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P ORTFOL IO Pia von Barby University of Virginia MLA 2018

PIA VON BARBY | 571 277 0134 Full portfolio:



2015 - current University of Virginia School of Architecture

2015-2018 Graduate Fellowship, Department of Landscape Architecture

Master of Landscape Architecture, 2018

University of Virginia

2011 - 2015 University of Virginia College of Arts & Sciences

2018-2019 Howland Traveling Fellowship

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Minor in Landscape Architecture

University of Virginia

Forgotten Territories | Speculative Cartographies

since 2018 Raven Society Member University of Virginia

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE January 2018 Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Extern Washington, D.C.

PUBLICATIONS + EXHIBITIONS Spring 2018 The Reconquista-MorĂłn Project Research Assistant University of Virginia | IĂąaki Alday + Margarita Jover

Exhibition based on the Buenos Aires studio in Fall 2017. Tasks included crafting narrative, producing comprehensive drawings, graphic design and compilation of catalog + exhibition boards.

Produced drawings including diagrams and sections; developed 3D model.

Summer 2017 Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects Intern Charlottesville, VA Assisted with projects in schematic development, design development, and construction documentation. Prepared illustrative drawings for client presentations; developed plant palettes and details.

January 2017 Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects Extern Charlottesville, VA

Spring 2018 The Contemporary City Research Assistant University of Virginia | Alex Wall

Assisted with production of book, including text editing and graphic design.

Fall 2017 Ecologies of Prosperity for the Living City Research Assistant University of Virginia | Margarita Jover + Alex Wall

Assisted with production of book based on 2017 Woltz Symposium. Tasks included writing, graphic design, project selection, and text editing.

Produced presentation graphics for client presentations including several rendered plans, sections, and perspectives. Developed 3D site models.

Summer 2016 Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. Intern Cambridge, MA Assisted with responding to RFPs; produced construction drawings, illustrative plans, and plant palettes; built schematic and site models.

Fall 2016 - Spring 2017 LUNCH vol. 12: Tactics Editor, Web Developer + University of Virginia Graphic Designer Lunch is an independent, student-run design journal that aims to facilitate conversations across disciplines and communities.

Spring 2016 LUNCH vol. 11: Domestication Copy Editor University of Virginia Copy edited articles, including designing layout.

RESEARCH Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 Research Assistant

REFERENCES Julie Bargmann University of Virginia, Associate Professor; D.I.R.T. studio, Principal

Landscape Studies Initiative (Center for Cultural Landscapes) / 434 243 2014

University of Virginia | Michael Lee, Beth Meyer + Meg Studer

Chloe Hawkins Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, Associate

Initiative catalyzing multidisciplinary research that will culminate in digital humanities project and research initiatives, curricular programs, and field studies. Current responsibilities including building databases, conceptualizing digital platforms, and gathering primary and secondary research materials. / 434 984 1358

Beth Meyer University of Virginia, Merrill D. Peterson Professor of Landscape Architecture / 434 924-6960

Laura Solano Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc., Principal / 617 864 2076

TEACHING EXPERIENCE Spring 2018 Foundation Studio III Teaching Assistant University of Virginia | Leena Cho + Alex Wall Fall 2017 Planted Form and Function II Teaching Assistant University of Virginia | Julie Bargmann Spring 2017 Data Visualization Teaching Assistant University of Virginia | Eric Field

SKILLS Software AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Rhino, Grasshopper, Adobe Creative Suite, ArcGIS, Microsoft Office Suite, scripting (HTML, JS, jquery, d3)

Hardware Model making (CNC routing, laser cutting, casting), Arduino, photography, hand drawing, writing

Languages German (native), French (proficient)



STUDIO WORK Hacking the Homestead (Shishmaref, AK).............................7 Production Base (Buenos Aires, Argentina)...........................17 Urban Oasis (Richmond, VA)...................................................31 A Nameless Field (Charlottesville, VA)....................................37 COURSE WORK Sant Joan Landfill Restoration...............................................43 Planted Form and Function....................................................47 PROFESSIONAL WORK Nelson Byrd Woltz...................................................................55 PUBLICATION Lunch 12: Tactics.....................................................................59




H AC K I N G T H E H O M E ST E A D Shishmaref, AK ALAR 7010: Arctic Design Group - What Does It Take to Move a Village? Group: Liz Camuti (MLA 2018), Kun Liu (M.Arch 2018), Hallie Miller (MLA 2017) Critics: Leena Cho & Matthew Jull For Shishmaref, AK, located on Sarichef Island, relocation is inevitable due to dangerous storm events and coastal erosion. Additionally, Shishmaref will continue to confront food insecurity from increased time constraints on subsistence activities due to unpredictable weather patterns and species migration - a problem ignored by most relocation efforts. Our project weaves food security and traditional subsistence practices into the relocation narrative, with the aim of ensuring autonomy for the people of Shishmaref.


