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Jennifer L. Nitzky, RLA, ASLA, ISA Professional Portfolio


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Finalist in Super Sky Scrapers Competition - Vertical Farm & Botanical Garden SkyScraper - Seoul, Korea; 2013

ASLA-NY Student Stewardship Program, Founder The Student Stewardship Program aims to inspire NYC students to discover landscape architecture and environmental awareness through engaging, hands-on projects in their schoolyard and neighborhood.

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New York Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects, Merit Award Trust for Public Land’s New York City Playground Program, New York, New York; 2008 New York Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects, Honor Award Southpoint Park Conceptual Plan, Roosevelt Island, New York, New York; 2005 Illinois Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects, Honor Award South Lakefront Framework Plan, Jackson Park & South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago, Illinois; 2001

MEMBERSHIPS American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA and ASLA-NY) Children & Nature Network, Member International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) The Nature Conservancy New York Botanical Garden, Member The Trust for Public Land, Member Sierra Club, Member

American Society of Landscape Architects (National) Student Portfolio Reviewer, 2017 Annual Meeting Committee on Education 2016 - present Public Awareness Coalition 2017 - present Parks & Recreation Professional Practice Network Chair 2015 - 2017 Public Relations and Communications Advisory Committee 2010-2016 American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter Trustee 2018 - present President 2014-2015; 2016-2017 Executive Board Member; Communications Chair 2012-2014 PR / Social Media, Website Committee 2005, 2007-2009, 2011-2014 President’s Dinner Committee 2006 - present Fine Arts Federation, Board Member 2016 - present Friends of Stryker Park, Volunteer 2016 - present

P U B L I C AT I O N S Published Interview: Saralegui, Alejandro “Fight at the Museum: The Frick Collection’s Expansion Plans Spark a Garden Preservation Movement”; New York Cottages and Gardens and Unite to Save the Frick, March 2015; print and online. Nitzky, Jennifer L., “COMMENT> The President-Elect of ASLA Offers Her Views on The Future of Landscape Architecture In New York City”. The Architect’s Newspaper, October 14, 2014; print and online. ASLA, “Member Profiles: Children’s Outdoor Environments”, Land, June 20, 2011; online

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Jennifer is a Landscape Architect and Certified Arborist with over 20 years of experience in urban planning & design, park & recreational design, playgrounds, and campus design. She is skilled in a community-oriented planning and design process leading workshops, design charrettes and hands-on activities. As lead designer and project manager for a wide range of projects from concept through construction, she has the ability to identify the greater contextual vision of a project and develop the intricate details to make the project a reality. Jennifer is also a strong advocate for the profession, elevating awareness of landscape architecture to the public.

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Camiros, Ltd. Chicago, Illinois Landscape / Urban Designer, 1997-2000 Landscape and urban design, master planning, public presentations and workshops, design presentations Ball State University, College of Architecture and Planning Teaching Assistant, Department of Landscape Architecture; History, Planting Design, Intro to Landscape Architecture 1994-1996 My Gardener, Saline, Michigan Landscape Installation and Maintenance, Summers 1993-1996

E D U C AT I O N Ball State University Master of Landscape Architecture Polyarch XII Study Abroad Program based in London: one semester study in England, France, Italy, Austria and Germany Bowling Green State University Bachelor of Science in Architectural Design, Specialization in Graphic Design

CERTIFICATIONS State of New York Registered Landscape Architect (License No: 002353) International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist, Region 1, # NY-5749A


When Superstorm Sandy slammed into NYC in 2012, flooding hit New York City Housing Authority properties on Coney Island especially hard. 1,300 dwellings lost heat, power, and elevators for weeks. A new $200-million rebuilding plan to protect community facilities from future disasters also lifts the spirit of the entire neighborhood. Plans include upgrading all playgrounds, adding new amenity spaces with modern furnishings, and adding more resilient plant material. Permeable paving replaces concrete and asphalt throughout the site and rain gardens added to increase stormwater infiltration. Project Role: Director of Production for construction documentation phases

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This 24 acre historic hotel site along the Chesapeake Bay includes a new pool house and spa, tennis courts and lushly planted gardens that embrace the casual elegance of the existing character of some of the oldest manicured gardens in Maryland. The designs also carefully play into the State’s Critical Area requirements for stormwater management, wetland buffers and native plant selection. Responsible for: Project management, consultant team coordination, agency submittals, construction documentation.


