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Kyle Sitzman


Design Ethos

My interest in sustainable community design was founded during my undergraduate studies where I gained a deep appreciation for the spatial relationships between society and ecology. Since beginning my landscape architecture studies, I have strived to incorporate ecological principles into community design throughout my studio projects and extracurricular activities. I hope to contribute my techinical skills to a collaborative design team which takes on a broad range of projects with a multi-disciplinary approach. Thank you for your consideration,

Kyle Sitzman - LEED GA Contact kas 544@cornell.edu 845-239-9645 www.linkedin.com/in/kyle-sitzman/

Education

Helping a high school student with his concept design for a green roof

Master of Landscape Architecture: Community Design, GPA: 3.67 Cornell University - University Olmsted Scholar Award

5/17

Bachelor of Science, Geography: Urban and Regional Planning, Cum Laude GPA: 3.67 State University of New York College at Oneonta - Dr. Martha L. Corry Scholarship for Excellence in Geography

12/12

Student Activities Chair Design Teach - Prepared high school students with skills needed to pursue higher education in landscape architecture

1/16-5/17

Treasurer Design Connect - Managed a student-led, community design organization’s funds - Created and maintained project teams’ budgets

7/15-12/16

Project Manager Design Connect - Led a multi-disciplinary team through the participatory design process of a community library landscaping plan

8/15-12/15


Professional Experience 8/16-12/16 Landscape Architecture Teaching Assistant Cornell University - Guided B.L.A. 2017 candidates through a climate adaptive design studio - Coordinated stakeholder meetings with politicians, landowners, and designers Landscape Architecture Intern 6/16-8/16 Smithsonian Gardens - Produced drawings used for landscape improvements - Participated in multi-disciplinary construction administration meetings - Created and updated planting plans to museum gardens Student Arborist Student Weekend Arborist Team - Identified the species, diagnosed health, measured size, and documented location of street trees in the public right-of-way in upstate New York communities

9/15

Environmental Education Intern Cornell Botanic Gardens - Developed lessons on environmental health issues and landscape design

6/15-8/15

Planning Intern Otsego County Planning Department - Analyzed the impacts of alternative energy development on existing infrastructure

9/11-12/11

Volunteer Activities Environmental Education Volunteer Cornell Botanic Gardens

9/15-10/15

Skills Auto CAD; Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign; Rhino3D Urban Design; Conservation Planning; Public Speaking; Site Analysis, Community Outreach; Site Grading; Environmental Impact Assessment, Woody and Herbaceous Plant Selection

Hudson River annual tidal fluctuation and area of tidal wetlands


Redesign public boat launch

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Redesign Henry Hudson Park

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Improve multi-modal transit

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Convert spur rail to light rail

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Develop mixed use district

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Build new Public Boat Launch

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Elevate Railroad 18’

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Build nature trail and nature center

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Elevate Highway out of floodplain Site Plan 2080 Wooded Wetland Sumberged Wetland Elevated Boardwalk Wetland Road Open Water 2016 Shoreline 0

Hudson Rising Spring 2016 Studio - Josh Cerra City of Hudson, New York

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200’

400’

- Prepare the people and landscape of Hudson for climate change through climate adaptive design (Credit: Plan- Collaborated with S. Hirsch and A. Sturm)


2016

Sea-level Rise

Inundated Mean High High Tide

2050

2025

Phase 1: Present-2024

10 Year Flood Plain

Climate Adaptive Strategies

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Phase 2: 2026-2049

Phase 3: 2050-2079

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Elevating Circulation Resilient Planting Wetland Migrations Increase Shade Wet Floodproofing Buildings Retreat

- Connect the site ecologically, socially, and economically - Complete project phases before they are affected by climate change and sea-level rise - (Credit: Clip art created by A. Sturm)

2080

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Redesign public boat launch

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Redesign Henry Hudson Park

- Maintain current uses of boat launch and public park - Ecologically prepare the site for future conditions and make climate adaptive design legible to the general public (Credit: Plan- Collaborated with Sara Hirsch and Alice Sturm)


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- Install a system of permeable pavers on the boat launch which are selectively removed as sea-level rises - Soften a rip-rap shoreline and build an boardwalk which will promote wetland migration below it (Credit: Collaborated with Alice Sturm on model; Perspectives done by Alice Sturm)

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C


Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian Summer 2016 Internship - Smithsonian Gardens Washington, District of Columbia

- Replace an existing, off the shelf bamboo fence with a custom fence which uses materials from native plants


