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taylor french designer [in training]


a designer [in training]

Growing up around t-squares, prismacolors, trash paper, (and the dreaded amonia-filled blueprint machine), I’ve always had a passion for design. Whether it’s the things we use everyday, the places we visit on vacation, or the spaces we fill with our collections and experiences, we are all a product of design and designers in our own right. After finishing my work in school, I hope to hone my skills and share my talents with others so they might appreciate the quality and value of good design. Alongside my passion for design is also a passion for music. When I’m not in studio, you’ll find me in the music hall, picking out a tune or improvising on the piano. I enjoy playing for weddings and other venues, entertaining people and having fun at the same time. My music collection is diverse - you might hear Debussy, Gershwin, Brubeck, Diana Krall, Madonna, Phoenix, Nicki Minaj, or perhaps a Bieber or two coming out of my iPhone, but I take the most pleasure in listening to artists who truly understand and take pride in their craft - musical “designers” if you will. I’m always up for new experiences and places, and I love to travel. Aside from my own personal excursions, I have been fortunate enough to attend several AIAS conferences, as well as study abroad in Rome two separate times. I cherish the friendships I have made through these experiences and most importantly, the understanding that I have gained that no matter where you’re from, we all want the same things in life: to be happy, to share that happiness with others, and to give something that will endure long after we’re gone. Or, in the words of the great Nat King Cole, to be “Unforgettable.”


Auburn University

Class of 2012 B. Architecture + M. Landscape Architecture, Minor in Community Planning Cumulative GPA: 3.76 (Graduate), 3.50 (Undergraduate) Honors:


Sigma Lambda Alpha Honor Society Scholar Graduate Research Assistantship (2011-12) CADC Book Award Recipient (Spring 2011) CADC Book Award Recipient (Spring 2008) W. Warren & W. Warrren, Jr. Endowment Scholarship 2006 CADC Holiday Card Competition Winner Architecture First Year Foundation Unit Student ASLA Member (2011-present) ASLA Social Committee Chair (2012) AIAS Member (2006-present) AIAS Chapter Webmaster (2008-2012) Study Abroad [LAND] - Rome, Italy (Summer 2011) Study Abroad [ARCH] - Rome, Italy (Spring 2010) Attended Regional AIAS Conferences: Baton Rouge (’11), Knoxville (’10), New Orleans (‘09), Miami (‘08), Charlotte (‘07)

Attended National AIAS Forums:

Toronto (’10), Milwaukee (‘07), Boston (’06)

Member of Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society Member of Auburn Honors College (2006-2008)

Pacelli High School Class of 2006 Columbus, Georgia


Class Valedictorian National Merit Commended Student


Yearbook Editor Campus Publications Editor Co-Director/Producer - WPHS Weekly Show Campus Website Designer National Honor Society Jazz Band Member (pianist)


Auburn University


Graduate Research Assistant - Working on a Low Impact Development Manual for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management, containing best management practices for landscape design and construction.

French & Associates, Landscape Architects


Summer Intern - Worked on 3D modeling and topography, CAD, financial spreadsheets, office management, client meetings

Hecht Burdeshaw Architects, Inc.


Summer Intern - Worked on 3D modeling, rendering, CAD, construction documents, presentation material, client meetings



Summer Intern - Graphic Artist & Videographer - Worked on video tutorials, flash animations and website graphics for large cooperations

Barnes & Company, Architects


Summer Intern - Worked on 3D modeling, construction documentation, site visits, company publications; designed company website

Pacelli High School


Campus Publications Editor & Website Designer - Designed and edited Campus Connections, bimonthly publication; designed and maintained campus website and print-ads; directed and produced “History of Pacelli” video and “PHS” promotional video

skills + interests Adobe Products Acrobat Pro Dreamweaver Flash GoLive InDesign Illustrator Photoshop Premiere Pro


AutoCAD - Architecture AutoCAD for Mac

Other Interests + Skills Graphic Design Website Design Drawing & Sketching Photography Videography Model-Building IT Troubleshooting Piano

Microsoft Office Word Excel PowerPoint Publisher Access

Google Products SketchUp Google Earth


Kerkythea Renderer

references Charlene LeBleu


Magdalena Garmaz


Edward L. French


Will Barnes


Tim Jensen


Sudhir Patel


Vic Uzumeri


Danni Harris


Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture, Auburn University Associate Professor, Architecture, Auburn University Principal, French & Associates, Landscape Architects Principal, Barnes & Company, Architects Managing Director, Hecht Burdeshaw Architects, Inc. Principal, Hecht Burdeshaw Architects, Inc.

