayoi Kusama Fireflies on the Water, 2002

Research sources:

▪ Detweiler, M., Sharma, T., Detweiler, G., Murphy, P., Lane, S., Carman, J., Chudhary, S., Halling, M., and Kim, K. (2012). What Is the Evidence to Support the Use of Therapeutic Gardens for the Elderly? Psychiatry investigation. 9. pp. 100-10. ▪ Heft, Harry. (2010). Affordances and the perception of landscape: An inquiry into environmental perception and aesthetics. Innovative approaches to researching landscape and health. pp. 9-32. ▪ Kaplan, S. (1992). The Restorative Environment: Nature and Human Experience. Role of Horticulture in Human Well-being and Social Development: a National Symposium. ▪ Stigsdotter, U. and Grahn, P. (2002). What Makes a Garden a Healing Garden? Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture. 13. pp. 60-69. 6



Blue Ribbon Park Summer internship, Germany, Emschergenossenschaft ▪ 2017 Martina Oldengott This park was designed as one of several options for an empty parcel of land acquired by the public German waterboard, Emschergenossenschaft. The park is intended to create a “water-rich” experience that would educate surrounding communities about the importance of water protection, provide recreation, and serve as part of a larger planned network of greenspaces along the Emscher River in Nord-Rhein Westphalia. The Blue Ribbon, a tiered system of stream channels, recalls the site’s history of polder drainage while also filtering excess stormwater runoff from the northern Suderwicher stream, which runs between the municipalities Castrop-Rauxel and Recklinghausen. Martina Oldengott provided creative guidance. This plan incorporates curated design options from landscape architecture students at Rutgers University and input from the results of children’s design workshops in local neighborhoods along the Emscher.




Social Herb Row University of Virginia Research Studio, Tobacco Row ▪ 2017 Shiqiao Li This project investigated the social agency of plants. Sited in the historic Tobacco Row district in Richmond, Virginia, the studio investigated ways in which we could challenge, through design, old capitalist hegemonies and bring diversity and sustainability to the space. Tobacco Row is the physical manifestation of a society and culture built around one plant: Tabacum nicotiana. Tobacco served ceremonial and social functions for the Native Americans prior to colonization; the early American colonists of Virginia aggressively transformed the harvesting of the plant into a full-fledged economic enterprise. Today, the remnants of that powerful monoculture is a row of preserved tobacco factories, adapted into residential lots for a similarly “mono-cultured” demographic: Young urban working professionals. If one small, human- sized plant could inspire the growth and development of an entire society and physical space, what would a community of new plants bring to the present human communities? What if these plants were given the same physical presence and importance as human development? What would the new “Social Herb Row” look like?



The Cycles University of Virginia, Plant Form and Function â–Ş 2017 Julie Bargmann This design course required the creation of a narrative for an old field of broomsedge bordered by a tulip poplar forest. I was going through heavy personal challenges at the time, so I imagined a healing garden, with the program being a space for people visiting and working at a hospital. These series of garden spaces take the vistor through pain, healing, and reflection. The pain gardens, located at the southern and northern edges, have plants with gnarled, irregular, spreading, and pointy forms; flora in this space are white. The healing gardens are full of soft, fringey plants arranged in regular precision, serving as a ‘retreat’ from the apparent messiness and chaos of the pain gardens. Finally, the thought garden offers a glade, with dappled light streaming through the thick canopy and alighting upon a patch of ferns and dainty white hellebores that seem to nod in bashful deference or intense introspection. This hallowed forest clearing gives the visitor the feeling of being in a temple, shrine, or chapel.





Detail to Design / Design to Detail University of Virginia, Ecotech II ▪ 2017 Zaneta Hong As part of an overall exploration into materials, forms, fabrication, and clarity of technical drawings, I researched the Rostock Pavilion in Germany and created a new permutation of that precedent. The permutation’s logic was formed by my understanding of the Rostock Pavilion’s significant themes: Modularity, hybridity between soft organic and hard man-made structure, and permeability of temperature, wind, light, smell, and sound. To enhance these properties, I integrated separate research on metal fabrics into the design.

Rostock Pavilion


metal fabric properties




Interchangeable, Drapable Components 1. GKD Helix 24 metal fabric 2. Cascade Bright Basic Steel Metal Fabric, draped 3. Cascade Bright Basic Steel Metal Fabric, upright

Concept ▪▪ Interchangeable metal fabric ▪▪ Varying support height to change fabric form ▪▪ Spatial qualities dependent upon fabric form and texture ▪▪ Blending Soft landscape and hard architecture ▪▪ Hypertufa Base and metal structure aesthetic allowed to change via weathering

Cascade Bright Basic Steel

GKD Helix 24


1. Hypertufa mixture

5. Wire mesh plant containers

2. Recipe: 1 part concrete mix, .5 part vermiculite, .5 part pine needles

6. Containers with 1/4� threaded metal rod attached by 1/4� hex nuts


3. Cast

7. Water bath for curing hypertufa and leaching lime out

4. Cast detail

8. Model assembly, ivy and moss installed


Experience Fields / Animating Information University of Virginia Zaneta Hong, Digital Practice II ▪ 2017 Michael Lee, History of Landscape Architecture II ▪ 2017 Mary Miss’s Greenwood Pond Park in Iowa, established in 1989 through 1996, served as a case study in which to understand sensory experience and the integration of art, science, and landscape. The analytical model shown here distills the key moments in Greenwood Pond Park in Des Moines. Miss’s intent was to have the viewer understand the wetland environmental systems by experiencing it personally and intimately. Thus, the five threaded panels chart those different moments of experience. The red thread represents the planar field of view and reach of the sensory experience, as intended by Miss. The white mesh represents the “skin” of the landscape and water surfaces; its use is also a nod to the artist herself, who has a great fondness for the airy material in her own works. The panels show the movement of the park visitor as he or she travels from dry land to a watery, immersed condition. The accompanying video animation is an exploration of methods that convey the sensory experience and ambulatory coreography while providing information about the park.

dry condition

water approach

wet condition

sunken condition





stimulation, splash!

constrained, claustrophobic

prospect, command

A Sensory Experience: a short video Youtube: Run time: 1: 45 22

Sketch for Karen Cragnolin Park, a Nelson Byrd Woltz project

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