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SAMANTHA DABNEY

Samantha Dabney, MLA, ASLA ssdabney@gmail.com +1.917.294.9139


SAMANTHA DABNEY


SELECTED WORKS LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE + ART Resumé

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Completed Projects

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ASLA Award Project

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Studio Projects

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Art

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Samantha Dabney, MLA, ASLA ssdabney@gmail.com +1.917.294.9139


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SAMANTHA DABNEY

Samantha Dabney is passionate about designing for human percep on and well-being. Her belief that an in mate relaonship with a landscape can harbor las ng connec ons to oneself, others, and the natural world drives her work. A er ten years of design and management experience in the US, Middle East, Africa, and Europe and a background in ge-

+1 917 294 9139 ssdabney@gmail.com shepardsgrove.blogspot.com

ography and art, Dabney has a unique balance of crea ve, strategic, and interpersonal strengths. She is known for a process that is at once highly ar s c and research intensive. Dabney maintains a focused work ethic, inten onal communica on, problem-solving prowess, facility with available tools, and a sense of humor and fun for a successful prac ce.


EXPERIENCE 2012 - PRESENT

BASE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Associate, Landscape designer

BERKELEY CA

Lead design and assist in produc on of SD to CD sets for regional ins tu onal and commercial projects; contribute to two urban greening strategies; write business strategy and proposals; and curate lecture/discussion series. SUMMER 2012

STEMPEL FORM Landscape designer + rural environmental planner

VIRGIN UT

Developed Colorado River tributary watershed analysis; designed 250-acre public-private trail master plan. WINTER 2012

REED HILDERBRAND ASSOCIATES Landscape designer

2008 - PRESENT

DABNEY DESIGN Landscape + architectural designer

WATERTOWN MA

VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Specialize in ar sts’ retreats, galleries, and residences; successfully completed projects in WI, MT, GA, and CA SPRING 2011

MOONRISE KINGDOM, A WES ANDERSON + ROMAN COPPOLA FILM Landscape + set design intern, Art Department

2011

CAROL + SOL LEWITT FOUNDATION Landscape + architectural designer, educa onal farm and ar sts’ retreat planner

2005 - 2007

WYNDHAM WORLDWIDE Project manager + resort development consultant

NEWPORT RI

PRAIANO ITALY

NEW YORK, DUBAI + DOHA

Secured and managed $10M joint venture with developer Qatari Diar; oversaw subsidiary business development in UAE, Morocco, and Qatar; advised Wyndham Worldwide corpora on on its first global environmental strategy.

CARNEY LOGAN BURKE ARCHITECTS Architectural designer

JACKSON WY

2009 - 2012

RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN Master of Landscape Architecture

PROVIDENCE RI

1998 - 2002

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE Bachelor of Arts in Geography; Departmental Honors; Semester abroad, Madagascar

MIDDLEBURY VT

SUMMER 2002

HARVARD UNIVERSITY GSD | CAREER DISCOVERY

2003 - 2005

EDUCATION

AWARDS + PUBLICATIONS

LECTURES + TEACHING

2013 2013 2013 2012 2009-12 2010 2011 2010 2010 2008 2003

2013 2013 2013 2013 2012 2012 2010

ASLA Student Honor Award, “Providence DIGS” Landscape Architecture Magazine Vol 101, “Providence DIGS” Land 8 Lounge, Bronx project profile in “Urban Agriculture” Landscape Architecture Departmental Award, RISD Landscape Architecture Departmental Fellow, RISD Architectural Studies Travel Award, RISD Hyperallergic online art journal, “Black Sheep Projects” Southwest Art, “Ar st Studio: Hugh Wilson” Big Sky Journal, “In the Studio: Hugh Wilson” Bozeman Daily Chronicle, “Co age Industry” Middlebury 2003 J. Rowland Illick Geography Scholar

CAMBRIDGE MA

Visi ng lecturer, Rhode Island School of Design Presenter, ASLA Annual Mee ng Guest cri c, Rhode Island School of Design Guest cri c, Univeresity of CA, Berkeley Extension Guest cri c, Univeresity of CA, Berkeley Teaching assistant, RISD, Plant Materials + Design Teaching assistant, RISD, Elizabeth Dean Herman

SKILLS + INTERESTS AutoCAD, SketchUp, Adobe CS5 Suite, ArcGIS, and Office suite Pain ng, drawing, cartography, and wri ng French, beginning Italian and Spanish Hiking, running, fly-fishing, skiing, cooking, costume par es


