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Julianne Pineda West Covina, CA | (626) 321-8907 | Hello! To me, Landscape Architecture has always been about designing for people. Creating experiences for people to learn, laugh, and grow is what drives me as a designer. After graduating early from the program, I am searching for my place to learn, laugh, and grow in the field of Landscape Architecture.

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Curricula Vitae Cal Poly Pomona

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Farnsworth: Preservation as Provocation Temporal Sanctuary

Cal Poly Pomona + North China University of Technology 26

The Restorative City

Education Winter 2016

Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA | Cum Laude | GPA: 3.6

Summer 2015

College of Environmental Design China Study Abroad North China University of Technology, Beijing, China | GPA: 3.6

Studio Experience Winter 2016

Farnsworth Preservation Studio Architecture and Landscape Architecture Interdisciplinary Studio | Visited Chicago to see the Farnsworth House and study additional sites | Presented final work to preservation specialists

Fall 2015

Bobby Brooks Memorial Studio Architecture and Landscape Architecture Interdisciplinary Studio | Worked closely with professional Architects, Landscape Architects, and Project Managers | Designed an “ofrenda” to Los Angeles through a sanctuary for immigrants

Summer 2015

ENV China Program Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Urban Planning Interdisciplinary Studio | Led a team of 13 students in a two week intensive design course | Worked with students from both Cal Poly Pomona and North China University of Technology | Received Award for Best Team Leader

Winter 2015

SWA Urban Design Studio Worked closely with SWA Group to design a block on Sunset Boulevard | Engaged in design charrette at SWA Laguna Beach | Presented final work at SWA Laguna Beach

Honors + Awards 2016

Attended “Women in Home building” conference Sponsored by College of Environmental Design


Standout Student and Team Leader ENV China Program



Sigma Lambda Alpha Honor Society for Landscape Architecture

Community Involvement Spring 2013

Culture Chair Cal Poly Pomona Barkada Executive Board | Attended Executive Board meetings once a week | Worked closely and professionally with a group of 13 people | Planned, prepped, and hosted monthly events for 80+ members | Organized a completely student-run stage production with a cast of 100 people | Handled technical aspects of the show such as budget, costumes, promotions, music, lighting, scheduling, etc. | Taught cultural workshops to the members ranging from history to food to identity

Spring 2012

External Representative Cal Poly Pomona Barkada Executive Board | Acted as a liaison between other collegiate cultural organizations | Engaged in monthly collaborations between organizations to discuss social issues | Facilitated workshops for yearly summit between Southern California colleges and universities

Technical Skills Autodesk +++++


Adobe +++ ++++ +++++ ++++ ++++

After Effects Illustrator Indesign Photoshop Premier

3d Modeling ++


Microsoft Office +++++

Word, Excel, Power Point

Model building +++++

Laser Cut

Areas of Interest Community Outreach, Travel, Videography


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The farnsworth house A miesian Marvel

The Farnsworth House, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is seen as one of the best representations of modern architecture throughout the country. The white steel and glass home floats above the landscape, and although it was designed for its current position, constant flooding forces a transformation of the site. By moving the house to the cornfield, the landscape is redesigned to mitigate flooding while creating new planting strategies that compliment the house every season. The new visitor center contrasts the house, but still alludes to it, and acts as the gateway into the new site. The new location of the house falls east of Rob Roy Creek. Conditions that create the original site were sought out for the new location. First, Fox River Drive acts like a barrier to the west of the house and helps create the bowl condition that Farnsworth sits in. In the same way, Rob Roy Creek acts as that new barrier and new topographic changes mimic the sense of enclosure. Keeping the house as close to the river as possible is of upmost importance in order to mimic the views of the original site. To highlight those views, the house is turned slightly to stay parallel to the river and, where the house is facing, the trees are less dense than other spaces. While the areas directly adjacent to the house resemble the original environment, the rest of the landscape is transformed to create difference experiences from a river walk to private spaces to lounging areas.


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Shifting ground Re-grading the cornfield is key to flood mitigation for the receiver site. Directly around the new site for Farnsworth, the original topography is transformed to create the bowl condition similar to the original site. The house sits at the 573 elevation, which still allows the landscape to flood without destroying the interior. The rest of the cornfield is graded into terraces that step down towards the river. These terraces provide a more controlled flood pattern while also breaking up the spaces for more specific programming. A large 50’ swale is incorporated into the landscape to catch runoff, clean the water, and redirect it into the Fox River. The swale itself does not slope, but instead acts as a series of pools divided by walls that catch water, fill, then spill into the next pool.