H AC K I N G T H E HOMESTEAD In order to be culturally sensitive and identify design opportunities, we rigorously researched existing subsistence practices and diets, as well as potential materials to be re-purposed for our intervention.

Subsistence practices seasonal timeline (by Liz Camuti)

Design concept diagram (by Liz Camuti + Pia von Barby) |8|

Traditional food practices (by Liz Camuti + Pia von Barby)

Proposed seasonal system based maintaining food practices (by Liz Camuti) |9|

A close investigation of the survival techniques of arctic plant species allowed us to speculate on techniques for growing produce in such a harsh climate.

Plant studies (by Pia von Barby)

Phenophase cycles (by Pia von Barby)

Potato growth cycle adapted to Arctic condition (by Pia von Barby)

Section showing vegetation zones and processes (by Pia von Barby) | 10 |

Lichen + Moss

Sedges + Grasses

Sedges + Grasses + Shrubs

Conceptual modeling of specific tundra plant communities to understand their environments (rockite, resin, dirt, plant matter, plastic (by Pia von Barby)) | 11 |

Our design intervention centers around a catalog of climate amplifying components, which optimize existing food practices (butchering, drying, smoking, storing, and growing) by creating hyper-localized microclimates that expedite and protect these processes.

Concept sketches (by Pia von Barby)

(by Liz Camuti, Hallie Miller + Pia von Barby) | 12 |

(by Liz Camuti)

(by Liz Camuti)

(by Liz Camuti + Pia von Barby) | 13 |

We navigated the challenge of remaining culturally sensitive by designing highly customizable and easily altered components and by capitalizing on residents’ aptitude for re-purposing materials to minimize cost. Rather than changing their existing food practices, our designed components are easily integrated into these practices. The easy construction and re-use of local materials supports the residents’ desire for autonomy. Configurations of climate amplifiers seamlessly fit into the existing lifestyle of residents. Climate amplifying components can be combined into a multitude of configurations, ranging in structural and material complexity.

Details (by Hallie Miller + Pia von Barby) | 14 |

Potential climate amplifier configurations on new mainland settlement (by Pia von Barby) | 15 |

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PRODUCTION BASE G R OW I N G N E W ASS E M B L AG E S FO R M O R Ă“ N , A R G E N T I N A Buenos Aires, Argentina ALAR 8010: Contemporary Urban Rivers Critic: Margarita Jover This project hybridizes the functions of an airbase with new programs to socially, ecologically, and economically benefit the surrounding neighborhood. The airport, a 1200 acre site, is an untapped resource as a metropolitan park on a local and regional scale. Adjacencies between seemingly disparate programs are encouraged to form new kinds of assemblages. People and machines form an assemblage around production, recreation, leisure, and experimentation. This project experiments with the co-existence of people and machines and the hybridization and overlap of programmatic layers.

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PRODUCTION BASE The existing conditions include monofunctional programs centered around the airport. The areas not maintained for airport functions are overgrown. The surrounding neighborhood is one of the poorest areas in the city - many of the homes lack basic infrastructure such as sewage. The airport, closed off to the public, further separates the neighborhood from the rest of the city and prevents pedestrian and vehicular flows.

Sketches over existing conditions

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EXISTING CONDITIONS The existing functions of the air base and pilot school are maintained and new programs are choreographed around them, while also encouraging friendly friction.

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The city grid is extended into the site to seamlessly stitch the airport and the introduced programs into the urban fabric. The edge of the site consists of a sidewalk that expands to a linear park and creates a porous boundary with observation towers and planted allĂŠes serving as wayfinding points. A system of hard and soft water treatment infrastructure is introduced into the leftover spaces of the airport runway. The treatment becomes a visible spectacle. The clean water is re-used for irrigation, recreation, and reintroduced into the city system. A range of productive to non-productive and public to communal programs are introduced into the site in three areas: the southern training site, the northern expo and lab spaces, and the production park. While the production park allows for maximum programmatic flexibility and indeterminacy, the southern and northern centers solidify the most important functions of the project: the site as a research lab and experimentation space (regional role) and the site as a generator of local economic growth and space for skill sharing and job training (local role).

