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Landscape Design Portfolio University of Georgia

James C. Lawson

Table of Contents Undergraduate Studio Work • Coverdell Park . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 • Photoshop Imagery . . . . . . . . . . . 2 • Espa Residence . . . . . . . . . . 3 - 4 • UGA Memorial Garden . . . . . . . . . 5 - 1 0 • Caldwell Hall Redesign . . . . . . . . . 1 1 - 1 4

2010 Summer Internship • Ponder’s Park . . . . . . . . . . . 1 5 - 1 8 • Taliaferro County . . . . . . . . . . .


Covington Metropolitan Design Studio 2010 • Almon Town Center . . . . . . . . . . 2 0 - 2 2

The Paul D. Coverdell Center resides on south campus of the University of Georgia next to Stegeman Colliseum. The intent of this project was to design a green space that could accommodate heavy pedestrian traffic after events such as basketball games, gymnastic meets, and graduation ceremonies.


Undergraduate Studio Work

Coverdell Park

Photoshop Imagery can be a powerful tool to communicate ideas. For this project, I selected a site that could be visually improved and portrayed how the space could look through the use of Photoshop Imaging. The site is located between UGA’s College of Environmental design and School of Law. The design aimed to eliminate the existing concrete atmosphere of the space and replace it with a softer pedestrian friendly space.

Photoshop Imagery Undergraduate Studio Work


The Espa Residence is a house I designed that is intended for a family of two. The house provides ample space for a couple living on their own without sacrificing the amenities sought after in a larger family home. The master bedroom has its own patio, bathroom, and his and her closets. In addition to a dining room, there is a breakfast nook that leads to the back deck.


Undergraduate Studio Work

Espa Residence

Main Floor

2nd Floor

Front and Back Elevations

Side Elevations

Espa Residence

Undergraduate Studio Work


“Their Names Shall Live Forevermore...” The University of Georgia Memorial Garden is located just outside the northern side of the Miller Learning Center on UGA’s campus. The space is intended to be a memorial for faculty, staff, and students who have fallen in combat while serving in America’s Armed Forces. For this project I redesigned the space with these questions in mind:

-What defines a memorial? -How do people know that they are in a memorial? -How should people act while in a memorial?

Throughout the fall semester of 2010, I took this project from schematic design to specifications and contracts with these questions in mind. Existing conditions:

UGA Memorial Garden 5

Undergraduate Studio Work

The design concept comes from the shape of a memorial ribbon. The curvature of the pathways helps to create a journey through the site and provides access to plaza spaces and amphitheater seating on either side of the path. These spaces mimic ripples in water coming from the centralized the pond. These “ripples� represent the effect that every soldier of the Armed Forces have had on us as American citizens.

UGA Memorial Garden - Schematic Design Undergraduate Studio Work


UGA Memorial Garden - Grading Plan 7

Undergraduate Studio Work

UGA Memorial Garden - Staking and Materials Undergraduate Studio Work


UGA Memorial Garden - Planting Plan 9

Undergraduate Studio Work


UGA Memorial Garden - Construction Details Undergraduate Studio Work


The initial design of the building was made up of a series of squares and cylinders. The form suggested a progression of elevation changes from element to element. With a few revisions, this height progression was reinforced through height variations and a single high point in a triangular pediment. This triangular pediment also reinforces the classical architecture as seen on the University of Georgia’s campus.

Caldwell Hall Redesign - Initial Phase 11

Undergraduate Studio Work

Caldwell Hall Redesign - Floor Plans Undergraduate Studio Work


From left to right: East Elevation, North Elevation

From left to right: West Elevation, South Elevation

Caldwell Hall Redesign - Elevations 13

Undergraduate Studio Work

Caldwell Hall Redesign - Sections/Perspectives Undergraduate Studio Work


The Fanning Institute’s Project Riverway had the exciting opportunity to work both for and with the residents of Seminole County to develop creative solutions to address specifically identified issues within the area. The Project Riverway team spent nearly a week in Donalsonville talking with residents, visitors, and local leaders about the tremendous assets of the area and the dreams for their community. The team returned to The University of Georgia’s campus and spent the next nine weeks immersed in turning the hundreds of ideas, from strengthening the connection between downtown and the lake to beautifying US 84, into a focused, illustrated vision.