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BRONX COMMUNITY COLLEGE NORTH QUAD, Bronx, NY


The subtle asymmetry of the new campus quad centers the geometry on Stanford White’s Gould Memorial Library and North Hall and Library. The reconfiguration provides a dignified outdoor space, on par with those at the best four-year colleges and universities, establishing a strong sense of place at the center of campus Responsible for: Project management, construction documentation and construction administration.


This 46 acre mountaintop resort on the outskirts of Chongqing features a retail village, a wedding chapel with a reception lawn, a hotel, and a conference center, and in future phases, hillside villas. Visitors arrive by car along the edge of the retail village, marked by a landscaped plaza and a gateway arch, centering the village and leading to a stair that climbs to a series of gardens, culminating in an oval lawn sized for large events. To the north, on axis with the lawn, is a wedding chapel conceived as a garden pavilion; to the south is an amphitheater. The site is lushly planted to provide varied landscape experiences with a series of outdoor rooms and dramatic water features. Responsible for: landscape project management, design team coordination, and construction documentation

LIANGJIANG NEW DISTRICT TOWN CENTER, Chongqing, China


VERTICAL FARM & BOTANICAL GARDEN Competition Finalists, Seoul, South Korea Special Mention Finalist for Vertical Farm & Botanical Garden SkyScraper - SEOUL International Competition from SuperSkyScrapers. 2013 Team: James Wild + Diego Balbas + Lauren Haras from Chicago, Jennifer Nitzky + Nathaniel Stanton from New York LANDSCAPE DESIGN OBJECTIVES To create an experiential live-work-play environment that harmoniously blends sustainable, landscape, horticulture and agricultural architecture and design within the design city fabric of Seoul, South Korea. Water Rain water harvesting from roof and open-air spaces is utilized for irrigation. As plants are irrigated, root systems naturally and biologically filtrate water removing toxins and other particles. Agriculture Growing crops in vertical, controlled environments has many advantages. Vertical farming allows more production in a smaller footprint. Plants naturally cool buildings, produce oxygen and also reduce air-borne toxins. Education/Culture An engaging and participatory educational and cultural program for the building will broaden the mind, body and spirit of the inhabitants and users. The user will not only learn about the different plan communities but also immerse themselves in the spirit of each particular space. Public spaces and amenities provide users with places to celebrate, play and relax.


SCHAEFER LANDING Brooklyn NY Year: 2005-6 Budget: $2 Million Project Size: 1.6 Acres Client: BFC Partners Responsibilities: Project management, client/sub-consultant coordination, conceptual designs, construction documentation

Located on the old Schaefer Brewery site on the Williamsburg waterfront, Schaefer Landing is a 1.6 acre residential development with spectacular views of the lower Manhattan skyline. The site features three high-rise residential towers, each with rooftop terraces, and a central courtyard overlooking the East River with views to Manhattan. The courtyard, on top of the parking garage, became an intensive green roof with lush contoured planting beds forming intimate seating areas.


The 6,000 square foot roof garden on top of the Lawrence Hospital Cancer Center expansion provides a spiritual respite for both patients and hosipital staff. Through careful selection of plant material, year-round interest and plant adaptability is provided in this intensive green roof. The entire roof deck is covered with highinfiltration soil mix allowing for free flow of stormwater runoff from the pedestal pavers to supply planting beds with water. Responsible for: Design, Construction documentation, specifications, plant selection 2011-2013

LAWRENCE HOSPITAL GREEN ROOF, Bronxville, NY


NYC PLAYGROUND PROGRAM New York, NY Developed in 1997 by the Trust for Public Land, the NYC Playground Program develops new community playgrounds for schools and neighborhoods under served by existing parks. Through a 10week participatory design process, students become landscape designers, learning the importance of site analysis, measuring their site, looking at sun angles and thinking about neighborhood influences on their design. Key components of sustainable design provide the basis for the development of these projects. The final designs address sustainability, promote water efficiency, reuse and incorporate renewable materials and embrace plant life while providing a wide variety of recreational and educational amenities. Facts: • TPL has built nearly 200 playgrounds in NYC since 1997 • 55% Overall Increase in pervious area on average per site Responsible for: Leading participatory design sessions with students, project management, client / sub-consultant coordination, construction documentation, construction management

