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katherine boucek landscape architecture portfolio


EDUCATION: THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENT + DESIGN Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Certificate in Sustainability Overall GPA: 3.7/4.0 Academic Distinction: HOPE Scholarship Recipient, Dean’s List (4 Semesters)

ATHENS, GA August 2018

RELEVANT COURSEWORK + SKILLS: Beneficial Courses: Sustainable Building Design, Issues and Practices of Sustainable Design, Interdisciplinary Sustainability Seminar, Advanced Digital Workflows Computer Programs and Applications:

AutoCAD 2016

Adobe Illustrator 2017

Microsoft Office 2013

ArcGIS

Adobe Photoshop 2017

SketchUp 2016

Adobe InDesign 2017

AutoCAD Civil 3D 2016

RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE: LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE INTERN, Norris Design

Denver, Colorado

- Actively participated in all phases of design for various commercial, residential, and public projects May 2017-August 2017 - Efficiently ensured client satisfaction by attending client meetings and construction administration site visits

ASSISTANT FARMHAND, La Buena Vida Organic Coffee Farm - Progressively collaborated with farm owners to implement organic fertilizer and pesticide use - Responsibly maintained organic community garden and exotic fruit orchard

Captain Cook, Hawaii June 2015 - August 2015

PUBLIC RELATIONS WORK EXPERIENCE: PEER TUTOR, UGA Rankin-Smith Student Athlete Academic Center

Athens, Georgia

Katherine Boucek, LEED GA

- Diligently reinforced LAND class material to one student while gauging for comprehension August 2016 - September 2017 - Thoughtfully incorporated straightforward examples and language to convey complex topics and ideas

katherine.boucek@uga.edu (678)-381-4121 (c)

- Effectively articulated the principles of swimming to children between 3-15 years of age May 2012-July 2016 - Concisely comppsed weekly e-mails facilitating all communication between team parents and coaching staff

ASSISTANT HEAD SWIM COACH, Brookfield Country Club NEURODEVELOPMENTAL THERAPY CENTER INTERN, Jacob’s Ladder School

Roswell, Georgia Roswell, Georgia

- Enthusiastically planned guided classroom activities to complement relevant lesson material January 2014-May 2014 - Meaningfully contributed to the planning of Art in the Park, the school’s largest fundraising event of the year

I’m such a ‘Look at the moon!’ type of person.

CAMPUS + COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR, Georgia Students of Landscape Architecture HEAD EVENT COORDINATOR, United States Green Building Council Students of UGA COMMUNITY PARTNER, Athens PB&J SMALL GROUP PARTICIPANT, RUF at UGA

Athens, Georgia Athens, Georgia Athens, Georgia Athens, Georgia

PERSONAL INTERESTS: Environmental Restoration + Design Urban Agriculture Sustainability

Journaling Recipe Development Travelling


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Orchards at Oglethorpe

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Oconee County High School Oconee River Greenway

Denver, Colorado: Three months living and working in a region with one native tree and an incredibly limited planting palette taught me the beauty of simplicity and thoughtfulness in design. Perhaps the need to utilize plant materials that would simply survive in Colorado’s harsh climatic conditions evoked my practical side, and ultimately taught me that any well conceived design can be beautiful -- if it is not implementable in the region, however, it will never be functional and therefore never successful.

Atlanta, Georgia Truly, home. Growing up, I mistakenly viewed urban areas as cold and unpleasant, oftentimes lacking character. Living in Atlanta taught me how wrong I was - that when the spirit and history of a place is honored through design, community is realized. Atlanta as a whole is evidence that urban spaces are areas of immense opportunity, and effective urban design is transformative of the lives of community members from all walks of life.

The Big Island, Hawaii Living in a three-sided tent on a densely jungled island hillside in the middle of one of the hottest summers on record was easily as far out of my comfort zone as I have ever been, yet I have never held a deeper respect for a place than I did Hawaii. Learning to cultivate for the sake of sustaining a community with healthy food taught me to work with the land and not against it, as it provides us all with all we need. The same is true of designing the natural environment; true success is acheived when we mimic natural conditions as closely as possible and honor the Earth in its truest form.


