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Ryan Ghesquiere

Colorado State University Landscape Architecture Portfolio 2012

Ryan Ghesquiere

Introduction Major: Landscape Architecture Status: Undergraduate Background: The following pages highlight the work I’ve completed during my years at Colorado State University in the Landscape Architecture Program. The courses I have taken are and I am currently enrolled in Land360 and Land361 which are Basic Landscape Design and Construction as well as Digital Methods. All of these classes have provided me with the skills needed to understand and demonstrate what it takes to be a successful and more thoughtful designer. These skills can be passed on as I continue through the circular as well as in the professional world. In creating a portfolio, it gives me an opportunity to visually demonstrate competency and level of accomplishment though an organized and thoughtfully laid out collection of work.

Centennial Mills Portland Oregon

Senior Capstone Project

Analysis & Research Site Context

Existing Conditions

Analysis Maps




My goal for this site is to celebrate Portland’s rich art culture. this space will encompass many different aspects pertaining to their art culture. The idea is to preserve some buildings within site to encapuslate historical value while interweaving a modernistic feel through the use of different new age design. The site will have live work space for artists, office space, indoor exhibit space, an ampitheater, as well as indoor performing theaters.

Perspectives & Final Model

Green Roof Design Behavioral Science Building Colorado State University, Ft. COllins, CO

Xeriscape Garden Design Shepardson Building

Colorado State University, Ft. COllins, CO

Berkana Rehibilitation Center Ft. Collins, CO

Analysis and Research

Equinox Bike Parking Design Equinox Brewery, Ft. Collins, CO

Research & Analysis

Sections & Model

Perspectives & Master Plan

Natural Gateway Open Space This site is the located north west of Ft. Collins along the Poudre river. The goal for this site is to take this island feature in the middle of the river and add a meaningful desing to attract visitors.


Natural Gateway Area

Site Analysis Site Aerial

Small Scale


Vegetation & Sun/Wind

Views & History

Large Scale





Natural Gateway Area

On Site Photo Collage River Matetrials

On-Site Materials

Photo Collage

Natural Gateway Area

Site Plan & Sections Plan

The main idea behind the desing for this is based off of the word influence. This site offers different influential factors that will draw in visitors to the site. Some of the components to this site are elevated viewing decks, fishing areas, covered picnic areas, beach areas and also an array of different vegetation to add shade and aesthetics to the site.

Section A

Section B

Discovery Science Center Ft. Collins, CO

Site Analysis New Museum Site Aerial

Site outlined with building and major Contours

Site Analysis Diagram

Constraints and Opportunities Diagram

The far left picture is an aerial image of the undeveloped site for the new Fort Collins Museum and Discovery Science Center. Second from the left is a basic border of the site outlined which shows where the building will be placed as well as major contours. Moving down the line is a site analysis diagram where key design factors were examined and recorded for further use. The farthest picture on the right is a constraint and opportunities diagram. This diagram shows potential design areas as well as areas in which propose design problems or may not be able to be developed.


This site analysis shows many different factors key to Fort Collins. among many others, the main aspect i looked into was circulation. I chose this because movement in and around the site is key to its success.

Concept Model Connecting the community

Through the use of Culture

Site Plans Master Plan

This is the my first proposed master plan. Its laid out as a bubble diagram in order to see activity areas.

Revised/Final Master Plan

Contour and Drainage Plan

Illustrative Plan

Upon completion of my first plan strategy there were apparent design flaws and changes that I had to take into account to fix. This is my outlined final Master Plan

With a finished master plan in place it is time to see grading and hydrology within the site. A contour diagram was completed and from there drainage patterns were assessed.

In certain that all aspects of design are secure it is time to make a final detailed plan. This plan proposes vegetation as well as surface materials

Step 4

Step 3 Step 2

Step 1

Process Work

Sections This is a longitudinal section running north (far right) to south (far left) of the entire site. Sections give insight into the different vegetation patterns, materials, and proposed activity in the site.