Willow Fence National Museum of the American Indian

Entry Plaza

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12.5’

25’

- Curvilinear form of fence inspired by geometry of building and water feature - Locust posts chosen for rot resistance; Willow chosen for malleability (Credit: AutoCAD linework of site plan and wall elevation provided by Smithsonian Gardens, Fence Design and Rendering done by K. SItzman)

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- 382 Acres of LID added - 350,000 lbs/yr - 7,000 lbs/year reduction of pesticide use - 78,000,000 gal increase water capacity - 5,500 cu ft/sec flooding capacity - Canal could handle a 50 year flood event

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Courtyard Summer 2016 Internship - Smithsonian Gardens Washington, District of Columbia

- Tulip display for Embassy of the Netherlands (Credit: Photo by Marisa Scalera, RLA)


- Renderings and plan created to solicit funds from Embassy of the Netherlands - Tulipa ‘Orange Queen’ was selected to represent the National Color of the Netherlands


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375’

750’

1,500’

Careful Conveyance

Spring 2017 Competition - Make the Ala Wai Awesome Honolulu, Hawaii

- Watershed planning for the Ala Wai Canal (Credit: Perspective created by Genki Takahashi)


Reduce Input - 250’ buffer zone: new construction must be LID 382 Acres of LID added - 500’ buffer zone: ban use of organic chemicals 7,000 lbs/year reduction of pesticide use

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Increase Capacity - Create series of pools and check dam 78,000,000 gallon increase in water capacity*

Flow Control Storm gates will open in flood events

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Treatment Large filtration system in void space below highway Infiltration Green infrastructure in the low-lying areas of the golf course

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Education A public school and library are at the interface of the existing canal and proposed canal. This area will feature green infrastructure practices, and will have educational elements about the Ala Wai watershed and the project.

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Extension Canal infrastructure will be constructed below streets Recreation The canal will daylight near an existing events venue on parkland, and become an attractive feature.

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- Currently, water rapidly drains from watershed into canal, then is trapped in stagnation - Concept aims to promote healthy flow of water through watershed planning and infrastructural improvements


Village of Lodi Library Landscape Plan Fall 2015 Student Organization - Design Connect Lodi, New York

- Client-based community design project

(Credit: Site plan provided by Village of Lodi Library))


Key

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Botanic Name

Common Name

Size

AC

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Acer saccharum

Sugar Maple

1”-3”

CO

1

Carya ovata

Shagbark Hickory

1”-3”

CSp

1

Catalpa speciosa

Indian Bean

1”-3”

CC

2

Cercis canadensis

Eastern Red Bud

1”-3”

CA

2

Cornus alba

Red Twig Dogwood

3

CF

24

Cornus florida

Flowering Dogwood

3

HQ

3

Hydrangea quercifolia

Oakleaf Hydrangea

3

JS

30

Juniperus procumbens

Creeping Juniper

3

MD

1

Malus domestica ‘Jonafree’

Jonafree Apple Tree

1”-3”

QB

1

Quercus bicolor

Swamp White Oak

1”-3”

SP

34

Salix purpurea ‘Nana’

Blue Arctic Willow

3

TA

1

Tilia americana

Basswood

1”-3”

TO

5

Thuja occidentalis

Eastern Arborvitae

1”-3”

VL

9

Viburnum lentago

Nannyberry Viburnum

3

Soil Sample

Texture

pH

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Fill Dirt from Library Site

Loam

7.8

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Woodland at rear of lot

Silt

8.0

3

Lot across Orchard Street

Silt Loam

7.6

4

Community Garden

Sandy Loam

7.8

- Project manager of an inter-disciplinary group of students who conducted comminuty outreach to inform the design - Project is expected to be installed in spring 2017 after completion of the building


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Broadway: The Element of New York Fall 2015 Studio - Peter Trowbridge New York, New York

- Creating pedestrian space along Broadway (Credit: Site plan provided by Village of Lodi Library))


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- Convert a temporart pedestrian plaza to a permant urban space - Construct planters whose form is inspired by adjacent Flat Iron building

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Kyle Sitzman Landscape Architecture Porfolio  

Selected works from my Cornell University MLA, Smithsonian Gardens Landscape Architecture internship, Cornell University student organizatio...

Kyle Sitzman Landscape Architecture Porfolio  

Selected works from my Cornell University MLA, Smithsonian Gardens Landscape Architecture internship, Cornell University student organizatio...

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