President, iPOV

President, St. Anne Pacelli Catholic School

contact ph: 706.566.5967 skype: frencta

[L]Arch work auburn university 2007 - 12

cypress creek waterway

Montgomery, AL

connecting people + water Water is a part of our everyday experience: we bathe in it, we drink it, we watch it rain. It is in this last experience that the focus of this project lies. We all see the water that falls from the sky, but once that rainfall hits the pavement, where it goes and what happens to it is as convoluted and misunderstood as the series of inlets, drains, and pipes that carry this water away from our presence. Because of this disconnect, urban waterways in most cities are suffering. Entire urban areas may be thought of as point-source generators of pollution. Yet conventional stormwater systems are designed with a focus on the quantity of water moving away from a site, rather than the quality of this water once it reaches

a tributary or body of water. The result is a decrease in the ecological activity of these natural waterways, as multiple types of pollution from stormwater systems lessen the ideal conditions for plant and animal life. Such is the case in the city of Montgomery, Alabama. Cypress Creek Waterway has been degraded because of surrounding industrial development and poor stormwater management. Its location - north of the urban core and behind a large residential development - means the perilous conditions of Cypress Creek often go unnoticed. Yet, this same area has the potential to become a major corridor between urban and residential conditions. This project aims to use landscape and architectural interventions re-connect people and water in this area Montgomery, so that they may begin to see the value in stormwater and the ecological activities it supports.

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highly vegetated areas

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existing conditions: where does the water go? Even the city of Montgomery cannot fully answer this question, as they do not currently have an inventory of their own stormwater system. Empirical research shows, however, that much of this water flows into Cypress Creek, which has been greatly modified by traditional stormwater management practices over the past century. Piped stormwater enters the creek at various points, and the creek itself has been placed in pipes and culverts in several areas. This has altered the natural flow and path of the creek, causing severe stream bank erosion, which threatens the foundations of some buildings nearby.

Surrounding active and former industrial sites also contribute large amounts of pollutants during rain events. Industrial byproducts deposited in the soil are carried by overland flow into the creek, increasing its pollutant levels, which inhibits the creek’s capacity for aquatic life and reduces its overall ecological quality. Without proper attention, this area will continue to decline and negatively affect the character of the northern part of downtown Montgomery.




potential sources of pollutants highly vegetated areas

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pathways: a new experience Public awareness and participation is key to the success of remediation and redevelopment of the area. The proposed pathway system leads from the outlying neighborhoods into the Cypress Nature Park, through the Cypress Creek area, and has been modified to meet downtown Montgomery via North Hull Street [see p. 00]. Pedestrians and bicyclists would be attracted to the area because of the variety of experiences it provides [pictured right], with dramatic views, unique environments, and seasonal changes. In encountering these different environments, users may begin to see the flow of water through Cypress Creek.








potential sources of pollutants

proposed pathways

highly vegetated areas

new / remodeled community bldgs

area for intervention

selected site for design intervention

engagement + action Public awareness and participation is key to the success of remediation and redevelopment of the area. Although the pathway system provides a means of access into the area, awareness of the value of stormwater and the issues the area faces requires a more engaging development. And so, a general area was identified as a potential for a landscape and architectural intervention, which would provide a clear connection between clean stormwater and a healthy habitat. This area would serve as both a gateway into the Waterway, as well as an educational center, and an attraction in-and-of itself.

As public attention is drawn to the Cypress Creek Waterway, this area would also become a place to house groups interested in being active participants in the development of the Waterway project. With public and private cooperation, plans and fundraising for the reparation, remediation and redevelopment of the Waterway could be developed to address the needs of the community as well the requirements for an ecologically “healthy� Cypress Creek.

proposed pathways rails to trails

site selection + analysis The selection of a site for the landscape and architectural intervention is crucial, as it serves as the main gateway into the Waterway, as well as home to the Cypress Creek Community Center. A series of citywide mapping analysis led to the selection of the site with the best location as a threshold between the urban fabric and former industrial area, as well as an important location relative to stormwater and Cypress Creek. The site is located at the end of North Hull Street, which runs the entire North-South direction of the urban core. With its wide girth and mature street trees, Hull Street provides an ideal point of access for pedestrian and bicycle pathways. Two abandoned rail lines intersect near the site, providing the potential for light rail or rails-to-trails programs.