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2010 Summer Internship

The three design options provide a phased implementation process. However, the elements of each phase are not exclusive to that particular phase. The purpose of this design is to use the site’s existing features to the fullest potential. In essences, anything that is added to the site is done to help the public appreciate the site as it is.

Fanning Institute - Ponder’s Park Phase 1 2010 Summer Internship


Design option 2 will provide amenities that include a pathway through the site as well as picnic areas within the park that will attract public attention and encourage the use of the space in addition to increasing the visual appeal.

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2010 Summer Internship

This design builds upon option 2, by maximizing the land use potential of the site. This design includes a corner building that will contain both retail space and public restrooms. The design also includes an interactive fountain that will provide a great way to escape the heat in the summer months.

Fanning Institute - Ponder’s Park - Phase 3 2010 Summer Internship


(Above): Local art displays in unoccupied store front windows

“Friends of the Park� Logo Design Option

(Above): Buidling owners holding holiday lights contest

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2010 Summer Internship

Almon Aerial


Design Principles: 1. Design a distinct town center that will create community pride. 2. Protect clean water 3. Provide opportunity for multiple modes of transportation 4. Design strategically with existing infrastructure. 5. Promote walkable communities 6. Promote local commercial use. 7. Preserve and create greenspace to encourage community interaction. 8. Design with the future in mind.

Almon Town Center






Feet 2,400


Located near the western border of Newton County, the Almon community is the closest of Newton County’s nodes to the city of Atlanta. Almon serves as the next opportune location for this sprawl. The UGA Metropolitan Design Studio was asked to design a town center for Almon that could accommodate for this growth while also retaining the characteristics of the existing landscape. After consulting with my peers on what they believed to be integral to the design of this space, I compiled a list of design principles of which to abide to when developing our design solutions. The list is located in the column to the left.

Covington Metropolitan Design Studio 2010




In addition to the formation of our studio’s design principles, another task of mine was to be in charge of GIS mapping for my team. Through the use of ArcMap I was able to put together informative analysis maps, such as the one to the left, to help my team better understand the landscape and design in the appropriate manner. With the analysis maps, our team was able to create a series of conceptual layouts of the town center. The map to the right is an example of my conceptual town center layout where mixed use/retail is defined by red, housing is defined by yellow, municipal institutions are defined by purple, and conservation land is defined by green.

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Covington Metropolitan Design Studio 2010


After several weeks of public input meetings, our team produced 4 design options for the Almon Town Center. My particular design addressed the issues of traffic jams produced from the I-20 exit as well as the railroad crossing. I proposed an additional road that would form a one-way loop so as to help provide a one way in and another way out solution for the community. The northern most side of the loop travels westbound while the southern most side of the loop travels eastbound. This helps to alleviate issues involved with crossing the railroad tracks from the north side of the site. *NTS

Almon Town Center Covington Metropolitan Design Studio 2010


Resume EDUCATION: The University of Georgia Bachelor of Landscape Architecture • GPA: 3.3 • HOPE Scholarship Recipient

Athens, GA May 2011

QUALIFICATIONS: Computer Skills • Operating Systems: Windows XP/Vista, Mac OS • Programs: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, AutoCAD, ArcMap, Photoshop CS3, InDesign, Sketchup Hand Graphics – pencil/pen sketching, marker, color pencil, pastel rendering RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE: UGA Metropolitan Design Studio Design Intern • Aiding in the development of communities in Newton County, GA. • Applying Newton County’s design principles to the designs produced in the studio. • Developing County Nodes in preparation for future growth.

Covington, GA January 2010

University of Georgia Fanning Institute Design Intern • Develop community programs to encourage community pride and interaction. • Design downtown corridors and spaces. • Create programs to help stimulate local economy. • Design corner park entryway into downtown Donalsonville, GA. CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT UGA Geography Green Roof Project Designer • Create conceptual designs, draw planting plan. University of Georgia Redcoat Band Member • 2006 – 2010, drumline captain ’08, ‘10

Athens, GA July 2010

Athens, GA 2009

Athens, GA 2010

Landscape Design Portfolio  
Landscape Design Portfolio  

Landscape design portfolio containing work completed while attending the UGA College of Environmental Design. Design work from Donalsonville...