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artistic impressions rendering mapping & site analysis site design & perspective drawing modeling historical techniques planting lists & diversity analysis resumĂŠ

program Draw a series of sketches of a landscape photograph emphasizing: texture


value nonstandard colors experiential interpretation

design The gardens of Saiho-ji in Kyoto demonstrate good use of rock placement to evoke both motion and stability. They are also an idealized example of natural transition among trees, small plants, rocks, and water. In my interpretive drawings, I communicated that motion as well


as the dynamic harmony among the garden elements.

artistic impressions



interpretation: close-up of moss



night view of plaza

Use expressive hand-drawn graphics to redraw and enhance AutoCAD plans.

design I used black pens and Prismacolor pencils to draw and render personalized landscape graphics for existing AutoCAD plans. I also made section elevations and plant suggestions. Additionally, I created base and vegetation maps for the Korean War Veterans Monument based on a site visit and satellite photos.

Korean war Veterans Memorial



courtyard section elevation


program Working from an outdated plat and a site visit, draw an updated base map of Windmill Park in Alexandria, VA. Create inventory maps and perform a site analysis.

design I drew a base map and experiential and topographic inventories of the park. I then analyzed and provided suggestions for the following issues: blocked views

top of hill

safety hazards poor drainage unaccommodated pedestrian and cyclist flow unused spaces forgotten historical significance lack of parking

base map

mapping & site analysis

analysis map

experiential map

topographic map



program Working from a plat, redesign a sloping residential lot to incorporate: better grading and drainage privacy screening play area expanded parking sculpture focal points from key windows handicapped access

design I worked off the angles created by the house and property line to divide up the backyard into two levels with a retaining wall and planting beds. Paths and a wraparound patio on the north side of the house join formerly disconnected patios and improve the flow between back and front yards. I used Google SketchUp to make a rough guide for the perspective drawing.

site design & perspective drawing

area plan


sample of materials SketchUp


program Working from a plat, redesign an old train station building and lot so that it can reopen for train service and community events.

design I used foamboard, posterboard, and lichen to model a southwestern train depot. Taking a cue from north African patterns, the station features arced planting beds, adobe walls, and wooden doors. A large community space with moveable tables


accommodates pedestrians, cyclists, people waiting for trains, small concerts, and weekly farmers' markets.


pedestrian entrance

interior rear view from tracks


program Research and present a historical garden design technique that you would use.

design Sanzonseki means “triad rocks� and dates to the 11th century in Japan. In Japanese gardening, rocks are often chosen that suggest vertical, horizontal, or diagonal motion. The

sanzonseki in aquarium

three directional forces correspond to the classical Chinese division of the cosmos into Heaven, Earth, and Man. Sanzonseki is a triad with one of each, with the vertical rock being largest and in the middle. Such triadic composition is an aesthetic archetype in many arts.

triadic form in ikebana

historical techniques

sanzonseki in Daisen-in, Kyoto, early 16th c.

sanzonseki diagram


program Specify a variety of conifers and winterberry hollies for a 4.5-acre elementary school plot with areas of various growing conditions, and list them using American Standard for Nursery Stock specifications.

design My design concept for this garden was tactile interest. I chose plants that would make students want to pick a leaf or branch tip to feel and examine. A common standard for diversity is for no more than 30 percent of plants be from the same family, no more than 20 percent from the same genus, and no more than 10

sample of plants

percent of the same species. So, I compiled charts showing which plants had dominance in those categories.

planting lists & diversity analysis


julia kriz

I have experience in small-scale gardening and ambitions for larger projects. I am able to work in a number of formal and naturalistic styles, with graphical illustrations tailored to the needs of the project. My key strengths are knowledge of plants, attention to artistic and mathematical detail, and an understanding of the character of natural sites and and historical styles.

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January 2010 Landscape Design Portfolio  

January 2010 Landscape Design Portfolio

January 2010 Landscape Design Portfolio  

January 2010 Landscape Design Portfolio