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2014 Design Portfolio


Hello, My name is Hannah Zimmerman and I am finishing up my fifth and final year of landscape architecture at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA. I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, which drew me to explore the nature and innovative architecture around me. The cover of the portfolio is a photograph I took of my favorite spot called More Mesa. This is the place that initially inspired me to pursue the profession. I entered Cal Poly as a City and Regional Planning student because I was captivated with the idea of transforming areas for people to use and enjoy. From here I was drawn to smaller scale details because I am a perfectionist. I find joy in figuring out every detail of a project. Landscape architecture sounded like the perfect niche because it was able to combine nature, something I escape to with any opportunity and art, a lifetime passion of mine. There is no doubt in my mind that this is the career path for me because after five years I am still passionate about the profession. I catch myself watching tutorials and researching current projects endlessly. I am fascinated by the idea of pushing the design envelope to make environments more sustainable, while simultaneously surpassing the societal needs. Ultimately I aim to be part of an interdisciplinary team to create cohesive environments for all types of users, while at the same time encouraging people to enjoy nature as much as I do. Sincerely,

Hannah Zimmerman


Table of Contents Curriculum Vitae Senior Thesis Project

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Woonerf Design

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Residential Design

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Infographics

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Curriculum vitae Education

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo CA Graduation: June 2014 Major: Landscape Architecture Minor: Sustainable Environments GPA: 3.96

Skills

• InDesign • Photoshop • Illustrator • AutoCAD, Land F/X • 500+ California plant taxonomy • Keynote/Powerpoint Advanced

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Leadership

• Rhino, Vectorworks • Microsoft Project, Excel • SketchUp • Cost Take-offs • Revit, Tekla, ArchiCAD, Synchro, GIS • RSMeans and 4D scheduling (B.I.M.)

Proficient

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RRM Design Group, San Luis Obispo Landscape Architecture Intern (March 2013-Present) • Work closely with architects, planners, landscape architects and engineers to design public and residential projects in California. • Organize public workshops and calculate the budget for projects.

American Society of Landscape Architects Student Member (September 2009-Present) • Participate in bi-monthly meetings to discuss ways to improve our department and networking.

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Previous Experience Freelance Design, Tri-County Area

Peet’s Coffee and Tea, San Luis Obispo

Landscape Designer (January 2013-Present)

Sales Associate (May 2011-March 2013)

• I met with two separate clients and designed their backyards and provided

• Assisted customers to ensure the best customer service.

plans for the contractors to build. They are in the bidding phase currently.

• Prepared drinks and organized catering to large school events.

Disabilities Resource Center, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Chuck’s Waterfront Grill, Santa Barbara

Note Taker (September 2012-Present)

Restaurant Hostess (January 2010-January 2012)

• Selected to take notes for disabled students at Cal Poly, which I then

• Work with colleagues in a fast paced environment to guarantee a great

scan and distributed weekly.

experience for the customers. Arrange seating for large events.

Achievements • Highest GPA in Graduating Class, 2014 • ASLA Award of Honor, April 2014 • “Best in Show”, Senior Show, April 2014 • President’s List, 2009-2014 • PLANET- National Competition- placed 2nd overall, 2013 • Speaker of the Quarter, 2011 • Architecture Foundation Scholarship Recipient (2009-13)

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Senior Thesis Project Location Santa Barbara, CA

Date Completed March 2014

Design Goal: With exceptional weather all year round and athletic, health conscious residents, my goal was to redesign the Mesa shoreline in Santa Barbara, CA. I set out to provide pedestrians and runners with a seamless landscape that takes advantage of the ocean views and varying topography. My design is a vision for the area that plans for environmental conservation, sustainable infrastructure and long-term stewardship.

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Douglas Preserve

La Mesa Park

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- Demonstration gardens

- 70-acre recreation area

- Mesa Meadows Amphitheater

- Natural play areas

- Bridge overlook


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Shoreline Tide Walk

Shoreline Trail

- Floating deck walk from street

- Pedestrian, runner and bike paths

- Informative signage

- Beach access points

- Shaded picnic areas

- Grassy mound lookout points

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Vision Plan Land outside of the Erosion Zone Erosion Zone and Pacific Ocean Vision Trail (50 year plan) The bluffs on my site are in an area of active erosion caused by very high tides or storms. The sea-cliff retreat rate is approximately .326 feet per year or about one foot every three years. The line where the gray starts represents where the bluff edge will most likely be in 50 years (or 16.6 feet inland). The white path represents the portion of the trail that is safe from this erosion, but the dashed line path is what is at risk of falling into the ocean. The path design takes this natural process into consideration so the new path formations are just as free flowing and follow the same curves of the design.

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Concrete and pavers path

Native meadow grassland

Mesa Learning Gardens (Annuals)

educating the children or the public.

