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Fremont Latimer

Contents Resume................................................................................................ 4 Intimate Spaces................................................................................... 6 Streetscapes........................................................................................ 8 Planting Design.................................................................................. 12 Sculpture Garden...............................................................................14 Construction Details...........................................................................16 Land Planning.................................................................................... 18 Implementation.................................................................................. 20 Arboriculture.......................................................................................22 Thesis project.....................................................................................26


Work Experience Latimer Landscape Design, Jacksonville, FL May 2009 – Present Owner/Operator I have worked on a variety of projects including; traditional design/build, pond remediation and arboriculture work. Landscaping projects have included designs for hardscape, planting, lighting and irrigation. Selvig Tree Appraisal, Jacksonville, FL June 2009 – October 2009 ISA Certified Arborist #FL-5480A Assembled and won bid for an urban forestry project for the City of Fernandina Beach. Services included a GIS based tree inventory; a comprehensive training seminar for City employees and a 5 year management plan. The project involved in depth analysis of economic and environmental impact of the forest and recommendations on how to proceed with future management. Selvig Tree Appraisal, Jacksonville, FL September 2004 – April 2007 ISA Certified Arborist #FL-5480A Worked with developers to create tree mitigation and management plans for their sites. Surveyed all protected trees on the site with GPS and conducted a hazard assessment on each. Findings were compiled into a report which was included in permit submissions. Each report was tailored to the applicable tree code and I worked in a number of counties throughout North and Central Florida. Planned and implemented beautification projects on a variety of scales. Services included; tree preservation, fertilization and inoculation, transplanting, pruning and wetland restoration. Metropolitan Lending Group, Chicago, IL April 2003 – September 2004 Mortgage Analyst Initially hired to assist in the establishment and development of Metropolitan Lending Group, including administrative procedures, telecommunications systems and relationships with investors and title companies. Was responsible for approval and closure of a revolving forty to fifty client pipeline, with an average turn time of thirty to forty five days. Chicago Bancorp, Chicago, IL August 2002 - March 2003 Assistant Mortgage Banker Worked with a senior Mortgage Banker increasing her productivity by 35%, resulting in the closure of over twenty five million in residential loans over eight months. Responsibilities included pricing and underwriting loans for over eighty investors.


Education University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Masters of Landscape Architecture Honors: Member Sigma Lambda Alpha Honor Society; GPA: 3.9/4.0 Recipient 2010 Foster Conant Award for outstanding work ethic Recipient 2009 ASLA Jacksonville Section Scholarship Recipient 2009 Thomas Cottingham Berry award for professional potential Recipient 2008 Noel Lake Award for acumen in horticultural knowledge Winner 2008 Rain Bird Irrigation Design Contest

May 2010

Colby College, Waterville, ME Bachelor of Arts: Classical Civilizations

May 2002

College Year In Athens, Athens, Greece Intensive study of literary, historical and archaeological background of Classical Greece Combined Caesaria Expeditions, Caesaria, Israel Marine archaeological excavation of 1st century Roman harbor built by Herod the Great. Northern Illinois University, Dekalb, IL Field Study of major archeological sites in Greece

Spring 2001 Summer 2000 Summer 1999

Additional Skills & interests Computers: I have worked extensively with both 2D and 3D design software including: AutoCad, Google Sketchup and Adobe Photoshop. Competent working with both raster and vector GIS applications and have experience managing GPS equipment and software. Proficient in the entire Microsoft Office suite and have a particular affinity for Excel due to its importance in my work in the financial industry. Affiliations: International Society of Arboriculture (ISA): Certified Arborist since 2006 and member since 2004 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA): Member since 2007 U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC): Currently pursuing LEED Green Associate credential Additional Interests: Rugby: Ten years of experience most recently with the Jacksonville Axemen and the Jacksonville Rugby Club. Cycling: Frequently ride both roads and trails and currently an expert ranked racer in Florida. SCUBA: PADI certified dive master


I enjoy working with the fine detail required at smaller scales and working to meet the needs of specific user groups. Top Left: An exercise in planting design to decorate a free standing wall. Sharply contrasting textures are used throughout with an espalier pruned tree serving as a focal point. marker & colored pencil Bottom Left: A backyard design intended to prevent intrusion by golfers and carts. marker Right: A design exercise using strong geometry and a large water feature in a vest pocket park.