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Drifting seasons Majority of the original planting to the west of Rob Roy Creek is kept in order to preserve the integrity of feeling of the space. The new planting occurs in four main forms throughout the site – forest, seasonal planting, bioswale, and prairie. The shaping and designing of the planting takes the language from the Lanning Roper site and scales it up to create drifts along the landscape. The forested areas consist of ash trees, maples, and oaks similar to the original foresting west of the creek. Many of the spaces along the river are also preserved to keep the original foresting. The seasonal plantings occur in the majority of the drifts around the site. Each shape holds specific planting to a particular season and are organized to create a different feeling each season. Grass is used in areas that are more programmed, mostly on the terrace steps and directly around the Farnsworth. Four main trees surround the Farnsworth in its new location. The trees are in the same positions as the original site, however different species are used, each representing one of the seasons. The surrounding prairies allow 360 degree access to the house and make the space more programmable for events and large groups. Lastly, the large bioswale running throughout the site is planted to be help infiltrate more water into the soil and clean runoff as it moves down into the Fox River. 11






Planting Strategy Prairie Summer Garden Spring Garden Fall Garden Winter Garden

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Model of Visitor Center + Vegetation

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Floating Landscape The new proposal moves the house to a new location and recreates the landscape to mitigate flooding while creating new environments that change every season. Many elements directly surrounding the Farnsworth mimic the original site. Grading is transformed to recreate the enclosure around the house, which is emphasized even more so with the planting. Four trees to highlight each of the seasons frame the house and provide shade during the summer. The rest of the space is broken down into four major terraces that step towards the water. These levels help mitigate flood while also breaking up the spaces. Three different types of circulation are used throughout the site – elevated, ground level, and depressed – in order to create different user experiences. A river walk allows people to engage the river, while a smaller path runs through private spaces to sit and enjoy nature. Season planting is emphasized throughout the site to ensure the area creates a different feeling with each season.

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Te m p or a l Sa n ct ua ry Bobby Brooks Memorial Studio Luis Camacho_ARC Kimberly Colis_ARC Lorena Jauregui_ARC Lusine Yeghiazaryan_ARC Taylor Olson_LA Julianne Pineda_LA

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Temporal sanctuary

An ofrenda to the loss of identity Immigration has always been a major issue in the United States. Many people come here for the “American Dream” but find that it is only that, a dream. After coming here, many struggle with re-connecting with the culture they left behind as well as integrating into American culture. Backlash from the country also hurts immigrants as they are told they should be deported because they are “illegal,” although that may not always be true. Temporal Sanctuary acts as an ofrenda to the loss of identity, the loss of belonging, and the loss of self-worth. The site is the American Apparel factory located in downtown Los Angeles, which is the home of the activist group Legalize LA. Currently the factory is seen as a symbol of oppression relaying the idea of poor work conditions and below-minimum play. However, Temporal Sanctuary transforms that symbol of oppression into a symbol of progression in helping immigrants and bringing them out of the shadows and into the light. The overall goals of the ofrenda are to empower the immigrants through education, use production of foods and goods to recreate a sense of self-worth, and build a relationship and understanding with the outside community. The goals are achieved through six parts of the site that each have its own value, but intertwine and work together to build the overall community. Living Sanctuary, where the original factory stood, acts as a temporary communal housing for immigrants. The Gateway of Culture and Crescendo buildings act as learning facilities open to the outside community. A Piece of Sanctuary make up moveable market pods placed around the site. Convergent Communities and Cultivating Relationships transform the landscape into productive and educational spaces, and encourage interaction with the larger community.



Living Sanctuary Mourning the loss of home, identity, ownership, and belonging, This building is an ofrenda for those who are lost in this new land and for those who are in need of home. What used to be a place of oppression and vulnerability, is now a place of sanctuary and impregnability.

Gateway of Culture The exhibition space consists of temporary and permanent programs. These programs serve to educate visitors and the children of the immigrants about the struggles immigrants face leaving their homes behind, as well as, the cultural richness they bring with them. The community space provides a safe environment for children to play in and a relaxing gathering area for adults. Crescendo In a time where low income schools are losing the arts, this building becomes the altar for those activities to stay alive, as those activities can lead to lives away from gangs and violence. Additionally, the people have a second chance at defining who they will be.

A piece of sanctuary ‘A piece of sanctuary’ consists of a series of market pods, which enable immigrants and local residents to relate to one another. These pods feature merchandise created by immigrants, and produce grown on the land. Through the use of these pods, the site allows for a safe place for immigrants and outside vendors alike to sell their wares. Convergent Communities Within the sanctuary, a network of smaller spaces is created to build connections with both the land and each other. The users are moved through a grand procession of sanctuary, community, and empowerment.