NPU-G: Atlanta, Georgia

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Esri, DeLorme, GEBCO, NOAA NGDC, and other contributors

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Esri, DeLorme, GEBCO, NOAA NGDC, and other contributors

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Design Problem: NPU-G is an underserved neighborhood planning unit located in Fulton County in Atlanta, Georgia. Comprised of twelve neighborhoods, each with its own unique sets of challenges and opportunities for redevelopment, the community as a whole has experienced years of disinvestment and required an updated plan for sustainable community development. The studio class partnered with the Georgia Conservancy to address challenges to the area while capitalizing on its underutilized opportunities to create a plan for redevelopment.

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Design Solution: The idea of sustainable redevelopment was addressed at the neighborhood, NPU, and site scale with the following goals for the community in mind:

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Strategies for Urban Redevelopment and Urban Agriculture Implementation in the heart of Atlanta, Georgia

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Enhancement of pedestrian connectivity is achieved through a proposed multi-use greenway bordering the Chattahoochee River.

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A typical streetscape implemented consistently throughout the NPU helps to promote both pedestrian and vehicular connectivity, as well as inclusivity amongst NPU residents. This also works to give a stronger sense of place to the community and define it within the broader fabric of urban Atlanta as a whole.

Urban gardens located in every neighborhood work to alleviate hunger and promote a healthy lifestyle for NPU residents.


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Site Suitability Analysis

Alternative Design Concepts

A: West Highlands Urban Farm B: Carey Park Urban Garden


Existing NW Atlanta Charter School

Wildflower Meadow Student Trial Garden

Existing Park

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Site Enlargement Scale: 1”=10’

Farm-to-Table Marketplace

Brewery + Hops Garden

Fruit and Nut Tree Orchard

Site A: West Highlands Urban Farm Master Plan Scale: 1”=100’


Existing Urban Agriculture in Atlanta: Under Mayor Kasim Reed, an urban agriculture program aimed at providing healthy food within a half-mile to 75% of all Atlanta residents by 2020 was implemented in 2016. AgLanta Grows-A-Lot grants 5-year renewable licenses to individuals or groups for maintaining an urban garden or an urban fam on vacant, city-owned property. 2017 was the program’s pilot year, and currently there are three pre-identified urban garden sites and one urban farm site available for adoption. Several others, including an Urban Food Forest at Browns Mill, are already bustling community hubs. Though the success of the program is already evident in increased community engagement with urban agriculture, access to land is currently what is preventing the program from expanding further.

Goals of Site Specific Design: 1. Foster community by promoting a shared goal 2. Support the existing AgLanta program by identifying one additional urban farm and urban garden site 3. Provide a framework through suitability analysis to easily locate additional feasible farm and garden sites as the need for them reveals itself

Alternative Design Concepts


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Playground

Native GA Plant Walk

Utility Shed Existing Multi-family Residential Wildflower Meadow Herbal Medicine Garden Vegetable Garden

Produce Distribution Boxes Gazebo Parking

Fruit and Nut Tree Orchard

Children’s Trial Garden Community Garden Plots Entry Signage

Site B: Carey Park Urban Garden Master Plan Scale: 1”=40’


Ta n g l e w o o d Brier: A study of plant form, texture, color, and seasonal habit to inform entry design in Denver, Colorado

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Design Problem: Plant attributes, namely form, texture, color, and seasonal attributes worked to support established neighborhood theming to create a cohesive entry planting design.

Design Solution: To highlight neighborhood signage, soft plant forms with bright seasonal color are specified. Fine textures are placed in front of the signage with coarse textures anchoring the sign to the landscape on the ends. Plantings are grouped repetitively to mimic the form of a unified, tangled brier. Plant choices are made with Denver’s hardiness zone in mind.

