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imagine megan shewell, associate asla university of maryland, bla


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Looking back on my life I now realize I’ve been a designer since my childhood, without even knowing it. I built Lego contraptions spanning my entire room, playhouses using pillow cushions and blankets, and tree forts using found items in the woods behind my house. Every day. I simply used my imagination to create with the resources available to me.

Designing gives me the opportunity to imagine and create every day, which I now realize was a childhood dream. Now, it is my dream to make a positive impact on people and our environment simply by using my imagination. Here, you will see some of what I have imagined.


contrive you dream world. to connect people to place.


greenway prince george’s county, md washington, dc


A greenway connecting Naylor Road Metro station to National Harbor through D.C. and Prince George’s County. The Oxon Run Greenway will better connect people to their surroundings, and strengthen that connection by educating the users.

GIS was used to analyze the abiotic, biotic and cultural features of the area in order to find the best location for the greenway, as well as what amenities it will connect. These amenities include the various schools in the area, which are connected to each other to foster collaboration between them.


The greenway follows the Oxon Run stream, which was naturalized in areas where it was once channelized. Along the Oxon Run Greenway, areas were considered for further design consideration. I chose Oxon Hill Farm, which was redeveloped to create a greater connection to the greenway and its surroundings, including the City of Forest Heights.

Tucked between interstates 295 and 495, Oxon Hill Farm is a commodity for the area that is under utilized by the surrounding population. By enhancing the existing farm, adding a farmers market, more pedestrian trails, and a park, the farm will attract more users.


conceptualize your path in life. a successful urban design.


urban center washington, dc


Natural Play Area

Hill East is the site of the now abandoned DC General Hospital, which is slated for redevelopment by the city government. It is bounded by a residential neighborhood to the west, DC Jail to the south, the Anacostia River to the east and RFK stadium to the north. This creates a distinct boundary between the site and its surroundings.

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Quiet Contemplation Area

I chose to design the development of Hill East so these boundaries dissolve to create a seamless transition. To achieve this, the grid and avenue street scheme was extended into the site. Also, the civic use within the site, the health campus, was placed adjacent to the jail, which is another necessary civic use of the city.


Existing Neighborhood

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New Residential District

A curvilinear road borders the Anacostia waterfront park, varying the views of the waterfront as you drive. The retail district is along this road and continues to RFK stadium, becoming part of the tourist attraction of the stadium. The canal and bridge extend the retail district into the waterfront park.

Retail District

Canal and Bridge

The artistic bridge can be seen from various points in the city and attracts users to the waterfront. The canal extends Burke street into the Anacostia river. Water elements, including fountains, are found along Burke street from the metro station to the canal, connecting the city to the Anacostia.


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dreams with reality. idea of tropical living towards a reality.


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A family living on Bodkin Creek was looking to redesign their entire property, including the waterfront. The client was looking to have a ‘tropical paradise’ in their backyard. Since building that close to the water is not an option, the tropical feel was accomplished in plant choice.

The plant palette includes plants that thrive in the USDA plant hardiness zone that still have a tropical feel. These include various ornamental grasses, shrubs, and perennials that are compatible with each other. The planting beds including these ‘tropical’ plants enclose a beach area, creating a tropical oasis.


The existing deck was extended a few feet to add a full service outdoor kitchen and bar area. This adds more outdoor living space for the family and their many guests. The bar is positioned so that the users face the view of the waterfront, pier, beach and the tropical oasis.

The client also asked for a re-design of their front entry. The entry was enhanced by adding a small pergola and patio at the front entry, with a walkway down to the entry of the backyard. This entry is also flanked by a smaller pergola. The side of the house is an existing boggy area, where a wide array of water loving plants were chosen for planting.


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megan shewell associate asla university of maryland, bla


megan kathleen shewell 5236 W. Running Brook Rd, Unit 102 Columbia, MD 21044 . megpatshewell@gmail.com . 443-223-4643

Education University of Maryland, College Park Bachelors of Landscape Architecture, May 2010 GPA 3.70

Skills Hand graphics Mixed media graphics Microsoft Office Suite Adobe Photoshop and InDesign Google Sketchup AutoCAD 2010 Vectorworks ArcMap GIS

Honors and Organizations American Society of Landscape Architects Associate ASLA 2010-2011 University of Maryland, Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Student Conference Coordinator 2009 – 2010 Academic Honors 2006 – 2010


Employment 2/11-Present LandArt Associates, Landscape Designer Pasadena, MD -Create designs at various scales for residential projects -Estimate cost of projects and compose proposals for clients -Involved in entire design process from site analysis, permitting process and construction details University of Maryland, Classroom Assistant 9/09-5/10 College Park, MD -Assistant for Graphic Fundamentals and Design Fundamentals studio -Participated in desk critiques during studio time Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning, Intern 6/09-8/09 Columbia, MD -Assisted planners in Resource Conservation and Community Planning Divisions with various tasks -Created hand and computer graphics for county reports -Participated in a LEED informational course 6/08-4/09 Expo Design Center, Reference Desk Associate Columbia, MD -Assisted designers in receiving payment for work -Cashiered through liquidation Fingles MetalWorks, Executive Assistant 5/06-9/06 Baltimore, MD -Organized all office and financial files -Compiled quotes for estimators -General office work


thank you. for your time and consideration.


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