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Portfolio lio s

Creating a Regional Connection


I-26 Corridor

2050 MasterPlan


Cairo, Egypt

Downtown Re-Vitalization


Fountain Inn, SC

Changing Lives Through Design


Okurase, Ghana

Planned Recreation


Pelzer, SC

Community Recreation


Pelzer, SC

_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.

_Scenic Byways


Regional design

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

Urban Design

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.



Downtown RE-vitalization

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 Farmer’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.

Changing Lives

through DESIGN

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

Planned Recreation

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.

Analysis Entrance

Rail Trail Connection


Adjacent Land-Use Nature Center

Extreme Sports Park

Nature Center Plaza

Community Gardens Accomadations Horse Stables


E Horse Pasture

Existing Infastructure

Historic Mill Water Tower

Tennis Courts


Sand Volleyball Courts

C C1 Miracle League Park


Rail Trail Connection

Basketball Courts

Visitors Center River Docks



Pedestrian corridor




Warm-up Area

Soccer Grand Stands Baseball Fields A

Mature Hardwood Forest



Views Viewing Deck


River and Streams


Master Plan

_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 town’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 town’s baseball field.


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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.

Summer 2009

Owned and operated a landscape business • Implemented plant designs • Landscape clean-up • Landscape maintenance

Summer 2007

Maintained the grounds (Deer Creek Golf Practice Facility) Mowed the lawn, Edged sidewalks, Spread fertilizer

Summer 2006

Computer Skills

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M Basic GIS Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator Adobe Indesign Sketchup AutoCAD Rhino

Organizations and Clubs

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American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Clemson University chapter of ASLA

Jonathan Williams Portfolio  
Jonathan Williams Portfolio  

Landscape Architecture Portfoilo from recent Clemson University Landscape Architecture graduate Jonathan Williams. It includes works form hi...