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SITE PLAN People and machines form an assemblage around production, recreation, leisure, and experimentation.

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WAT E R S Y S T E M Leftover space created by the airport is re-purposed to construct a visible sewage treatment system for the 16,000 inhabitants. A canal captures runoff from the site and directs it towards the treatment plant.

V E G E TAT I O N SYSTEM Vegetative strategies serve as wayfinders and soft palisades.






PROGRAM Programs exist along a spectrum from communal to private and from productive to recreational. Adjacencies between seemingly disparate programs is encouraged to form new kinds of assemblages.









C I R C U L AT I O N SYSTEM A sidewalk that expands to a linear park creates a porous boundary around the park with observation towers and planted allées serving as wayfinding points.

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Section through Production Park and runway (1:200)

Section through multiple programs (1:200)

Section through existing neighborhood and garden (1:200)

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Production Park includes plots for tree nurseries, fruit orchards, agriculture, and community gardens. Public parks are woven in through these program as public right-ofways. These are spaces for picnicking, asados, and plane watching. While the community gardens are co-opted by the adjacent neighborhood, the nurseries, orchards, and agricultural plots can be owned by the city or co-opted by members of the neighborhood. In this way, plots of various ownerships and varying production intensity co-exist. Various vegetative strategies act as soft barriers between these programs. Hedgerows typically associated with agricultural landscapes are planted as palisades between the productive plots. Barrier forests are planted between the production park and the runway, with some openings. AllĂŠes facilitate circulation. The introduced vegetation also turns the site into an ecological asset, particularly for migrating birds.

Park and market space by runway

Picnic areas and animal habitats in Production Park

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The Northern Expo and Lab Complex includes the Ministry of Agriculture, as well as test plots for small-scale experiments and expo plots for the community to see the new technology being developed. Placing the Ministry in Morรณn will allow for the city to become a major regional player, as well as contribute to research in national food production. There is also a market space where community members can sell produce grown in the production park. The northern center also includes recreational spaces, such as swimming pools and playgrounds.

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Northern Expo and Lab Complex | 27 |

The Southern Training Site includes training plots and community center spaces for people to train and develop skills associated with the production park.

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Southern Training Site | 29 |

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URBAN OASIS AC T I VAT I N G L E F T OV E R S PAC E S Richmond, VA LAR 6020: Foundation Studio II Critic: Montserrat Bonvehi This studio addresses concerns of water and land, with a focus on cities’ heavily altered patterns of ground and natural systems. The aim is to create transparent urban water infrastructures in order to reveal environmental processes to city inhabitants and empower them with management decisions. This projects explores creating public spaces where the human and non-human (namely stormwater) overlap in areas of opportunity, which included vacant lots and low-use parking lots.

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URBAN OASIS A system of modular stormwater retention basins are interconnected through a series of channels. The basins double as playground spaces, animating these previously underused lots, while also reducing stress on the existing stormwater system. By making stormwater a visible and playful element within these spaces, this project inverts current infrastructure systems, which delegate the water underground. The channels and retention basins render the water visible, allowing inhabitants to engage with it.

Concept sketches




existing canopy

Watch Sit Step/jump Dip toes in




Meet Watch

Low water volume

Climb Sit

Low traffic

Step/jump Dip toes in


2’-6” - 4’-0” 8” 1’-0”

1000 ft2 -2500 ft2

Meet Watch Splash Sit Step/jump


Dip toes in


2’-6” - 4’-0”

8” Meet

1000 ft2 -2500 ft2


Watch Climb Sit Step/jump Dip toes in


High water volume


High traffic

2’-6” - 4’-0”

1000 ft2 -2500 ft2

Catalog of channels and pools

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Concept sketch

Concept model of seating unit (wood)

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Section perspective

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A NAMELESS FIELD T R A N S L AT I N G L A N D F O R M Charlottesville, VA LAR 6020: Foundation Studio II Critic: Nancy Takahashi This studio investigates the performance and role of water as it is shaped by landform archetypes, and how these landforms can be applied and transformed to create spaces for human and nonhuman inhabitation.

