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JEAN NI DESIGN PORTFOLIO


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RESUME

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PROCESS / REPRESENTATION Remnant Trajectory

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SITE / DESIGN Rhythmic Timescape Gathering Terrain Croatia Design Build Cultivating Experience

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CITY / SYSTEMS Assembling the Commons

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ART / JUSTICE Drawing Sculpture Interactive Installation


JEAN NI

jeansni@gmail.com 510 364 9016

RECENT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

AWARDS & QUALIFICATIONS

Jun 2017 - PROGRAM COORDINATOR / GRADUATE RESEARCH ASSISTANT Urban@UW Homelessness Research Initiative / University of Washington, Seattle Present

ACTIVE 2017-2018 Co-Founder, Design Justice Seattle Installation for Seattle Design Festival Block Party Senate Representative, UW GPSS The World We Live In UW Research Presenter UW Drawing Workshop led by GGN Received: 2018 LAF University Olmsted Scholar Dumbarton Oaks Mellon Colloquium Award Jay Bee Memorial Scholarship Living Future Institute JUST Fund Scholarship

Extend influence of faculty research projects, facilitate meetings and events, conduct research, generate pamphlet publications, write copy content, create visual marketing materials, coordinate community outreach. Jun 2017 - LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE INTERN Dec 2017 Framework / Seattle, WA Generated ideas for and created visual booklet of public art intervention options for City of Kirkland neighborhood greenways. Coordinated needs of Public Works and Arts Commission departments. Jun 2017 - LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE / PLANNING INTERN Aug 2017 Communita | Atelier / Seattle, WA

INTENTION To fulfill an insatiable desire to learn. To engage in the pursuit of social justice through design, to foster human curiosity, to spatially translate inspired concepts, historical narratives, and natural phenomena. To ideate, iterate and experiment with spontaneity and joy.

Organized and edited concept books, illustrated diagrams, performed AutoCAD documentation corrections and area calculation planning. Jun 2017 - TEACHING ASSISTANT / KEN YOCOM, READING THE ELWHA Aug 2017 University of Washington / Seattle, WA Coordinated group field studies logistics, led hikes into study locations, provided feedback and guidance on student projects. Jun 2016 - TEACHING ASSISTANT / SARA JACOBS, INTRO TO LAND. ARCH. Aug 2016 University of Washington / Seattle, WA Facilitated drawing exercises and studio activities. Prepared instructional presentations, provided desk critiques and project grading support.

EDUCATION 2015 Present

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON | SEATTLE, WA Candidate for Master of Landscape Architecture Interdisciplinary coursework in social work, anthropology, environmental science, art, gender studies, digital experimental arts, and public policy.

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CROATIA DESIGN/BUILD | RIJEKA, CROATIA Fall quarter program; designed and constructed garden focusing on the needs of the visually impaired, elderly with disabilities, kindergarten through high-school aged students, physical therapy patients

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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA BERKELEY | BERKELEY, CA Summer [IN]stitute in Environmental Design, Landscape Architecture

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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO | LA JOLLA, CA BA International Studies - Sociology; Minor in Art History

PREVIOUS ACTIVITY AND RECOGNITION 2016-2017 Design as Protest Planning Lead LGBTQ Allyship Housing Leadership Institute Our Work Now UW GPSS Conference Presenter Strange Coupling Art Collaboration Project UW LA EXTENTS Publication Team Member UWASLA Treasurer and Member UW CBE Happy Hour Committee UW Drawing Workshop led by Alan Maskin Received: Featured in UW LA EXTENTS Publication UW Class of 1959 Endowed Scholarship UWASLA Honor Award & Merit Award 2015-2016 Received: Featured in UW LA S.O.W. Publication UWASLA Honor Award & Merit Award

SKILLS Adobe Suite AutoCAD Clay Sculpting Design-Build ArcGIS Microsoft Office Model-Making Photoscan Rhino

LANGUAGES Chinese (Mandarin), Fluent French, Intermediate Spanish, Scant

REFERENCES

INTERESTS

KEN YOCOM, kyocom@uw.edu Associate Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington

Interdisciplinary: Design Activism, Political Ecology, Sculpture, Social Justice, Feminist Theory, Art History, Botany

THAISA WAY, tway@uw.edu Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Washington and Director, Urban@UW

Personal: Travel, Ultimate, Camping, Kayaking, Hiking, Rock Climbing, Lapidary


REMNANT Sculpture studio / Conceptual work, Fall 2017 Materials: plaster, found objects (twine, burlap, cotton, metal, cardboard, plastic) How can representation of material processes present a narrative about human and landscape memory? These projects utilize the power of words—un-earthing, embeddedness, extraction, accumulation—and their implied socio-cultural histories as the basis upon which sculptural experimentation is enacted.