Elongated Section Looking West

Cross Section Looking North This is a cross section of my site running east (far right) to west (far left) looking at the very front of the site. This section shows proposed design features, planting schemes, vehicles, and activity happening within the site.

Site Perspectives This montage is looking toward the north west from the parking lot in the front of the site. Creative planting schemes accompanied by the use of innovative solar panels gives the front of this building a new age look and feel.

This montage is my proposed design idea looking for the back of the site looking south towards the front. Colorful terraced gardens and amphitheater seating are the main foci, with the use of strong axial lines to guide visitors through the site in the most aesthetically pleasing manner. This project gave practice in digitally making a detailed prospective. It assisted in looking at potential design ideas and how they would fit into the site.

Middleton Place Charleston, South Carolina

This is the Johnstown story. Its the town that I was raised in since I was in kindergarten. This poster gives insight into many cultural, historical, and economical aspects that Johnstown holds. This projects is intended to give informational insight into a place that has a lot of meaning to me. It’s used to strengthen our drawing skills in both plan and perspective views. This project tested our skills in overall layout and composition as well as rendering with close attention to detail.

Spring Canyon

This picture is a site analysis of Spring Canyon Community Park located in Fort Collins Colorado. We were to take a site analysis of the park and use graphic representations to mark key factors. It must be visually easy to understand and show clear distinction between symbols. The goal of this assignment is to better out site analysis skills by looking at key factors that play a role on the site. It give practice in diagraming, drawing, using different line weights, and also coloring.

Building Courtyard Design Trees:

Red bud

Court yard plan design for a business complex. Basic outline with no color or texture added.

Court yard plan with basic colors and shading. No texture was added. Most basic of the three illustrative plan.


European Ash


Red bud

European Ash

Court yard plan with brought in hand drawn trees. Apparent use of grays as well as some texture added.


Court yard plan with full texture as well as real cropped trees in plan view. Best representation of plaza in true colors.

Courtyard Sections This section is cut north and south right through the middle of this site. It shows a sectioning of an office building complex during the middle of the day. I used two kinds of trees for circular alles leading one to the middle of the site where the fountain is. The opacity of the trees was adjusted sightly as the trees follow the circle to add depth.

This section is cut east and west down the middle of the site. People were placed to demonstrate activity as well as give scale to the section. The intention of this project is to practice sectioning. Through the use of president images one can see some of the materials used in the site.

Cityscape Section

President Images

Cityscape Collage

Cityscape College

Color Work

AUTOCAD These three plans are drawn in AutoCAD at three different scales. This was the start of AutoCAD work. These plans graphically represent a plaza and bus stop area at different levels.


Construction Drawings


Construction Drawings

Modeling Geometric Shapes -For this project we were to lay out four geometric shapes, made with clay, in whatever manner we felt necessary to aid design and progression for our site design.

First Model

Remade First Model

-The next step was to take the four geometric shapes and make them collide. The intention is to make them look as if the shapes were going into each other. The penetrating shapes should have clean and well kept edges focusing on keeping the shape to appear the same although merging into the other. Colliding Shapes

Modeling Topography

This piece is intended for topography practice with ink on mylar then transferred over to chip board to make a 3-D model. Topography assigned by instructor from mountainous range on Ft. Collins topography map.


Foamcore Contours AutoCAD

The clay models were photographed from above and imported into AutoCAD. We were to find the slope and plot the contour lines for every one foot of grade change. With the contours plotted the next task was to make a contour model of the AutoCAD drawing out of foam core board. The images below are the finished foam core models. This assignment was intended to better out understanding of contours as well as practice model building.


Form and Shadow


Plaza Design

Ziggurat of Ur


Pencil/Graphite Sketches

Admin Building Door


Grey Rock


Poudre River

Noguchi Statue

Fairy Garden


Running Fence

Ink Sketch Work

Practice Trees

Ink Landscape

Abstract Design

Olin Sketch

River Oxbows Texture Cityscape

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