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S EL ECTED WORKS 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)...........................13 A Nameless Field (Charlottesville, VA)....................................25 PROFESSIONAL WORK Nelson Byrd Woltz...................................................................31




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.

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

Proposed seasonal system based maintaining food practices (by Liz Camuti) |8|

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)

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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) | 10 |

Potential climate amplifier configurations on new mainland settlement (by Pia von Barby) | 11 |

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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 main questions this project tries to address are: in what ways can this park transform from an enclosed mono-function space to a porous multifunction space that is able to serve a range of agents? How can new programs be introduced without removing existing ones? What kind of negotiation has to happen for this to be successful? How can the development of the site contribute to MorĂłn becoming part an important node within a polycentric metropolis? 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 - many of whom have no sewage infrastructure. 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 alleés serving as wayfinding points.

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Section through Production Park by 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 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 | 23 |

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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) | 26 |

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) | 27 |

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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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 the allĂŠes. For the groundcover planting I also researched possible additions to the existing plant palette, particularly shade tolerant bulbs. 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 | 32 |

Trench drain detail

Great Lawn allĂŠe detail

Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument plaque detail

Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument detail

Groundcover planting matrix studies | 33 | | 33 |


Pia von Barby (MLA 2018) - Selected Works  

University of Virginia

Pia von Barby (MLA 2018) - Selected Works  

University of Virginia