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A NAMELESS FIELD This material exploration of glacial kettle ponds as a landform typology aims to tease out their essential elements: geomorphology, individual/collective character, water flow, and erosion.

Concept model of bedrock striations (chipboard, found scrap metals) | 38 |

Phase 01

Phase 02

Phase 03

Concept models of kettle morphology as shaped by erosion (Rhino, Grasshopper, CNC router)

Time Concept model of kettle field (rockite, wax) | 39 |

Phase 04

An insertion and translation of kettle ponds transforms this topographically, ecologically, and socially dead space on UVa’s grounds. The kettles’ changing morphology and the variation in wetness and canopy create an assortment of microclimates for humans, flora, and fauna. The kettles’ ephemeral quality lends the space a dynamism, which is compounded by deciduous vegetation and contrasted by evergreen trees.

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S A N T J O A N L A N D F I L L R E S T O R AT I O N El Garraf, Barcelona, Spain LAR 7213: Ecotech III Critic: Teresa Galí-Izard This project uses the Sant Joan landfill restoration by Teresa Galí-Izard’s firm Arquitectura Agronomica as the site for creating an artificial environment using the systems of earth and water through the lens of infrastructure, rule-based logic, construction, and performance.

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Area of intervention

The intervention constructs a series of berms of varying sizes to split runoff into multiple smaller streams and reduce flooding. The areas behind the berms are planted to absorb runoff.

Site analysis of subsidence conditions | 44 |

Proposed grading scheme + drainage pattern

Proposed planting detail

Proposed irrigation detail | 45 |

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PLANTED FORM AND FUNCTION LAR 7224: Planted Form and Function III Critic: Teresa GalĂ­-Izard This course explores a design methodology that focuses on the particularities of plants in order to propose design experiments that utilize novel combinations of plants. The experiments build on information from scientific articles in order to illustrate concepts and speculate further through the act of drawing. The experiments are focused around topics of authorship, morphology, cycles, management techniques, and rule-based systems.

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This set of drawings speculates on the plant growth patterns that will result when mowing at certain times of the year based on a plant’s growth cycle. Mowing more frequently and mowing before the plant’s seeds have spread results in the least biomass.

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This investigation into Gertrude Jekyll’s border planting in the Grey Garden explores her use of color, as well as her strategy for placing plants with certain root patterns.

Plant palette

Grey Garden border

Grey Garden border (underground)

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This exercise images an Allium garden at its “worst moment” and visualizes the plants’ organ of survival. This design takes advantage of the grasses’ leftover biomass and introduces spring ephemerals that pop up through the dead vegetative matter.

‘Worst Moment’ garden experiment

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Close-up studies of plants to explore leaf and fruit structure.

Carya glabra - Pignut Hickory

Polystichum acrostichoides - Christmas Fern

Castanea dentata - American chestnut

Verbesina - Crownbeard

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Field notes from a trip to First Landing State Park at the coast of Virginia to study plant morphology and performance in dune ecosystems.

Field notes for dune community

Dune community axon in First Landing State Park, VA

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N E L S O N B Y R D W O LT Z Centennial Park Nashville, TN Memorial Park Houston, TX For Centennial Park, aside from assisting with drafting technical drawings in CAD, I was also responsible for studying a number of details, including the trench drain running along the Great Lawn, the paving and name plaque layout for the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument, and a groundcover planting matrix. For Memorial Park, I was responsible for studying the sequence of Art Deco inspired monuments along the East-West axis of Memorial Park in Houston, TX. Additionally, I studied possible layout configurations and executed illustrative drawings for client presentations for specific spaces along the axis.

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East terrace studies

West terrace studies | 56 |

Trench drain detail

Great Lawn allĂŠe detail

Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument plaque detail

Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument detail

Groundcover planting matrix studies | 57 |

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LU N C H 1 2 TAC T I C S Design Research Journal Faculty advisor: Luis Pancorbo & IĂąaki Alday

Lunch is an independent, student-run design journal that aims to facilitate conversations across

disciplines and communities. Aside from sharing general editorial duties with three other editors, I was specifically responsible for the cover design and the editorial essay.

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Pia von Barby (MLA 2018) - Portfolio  

University of Virginia

Pia von Barby (MLA 2018) - Portfolio  

University of Virginia