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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

PRO F E SS IONAL EXPERIENC E January 2018 Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Extern Washington, D.C.

P UB LICATIO NS + EXH IB ITIO NS 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.

RESEARC H 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

SK ILLS 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)




G R OW I N G N E W ASS E M B L AG E S FO R M O R Ó N , A R G E N T I N A Morón, Buenos Aires, Argentina ALAR 8010: Water Cities: Strategies for the Future of Morón Critic: Margarita Biboum Jover

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.

This project hybridizes the functions of an airbase with new programs to socially, ecologically, and economically benefit the surrounding neighborhood. 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 speculates on the co-existence of people and machines and the hybridization of programmatic layers. A range of productive to non-productive and public to communal programs are introduced into the site.

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 Southern Training Site + Skillshare 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.

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

Production Park Pia von Barby | 1


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 Camuit (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. Our design intervention centers around a catalog of climate amplifying components, which optimize existing food practices by creating hyper-localized microclimates that expedite these processes.

Process sketches (by Pia von Barby)

Potential climate amplifier configurations on new mainland site (by Pia von Barby)

Detail (by Pia von Barby)

by Liz Camuti, Hallie Miller, and Pia von Barby) Pia von Barby | 3


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 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 stormwater systems, which delegate the water underground. The channels and retention basins render the water visible, allowing inhabitants to engage with it.

Concept sketches

Axon of proposed stormwater retention system in Richmond, VA

Concept model of seating unit (wood)

Section perspective of proposed stormwater retention basins as recreational space

Detail Pia von Barby | 3


A NAMELESS FIELD T R A N S L AT I N G L A N D F O R M Charlottesville, VA LAR 6010: Foundation Studio I Critic: Nancy Takahashi

This studio investigated 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 non-human inhabitation. 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 models of kettle morphology (CNC-routed foam)

Concept models of a kettle field (cast rockite, wax)

Concept model of bedrock striations + highways as landform (chipboard, found scrap metals)

Section through kettles inserted into Nameless Field Pia von Barby | 4


N E L S O N B Y R D W O LT Z Charlottesville, VA Memorial Park (Houston, TX) Centennial Park (Nashville, TN)

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 Memorial Park, I studied possible layout configurations and executed illustrative drawings for client presentations for specific spaces along the axis.

Great Lawn allĂŠe detail

Groundcover planting matrix studies

East Terrace studies

West Terrace studies

Trench drain detail

Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument detail Pia von Barby | 5



LAR 6222 / 7224: Planted Form and Function II + III Critic: Julie Bargmann + Teresa Galí-Izard

This sequence of courses 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.

Grey Garden border

Grey Garden border (underground)

Section through proposed planting scheme for UVa Arts Grounds

Summer Allium garden during winter, its ‘worst moment’, with spring ephemerals coming in

Speculation on plant growth patterns when mowing at certain times of the year based on a plant’s growth cycle Pia von Barby | 3

Pia von Barby (MLA 2018) - Work Sample  

University of Virginia

Pia von Barby (MLA 2018) - Work Sample  

University of Virginia