topograpy + flow

Topographic analysis reveals that a large portion of the stormwater that passes through the site flows toward Cypress Creek. This provides an opportunity for a landscape intervention that could have a direct impact on the quality of the creek. The site also has a series of warehouse structures, which could provide space for different community activities.

design intervention The design intervention focuses on the intersection of built structures with constructed landscape systems, to create new social spaces for interaction with water, while revealing a process of collecting and filtering city stormwater. A series of ponds, channels, and constructed wetlands engage with existing built structures, functioning both ecologically (as wetlands habitat and stormwater treatment) and spatially (as an organizing component for programmatic elements). This stormwater cleansing system becomes an intervention connected both visually and functionally to Cypress Creek: a path allows excess cleansed water to flow from the transparency pool down to the creek, creating a connection between the outcome of the cleansing process and its value to the quality of Cypress Creek.

overflow to cypress creek

the market

Many of the existing structures on the site are retained and reused to provide areas to support community activities, including the community center and a market. The market provides a place for affordable retail space for small local vendors, with the aim of becoming a daily attraction for residents to the site. The community center is housed in the most historic structure, and a series of bridges cross over the spout area into small gallery spaces for environmentally focused art installations. A transit stop completes the alternative transportation connection, allowing for pedestrian, bicycle, and public transit to be used interchangeable in the area.

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rainwater collection

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event space / future greenhouse

stormwater cleansing system gallery / exhibition space site plan

stormwater cleansing system The stormwater cleansing system is designed to both reveal the condition of city’s stormwater discharge, as well as showcase methods for filtering and removing pollutants from this water. Rainwater form the city’s stormwater system is diverted into the collection pond, and flows out of the spout, through the community center building, and into the filter bridges. high zone

The filter bridges use porous gabion walls to remove large debris and sediment from the water, before it enters into the constructed wetlands. The wetlands use a combination of plants and topographic elements to remove a variety of pollutants from the water, before it is distributed into the transparency pool and out into Cypress Creek.

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collection pond

water system plan + section

zone 3: periodic inundation Asclepias incarnata Cephalanthus occidentalis Conoclinium coelestinum Eupatoriadelphus fistulosis Fothergilla gardenii Helianthus angustifolius Ilex decidua Lindera benzoin Muhlenbergia capillaris Panicum virgatum

swamp milkweed buttonbush mistflower Joe pye weed dwarf witch alder swamp sunflower possumhaw spicebush muhly grass switchgrass

plant life A number of plant species have been chosen for the constructed wetlands that can handle the dramatic change in conditions in this type of system. Specific species are planted on different levels, which correspond to the types of fluctuations in water level that occur naturally in wetlands.

zone 2: constant inundation Carex crinita Iris virginica Juncus effusus Pontederia cordata Sagittaria lancifolia Sagittaria latifolia Saururus cernuus Scirpus cyperinus Sparganium americanum

fringed sedge Southern blue flag iris Common Rush pickerelweed bulltongue arrowhead duck potato lizard tail woolgrass bur-reed

zone 1: likely submersion Nelumbo lutea Vallisneria americana

American Lotus American eelgrass

animal life The Cypress Nature Park master plan includes an inventory of local animal species that have been sighted in the area. This list was analyzed and used to best predict what type of wildlife would be attracted to the constructed wetlands. The species identified on this page are those whose life-cycle depends on the conditions of ephemeral wetlands. As an example, the female marbled salamander lays its eggs in a depression, and waits until rain fills the depression and triggers the eggs to hatch. If the rain never comes, then the eggs have the ability to over winter until spring to hatch.

salamanders mole salamander spotted dusky salamander marbled salamander southern two-lined salamander slimy salamander

turtles eastern box turtle snapping turtle

dragonflies / damselflies blue dasher common whitetail eastern pondhawk fragile forktail damselfly widow skimmer yellow-sided skimmer

frogs chorus frog eastern spadefoot southern chorus frog southern leopard frog

wetlands - high rainfall

wetlands - average rainfall

wetlands - low rainfall

wetlands - low rainfall

the market At the intersection of landscape and architecture lies the market. This area is the nexus of activity and engagement with water. Market buildings are design to be very simple structures to allow for affordable low-rent spaces. This provides a place for community members to sell their goods and creates an attraction for users passing through the site. As users visit the market, they experience a new type of space – one that is neither completely indoors nor completely out. Channels bring wetlands plants and animals directly though the market, creating the potential for new experiences between people, water, and the life that it supports.

