Portfolio lio s
Creating a Regional Connection
Fountain Inn, SC
Changing Lives Through Design
_Vulnerability Mapping Small Town
In order to establish a connection between six counties in North and South Carolina, my design team used GIS software to create a series of vulnerability maps. These maps would highlight characteristics of the small towns in the region that our team wanted to protect. For example, the map below on the right, shows the rail lines that run throughout the region and establishes a buffer up to one mile form these lines. By highlighting these railroads and the areas around them, we established connections between towns and we were able to show historic railroad towns in the region.
After mapping the historic “hot spots” and small towns that give the I-26 corridor so much character, my design team began establishing a set of guidelines to protect these towns and their unique southern charm. Our guidelines would be based off a distance from the center of each town much like the transect established for a New Urbanist community. These guidelines ranged from no “Big Box” development within a mile of the center of town,to a guideline that would allow only local small businesses to establish in the town center. These goal of each guideline was to protect the town center form “Big Box” development while at the same time emphasizing the already unique, historic character of each small town.
_I-26 Corridor _Vulnerability Map
In accordance with the newly constructed Grand Egyptian Museum, my colleagues and I developed a long term Master Plan for the city of Giza, near Cairo, Egypt. The main goal of the plan was to connect the plateau where the Ancient Pyramids of Egypt sit, and the plateau where the museum will be located. With this connection, the Pyramids would become an extension of the museum and, in a sense, would be viewed as an exhibit.
2050 _Master Plan
The Master Plan would also work at reclaiming the plateau where the Ancient Pyramids are located. Illegal housing has eaten away at the plateau and is threatening some of the most historic property and ancient artifacts in the world. As a studio, our plan worked to reclaim this unique and precious property, while also dealing with issues like relocation and Eminent Domain.
Fountain Inn, SC
Per spe cti ve
Re-generating business in a small town is very complicated. It requires not only a well designed plan, but also providing the necessary mix of commercial and residential properties is a must. Not only providing a mix of uses, but also providing the necessary uses to attract people. This was our charge for the Downtown Re-Vitalization of Fountain Inn, SC. Fountain Inn is a Suburb of Greenville, a continuously growing city in the upstate of South Carolina. The goal was to create a vibrant streetscape that would better organize Main Street, add features that emphasize the character of the town, and plan for activity from early morning into the evening. The concept for our Master Plan was based on the connection of a Farmerâ€™s Market, located just off Main Street, and a Town Museum. Also located on this linear park connection would be retail shops and multi-family housing.
School House Section
Project Okurase presented a unique opportunity for fourteen students. It was an opportunity for us to use the skills we had learned for a much needed cause. A team of nine Architects and five Landscape Architects was assembled to develop a Master Plan and a building system for an AIDS orphanage in a small village called Okurase in the south of Ghana, Africa. The Master Plan had a very specific program, as specified by the client, of fourteen buildings. The buildings ranged from a School, Medical facility, recording studio, housing, and an amphitheater. Along with developing the plan, the team was to develop a building system that would be easily understood by the villagers in order to construct each building. This system not only had to be easily understood, but it also had to be designed to accomodate the harsh elements that come with a site in Africa. Amphitheater
School House Plan
Saluda Bend Park
Saluda Bend Park was developed through a partnership with the town of Pelzer, SC and myself. This small town, located just across the Saluda River from Greenville County, was in need of a recreation facility that would house its main organized recreation fields. This included baseball, soccer, and football fields. My vision was to include these program elements with others in order to create a unique recreational environment and would set itself apart from any other park of its kind in the region. These unique program elements included mountain biking, mountain boarding, horseback riding, kayaking, camping, and an educational facility. The overall concept for this park was not only to create a well designed layout, but to offer many recreational options to attract patrons, not only from Pelzer, but from the entire region.
Rail Trail Connection
Adjacent Land-Use Nature Center
Extreme Sports Park
Nature Center Plaza
Community Gardens Accomadations Horse Stables
E Horse Pasture
Historic Mill Water Tower
Sand Volleyball Courts
C C1 Miracle League Park
Rail Trail Connection
Visitors Center River Docks
Soccer Grand Stands Baseball Fields A
Mature Hardwood Forest
Views Viewing Deck
River and Streams
_Community Recreation After working with the Town of Pelzer for my Final Project at Clemson, they decided to move forward with a new recreation facility. Along with my partner on the project, Blake Sanders from SWA, I worked with the Mayor to develop a new concept for the facility which would be located on a different site from the previous project. Over the next three months, we worked to develop a facility that would be home to the townâ€™s organized recreation program. It was designed to house three Little League Baseball fields, a Miracle League field, a nine hole frisbee golf course that winds its way throughout the site, basketball and tennis courts. Along with developing these new features on site, we took advantage of some existing features. The facility also includes an Aquatic Center that updates the existing community pool, which is currently one of the largest in the state. These two adjacent sites become linked together by a linear park, creating one Park. This design is still currently in the conceptual stage and Pelzer is currently in the process of raising funds. Our design also works towards a solution to this problem by proposing retail development across the street from the Aquatic Center, which is the current location of the townâ€™s baseball field.
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P RO CESS
Clemson University, Clemson, SC Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Newberry College, Newberry, SC General Studies
May 2010 August 2003-May 2005
Worked on a landscape contracting crew where we installed and serviced irrigation systems, implemented planting designs and maintained both residential and commercial landscapes.
Owned and operated a landscape business • Implemented plant designs • Landscape clean-up • Landscape maintenance
Maintained the grounds (Deer Creek Golf Practice Facility) Mowed the lawn, Edged sidewalks, Spread fertilizer
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M Basic GIS Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe Indesign Sketchup AutoCAD Rhino
Organizations and Clubs
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Clemson University chapter of ASLA