Intimate Spaces - Various

colored pencil

This was a design for the spinal injury wing of the new VA hospital in hospital in Orlando, Fl. The patients in this wing generally stay for months or years at a time. The spaces I designed reinforce a sense of domesticity and allow the residents to take ownership of the space. It was also critical to give the residents a chance to escape. For those who are largely immobile, I constructed views at a variety of ranges. For the more able patients I designed for a number of activities that would serve both as recreation and therapy. Top Left: A view of the porch and the surrounding garden. A hierarchy of path sizes and materials was established to provide visual cues separating the exterior public space from the semi-private internal garden. sketchup

Top Right: A conceptual arrangement of views. sketchup Center Left: An view of the interior of the porch. The large windows and doors blur the line between indoors and out. sketchup Bottom Left: An ADA accessible fishing pier. sketchup

VA Hospital - Intimate Spaces 7

This was a redesign of the eastern border of the University of Florida campus. This design addresses the conflicts between the heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic that flows along and across the corridor. It is also creates a distinct edge that is visibly strong while maintaing porosity. Left: Analysis of pedestrian transportation network. arcmap, autocad, photoshop Center: Analysis of vehicular transportation network. arcmap, autocad, photoshop Right: Final design emphasizing pedestrian experience and edge creation. arcmap, autocad photoshop


Streetscape - University of Florida

Top: The design is meant to accomodate both vehicular and pedestrian traffic while creating the feel of seperation through grade changes and strategic plantings. marker, autocad, photoshop Bottom: The main entry way has been enhanced with vehicular and pedestrian gateways with the intent of creating a strong edge. sketchup, autocad

University of Florida - Streetscape 9

Top Left: A diagrammatic plan of enhancements to the historic green . autocad, photoshop Top Right: 3D sketches showing the character of key portions of the design. sketchup Bottom: Views of decorative fencing used to seperate the sidewalk from a parking lot. autocad

The primary goal of this project was to enhance the pedestrian experience surrounding the historic distric of St. Augustine and to provide a better connection between tourist destinations. Currently, the southern portion of the historic district and the walk adjacent to the river are under-utilized. This design uses the landscape to assist in wayfinding and communicates that these areas are a part of the tourist experience.


Streetscape - St. Augustine

Left: A diagrammatic plan of enhancements to the river walk along A1A just south of the Castillo. autocad, photoshop Top Right: 3D sketch of a gazebo inspired by the Flagler era architecture in the area. sketchup Bottom Right: 3D sketch of the ADA ramps leading from street grade onto the river walk. sketchup

St. Augustine - Streetscape 11

This is an historic home in central Florida that was in the process of restoration. The owners wanted to maintain a turf yard around the house with a surrounding garden that has year round interest. Top: A detailed plating plan that utilizes & preserves existing tree cover. autocad, land f/x

Left: A rendering of the western entrance. marker


Planting Design - Residential

These are both designs utlizing native & Florida friendly plants that will have a visual impact similar to the imported exotics without the need for excessive irrigation or frost protection. Top: A resort pool leading to an ocean-front beach. Designed with subtropical planting that mimic the feel of tropicals. photoshop Bottom: An exhibition garden on the southern exposure of a small conference center. photoshop

Institutional - Planting Design 13

This is a theoretical expansion onto an existing museum where a garden has been created to house a single statue; the Charioteer of Delphi from ancient Greece. The plan is inspired by the switchbacks and oak groves found in the landscapes of Greece. Above: A parrallel perspective of the 3D model was used to create a plan view.


Opposite: Perspective views of the site. Some of the advanced terrain modeling features of sketchup were used . sketchup


Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden



Construction Details

Construction Details


Considering the water wars currently being waged between Georgia, Alabama and Florida over the Chattahoochee/Appalachicola river system we conducted a land planning exercise for the Florida portion of the watershed. The ultimate goal of the project was to develp an analysis process that balanced the needs of economic development and environmental protection. The process considered the economic and environmental needs in isolation and then synthesized the results using raster analysis in ESRI’s arcmap. The end result was a series of land use recommendations that were well researched, impartial and highly defensible.