Master Plan Linework Hand-drafted in pen, rendered in Adobe Photoshop


Winterberry Holly

Sedum Cauticola

Gibralter Bush Clover

Autumn Blaze Red Maple

Goldenrain Tree

Autumn Glow Muhly Grass

Tempelhof Hinoki False Cypress

Sulphureum Fairy Wings

Southern Magnolia

Planting Plan Produced and labeled in AutoCAD

Section View of Neighborhood Entry from Road Rendered in Adobe Photoshop


Orchards at Oglethorpe: Large-scale residential planning +design project located on a 3.8 acre lot in Athens, Georgia. An investigation of density and low impact development in urban infill housing projects, agrihood design, and the benefits of sustainable edible landscaping within communities. Design Problem: This abandoned 3.8 acre lot is located in a residential neighborhood adjacent to a community park and low density commercial shopping areas. The goal of this project was to create a new community within the existing cultural fabric of Athens, Georgia. Design Solution: Study of effective agrihood design in the nearby Serenbe community of Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia informed programming elements of this community design that respond to a need for sustainable, independent food production. The Orchards at Oglethorpe offers a modern take on a mixed-use development, and brings a farm-to-table lifestyle option to Athens’ predominantly urban framework while paying homage to Athens’ pastoral history.

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Edible bioswale plantings of blueberries, lavender, rainbow chard, and rosemary encourage foraging and self-sufficient food production within the agrihood.

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View of the elevated boardwalk walkway made out of reclaimed wood, shaded seating area, pond accessibility, and surrounding native plantings. This space creates an escape on the edge of the community where nature is accessible.


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Native GA Buffer Plantings

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Clover Street

Outdoor Kitchen

Sunset Drive

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Fruit Tree Orchard

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Illustrative Agrihood Master Plan Scale: 1”=30’


Oconee County High School: Client-driven service learning project + campus planting design. A study of both the impact of entryway design on approach as well as the importance of unifying multiple areas of the same site to achieve a sense of place unique to the space. Design Problem: A prominent high school wants the landscape design of each campus entryway to reflect the hard work, success, and stature within the community of both its faculty and students. Design Solution: Drought tolerant, native plant materials create feelings associated with rooms in traditional southern homes to create welcoming and calming spaces throughout the OCHS campus. Minimal hardscape improvements and the ability to phase design instalation adhere to tight budgetary restraints. This design was voted most successful by a panel of local landscape architects and school administrators for its welcoming nature.

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A sculpture garden softens the harshness of the bus lane and student entry

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Modernized community entry signage

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Welcoming main entry view from road

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Oconee River Greenway: Public greenspace planning + design. A natural extension of the North Oconee River Greenway trail system celebrating local artisan culture, recreational outdoor activity, and a slower quality of life with ample time to appreciate, reflect, and create.

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Design Problem: Currently, the North Oconee River Greenway ends just as Athens begins, which severs pedestrian connectivity to the existing greenway. This greenway extension thoughtfully and sustainably connects the urban framework of Athens to the existing greenway.

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Design Solution: This greenway extension is a sustainable connectivity solution as it requires minimal grading, and native plants are proposed. Alternative modes of transport are encouraged with both bike and walking paths. Local artisan culture is supported through rotating art exhibits and various sculpture gardens, and interaction with nature is encouraged through river access and educational signage.

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Wildflower Meadow Kayak Launch Point

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Pedestrian Bridge to Existing Greenway

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A sculpture garden with climbing rocks, study spaces, a calming water feature, and native plantings encourages rest, relaxation, and contemplation.

Parking Facilities + Food Truck Area

2 Native GA Piedmont Plantings

Rotating Local Artist Sculpture Exhibit

Illustrative Greenway Master Plan Scale: 1”=100’

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A multi-use trail brushes the river’s edge to create a scenic recreational environment while celebrating and preserving Georgia’s native plantscapes.


katherine boucek

Katherine Boucek Landscape Architecture Portfolio 2018  

Additional works from my time at the University of Georgia in their Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program

Katherine Boucek Landscape Architecture Portfolio 2018  

Additional works from my time at the University of Georgia in their Bachelor of Landscape Architecture program

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