Amphitheater base

of demonstration gardens that can also be for

Decomposed granite path

functions. The Mesa Learning Gardens are a series

Wood paneling

and a location for graduation ceremonies or school

Mesa Learning Gardens (Perennials)

double as a place for music concerts in the summer

Decomposed granite walkway

I designed the Mesa Meadows Amphitheater to

Gathering deck for school functions or art exhibits

Section through La Mesa Park


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Open grass area for additional amphitheater seating

Amphitheater grass seats

Grass seating walkway

Cobble seating

Beginning of grass stairs

Decomposed granite walkway

Decorative curb

Colored concrete stage

Stairs can be for performances or outside reading time

Decorative metal overhang

Mesa Meadows Amphitheater

Mesa Learning Gardens (Decorative grasses)


Isometric Section through Shoreline Tide Walk

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Metal Seating Look-out Glass bottom walk Curved wood bench Shoreline Tide Walk Wood bridge over vegetation Wooden Wave bench Overhead sail structure Shallow ocean area-varies with tide Wave zone Mesa Beach Eroding rocky bluff edge Coastal scrub open space

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Metal Seating Look-out Glass bottom walk Curved wood bench Shoreline Tide Walk Wood bridge over vegetation Wooden Wave bench Overhead sail structure Shallow ocean area-varies with tide Wave zone Mesa Beach Eroding rocky bluff edge Coastal scrub open space


Mesa Beach

Tide uctuation zone

Structural pillar, see detail

Pressure treated dark wood path

Pressure treated light wood path

Pressure treated dark wood path

(Rhino, AutoCAD, Photoshop, InDesign)

The graphic to the left is an isometric portion of the deck area to clearly show some of the features of the Shoreline Tide Walk. The section above is taken from the closest edge of the isometric diagram.

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Easy access beach from Shoreline Drive

Shoreline Tide Walk

Overhead sail structure

Wooden Wave bench

Picnic deck

Wood bridge over vegetation

Glass-bottom walk


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Overhead sail structure

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Protective fencing

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Reflective seating area

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Rest areas for runners and pedestrians

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Reflective metal art feature

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Several curved wood seating

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Glass bottom decks

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Metal seating lookout

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Shaded picnic areas

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Interpretive signs

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Wooden Wave bench

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Solar bollard lighting

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Interpretive signs about the ocean

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Wooden Wave bench

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Overhead shade sail

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Currently there is no lighting in any of the parks except for a few overhead streetlights. I am proposing that my parks are used during the day and night because many Mesa residents work until 6pm or later and don’t get a chance to go outside. I have three different types of lighting (bollard, overhead path lights and recessed spot lights) so that it is a safe area at all times and there is always visibility into the park.

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Lighting Plan 1. Circular entrance fountain 2. Planting divider 3. Red Chrome structure 4. Glass sculpture ball

Scale: 1”=26’

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7. Whimsical tilted planters 8. Ocean lookout


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Shoreline Plaza 01.

Connection of all the trails

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Elevation Trail (Runner’s path)

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Whimsical tilted planters

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Native grass for erosion control

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Interpretive bluff information sign

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Bench, typ.

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Color swatch planting design

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Bluff Walk (Pedestrian path)

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Serenity Bike Path (Biker’s path)

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Glass sculpture ball

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Break-a-way walk

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Red Chrome overhead structure

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Heavy foot traffic zone

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Tree Legend Aesculus californica Ceiba speciosa Erythrina corallodendron Gleditsia triacanthos Inermis Lyonothamnus floribundus Melaleuca nesophila Platanus racemosa Prunus x cistena Vitex agnus-castus Zauschneria californica

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Shoreline Tide Walk 01.

Rest area

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Overhead sail structure

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Reflective glass seating area

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Vegetated picnic areas, typ.

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Metal shadow sculpture

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Curved wood bench, typ.

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Metal seating look-out

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Pedestrian wood bridge, typ.

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Glass bottom walk

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Individual look-out benches

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Interpretive signs

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Wooden Wave bench

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Large overhead sail

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Shoreline Tide Walk

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Large overhead sail structure

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Shoreline Tide Walk

Section Through Floating Deck

Top View of Shoreline Tide Walk

Elevation of Shoreline Tide Walk

Scale: 1” = 3/1

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PathPath Legend Legend Elevation Trail (Runner’s Path)

Elevation Trail (Runner’s Path) Path Legend Path Legend Bluff Walk (Walker’s Path) Path) Bluff Walk (Walker’s Elevation Trail (Runner’s Path) Path) (Runner’s SerenityElevation Bike PathTrail (Biker’s Path)

Shoreline Drive Shoreline Drive Shoreline Drive Shoreline Drive

Serenity Bike Path (Biker’s Path) Path Legend BluffPath Walk (Walker’s Path) Path) Legend Bluff Walk (Walker’s Serenity Bike (Biker’s Path) Path) Elevation TrailPath (Runner’s Path) Serenity Bike (Biker’s Elevation TrailPath (Runner’s Path) Bluff Walk (Walker’s Path) Path) Bluff Walk (Walker’s SerenitySerenity Bike Path (Biker’s Path) Path) Bike Path (Biker’s