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SUMMER 2012

INLET

Colorado River Watershed, Virgin River, Utah

ROCK DAM

RURAL PLANNING

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25 miles

CONCEPT Provide rural municipali es and conserva on groups with meaningful watershed data and analysis useful for strategic land use decision-making. PROCESS Small group waded 40 miles and 16 watersheds of the Virgin River. Pairing data with VIRGIN GIS mapping, we analyzed the results in the context of development. SITE

SW Utah from Zion Na onal Park to St George, Utah

CLIENT

Packard Founda on and Zion Corridor municipali es through Form Tomorrow

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TAMARISK + RUSSIAN OLIVE STANDS

BRIDGE

RTE 9

ROCKVILLE

CASE STUDY 6: DALTON WASH WATERSHED

ROCKVILLE

1/2 mile

COMPLETED PROJECTS

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WADE + MAP

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COMPLETED PROJECTS

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INSTITUTIONAL LANDSCAPE / PLANNING SITE N/A 2013 - PRESENT *WITH BASE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

CONCEPT Connec vity. Between nodes of play, specific childhood development zones, campus center, ecological habitat, and technology-based educa on centers. CLIENT

N/A

SITE

15 acres adjacent to a creek

PROGRAM Stormwater collec on band, playful connec ng path, amphitheater, hillside nature play, rammed earth geologic wall, areas of ac ve / social play for all ages PROCESS Site analysis, crea ve concept development, master planning, phased project design 8

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CORPORATE HUB COMMERCIAL LANDSCAPE San Ramon, California 2012-2013 *WITH BASE LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

CONCEPT Convert parking lot into usable pedestrian-scale spaces. Trees are primary organizing element with highly-detailed ground plane and built elements. CLIENT

N/A

SITE

N/A

PROGRAM Central courtyard between opposing buildings are framed by smaller outdoor rooms and consecu ve bands of trees. PROCESS Hand-drawn sketches, intensive detail design

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AMERICAN RIVER CAMP RESIDENTIAL LANDSCAPE Coloma, California 2012 - PRESENT

CONCEPT Accentuate site topography and features with limited yet bold moves and na ve materials: large boulder walls, decks in the tree canopy, bold plant pale e. All materials sourced/salvaged within 50 miles. Low water use plants and slope stabiliza on. CLIENT

Mul -genera onal California family

SITE

15 acres on the American River, Sierra foothills

PROGRAM Yurt guest house, parking court, vegetable garden, sleeping decks, cabana/party deck, outdoor kitchen. PROCESS Design-build 12

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LEWITT FOUNDATION LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE + FARM PLANNING Praiano, Italy 2011

CONCEPT Create a center for visual, culinary, and permaculture arts that func ons as a sanctuary and tes ng ground for visionary local and visi ng prac oners. CLIENT

Carol LeWi , widow of ar st Sol LeWi

SITE

5 acres, 12 terraces, 380 ver cal feet, Amalfi Coast

PROGRAM Permaculture farm, indoor-outdoor kitchens, ar sts’ retreat, 100,000 g water collec on system PROCESS Design + build, na ve plant collec on + propaga on, consulta on with local farmers, masons, cra smen, + herbal medicinal health experts. 14

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COMPLETED PROJECTS

Pedestrian street Xeriscape garden Medicinal herb garden Water collec on, typ. Kitchen garden Villa Le a Outdoor kitchen + ea ng Chickens + veggies Veggie terrace Citrus orchard Heirloom fruit orchard

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ARTIST’S STUDIO RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE Livingston, Montana 2008-2009

Arts Issue 2010 “In the Studio: Hugh Wilson” December 2010 “Ar st Studio: Hugh Wilson”

CONCEPT Central stair as passage and place. At once an object crea ng 7 spaces in 1 and a perch for imaginaon + reflec on CLIENT

Nomadic painter + ar st

SITE

30’x60’ steel auto garage, 1/8 acre urban site

PROGRAM Studio + home PROCESS Adopted + mapped the ar st’s inten onal observa onal, reflec ve and intui ve process, working alongside him for 1 month

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PROVIDENCE DIGS LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE + URBAN PLANNING Providence, RI RISD THESIS STUDIO 2012 |

PROF. MICHAEL BLIER

SITE

Former I-195 highway on- and off-ramps, 1.5 miles

STRATEGY 30-year vegeta ve strategy minimizes soil disturbance, increases organic ma er + biodiversity, cleans toxic soil, + produces alterna ve energy. PROGRAM 4 marked ecosystems: forest, farm, plain, + riverine sponge generate residen al + commercial infill. PROCESS Scien fic research, site analysis, + genera ve art. 18

dƐƵŐĂ Salix canadensis alba

CONCEPT Emerging from a dismantled highway corridor, a linear park creates new sensory, cultural, + spa al experiences in a city by designing for urban soil + ecosystem regenera on over me.

