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Leah Erickson // Work Samples 206.919.1258 2200 34th Ave S Seattle, WA 98144

Work Samples // 2009-2012 [1.1] Urban Scale Analysis + Infrastructure strategy [1.2] Urban Design + Ecological Remediation [2.1]


[3.1] [3.2]

Urban History Analysis + Site Scale Design Design Resolution + Spatial Definition

[4.1] Technical Work : Planted Form [4.2] Technical Work : Site Assembly [5]


[cover] travel sketch, Villa D’Este, Italy

[1.1] Staten

Island // Urban Scale Analysis + Infrastructure Strategy

This project addresses issues of contamination and community interaction with the industrial and cultural heritage of the north shore of Staten Island. An urban scale strategy identifies sites for soil remediation and streets to acommodate water quality improvement. Site scale design integrated ecological improvements with greater community access to an existing historic landscape.

The isolated North shore of Staten Island

Freeway System

Park System + site


Watersheds included in Current water quality improvement program

CSO locations

Barriers limit access to waterfront and cultural amenities such as Sailor’s Snug Harbor [above image + oulined on map]

PROPOSED North Shore Strategy: Ecological Remediation Network + New Community Green Spaces


Staten Island // Urban Design + Ecological Remdediation

CHARTING NEW ROUTES access points NEW access points green connections reduced fenced area

PUNCTURING THE HULL Key gateways conducting Water floating treatment wetlands local + restored watershed

Section Cut Existing CSO Locations Proposed Floating Treatment Wetlands Proposed Restored Stream Corridor

Inhabitable Floating Treatment Wetlands

Regraded Shore along Railroad R.o.w.

Richmond Terrace [existing 4 lane rd + proposed median]

Sailor’s Snug Harbor Historic Entry

[2.1] New

Orleans // Concept Exploration + Site scale design

Research into capillary tube technologies inspired structures to raise and move water out of flooded areas, clean first flush of rain fall, and create an engaging and didactic campus landscape. Cleaner discharge to Lake Pontchartrain improves imperiled lacustrine ecosystem

lake pontchartrain

University of New ORleans: Site Analysis

london ave canal

UNO campus canal + lake shore levy flooded areas

campus parking lots Existing Conditions

campus green swaths

concept Testing: Retention time in Capillary tubes vs. evaporation in Varied Substrate

first flush diversion | Treatment + Infiltration | Discharge

STRUCTURE + FORM EXPLORATION: Stair Structure, canopy structure, and path framing device

Initial filtration | Sediment settling | Water Aeration | Phyto-Treatment |


water treatment

Secondary Treatment + Infiltration

capillary tubes in structure

infiltration + Evapotranspiration

[3.1] Charlotesville

// Urban History Analysis + Site scale design

Creation of community spaces and new connections to downtown business corridor in a neighborhood cut off from its surroundings since the urban renewal program destroyed many residential and business structures in the mid-1960s

Urban Fabric Pre-Urban renwal contrasted to existing structures

Existing Conditions: steep bowl topography + large voids

Diagramming Former spatial Scale + Alignments

Sketching new Connections + Space framing

Re-insertion of Old Road + Grade Manipulations

Definition of space designed to acommodate activities of different scales that may occur or overlap at daily, weekly, monthly, or annually

[3.2] Charlotesville

// Design Resolution + Spatial Definition

Parking lot reclaimed as a multi-use community space, architecture and texture of canopy define allees and bosques, each with unique spatial qualities

L. styraciflua

A. rubrum

Pistacia sp.

N. sylvatica

C. alba

Q. phellos

C. florida

C. occidentalis I. virginica

P. achrostichoides

Micro-topography of terraces + feathered stairs contrast to planted form, emphasizing sightlines and creating specific nodes for gathering




[4.1] Technical

Work // Grading & Site Assembly

Design for a parking lot in introductory technical course, from conceptual phase to grading, materials, and construction details

Material + Textural + construction Inspiration

24” Seat wall Running bond, troweled mortar

6” Cut greenstone wheel stop Concrete base Compacted subgrade

4” Square granite cobbles, mortarless Gravel pave system

Type Iv Brick, class SX Mortar setting bed

Min. 4” concrete base #5 Slate Chip drainage reservoir Drain pipe to wetlands Uncompacted subgrade


Compacted subbase Compacted subgrade

Gravel drainage reservoir

[4.2] Technical

Work // Planted Form

This course explored a 9 acre plot adjacent to a an elementary school, including forest, field, and stream ecotones. The planted form capitalizes on experiences of color, texture, and seasonality, and is driven by notions of exploration and discovery. Each area is hence named for an episode of the radio mystery drama “The Shadow Knows.� Character defining Plant Selections for Three areas

The Green Box + The Romanoff Jewels Upland forest: (existing mixed deciduous forest), P. occidentalis, C. canadensis, P. achrostichoides

The Yellow Band Steep bank: B. nigra, H. virginiana, H. x intermedia, C. kousa, L. benzoin, L. strychnifolia, L. obtusiloba, I. glabra, A. felix-femina, P. achrostichoides

The Blur

N Plan Detail including (top to bottom): The Green Box + The Romanoff Jewels, The Yellow Band, and The Blur

Stream floodplain: A. griseum, I. verticillata, L. cardinalis, A. felix-femina, O. cinnamomea, A. incarnata, T. palustris