TRAJECTORY Cowen Park, Seattle Featured in UW S.O.W. Publication 2016 Exploration of phenomenological qualities along a line which intersects various surfaces inside the park. Lines and staining represent moisture, sight lines, and perceived or physical barriers along the designated trajectory.


Facing South: Remediation Swaths and Stormwater Basins Migration Patterns and Possible Habitat Convergence

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OSPREY Pandion Haliaetus

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20:00 Shadow and Tidal Interactions on Site

CHINOOK SALMON Oncorhynchus tshawytscha


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RHYTHMIC TIMESCAPE

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Underneath the Marginal Way/1st Avenue Bridge, Seattle; Spring 2016 UWASLA Merit Award 2017 / Featured in UW EXTENTS Publication 2017 The pattern of the sun and the moon are ubiquitous, driving circadian to economic to migrational rhythms. These rhythms are often abstracted from our understanding of the world, but nonetheless can be visibly perceived throughout the course of a single day. This design bridges large-scale celestial movements and invisible microbial activity to the human scale through phenomenological translation of day/ night, rise/fall rhythms at a highly polluted site on the Duwamish River.

Winter Solstice Sunset Path

Abstracted Solar Analemma EAST

WEST Equinox Sunset Path

Tidal Slabs Face Four Cardinal Directions

Site Sun Position Chart

Section of Tidal Slabs and Phytoremediation Planting Palette

Local Tidal Inlet 1st Ave Bridge Northbound

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1st Ave Bridge Southbound

European White Birch Betula pendula

Hybrid Poplar Populus spp.

Summer Solstice Sunset Path

Canadian Wild Rye Elymus Canadensis White clover Trifolium repens

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Tidal slabs are revealed and concealed throughout a day, inviting users to explore mudflats at low tide

Sunflower Helianthus annuus Switch grass Panicum virgatum


Dry Season

Rainy Season

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Bamboo Cultivation

Water Collection: Seasonal Floating Wetlands and Bamboo Cultivation

Inlet from RoofCaptured Rainwater

Seasonal Grasses for Thatch and Water Filtration

Circulating Pump for Aeration and Vector Control

Outlet for Irrigation

Floating Decks

Recycled Plastic Rain Barrels

Wetland Planting Medium

Planting Flotation

Collected Water

Pump and Seasonal Pipe Flow System

Water Pit Filtration and Storage System


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An Ongoing History of Exploitation: Climate Change Projections Mining Exports in Zimbabwe

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GATHERING TERRAIN Painted Dog Research Trust, Sizinda Region, Zimbabwe With Sierra Druley, Spring 2017 WASLA Honor Award 2017 / Featured in UW EXTENTS Publication 2017 This design provides a framework for mitigating environmental extremes and supporting place-based learning on the Painted Dog Research Trust. Interconnected elements work to imbue the complex, historically fertile and currently degraded landscape with rich long-lasting social and ecological value. Gathering Terrain envisions a holistic, scalable system that upturns exploitative historical site practices by addressing social and ecological needs through deployable, accessible low-tech interventions. Five phases - collect, treat, fortify, grow, and connect, support a highly functioning landscape and providing immersive human experience on the site. By bridging the gap between resilience technologies and experiential connection to place, the plan aims to support ecological literacy and landscape stewardship.


GATHERING TERRAIN

Filter Charcoal Sand Drain to Cistern

Biogester System

Bench Mopane Grove Restoration

Water Storage Cistern

Residential Roof Runoff Gravity Runnel and Filtration System

Section Detail: Water Treatment Bench

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rainfall 180 mm

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Roof Catchment Potential

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2500 gal

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Bamboo Runnels

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Potential 5,000 Gallons Rainwater Collection; 80% Annual Household Need collection, 80% potential 4,925 gallons rainwater

Runnel Ground Filtration Layers

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Runnel Filtration

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10k Gallon Water Storage Cistern

Gathering Cistern Components

Water Treatment Gathering Centers and Biodigester System


Custom Swing Benches

Multi-Tiered Play Structure With Central Lookout Tower

CROATIA DESIGN/BUILD UÄ?eniÄ?ki Dom, Rijeka, Croatia Design + Construction: MLA and BLA students from University of Washington and University of Florida. Primary personal contributions: ramp deck design/construction, terrace corner seating, play area grading, in-ground planter siting. Hand-Laid Mosaic Stone Path

ADA Accessible Ramp

Nature Play Hillscape

3-week community participation and design followed by 7-week construction period. Garden focuses on accessibility and multi-sensory stimulation for the visually impaired, elderly with disabilities, physical therapy patients, dormitory staff, teachers, and kindergarten through university-aged students.