Land Planning - Apalachicola River Basin

This is a summary of the spatial calculations used to determine development suitability. Individual factors are analyzed and assessed for suitability and then synthesized into a single surface. The synthesized surfaces are in turn synthesized to create a complex model that can be used for land use decisions. arcmap

Apalachicola River Basin - Land Planning 19

This is a residential project that I completed as an independent contractor. The client wanted to redesign their backyard with a resort atmosphere for entertaining and for gardening. I designed an expanded paver patio around the existing pool deck and surrounded it with sub-tropical plants that gave it a beach feel. The paving and plant installtion was put out to bid and completed by sub-contractors Top Left: Aerial view of the property prior to construction. Bottom Left: Staging of paving materials during installation. Right: Planting plan and paving pattern. Hatching indicates areas with new paving. autocad, land f/x



Views of the path on the side of the house after construction and in the conceptual 3D model. The paving pattern was altered slightly so that the contours of the paving would curve along with the path.

View of the the muhly grass and sabal palms. The plants were selected to give the impression of a naturalesque plant community found in North Florida beaches.

Looking back towards the house over the pool. The edge of the pavers is raised 2�-3� above the grade of the lawn to avoid having the grass encroach onto the paving.



The City of Fernandina Beach issued a request for proposals to conduct a street tree inventory and write a 5 year management plan. I submitted a bid against four other companies and was awarded the contract. 7,000 trees were inventoried with GPS and assessed for physical characteristics and condition. Using this data I analyzed the composition of the forest using GIS and i-tree software. The results of the analysis drove the recommendations made in the 5 year managment plan. Above Left: Aerial photo overlayed with tree locations. arcmap Above Right: A canopy cover analysis of the entire City using 6 inch resolution aerials. photoshop Opposite: Examples of the analysis conducted using the data from the inventory. arcmap, i-tree, excel


Arboriculture - Urban Forestry

Urban Forestry - Arboriculture 23

Since 2004 I have been working with both private and public entities to make informed decisions regarding trees during development. Working with development early on the process allows me to evaluate the trees and inform the designers of valuable or hazardous trees so they can plan accordingly. Permitting is expedited as the tree survey is accurate and the final report tailored to the specific County or City code. In areas where the tree code requires mitigation, hazardous and diseased trees are often exempted from mitigation requirements. By identifying these trees typical savings are 20%-50% depending upon the condition of the forest. Above: A specimen live oak that we identifed and was preserved in the final design. Bottom: A seemingly healthy laurel oak with a hairline crack that revealed the tree to be hollow. Opposite: A typical examination summary I did while at Selvig Tree Appraisal. This report is tailored for Duval County. excel


Arboriculture - Consulting

Consulting - Arboriculture 25

The goal of my thesis project was to integrate the design process into the planning of the urban forest. The revised process is a method of concept development that predicts economic, environmental and aesthetic qualities. Concepts were analyzed using software to predict the level of ecosystem services, their economic impact and the cost of maintenance. Illustrative drawings communicated character and potential management strategies. Top: Summary of total benefits and costs for alternative strategies. i-tree streets, excel Center: Breakdown of benefits by category for each strategy. i-tree streets, excel Bottom: Breakdown of maintenance cost for each strategy. i-tree streets, excel

Annual Forest Benefits/Costs Summary ExistingForest Strategy1:MaximizeCanopyCover Strategy2:WindResistantCanopy Strategy3:EconomicOpportunity



Benefit Netbenefits 38,657.57 26,552.58 95,892.47 79,986.36 84,682.11 65,252.45 94,960.09 76,024.57






ExistingForest Cost


Benefit Strategy2:WindResistantCanopy Strategy3:EconomicOpportunity

Annual Forest Benefits Summary ExistingForest Strategy1:MaximizeCanopyCover Strategy2:WindResistantCanopy Strategy3:EconomicOpportunity

Energy 9,010.60 17,453.54 17,619.51 19,024.23

CO2 1,310.76 2,733.67 2,812.16 3,085.86

AirQuality 555.83 2,114.53 1,870.10 1,514.83

Stormwater 12,622.04 25,264.89 23,687.22 27,037.16

Aesthetic/ Other 15,158.34 48,325.84 38,693.12 44,298.00

Total 38,657.57 95,892.47 84,682.11 94,960.09

100,000.00 80,000.00 60,000.00







Opposite: Summary of the structure for each strategy by species type, canopy cover and leaf area. i-tree streets, excel Following Pages: Illustrative drawings and planting strategies. sketchup

Cost Ͳ12,104.99 Ͳ15,906.11 Ͳ19,429.66 Ͳ18,935.52

CO2 Energy


Strategy1: MaximizeCanopyStrategy2:Wind ResistantCanopy Cover

Strategy3: Economic Economic Opportunity

Annual Forest Costs Summary Tree& Planting ExistingForest Strategy1:MaximizeCanopyCover Strategy2:WindResistantCanopy Strategy3:EconomicOpportunity