performative landscapes|livable communities water resources + low income The importance of clean sources of water is key in an arid climate such as that of Albuquerque, New Mexico. In low-income developments, landscaping is often the first area to be cut because of water requirements. This project uses a series of filtration tanks to store household grey water to feed individual gardens in front of each building. Each garden serves as a border, defining a “front porch” for residents, who usually forgo plots of land in front of their houses in favor of small backyards. By bringing people to the front, the area becomes safer with more “eyes on the street.”

Albuquerque, NM

A crushed stone pavement forms a continuous surface from the front door to the center of the site - a simple solution to expensive concrete and asphalt installation, as well as a semi-pervious surface that avoids drainage issues during periods of rain. This surface increases the amount of space that can be used for parking and driveways, in contrast to the current layout. Providing public squares and flexible parking allows for larger gatherings and gives residents a greater sense of community. Using simple materials and an adaptable design, this project creates a safer, more engaging environment for the residents of this low-income area.

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Slow Sand Filter

Consists of four levels of filtration • Sand • Pea Gravel • Medium Gravel • Stone

Rain Garden

Consists of four levels of filtration • Drought-tolerant species • Topsoil / Pooling Area • Detention / Filtration Zone • Retention / Recharge Zone

Mixed Media Filter

Consists of six levels of filtration • Wood Chips • Medium Stones • Coarse Sand • Fine Sand • Pea Gravel • Stone

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Rush st. center

Chicago, IL

responding to urban conditions To facilitate the exploration of design in the urban context, and to engage the complex relationships between site and program, user and needs, public and private notions of dwelling in the city, students will undertake the comprehensive design of a mixeduse building complex on a site in the city of Chicago. The building complex will contain residential dwelling units, commercial/ retail spaces, a public performance venue, as well as program elements that may be considered as public and/or private, as an opportunity to facilitate a dialogue between the structure and the city.

This multi-use project was developed after a site-visit to gain an understanding of context in the urban realm. Noting the scale of existing buildings, landscape elements such as the small park in front of the site, as well as the interruption of the grid by angled streets, a set of design goals and criteria was established. Using these goals in conjunction with the project’s program, a mass modeling exercise revealed the ideal layout of public and private areas, as well as an arrangement of pedestrian and urban scales. From the modeling exercises, the program was developed in plan to provide the necessary spaces for each element. Key was the layout of apartments to provide for a diverse range of occupants, as well as a theater space which gives views into the neighboring park, as well as a terrace for outdoor activities.

Making and Breaking the Grid

The orthogonal grid created by the streets of Chicago is intersected by Rush Street. At the site, this intersection comes to a point, where Rush Street and State Street merge. This break in the grid created a series of regulating lines, used in the arrangement of forms in the design. The ground level forms align with the angle of Rush Street, creating a sense of close public space, while the upper level forms fall into the main Chicago grid, aligning with existing buildings along Bellevue and Oak.

The Park at Rush and State

One of the unique aspects of the site is the park located near the site. This park, which is bounded by the intersection of Rush and State Streets, is an extremely green and active area. A high canopy of trees filters sunlight, providing shade in summer and spring. Park benches and tables are filled with people conversing and eating. Bringing this atmosphere of nature and activity into the project was an important aspect of the design. Carving out green spaces in the main entrance and second level terrace, and framing views of the park in the performance hall and residential units helped achieve this goal.

Maintaining a Pedestrian Scale

Rush Street is lined with retail and commercial buildings, most less than three stories high. Many of these building open up onto the street, allowing people and goods to spill out onto the sidewalk. Maintaining this pedestrian scale was important in the project. Using a low 20’ retail/commercial base kept the project in line with the existing buildings. Designing movable glass walls in the restaurant spaces allowed areas to be opened up onto the street. Providing ample outdoor dining spaces helped retain the activity of the retail corridor.





ground floorplan

Program Legend Commercial Restaurant Theatre Health + Fitness Circulation + Mech + Storage

second level floorplan

Unit Plan Key Two Bedroom / Two Bathroom 985 sq. ft. 16 units One Bedroom / One Bathroom 580 sq. ft. 16 units Studio 360 sq. ft. 24 units ------------------56 total units