Cultivating Relationships A space of contemplation and sustainable food production for the community; where permaculture principles are combined with the need for a private sanctuary.


Encompass The existing building is extended to create an enclosure to act as the major community space

Journey Movement through the sanctuary connecting the main gathering spaces

Growth The goal of the sanctuary is to help immigrants transition into the larger community

Health On-site food production gives access to fresh food for both those living in the sanctuary and those visiting

Safety A tree border surrounds the whole site to give a greater sense of safety

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Convergent Communities The goal of Convergent Communities is to create spaces for the immigrant community to engage with the outside community. In these spaces, immigrants will have the opportunity to build relationships with each other as well as people living in the larger community. The plaza encourages the idea of storytelling and is poised to bring groups together for that purpose. Sharing stories shares culture, dreams, and understanding between different groups of people. There are three major connecting elements: the welcome plaza, voyage, and storyteller’s court. The Welcome Plaza at the northern end of the site is the first threshold immigrants pass when entering. The plaza consists of rows of trees in a 20’ x 20’ grid to create an enclosed space. Changeable murals hang across these trees, changing the circulation pattern every time the exhibit changes. Closest to the building, the space opens up to allow for larger gathering, seeing as processional events will begin in this space. The main circulation path connects the welcome plaza to storyteller’s court, but more than that, it acts as a space on its own to host festivals, marathons, commemorations, etc. Cultural parades are a very popular way to celebrate different cultures. Even more so, this space can be used for social justice programs that will empower both those living on site and off site going through the same struggles. Storyteller’s court acts as the main community space for both the immigrants living on-site and those visiting the sanctuary. Depressed “rooms” act as the main seating spaces where people become enclosed in this “storytelling space.” It is through sharing stories that cultures and communities come together. Immigrants become more comfortable to transition into the larger community and visitors are able to better understand their situations.

The rooms depressed into the plaza act as smaller spaces for more intimate groups

Storytelling Platforms Different sizes of spaces allow for sharing through three different scales Large Groups Medium Groups Small Groups

Leading to the pavilion markets are large staircases to act as informal seating

The stage on the south side of the plaza acts as the largest space for talking to a crowd


Th e r e stor at iv e c it y

Reconnecting Beijing to the natural environment Zenan Guo_CPP_ARC Lorena Jauregui_CPP_ARC Eddy Solis_CPP_ARC Alan Hu_CPP_LA Julianne Pineda_CPP_LA Joseph Jamoralin_CPP_URP Arturo Ortuno_CPP_URP Mutsawashe Chipfumbu_NCUT_ARC Cyndi Feris_NCUT_ARC Vanessa Lin_NCUT_ARC Umurinzi Serge_NCUT_ARC Mary Wang_NCUT_ARC Cinnamon Zhang_NCUT_ARC


The restorative city 城市的新生 Env china study abroad program

Shichahai is a historic area north of central Beijing. The Restorative City transforms Shichahai and the surrounding areas into a network of green spaces that support personal and community health, sustenance, social gathering, memory and storytelling, and emotional reattachment to the natural environment. This network accommodates both tourists and local residents in order to foster intercultural understanding and common ground. Key spaces help tourists understand local culture, while the majority of sites are reserved for locals to seek refuge, nourishment, and to be nourished by the plants and other elements that provide restorative connections to the natural world. Personal spaces transition to a large-scale communal space that is organized around Beijing’s central axis, effectively linking and restoring Chinese traditions that define this historic city. The three goals to accomplish this task are as follows: 1. Enhance the hutong area’s cultural identity by creating diverse gathering spaces that combine natural and human elements 2. Develop views and vantage points as way finding elements to bridge the connection from the hutongs to the central axis and drum and bell towers 3. Accommodate different users’ needs and preferences by creating experiences that support tourism development while also giving local residents much-desired personal and community space


Population growth is a major factor of Beijing and China in general. In the last decade, there has been a 44% population boom and Beijing is estimated to reach 50 million people by 2050. Overpopulation has created three major urban challenges: energy use, air pollution, and traffic congestion. These issues are only the beginning of Beijing’s problems.

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In addition to the increase of urban challenges, lack of green space is a continuing issue in Beijing. Beijing falls short of the amount of green space per capita when compared to other cities. The leading city is Singapore with 66 square meters per capita. Beijing has 90% less green space per capital with its 6 square meters. Beijing is working towards increasing this number and moving towards a more green initiative, however there is still a long way to go.