2,921.25 2,883.75 4,170.00 3,881.25


Remove& Infrastructure Dispose Repair CleanͲup

4,582.74 6,828.58 8,171.35 7,858.22

1,806.17 2,361.65 2,643.52 2,708.18

1,030.08 1,483.90 1,659.73 1,700.47

500.56 692.74 775.14 793.60

Admin, Inspection, Other Irrigation 774.05 1,186.40 1,331.60 1,362.45

490.14 469.09 678.32 631.35

20,000.00 15,000.00

Irrigation Admin,Inspection,Other






Remove&Dispose ExistingForest


Thesis Project

Strategy1: Maximize Strategy2:Wind Resistant CanopyCover Canopy

Pruning Strategy3: Economic Opportunity


Total 12,104.99 15,906.11 19,429.66 18,935.52

ForestStructureSummary Number ofTrees ExistingForest 779 772 Strategy1:Max Strategy2:Wind 1,123 Strategy3:Econ 1,035

LeafArea(ft2) 1,032,341.43 2,572,028.21 2,098,771.36 2,394,860.82

CanopyCover (ft2) BEL BDL BEM BDM BES BDS 528,233.66 60 8% 63 8% 65 8% 21 3% 32 4% 85 11% 1,048,510.29 88 11% 460 60% 35 5% 0 0% 28 4% 0 0% 1,034,274.54 58 6% 211 19% 213 19% 178 16% 136 12% 136 12% 1,132,256.00 130 12% 233 21% 166 15% 133 12% 37 3% 36 3%

CEL 20 3% 16 2% 48 4% 98 9%

CEM 16 2% 10 1% 0 0% 11 1%

PEL PEM 67 9% 315 40% 65 8% 67 9% 65 6% 67 6% 96 9% 95 8%

PES 35 4% 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%

OTHER 0 0% 3 0% 11 1% 0 0%




PEM TotalNumberofTrees




CEL 600



BDM 200


0 ExistingForest

Strategy1:MaximizeCanopy Cover

Strategy2:WindResistant Canopy







2,500,000.00 2,000,000.00 1,500,000.00


1,000,000.00 500,000.00


0.00 ExistingForest

Strategy1:MaximizeCanopy Cover

Strategy2:WindResistant Canopy

Strategy3:Economic Opportunity


Thesis Project


Sample strategy for a residential block 1. An allee is formed by planting large trees close together to force their growth habit up. As the branches reach for sunlight they will close over the road creating the look of the classic south. 2. The even spacing of the trees establishes rhythm and order to the design.

Sample strategy for a residential block

1. Using a single species unifies the design end ensures consistent growth habit. Different streets or blocks may each be planted with a species, this can maintain diversity and assist in way finding. 2. In an allee wide branching trees may enclose the street entirely where upright trees leave room for sunlight. The species selection and maintenance practices should be designed to meet the desired visual effect. 3. The growth of the trees can be influenced by pruning the tree early on. Developing a single leader creates a strong tree and promotes upward growth to form the allee.


Thesis Project

Fig. 2-34 Sample of a hybrid strategy for a commercial block 1. Instead of using individual tree wells planting strips can be used that allows for increased root growth. Trees will live longer, require less irrigation and be less likely to up root. 2. Where there is sufficient rooting space large trees can be planted for shade and to provide character. 3. The visibility of signage can be maintained with proper pruning that lifts the canopy to the desired height. 4. Plantings on both sides of a sidewalk softens the edges of an urban space and makes the space more inviting.

Fig. 2-33 Sample of a hybrid strategy for a residential block 1. Groupings of trees both expand canopy cover and provide wind resistance. Planting these groupings around existing trees on private land will further distribute the wind load. 2. Planting a variety of species increases diversity and reduces the risk of major loss due to disease or pest damage. 3. Where it’s not possible to plant a canopy tree a site will receive more sun. This is an opportunity to plant groupings of small trees, shrubs and perennials. The level of ecosystem services will be relatively low but the visual impact will be high. 4. Intersections require open sight lines and it may be inappropriate to plant groupings of trees. A large canopy tree can planted in isolation if the species has a history of survival following hurricanes.

Thesis Project


Landscape Architecture Portfolio  

A synopsis of my work while pursuing a masters of landscape architecture at the University of Florida

Landscape Architecture Portfolio  

A synopsis of my work while pursuing a masters of landscape architecture at the University of Florida