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Continuous Drip Flashing Masonry Backup Wall


4� Indiana Limestone Veneer S.S. Dowels Adjustable Disk Anchors

Twisted Strap Anchors S.S. Dowels

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Metal Sash

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urban living block

Greenville, SC shop on the ground level with living quarters above. Each of the

a study in modular + modulation

Following a series of calculated moves from site analysis and contextual buildings, the “urban living block” was developed: a series of towers, or “blocks”, which step upward in plan and outward in section to accommodate changes in topography and view sheds. The arrangement allows the building to better occupy the site, while providing ample exterior circulation space for shoppers and maximizing views for residents. The Center City district of Greenville is full of artisans and craftsmen, and the Urban Living Block is designed to provide artists a work/retail

six residential units is accessed by one of three circulation towers, which also provide circulation between the public sidewalk and the private back alley and gardens. Arrangement of the living spaces allows each resident to have a private entrance. The skin is composed of corrugated perforated metal panels in front of the balcony/entry spaces. The panels are operable, adapting through time to allow in daylight and ventilation when needed. From the outside, they act as an ephemeral indication of the activities within, drawing attention to the occupants’ daily routines.

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columbus museum of science and history allusions to the past Design a museum of science history for Columbus, Georgia. Programmatic elements should include exhibit space, museum offices, loading zone, museum store, cafe, and meeting space. Building must fit into the urban context of downtown Columbus. The Eagle & Phenix has been a part of Columbus since early in its history. Cotton milling operations began on the site in the mid1800s, and it soon became the second largest mill in Georgia. The Eagle Mills produced material for Confederate uniforms and other critical goods during the Civil War, and was burned in the last battle fought on land. The Mill was rebuilt in 1869 and renamed the Eagle & Phenix Mills to symbolize rising from the ashes.

Columbus, GA

This symbolism is the basis for this design of the Columbus Museum of Science and History. The plan of the museum is derived from two main features: a central axis connecting the building to Broad Street and Front Street, and two circular nodes, housing the planetarium and omni theatre. The front facade wraps around the two nodes, with two wing-like roof structure on either side. The central hall is formed with two large bent-steel arcs, which support the roof and glass facade, and provide ample space for displays to be hung from above. Creating an iconic building for the city of Columbus was important to the urban fabric of downtown, as few buildings of this caliber currently exist on the north end of downtown. This design provides such a building, which reflects the town’s history while providing a starting point for a developing arts and cultural area.

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montgomery boathouse

Montgomery, AL

using elements of inspiration Design an activity center for the Montgomery Riverwalk, to include a drive entering the site, parking spaces, boat storage, launching platform, changing rooms, gathering/event space, classrooms, offices, storage facilities, fitness room, and a dedicated shop. The inspiration for this design came from aquatic vessels. Saillike forms were created from vertical bands that meet at the top of an arch. These forms were used to organize programmatic elements, and rest atop a plinth that serves to separate public circulation of the riverwalk from those using the changing rooms and fitness/aquatic facilities. The project is sited at the entrance to a small cove, which allows it to connect to the existing riverwalk and expand it to the North.

a romantic dwelling

Lake Martin, AL

techniques for development Design a dwelling for up to 5 people, to be used mainly for vacation and entertaining on a lake. The context for the site is hypothetical and is attached. Students will be assigned an individual site in their respective studios. Model the site at 1”=10’ using cardboard in layers to appropriately reflect the typography, dimensions and the street, sidewalk, and lake edges. Develop “your architecture” for the project in model or graphic form, starting with the abstract “baby” refining it into the “teenager” and eventually “young adult.” The program must include the following, in order of importance: an Entry Porch, Foyer, Great Space, Lake Porch, Fireplace, Dining and Food Prep Space, Sleeping Rooms, and Lavatory/Bathing Facilities.

Working with a large change in elevation on site, the romantic dwelling was developed using levels for living, eating, sleeping, and relaxing. Expansive windows in the back of the dwelling allow for unobstructed views of the lake, while the front entry responds to the scale of the street and the pedestrian. Central to the design is the large fireplace, which acts as both an organizing element, as well as an indicator of the large scale of the main space. The romantic dwelling was developed through a series of models, which refined the main elements of design and were able to be placed next to other students site models to compare how each design responded to the next. Inspiration was garnered from nautical clippers and ship building in the angular nature of the back roof structure, which directs the resident’s views out onto the lake.

mitchem station

Auburn, AL

sculpting + sinuosity Design a new intermodal train station for Auburn, Alabama on the site of the existing Mitchum Avenue Station. The current station has fallen into disrepair and will need to be torn down and rebuilt. Passenger travel between Atlanta and Montgomery is being reconsidered and bus travel between Auburn and surrounding cities is also under discussion. This proposal is part of a feasibility study to understand the impact of a new train station on this site and its impact on the city of Auburn.