Juniperus ŶĚƌŽƉŽŐŽŶ Panicum Quercus Quercus chinensis scoparious ǀŝƌŐĂƚƵŵ prinoides Ilicifolia

Pinus ƌŝŐŝĚĂ

*2013 ASLA STUDENT HONOR AWARD, PLANNING

ACIDITY

ZONE 2

CLIMATE ĞǀĞƌŐƌĞĞŶ

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ZONE 3 ZONE 4 ZONE 5a very acid

acidic

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variable neutral

deciduous

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Former I-195 highway onramp

500 feet

DRAINAGE + MOISTURE

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SOIL + ROOT STRUCTURE

NUTRIENT AVAILABILITY

SALINITY

SYMBIOSES

POLLUTION

ants

tolerant drained

xeric soil tolerant rocky

deep roots

EͲĮdžŝŶŐ

nutrient-poor

mesic soil

variable

nutrient-rich

loamy

saturated

hydric soil

silt + clay

ŶŽƚͲĮdžŝŶŐ non-phytoremed.

shallow roots

intolerant intolerant

ASLA AWARD PROJECT

ĨƵŶŐƵƐ

disease

bacteria

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phytoremediator

sandy

variable

THREATS ĐŽŵƉĞƟƟŽŶ

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PALUSTRINE URBIC FOREST: The dry, acidic, highlycompacted + disturbed soil lies at the site’s high point. Devoid of nutrients, organic ma er, + moisture, it is remediated first by Panicum virgatum and its deep roots, then Pinus rigida, a resilient tree.

MARITIME URBIC PLAIN: Surgical inser ons at the site’s edge for soil + vegeta on that make a city + its inhabitants healthy + resilient. Andropogon scoparius hyperaccumulates petrochemicals + increases organic ma er. Shade-tolerant Betula and Pinus promote soil respira on + temperature regula on. 20

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ASLA AWARD PROJECT

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MARITIME URBIC SPONGE: Plagued by post-industrial toxic soil, the primary design interven on is both mediator + narrator. A long-term phytoremedia on strategy animates this area with mixed Salix species.

PANICUM VIRGATUM + ROOTS

SALIX ALBA, PHYTOREMEDIATOR COPPICED

SALIX SACHALINENSIS, PHYTOREMEDIATOR

Coppiced biennially, the branches are used to make Biochar—a soil amendment—and for the arts. The roots that store inorganic chemicals are removed after 30 years or un l the soil is safe for people. 22

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CORNUS SERICEA

ASLA AWARD PROJECT

BETULA NIGRA

ASTILBE SPP.

IRIS SIBERICA

JUNCUS EFFUSUS HYDRIC

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ROOF PLAYGROUND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE The Bronx, NY RISD URBAN SYSTEMS STUDIO 2011 |

PROF. TAKUMA ONO

1 Main Entry Ramp 2 1/2 mile Path 3 Farm Support 4 Target Roof Entry 5 TJ Maxx Roof Entry

Nine Play Hills

CONCEPT Place-based solu on to child health + educa on problems on the roof of a Target store. The only park within 2 miles, it provides safe discovery-based play, farming + outdoor educa on. A Target partnership. CLIENT

Inwood Hill, Bronx community + Target Corpora on

SITE

5-acre roo op adjacent to the Bronx River

1 2 3 4

Street Trees Orchards Farm Pla orms + Outdoor Learning

PROGRAM Playground of 9 hills, 1/2 mile path, outdoor classrooms, farmed terraces, + farm support structures PROCESS Analyzed social + environmental condi ons, building structure. Itera ve process of modeling + drawing. 24

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URBAN WILD FARM LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Providence RI RISD ECOLOGY STUDIO 2010 |

PROF. SCHERI FULTINEER

Process drawings and models show evolu on of concept and final design in terms of form and func on.