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CULTIVATING EXPERIENCE Ravenna Park, Seattle WASLA Merit Award 2016, Featured in UW S.O.W. Publication 2016

CONTEMPLATE CURIOSITY PROSPECT

PHASE 4: MATURED LANDSCAPE

Phenomenological Experience Through Spatial Sequence

Planting Plan Sample Sequence

Interactive plant installation serves as model for transforming parkland plot into productive landscape. Engages users in a rich experiences through cultivated yet adventurous (at times precarious or uncomfortable) trajectory. Four Phases in Section Elevation

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Three example assemblage scales and in central Seattle with decentralization plan: District (large), Town Square (medium), and Node (small)

Town Square Assemblage featuring rock climbing, aquarium, roller-police squad, and health clinic

District Assemblage featuring responsive biomimetic infrastructure, interactive rotating VR galleries, co-working space, and rooftop stormwater managing-sports fields Variable Assemblage Configuration Strategies Based on Community Needs, Size, and Existing Adjacencies


ASSEMBLING THE COMMONS Seattle, WA With Jansen Bennett (Architecture) + Aubree Ball (Industrial Design), Spring 2017 How can individuals assemble to take collective ownership of a city, building agency into the ways that we move through each day? What could Seattle look like if we utilized a personal and experiential lens through which to evaluate and shape the a city? What does it mean to be local, to build identity, to dwell and live and move with meaning? Through leveraging existing transit and zoning infrastructure, mobility as a community resource can be bolstered trough a flexible conceptual framework. In prioritizing human values and daily experience of life, we can engage in co-design activities that give rise to evolving, emergent and iterative solutions. This design provides a qualitative framework for enhancing human experience in the city. Creating a new typology of community center, a common assemblage, engages three strategies—decentralize, amalgamate, and pollinate—in order to build resilience and adaptability into Seattle’s existing and future networks.


WATER IN THE CITY Battery Street and 1st Avenue, Seattle With Nicky Bloom and Allison Ong, Winter 2016 Featured in UW S.O.W. Publication 2016 Lively plaza in the heart of Belltown provides recreational gathering space for residents and visitors. A dynamic waterfall acts as an entrance for the Battery Street Tunnel, repurposed for stormwater infrastructure and artist residency activity. The waterfall’s flow fluctuates through the seasons, surging in the rainy season and slowing to a trickle in drier months. Rubble debris from viaduct demolition are visual remnants of the site’s historical transportation infrastructure.


Indiscriminate Plastic Consumption

MAKING SENSE OF THE PACIFIC GARBAGE VORTEX The Pacific Ocean Collaborative thesis in progress: with Sierra Druley (MLA), 2017-2018 Knowing our world through different stories... How can landscape experience provoke us to think beyond inherited, consumptive, binary, hierarchical, hegemonic, and anthropocentric ways of knowing, doing and building in the world? How could a narrative told through the language of landscape design fiction illustrate feminist concepts of heteroglossia, the enmeshed self, and material agency? We use the expansive site of the pacific garbage vortex as a provocation in exploring the possibilities for collaborative, co-created modes of human and non-human habitation in an environment built from the excesses of consumptive culture. Mental Maps of the Pacific Garbage “Patch�


ARTWORK Personal work in pen & ink and clay sculptures with faux bronze finish.


CAN WE BE HERE? Design Justice Seattle / Exhibited at Seattle Design Festival Block Party, Seattle, WA With Sierra Druley and Monica Taylor, Summer 2017 Materials: laser-cut acrylic panels, LED lights, reclaimed building materials

RESTRICTIONS UW Strange Collaboration Project / Exhibited at Good Gallery, Seattle, WA With Rich Desanto (MLA) and Andrew Hoeppner (Sculptor), Spring 2017 Materials: clay, wood, printed vellum Mapping shapes understanding of human dwelling in space. This practice frames political and structural realities of individuals who are locating home, curating belonging, cultivating space. Restriction emphasizes the contained nature of cartography as racialized practice. Seattle’s ongoing political making and remaking of city is exposed through tracing abstracted lines that reinforce geographies of control.

Can We Be Here? asks questions about who has the right to occupy public space—at what times, in what locations, in what ways. We aim to address the greater politics of being-in-space and the affordances that we are allowed by our everyday contexts. The installation operated as an interactive program to broadcast different perspectives and gather additional narratives from participants reflecting on their experiences with urban homelessness. By addressing systematic oppression and civic shortcomings through graphic and spatial interruptions, we hope to help shape a continued opportunity for connection and conversation.


THANK YOU.

Jean Ni Design Portfolio  

Landscape Architecture

Jean Ni Design Portfolio  

Landscape Architecture

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