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P.S. 164 COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND Brooklyn, NY An asphalt schoolyard becomes a model for environmental education at P.S. 164 in Brooklyn. The new playground, designed cooperatively with students and teachers includes a synthetic turf field that doubles as a bio-retention area below the field, several trees offering shade and a large garden area for growing food and flowers. The garden area has an outdoor classroom made of natural locally sourced boulders, a compost station, rain barrels collecting water from the gazebo roof and the garden shed has it’s own green roof. The trees are planted in between Silva Cells, which allow for greater root growth while supporting the permeable pavers in the grove, further reducing storm water discharge on site. Responsible for: project management, client coordination, construction documentation, construction management

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BRONX RIVER GREENWAY Between Unionport & Allerton in Bronx Park, The Bronx Schematic Submission – 9/27/12

The reconstruction of the Bronx River Greenway between Unionport Road and Allerton Avenue in the Bronx involves the improvement and reconstruction of the existing pedestrian and bicycle paths in Bronx Park, and construction of new paths and street crossings where they are needed. The renovated paths provide continuous access to the Bronx River Greeway which benefits local Bronx communities, New York City, and regional residents by providing a key pedestrian/bicycle link to existing and proposed Greenway/bicycle routes. The design also includes much needed stormwater management and erosion control techniques such as bio-swales, infiltration basins and planted slope stabilization.

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HARLEM VALLEY RAIL TRAIL Columbia County, NY PUTNAM RAIL TRAIL, Bronx, NY, NYC Parks The Putnam Rail Trail project creates linkages to an existing bike path system to the north and a proposed extension to the South along a former freight and passenger rail line in Van Cortlandt Park. Emphasis was placed on making the path accessible, sustaining ecologically sensitive areas and respecting the historical context of the former rail site. Year: 2011 Project Size: 1.5 miles path length Client: City of New York Parks and Recreation Responsible for: Graphics, construction documentation, specifications

Working with the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association, the Columbia Land Conservancy, and the NY State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, working drawings for an 8 mile section of the existing recreational trail were designed and produced. The trail was designed for a variety of structural and ecological site conditions, and both on the existing rail bed and where the trail deviates. A major challenge in this stretch of the trail is the necessity of crossing NY State Route 22 and a small riparian corridor. Year: 2012 Project Size: 8 miles path length Client: The Columbia Land Conservancy Responsible for: Graphics, construction documentation, specifications


PS 100, STORY PLAYGROUND Bronx, NY, NY PARKS What was once an aged, unsafe playground on a fully paved site is now a model for park and playground greening. The new park design includes a large oval open lawn area where a cluster of large, mature Sycamore trees exist and highlights exciting spray-play and play equipment that includes rock climbers, a separate toddler area, a fitness station and all-accessible elements. The Park is enhanced with over 30,000 SF of planting beds providing year-round color and texture while collecting most of the site’s stormwater runoff. A new, modern and unique Comfort Station was also designed as an integral part of the park using sustainable materials and taking advantage of solar orientation.


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The Ridgewood Reservoir site creates a dynamic, sustainable park that preserves, restores and enhances the site’s rich historical features and unique ecology while providing recreational, social and educational opportunities for visitors. This project involved working closely with the Natural Resources Group and with the Queens and Capital Division Forestry Departments to further understand the ecology of the site and to develop restoration strategies. Year: 2010-2013 Budget: $1.6 Million Responsible for: project management during master planning phase, graphic illustrations, community workshops, sub-consultant coordination, tree inventory / protection plans and construction logistics plans for phase 1 Dam Decommissioning documents

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SOUTHPOINT PARK MASTER PLAN Roosevelt Island, New York, NY

Through extensive site analysis, community interviews and a vision to create a dynamic park that resonates with the spectacular island site, its landmark ruins structures and distinctive landforms, an award-winning conceptual master plan for Roosevelt Island was developed with The Trust for Public Land. The plan was derived from the goals and principles set by the Advisory Council, existing site conditions and Roosevelt Island’s unique heritage. The plan developed its strength from the diversity of accessible habitats from open meadows, shoreline nesting sites to streams and waterfalls through planted woodlands. The Park design capitalizes on the existing topographical land formations; it restores a native landscape palette to the site and provides the visitors with controlled access to these rich habitats. This project is the recipient of the 2005 New York Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects, Honor Award.