The station must accommodate the loading and unloading of passengers from two train cars, it must accommodate the loading and unloading of Tiger Transit, LETA and Charter buses, on a strict schedule of one bus every 30 minutes. The design should be primarily concerned with the development of a well defined ground plane and a spectacular ceiling plane. The station can exist on any portion of the site as long as it includes 6-10 parking spots, turnaround for buses, exterior benches, pedestrian walkways, and landscaped areas for waiting. The platform for the train can be elevated or allow for stair access into the trains.

platform early sculptural piece

waiting area

car lobby

ticket office restrooms

main floor plan

bus lobby

atelier of the excavator new perspectives Design an “apparatus to support a team of Excavators involved in the collecting of artifacts in an urban environment.� The apparatus, had to meet preliminary program requirements, namely, it had to be significantly above and below grade, support both living and working, and divide the living and working programs into smaller tasks, such as sleeping, eating, categorizing, and transmitting. Individual programs were developed using these requirements, paying special attention to 6 architectonic conditions: Site, Structure, Skin, Services, Space, and Stuff.

Traditional archaeological excavations are often shrouded in mystery and secrecy, drawing crowds of curious onlookers who do not understand the nature of the process at hand. The aim of this design was to create transparency, both literally and figuratively, while allowing for the flexibility of space that an archaeological dig requires. A transparent roof structure at street level allows the curious onlooker a complete view of the excavation. Riding along two large tracks, sections containing living and working quarters can be easily moved as the excavation progresses. Opaque panels roll along an upper track, providing privacy where needed. The entire structure is modular, and can be disassembled when the excavation is complete and moved to another site.

bird + house duality in design The sparrow is the inspiration for this bird+house. Sparrows spend most of their time on the ground feeding, and they make their nests usually in small, low-lying shrubs or bushes. The sparrow is a small bird, and if one could describe its attitude towards life, it would be naïve, never thinking about anything above the lowest branches of the trees. Although the term “lowly sparrow” usually comes to mind when describing this bird, sparrows are

considered one of the highest orders of the aviary family. This serves as the inspiration for the sculptural piece designed. The bird+house is what its name implies: it is both a house for the sparrow, as well as a representation of the bird itself. Interwoven wires in the center create a bush-like environment familiar to the bird, while the outer spiral is rooted in the ground. As it spirals upward, the mesh diminishes in size, just as the bird’s knowledge of life above diminishes as it climbs above the ground. The center post acts just like the center trunk of a shrub or bush, and from the bottom, roots “grow” out to support the whole bird+house.

visual literacy: invisible images 2+3-dimensional representation Investigate the methods, tools, observations and perceptions by which the urban is created, defined and perceived. In the spirit of Italo Calvino and Kevin Lynch’s writings, you are to Imagine a “City” that you have visited on your literary expeditions through you selected readings. Rather than words, your language of description will be that of drawing and building. Mr. Wilson’s Cabinet of Wonders by Lawrence Weschler tells the true tale of Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles,

where scientific oddities challenge the traditional notions of truth and fiction. Using this reading, a two dimensional and three dimensional model were created to describe the various pathways visitors to the museum could take. Like a life-sized maze, rooms in the museum are separated by high walls, which prevent visitors from seeing what is in the next space. Wandering from room to room, they discover exhibits that captivate their imaginations and challenge the conceptions of authority and science in a traditional museum setting.

vertical limits: armature and manifold modeling the senses Extracting structure and identity from the optic material at hand, we adjust to our surroundings on the fly. Develop a model that in some way present this temporal experience along and exist in “habitual line of movement� (a path) somewhere in or around Auburn. This model should include both the optical framework of the built environment, as well as the perceptual actants of the haptic experience. The model should be reticular in nature, including both armature and manifold.