\\ Leah Erickson \ \ 206.919.1258

Education University of Virginia Masters of Landscape Architecture Spring 2012

University of Southern California Bachelor of Arts Art History and French Spring 2004, Magna Cum Laude

Continuing Education University of Washington Extension Certificate in Environmental Law and Regulation Fall 2008 – Spring 2009

University of Washington, Seminar + Charette, Summer 2010

Bellevue College Northwest Native Plant ID, Spring 2008

University of Virginia, (Vicenza, Italy) Intensive drawing program, Summer 2011

Experience January 2012

Mithun, Seattle, WA Intern Researched and compiled data and images for a plant palette, participated in early stages of the Urban Intervention competition for Seattle Center, shadowed meetings for several projects each at a different stage of the design process

January 2011

Lorna Jordan Studio, Seattle, WA Intern Supported research and created diagrams for conceptual design phase of Central Park project in Madison, WI

June - August 2010

Point32, Seattle, WA Intern Created comprehensive site analysis for Pratt Fine Arts Center Campus redesign, including urban design precedents and recommendations, and conceptual design strategies.

January 2010

Swift Company, Seattle, WA Intern Researched and presented background information for three RFQs and compiled research binder for a pending urban design project. Documented construction progress of a largescale project. Researched and recommended plants species for a green-roof project. Attended client meeting and materials presentation. Assisted with documentation updates for a master planning process.

May 2008 - June 2009

Seattle Parks Foundation, Seattle, WA Office Manager and Executive Assistant Managed organizational and administrative operations in support of Executive Director and Board of Directors. Supported projects for communications team, bench and tree program, and development team. Assessed procedures and instituted improvements within the context of larger goals of the organization.

December 2006 - May 2008

Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, WA Registrar Managed database, research files, art acquisition process and storage organization for high volume of installation projects in a collection of 4500+ art objects. Managed the collection’s image-use copyrights for online and print publications, and acted as liaison for all graphic design projects. Wrote didactic text to accompany art installations throughout Microsoft campus buildings.

June 2004 - December 2006

Foster/White Gallery, Seattle, WA Public Relations Manager; Exhibition Coordinator; Sales Associate Wrote and distributed press materials for monthly exhibitions. Designed and installed exhibitions; engaged clients and coordinated sales and shipping. Self-generated projects to create organizational structure and ameliorate gallery operation.

Volunteer/Service January - June 2012

March 2010 - March 2011

September 2009 - Present

July 2008 + July 2009

March 2008 - May 2009

Freedom by Design, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA Graduate Advisor Advised undergraduate architecture student group for landscape component of local design-build project. Collaborated on design concept for garden and benches; designed, coordinated, and implemented planting for the proposed healing garden for the UVA medical center hospitality house, Student Association of Landscape Architects, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA President Nominated president of the student organization for graduate landscape architecture students, responsible for organizing: lectures, professional development activities, and extracurricular events. Act as liaison to the State of Virginia chapter of the ASLA. Graduate Architects and Landscape Architects, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA Representative, 3rd year landscape architecture cohort Nominated as representative to interdisciplinary group responsible for social events for all graduate level students in the school of architecture. Nature Consortium at Yesler Community Center, Seattle, WA Volunteer Teacher Assistant Assisted instructors in engaging youth ages 6 - 16 in environmental learning through art projects, at free, drop-in, after-school classes for the neighborhood’s underserved youth. Pelican Tea P-Patch, Seattle, WA Site Coordinator Coordinated meetings, prioritized and implemented site improvements and organized work parties for communally gardened P-Patch site. Established participation in Lettuce Link food donation program. Partnered with neighboring business to purchase and install a city-subsidized rain barrel to mitigate their storm water runoff and create sustainable water usage for the garden.

Research / Writing June 2009

Urban Agriculture in Seattle: Policy and Barriers Collaborative research paper produced for Seattle Department of Neighborhoods and Seattle Department of Planning and Development as final deliverable of UW Certificate program in Environmental Law and Regulation. Published widely online for urban agriculture policy recommendations.

May 2011

Troubled Waters: restoration of urban coastal marshland in the NY/NJ harbor Case study of a string of failed Spartina alterniflora marshes along the Arthur Kill in New York. This paper dissects the causes of failure of the three marshes, exploring both pollution and hydrodynamic forces, and in turn explores the possible adaptation of current Floating Treatment Wetlands as a possible restoration solution. Research done as independent study with Professor Julie Bargmann, paper presented to a 5500 level Restoration Ecology Class at the University of Virginia.

December 2012

Lessons for Resilience: climate change and urban ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest Review of scientific literature on climate change predictions for the Pacific Northwest and studies of the functional and structural characteristics of Pacific Northwest regional ecosystems. This paper explores the possible spatial and ecological impacts within Seattle’s urban forests, suggesting prioritization for maintenance, restoration, and longrange planning. Research done as independent study with Professor Kristina Hill

Technical Skills Adobe Creative Suite Auto CAD Arc GIS Rhinot Fluent in French

Microsoft Office Suite Sharepoint Raiser’s Edge Outlook

Erickson - LAR Portfolio - 2012  

Landscape Architecture work samples and resume for Leah Erickson, MLA Graduate, University of Virginia, 2012

Erickson - LAR Portfolio - 2012  

Landscape Architecture work samples and resume for Leah Erickson, MLA Graduate, University of Virginia, 2012