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James Melnick landscape architecture portfolio


Table of Contents

Biosphere 2 - Design Competition


Dog Park Design


Pastime Community Housing


EPA Rainworks - Design Competition


Additional Work


Education M.L.A., Landscape Architecture (2013) Magna Cum Laude University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

B.S., Public Planning (2010) Cum Laude Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ

Relevant Work Experience Dijaso - Consulting Landscape Architect - Austin, TX June 2013 Contract design work for a design-build firm working on high end residential projects. Work included AutoCAD plans and elevations. National Park Service - Cultural Landscape Intern - San Francisco, CA June 2012 to August 2012 Worked under historic landscape architect and architect updating cultural landscape inventories and creating GIS maps for future use. Biosphere 2 - Contract Work - Tucson, AZ November 2011 to December 2011 A partner and I won a design competition through U of A to design a Middle Eastern plaza. Worked with employees in Oman, Jordan, U of A, and Biosphere to find a contractor for our winning design. Project built April 2012. University of Arizona Real Estate Administration - Drafter - Tucson, AZ September 2011 to May 2012 Updated the existing floor plans for U of A and converted them into digital form for ease of use. Extensive use of Autocad and many redline corrections.

Colwell : Shelor Landscape Architecture - Intern - Phoenix, AZ June 2011 to August 2011 Revised existing AutoCAD details and plans for small scale residential projects and made site visits. Extensive use of AutoCAD and Google Sketchup. City of Flagstaff Planning Department - Intern - Flagstaff, AZ May 2009 to July 2009 Intern for the City of Flagstaff helping to develop their 2012 Regional Plan Update. Projects included GIS map-making, data analysis, assisting with public participation and production of brochure on green and open space.

Skill Sets Autocad Google Sketchup Google Sketchup Podium (digital rendering) Adobe Indesign, Photoshop, Illustrator NEPA Experience Arc Map Public Participation SWOT and Affinity Diagrams Community Image Survey Workshops Location Quotients Project Management of an Environmental Assessment Material Selection Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint) Hand Rendering

Biosphere 2 Design Competition

8 A design competition for a MiddleEastern plaza outside of Biosphere 2. Design is inspired by Middle-Eastern elements and the ancient falaj system of gathering water. My partner and I won with our design built in April 2012.


Courtyard Metal Dome

Bio sp he re 2 - De si g n C o m p e t i t i o n



Process from digital studies to eventual construction. Photos from Arizona Alumnus Magazine. Currently a part of the Biosphere 2 tour route.

Bio sp he re 2 - De si g n C o m p e t i t i o n


Dog Park Design


My Masters Report was done on Dog Park Design, specifically a 17.8 acre parcel located in the City of Tempe’s Research Park. The design featured six distinct areas with the main focus area being a dog beach.


General Play Area Training

Dog Beach

Agility Area Timid Area

D og Pa rk D es ig n


16 The design, titled Cheyenne Dog Park, has six different focus areas with a different feel in each. An agility area lets people see their dogs in action, a timid area provides a safe area for owners and dogs alike, and a training area is meant for group activities and classes to be taught.

Agility Area


Trai ning Ti m i d A r e a

En tr a nce

D o g Be ach

D og Pa rk D es ig n

Ge n er al Play Area

Pastime Community Housing

20 Back Lot Screening Low income housing community in Tucson, AZ on a limited design budget. Designed with bright colors, natural playscapes, and abundant nighttime lighting. A challenge of the project was to leave the existing architecture alone yet improve on the overall feel.

Individual Garden Plots

Lighted Seating Walls Spiral Rock Garden

Family Seating

Pas t i me Comm un i t y H o usi ng


EPA Rainworks Design Competition


Water Storage Bike Parking

Water Storage

Green Roof

HVAC Capture

Bike Parking in Converted Parking Spots

Retention Basins

EPA design competition using adjacent parking lot for redevelopment. Use of educational learning areas, and outdoor amphitheater style seating. A goal was to capture and store as much water on site as possible during large scale storms.

EPA R ai n works - De si g n C o m p e t i t i on



EPA R ai n works - De si g n C o m p e t i t i on


Additional Work


Colwell : Shelor


C ons tructi on De ta il s

2011 summer internship correcting redlines and construction details. Extensive use of xrefs and multiple site visits among other duties.


National Park Service


Redwood National Park CLI

2012 summer internship updating Cultural Landscape Inventories for national parks and creating new GIS maps for eventual use.

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