The walk from the Colosseum to Dudley hall was the inspiration for this piece. Representing both the physical rise in elevation and varying width between buildings, as well as the chaotic sounds of the water cooling plant along the way, the piece modulates vertically and horizontally, and changes its opacity with intensity of the sounds along the pathway.

internship hecht burdeshaw 2008

1200 broadway

Columbus, GA

The 1200 Broadway building is a modernist landmark on the main street in Columbus, Georgia. Built in the late 1950s, the building has gone through several owners, and is currently vacant. During a summer internship with Hecht Burdeshaw Architects, several options for the building were explored, including residential units, retail, and office space.

The addition of a new atrium to the backside of the building allowed for maximum retail space on the first floor, while providing a formal entrance to the office/residential space and utilizing existing elevator shafts. Under the direction of principal architects, I worked on the schematic design and of this new atrium space, as well as documentation of the existing building and schematic renovation plans. This included developing plans, three-dimensional models, and presentation quality renderings.

rear atrium exterior perspective

front st. gallery

Columbus, GA

Following the partial renovation of an old warehouse in downtown Columbus, Georgia, as part of a local university’s arts complex, Hecht Burdeshaw Architects looked at the possibility of finishing this space with an art gallery for a local artist. The gallery follows the progression of the artist’s work from conception to completion, including a central space that displays some of the artist’s inspirational pieces. An addition to the back of the

building provides artists covered and uncovered spaces facing the Chattahoochee River, as well as a small cafe and studio space. Working under the guidance of principal architects, schematic design of the gallery spaces and outdoor addition were developed, which included floorplans, three-dimensional modeling, presentation quality renderings, and three-dimensional video walkthroughs of the spaces.

gallery floor plan

graphic + web freelance work

french & associates

French & Associates is a landscape architecture firm based in Columbus, Georgia, with projects nationwide. Increased interest by clients in new technology led the company to seek a way to display their portfolio online.

Services Provided: Graphic Visualization Website Design [Flash-Based] Image Selection Digital Photography

Slideshow Management Secure Client FTP Login Webspace Management

st. anne pacelli

St. Anne Pacelli Catholic School is a preK-12 parochial school located in Columbus, Georgia. Designed previous website, and assisted in its redesign, focusing on interactive content and coordinating content with the school’s recent administrative merge.

Services Provided: Graphic ReDesign HTML editing Flash-Based Slideshows Content Coordination

the dancers studio

The Dancers Studio, located in Kennesaw, Georgia, provides instruction in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, and Hip Hop for students age 2 and older. Interested in broadening their exposure, they sought to create a website, and run an online ad campaign within the metro-Atlanta area.

Services Provided: Graphic Visualization Website Design [html] Flash-Based Slide Show Image Selection

Online Ad Campaign Management Webspace Management Online Registration

au aias

As webmaster of the Auburn University chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students, the website was redesigned from the ground up, to create a user-friendly layout, incorporating the functionality of Google Calendar to make it easy for officers with gmail accounts to update events without going through the website or a ftp server.

Services Provided: Website Design [html] Online Calendar Management Online Internship Firm Log In Website Management

faculty page

Dr. Vazsonyi heads the Cross-Cultural and Intracultural Lab for the Comparative Study of Human Development at Auburn University. He sought to update his existing website, adding new content and creating a design that fit-in more with the standard University website design.

Services Provided: Graphic ReDesign Standardization with University design HTML editing

Flash-Based Slideshows Content Coordination

l&r redesign L&R Redesign is a home staging and redesign company based in Columbus, Georgia. Looking for greater exposure, they inquired about website designs.

Services Provided: Graphic Visualization Website Mock-up [html / flash] Flash-Based Slideshows Content Coordination

barnes & company Barnes and Company is an architecture firm located in Columbus, Georgia. During summer internship (2006), assisted in designing a new website including an online portfolio of their work, as well as firm information.

Services Provided: Graphic Visualization Website Design [html / flash] Image selection Flash Slideshow Management

professional website Lesley Anne Mealor is a professional dancer and musical theater performer looking for a website to showcase her talents to potential clients. Designed site mock-up site that includes a sample photo gallery and embedded videos.

Services Provided: Graphic Visualization Website Mock-up [html / flash] Content Coordination

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Columbus, GA

Pursona is a specialty retail shop located in north Columbus. They needed a punch card to be used for a promotional sale, and sought a graphic designer to create a suitable product.