Shoreline Drive Shoreline Drive

Path Legend Elevation Trail (Runner’s Path)

Path Legend Bluff Walk (Walker’s Path)

Elevation Trail (Runner’s Path) Serenity Bike Path (Biker’s Path)

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Path Legend Bluff Walk (Walker’s Path)

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Path Legend Elevation Trail (Runner’s Path)

Path Legend Bluff Walk (Walker’s Path)

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Shoreline Drive Shoreline Drive Shoreline Drive Shoreline Drive Shoreline Drive Shoreline Drive Shoreline Drive Shoreline Drive Shoreline Drive

Path Legend Bluff Walk (Walker’s Path)

Serenity (Biker’s Path) ElevationBike TrailPath (Runner’s Path) Bluff Walk (Walker’s Path) Serenity Bike Path (Biker’s Path)

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Woonerf Design Locations Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo, CA

Date Completed December 2012

Design Goal A Woonerf is a living street where pedestrians have priority over vehicles. This is a very important concept because communities are looking for ways to improve the neighborhood health. The three project that I completed following this idea all share the similar trait of making it uncomfortable for a vehicle to enter. They incorporate lots of vegetated areas with buffer zones to keep pedestrians safe.

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Bird’s Nest Street in San Luis Obispo The design inspiration came from the Bird’s Nest design of the Beijing National Stadium. The stripes and colors are colored paving that is intended to discourage vehicles from entering the site.

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View Towards Highway

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View Towards Residential Area

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Margarita Avenue

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Electric tower, typ.


Margarita Avenue in San Luis Obispo Margarita Avenue has massive electric poles that were placed down the middle of the avenue. To create a space pedestrians would be drawn too, I connected a curvilinear path down the middle of the avenue with several vegetated areas and playgrounds. The site is proposed to have a new housing community constructed at the end of the road, so my design mimics the new development to ensure that the two areas easily intertwine.

Residential Property

Buffer

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Swale

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Residential Property

Section through swale

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Residential design Locations Avila and Santa Barbara, CA

Date Completed December 2012

Design Goal Three families came to me and requested a design for their property. The Montgomery property was an adaptive re-use project where I transformed an abandoned dairy farm into a space that could hold weddings and concerts. The following two houses were more typical projects that intended to bring color around the house and create gathering areas for the families. All designs incorporate drought tolerant planting.

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Squire Canyon Barn

Montgomery Residence

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Squire Canyon Barn, Avila

Plant List: 1. Vitis californica 2. Zinnia elegans 3. Lavandula dentata 4. Muhlenbergia rigens 5. Carpenteria californica 6. Lophostemon confertus 7. Turf 8. Miscanthus sinensis 9. Cercis occidentalis 10. Podocarpus henkelii 11. Origanum vulgare 12. Sambucus nigra 13. Vitex agnus-castus

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Montgomery Residence, Avila

Plant List:

1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12.

Carex barbarae Begonia cucullata cucullata Turf Dodonaea viscosa Muhlenbergia rigens Zinnia elegans Cercis occidentalis Podocarpus macrophyllus Vitex agnus-castus Tagetes lemmonii Carpenteria californica Lophostemon confertus

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Tagetes lemmonii

Buddleja ‘Lichinch’

Arbutus unedo Heuchera ‘Canyon Chimes’ Phormium tenax Calamagrostis x acutiflora

Jasminum sambac Nassella tenuissima Distictis buccinatoria Asclepias tuberosa Hemerocalis ‘Red Velvet’ Citrus reticulata ‘Clementine’

Geranium cinereum Pittosporum tenuifolium Festuca glauca ‘Elijah Blue’ Pennisetum ‘Eaton Canyon’ Salvia clevelandii Agapanthus ‘Peter Pan’

Fragaria x ananassa ‘Albion’ Geranium x ‘Rozanne’ Citrus limon ‘Dwarf Lisbon’ Existing Roses Prunus armeniaca

Dymondia margaretae Hemerocalis ‘Yellow’ Lobularia maritima

Sedum acre Muhlenbergia rigens Thymus serpyllum Ruellia x brittoniana Echinacea ‘Katie Saul’ Pistacia chinensis

Cosmos bipinnatus Prunus cerasifera ‘Krauter Vesuvius’

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High Grove, House, Santa Barbara The plan shown to the left is the schematic design that lists the type of plants used along with the color and placement.

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water pumped from reservoir to fields via pipes

infographics

water returned to reservoir and cleansed via bioswale

Date Completed December 2012

Design Goal Create informative, graphically pleasing diagrams.

FARM FIELD

BIOSWALE

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typ. water level flood overflow

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FARM FIELD


Peel-Up Bench This is an infographic that I made to describe my bench design that mimics the High Line Park in New York. I wanted to focus on materiality and use.

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Hannah Zimmerman hannzimm@hotmail.com (805) 698-9665


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