CONCEPT ”Bathtub farming” on post-industrial farm surrounded by successional urban wild + restored river’s edge SITE

6-acre abandoned mill, Woonasquatucket River

PROGRAM Managed CSO urban farm, weekly market, connecting bike path PROCESS Site analysis including GIS for CSO points, soils, and popula on demographics. Concept development through modeling and drawing

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SUN PARK LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Conceptual site model

North End, Boston, MA RISD CONSTRUCTED LANDSCAPE STUDIO 2010 | PROF. ROBYN REED

7am - 7pm January 1

April 1

7am - 7pm October 1

CONCEPT Choreograph seasonal light in the center of a dense urban neighborhood. Park is an extension of stoops + balconies: a shared backyard. CLIENT

July 1

DeFillipo Playground at Prince St. + Snow Hill St.

PROGRAM Pa o + grilling areas, path to common commuter routes, mul -sport court, gossip gathering spaces PROCESS Explored the impact of ephemeral sunlight on how a space is used through computer + hand-built models, sec ons, and site analysis

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Winter

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Spring me morning commute

STUDIO PROJECTS

10’

20’

40’

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SOUNDSCAPE ECOLOGY LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Providence, RI RISD CONSTRUCTED GROUND STUDIO 2009 | PROF. MIKYOUNG KIM

CONCEPT Based on the principles of sound, dissipa ng wave landforms block highway noise to the north and amplify water to the south at varying degrees. Site materials enhance a visitor’s audio experiences. SITE

Coastal Park, Providence, Rhode Island

PROGRAM Amphitheater, constructed wave pools, and walking paths are created around highly constructed hills. PROCESS Studied mechanics of sound waves; translated into form through site analysis, model-making, + drawing. AUDIO

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SQUATTER HOUSES LANDSCAPE + ARCHITECTURE Abandoned Mill, Providence RI RISD ARCHITECTURE STUDIO SPRING 2011 | PROF. PETER TAGIURI

CONCEPT Standard building kits allow unique ground plane “signatures” for individual studio units. Building is opened to the elements + the river for light + air. HVAC is centralized only for individual spaces. SITE

Ar sts + squa ers

PROGRAM Abandoned mill building, Woonasquatucket River, RI Work, sleep, + think space in each studio with communal workshop, gathering, + cooking spaces. PROCESS Drawing, model-making, and playing with the convergence of landscape + architecture.

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ELEMENTAL ARTISTS’ RETREAT LANDSCAPE DESIGN Lower Clear Lake, WI

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JUNE 2 2012

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BORTH RD.

9

LOWER CLEAR LAKE

1/2 mile

CONCEPT Inspired by the ke le hole ponds that defi finee the area and collect light, water, wind, earth, wildlife, and people, a series of similar orbs are posi oned on the site to engage the 5 elements and the clients.

25 feet

PROGRAM See right PROCESS Hands-on design and build work with the clients. CLIENT

Ar sts from Japan

SITE

3 hours north of Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Dock for wind Rain gardens for water Gathering circle for fires Medita on circle for void Planted mound for earth

LOWER CLEAR LAKE

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6 Outdoor art terrace 7 Porte-cochère Parking + basketball court 8 9 Raspberries for Anya 10 Witch hazel grove COMPLETED PROJECTS

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THEATER GARDEN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Providence, RI RISD TECHNOLOGY CHARRETTE, 2010 |

PROF. SARA COHEN

CONCEPT

A brick facade is the project’s focus and backdrop for theater performances. The center of the site is pulled upward for viewing lawns and lunches.

CLIENT

Abandoned lot + facade, downtown Providence

PROGRAM

Outdoor stage, viewing lawn, lunch areas

PROCESS

Sketch models and sec onal + eleva onal drawings

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MEDICINAL + EDIBLE GARDEN LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE Chaumont-sur-Loire, France RISD PLANT DESIGN STUDIO, SPRING 2011

CONCEPT Embrace that which sustains us. An arcing path spirals to the highest point on the site, welcoming a visitor to touch, taste, smell, and see each healing plant. CLIENT

Chaumont-sur-Loire annual garden compe

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50 x 50 plot surrounded by an exis ng hedge

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PROGRAM Path dis nguishing upland medicinals and lowland edibles PROCESS Quick design charre e: research, collage, sec ons

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EDIBLE + MEDICINAL GARDEN CHAUMONT-SUR-LOIRE, FRANCE

COMPLETED PROJECTS

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Samantha Dabney portfolio 2013  

Landscape architecture and art portfolio 2013

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