Services Provided: Graphic Design [Illustrator + pdf]

Brenda F. Mealor, Director

The Dancers Studio “Quality with a personal touch!�

3655 Cherokee St. Suite 7 | Kennesaw, GA 30144 Ph:770.422.3256||

the dancers studio

Kennesaw, GA

The Dancers Studio, located in Kennessaw, Georgia, provides instruction in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Pointe, Lyrical, and Hip Hop for students age 2 and older. To go along with their website, they requested a new logo and business card.

Services Provided: Graphic Design [InDesign + pdf]


Rain Gardens Site Selection Quantity Control Drainage Area Space Required

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A rain garden is a shallow depression in a landscape that captures water and holds it for a short period of time to allow for infiltration, filtration of pollutants, habitat for native plants, and effective stormwater treatment for small-scale areas.



House Foundation

Do not locate within 15’ of house or other foundation, where possible


Flatter slopes require less digging

Septic Drain Field Utilities

Call 811 to locate utilities prior to installation

Large Flow Volumes Wellhead

Should be located at least >10’ from wellhead

Shaded areas

Locate in full to partial sun if possible

Works With Steep Slopes


Shallow Water Table Poorly Drained Soils


General Significance Construction Cost Maintenance Community Acceptance Habitat Soils Sun / Shade

low low high med all sun/p.sun Entrance to Benjamin Russel High School; Alexander City, AL

General Characteristics /Purpose Rain gardens use native vegetation, mulch, and soil to aid in evapotranspiration, nutrient cycling, and infiltration (Dietz and Clausen, 2006). Rain gardens are designed to store 3” to 6” of runoff after a storm, allowing the water to infiltrate and return to groundwater, rather than being discharged to a storm sewer system. As urbanization increases and pervious surfaces decrease, rain gardens are an excellent homeowner practice to promote infiltrating (Dunnett and Clayton, 2007) up to 30% more than traditional lawns (Bannerman and Considine, 2003). Rain gardens are typically designed for smaller, residential and commercial drainage areas approximately 60 – 100 ft2 of lawn area.

Rain gardens can be located throughout the homeowner landscape. They can be used to treat runoff from rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, existing landscapes, or a combination of these surfaces. It is important to consider all potential rain garden locations within the landscape. The rain garden should be located between the runoff source (rooftop, driveway, etc) and the destination or “pinch point.” A “pinch point” is an area for which water is already converging, moving through, and exiting a property.

Selected Ponding Depth

Rain Garden Type

Tilled / Amended Native Soil

that volume of water directly affects the vegetation selection.

Standard Rain Garden

A standard rain garden uses a uniform ponding depth (3” or 6”) of water across the entire rain garden (see cross section). The rain garden uses native soils that can be amended, if needed. In Chosen Ponding Depth

There is no pretreatment necessary for rain gardens.

Deep Pool

Currently, there are no assigned pollutant removal efficiencies for rain gardens; however, rain gardens are speculated to treat nutrients and decrease temperature.


low impact design manual Working at Auburn University in conjunction with the Alabama Extension Service, the LID Manual is the next series of ADEM water quality publications, which focuses on best management practices for landscape architects, designers, and contractors. The manual is a resource containing basic information, pollution removal data, as well as design ideas for these environmentally oriented practices.

Undisturbed Native Soil

Rain gardens can be designed in a variety of ways and may use different shapes, vegetation, and sizes to meet the needs of a Standard Rain Garden particular site. The primary differences in rain garden type refer to the time required for the rain garden to draw down the volume of stored water after a rain event. This is

Pretreatment Pollutant Removal Efficiency/Effectiveness

Mulch Layer

variation in elevation within the rain garden footprint. A standard rain garden is the easiest to construct. Shallow Pool

Mulch Layer Tilled / Amended Native Soil Undisturbed Native Soil

Zoned Rain Garden

A zoned rain garden is designed to have varying depths of ponding, or zones, within the rain garden after a rain event. This microtopography within the garden provides for more diverse plant selection. A zoned garden may be necessary in certain locations for improved plant survival or additional storage.

Zoned Rain Garden 2

Alabama Department of Environmental Management Services Provided: Typeface Selection Book Layout [InDesign] Illustrations [Illustrator + Photoshop]

photo + hand spare time

staircase in vienna by otto wagner, graphite on paper

sketches in sardinia, italy

sketches in rome, italy

sketches in rome, v

Taylor French - Portfolio  

Portfolio for Taylor French designer [in training]