PHILADELPHIA GREEN INITIATIVE Philadelphia, PA

In conjunction with Philadelphia’s Green 2015 Action Plan, schematic plans for three school playgrounds were developed for fund raising purposes by our client. These plans illustrate potential schoolyard greening ideas utilizing the key design principles of the 2015 Action Plan which include: -

Decreasing impervious area Managing stormwater on-site Reducing urban heat island effect Providing community gardening opportunities Including activities for obesity prevention Creating areas of ecological significance

YEAR 2011 CLIENT Trust for Public Land

STEPHAN GIRARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL


The renovation and conversion of an historic commercial tower in Manhattan into a mixed use residential / commercial / hotel building called for the addition of upscale amenity terraces to provide an extension of interior spaces. Through several studies the goal of the main terrace was to create multiple outdoor rooms for peaceful enjoyment of the spectacular waterfront and skyline views as well as functional space for small gatherings and events. The central spine includes a water feature that doubles as a skylight to the indoor pool below. Responsible for: concept designs, precedent studies, working model coordination and construction

RESIDENTIAL ROOF TERRACE CONCEPT, New York, NY


List of Representational Projects: Campus Planning and Design: Bronx Community College, Bronx, NY SUNY Binghamton Library Plaza Deck, Binghamton, NY Wesleyan University College Row, Middletown, CT University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, IL Education / Play Environments: ASLA-NY/TPL Student Stewardship Program, Founder Clark Playground, Bronx, NY Edenwald Playground, Bronx, NY Fred Samuel Playground, New York, NY PlaNYC Schoolyards to Playgrounds (20 sites), Bronx and Queens, NY P.S. 100 (Story) Playground, Bronx, NY P.S. 164 Community Playground, Brooklyn, NY PS 62R - Net-Zero Energy School, Staten Island, NY St. Nicholas Houses Playgrounds for Harlem Children’s Zone, New York, NY The Trust for Public Land’s NYC Playground Program, 50+ schoolyards

The Ridgewood Reservoir, Queens, NY

Green Roof Projects: Lawrence Hospital Center - landscape and green roof, Bronxville, NY Schaefer Landing, Brooklyn, NY Sky Island at the Visionaire, New York, NY The Wyndham at Garden City, Garden City, NY Greenways & Streetscapes: Bronx River Greenway, Unionport Road to Allerton Ave., Bronx, NY Bronx River - West Farms Rapids Park, Bronx, NY Grand Central Parkway, 94th St. Interchange, Queens, NY Harlem Valley Rail Trail, Columbia County, NY Highland Park—The Ridgewood Reservoir Site, Phase 1, Queens, NY Putnam Rail Trail, Bronx, NY Route 83 Corridor Streetscape, Grayslake, IL I-77 Expressway Landscaping, City of Akron, OH Master Planning: Chicago Avenue Streetscape Plan, Evanston, IL Fenway Park - Van Ness Street Plaza, Boston, MA Philadelphia Green 2015 Proposals, Philadelphia, PA South Lakefront Framework Plan, Jackson Park & South Shore Cultural Center, Chicago, IL Southpoint Park Master Plan, Roosevelt Island, NY St. Louis Midtown Strategic Plan, St. Louis, MO United Nations Headquarters, New York, NY Wabash Riverfront Master Plan, Lafayette, IN Parks and Recreation: McKinley Playground, New York, NY DeWitt Clinton Ballfield, New York, NY Glenview West Park in Glenview, IL Nat Turner Park, Newark, NJ Shore Road Ballfield, Brooklyn, NY Victory Field, Queens, NY Waukegan Beachfront Park, Waukegan, IL

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Student Stewardship Program Rain Garden Install , I.S. 218 Brooklyn

Earth Day Neighborhood Planting, Friends of Stryker Park

Earth Day Neighborhood Planting, Friends of Stryker Park

Student Stewardship Program Tree Bed Care, Central Park East H.S. , Manhattan

Some of the most rewarding work I have been involved in has been various volunteer activities working with students and community members. In 2017, I founded the ASLA-NY / TPL Student Stewardship Program that connects students with landscape architects to accomplish handson projects in their neighborhood - inspiring the next generation of landscape architects and environmental stewards. Since 2016 I have also volunteered with the Friends of Stryker Park on Manhattan’s Upper West Side to beautify and maintain the 97th Street corridor.

VOLUNTEER WORK Student Stewardship Program Rain Garden Install , I.S. 218 Brooklyn


Jennifer L. Nitzky, RLA, ASLA, ISA jnitzky@gmail.com 312.371.8990 https://jnitzky.myportfolio.com/

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