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The Central Axis Beijing is organized around a central axis that runs north to south with the Forbidden City standing in the middle. It was built by the emperor of the Jin dynasty and has constantly grown from there. It stands as a reminder to the people of the emperor at the center and, today, acts as a symbol of Beijing. Along the west side of the axis are many bodies of water that are utilized for the people. At the very bottom is the Southern Sea, and moving north is the Middle Sea and Northern Sea. Running along Gulou W Street is Houhai Lake - a very common tourist spot - and to the very north is the Xihai Sea. There are two major green spaces around this northern part of axis. Beihai Park and Jingshan Park act as the major recreational spaces for the public to enjoy.

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Yuan Dynasty 1271-1368

Ming Dynasty 1368-1644

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A network of green spaces Based off the site analysis, the design strategy is to use the existing parks and landmarks to create a network of green spaces. This network consists of two main new elements: 1. A large park built over the main axis, called “The Garden Above” and 2. Redesigned pocket parks within the hutong areas to be used by both locals and tourists. The Garden Above will act not only as a connection between Jingshan Park and the Drum and Bell Towers, but as a place itself where people can come to relax and get the experience of a large park within the city. The park also adds to the existing green spaces of this area of the city, really making this section of the axis a “green lung” for Beijing. In the same way, by building the park above the axis, we allow for a new possibility of traffic flow in the area, drawing more pedestrians towards the center axis. The pocket parks are to be integrated into the new hutong blocks. The redesign of the hutongs allow for that courtyard style housing to come back, while still accommodating for population growth. By taking advantage of the new open space, we can create series of pocket parks that can be used by the community as well as highlight this network of green spaces.

The Garden Above

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The garden above The Garden Above acts as the central, linear, “green lung” of the Restorative City. Located above the central axis, the garden runs from the Drum Tower along Di’anmen Inner street to Jingshan Back street, stopping right before the Taoist temple north of Jingshan Park. It sits 6.4m (21ft) above the street and follows the width of the street below. The organization of the park moves from active to passive as one moves from north to south. Drum and Bell Towers, Shichahai, and the Lakes surrounding the northern area of the park determine it as a more active area of the park including more open plazas and stage areas to draw crowds and encourage physical recreation. Moving down the park, the surroundings become more residential, finally ending at a Taoist Temple. The Garden Above mimics the same solemn feelings from the area by including more garden spaces and strolling paths to better mental health. Three gateways mark the areas of the Garden Above based on the three wise men Fu, Lu, and Shou. Fu representing good fortune is located closest to the Drum and Bell Towers. Lu representing wealth is located in the middle adjacent to Shichahai. Shou representing longevity is closest to the Taoist Temple. The gateways can be used by both pedestrians and bicyclists to get onto their individual sections of the axis. The movement of these two pathways is broken down by three typologies: straight, wave, and cross.

Render by Cinnamon Zhang

Healing Garden Hospital Connection

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The pocket parks within the hutongs act as nodes of the overall network. After conducting interviews throughout Shichahai, it was revealed that the idea of privacy is a large concern of the residents. Based on this and other observations of recreation, four typologies of pocket parks were created to accommodate for the issue. The typologies are organized by level of privacy and placement, where the parks closest to the axis are more public while parks further away are only for the residents. The four typologies are opera and music, taichi and exercise, natural elements, and community gardens, planned from most public to most private in this order.

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Through Hardship and Love In between the site analysis and design studios, we took time to travel throughout China. In Beijing we visited major sites such as the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Tower of Heaven, and the Summer Palace. We also traveled outside to southern China and visited Suzhou, Shanghai, and Xian. The conclusion of our trip was taking a seven-hour hike up Huashan, sleeping at the mountaintop, and getting up early to watch the sunrise. The built frame above is a composition of my sketch and photographs taken from the top of the west peak right before the sunset. I wanted to capture the small love locks along the railing against the grand scale of the mountain.


The Forbidden City

Temple of Heaven


Humble Administrator’s Garden

The Summer Palace


A fulfilling journey The interdisciplinary ENV China Program strengthened my sketching, diagramming, and layout organizational skills. But most importantly, my team management and organization skills were further developed. Working on a larger scale of 13 people with mixed disciplines and mixed languages, we were forced to change how to communicate with each other. Arguments arose here and there, mainly because of a lack of understanding between disciplines. However, once we discussed the issues, I gained more of an understanding of the other majors.



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Julianne Pineda Landscape Architecture Portfolio 2016