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SAMIRA ESKANDARI Environmental Planning [Portfolio]

“There is a lot of bad architecture, What we need more is to look at how our landscape should be in the next decades.” -Dieter Rams

TABLE OF CONTENTS: I. Summary & CV II. Landscape & Environmental Planning Projects 1. New approach to Sustainable Water Management in Australia 2. Campion Local Learning Garden Design, Perth 3. Mapping Mehrgerd qanat (ancient Iranian water supply system) 4. Flood Management in Paris, France 5. Image of a Seismic City

III. Awards & Competitions 1. TEHRAN Institute, IFLA, Child-Friendly Public Space Design, Honorable Mentioned 2. LO:NOTRE Institute, International Competition Garden Design, Honorable Mentioned 3. TEHRAN Institute , Historical Urban Landscape Revival, Third Place


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Summary Experienced in: Landscape Architecture, Urban planning, Rural Planning, Hydrology, Environment, Sustainable development, Resilience and water Management. Skills: Familiar with BCA, NCC & Australian Botany & Environment, Proficient in Using AutoCAD, ArcGIS, QGIS, Familiar with TUFLOW, Teamwork, Responsibility and Integrity.

Education International Scholarship for Planning, 2016 Ecole nationale supĂŠrieure d'architecture de Versailles (ĂŠnsa-v) in collaboration with Tehran University Master of Landscape Architecture , 2014-2017 (Full Scholarship) Tehran University, Faculty of Fine Arts Bachelor of Architectural Engineering , 2005-2009 (Full Scholarship) Tehran University of Art, Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning

Experiences STP International Group/ Sep 2017- May 2019, HQ: Dubai, UAE Project Manager & Senior Landscape Engineer Danish Refugee Council (DRC)/ Sep 2018- Mar 2019, HQ: Denmark Shelter & Wash , Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist WeLoop Group/ Mar 2017- Jun 2017, HQ: France Life Cycle Assessment(LCA) Specialist HydroCity / Dec 2015- Oct 2016, HQ: Canada Landscape Planner & Hydrologist KelyasKavir Architectural Group/ Jan 2015- Feb 2016, HQ: Iran Landscape Planner & Junior Architect

Courses & Certificates National Construction Code(NCC), Building Code of Australia(BCA) Australian Building Code Board( ABCB), Self-manual, 2019 Code of professional Conduct Australian Institute of landscape Architects, self-manual, 2018 Flora Of Australia, Volume 1-59 Australian Biological Resources Study, Self-Manual, 2018 Integrated Water Management (IWM) Framework for Victoria Victoria State government, Environment, Land, Water & Planning, Self-Manual Revit Architecture Elementary & Advanced Course University of Tehran, Scientific Association of Engineering Science, 2018 Architectural Design Certificate Ministry of Road & Urban Development in Iran, 2019

IELTS Overall 7 British Council, Dec 2017

Skills & Software 2D Drafting : Revit, AutoCAD 3D Modeling: Sketch Up, Rhino Rendering : Lumion, V-Ray Sketch up Graphic & Presentation: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design, PowerPoint, Publisher Geographical & Water Management: ArcGIS, QGIS, TUFLOW Information & Data Management: MS Excel, Power BI, Kobo Toolbox, Workbook

Microsoft Office

UNDP-NUFAO-Tehran University Project, 2019

New Approach to Sustainable Water

1 Management In Australia Australia Water Spots Water spots can be found in three scales in Australia: Reservoirs (Dams), Lakes and Ponds and they are connected by Rivers. As reserving water in large scale wreak havoc on environment and results in unsustainability, inspiring from the concept of ponds rather than dams can be suggested as a sustainable method of supplying water and controlling flood.

Reservoirs Cotter Reservoir

Prospective Lake


Prospective Lake Control Gate

Lake Tuggeranong

Sustainable City Size


Model of Sustainable Water Management Infrastructure For Supplying water and Controlling Flood Stranger Pond

Natural Water Cycle

Sustainable Water Cycle in Rural Context Precipitation Evapotranspiration Movement



Natural Lake Filtering 3 Layers of Underground Water

Village (Constructions in sustainable size)

Keeping the balance of natural water cycle is of paramount importance for natural recourse preservation. Rivers for lands are like blood vessels for human body. Rivers balance should be kept in order to having a sustainable natural water and several factors including city size, quantity and size of man-made supplying facilities such as Dams and the construction growth are involved.

Dams generate very big water spots which upset water structure balance. They act as cancerous tumors and disturb the functionality of natural environment.

Prospective Lake

Prospective Lake

What if we had connection of small ponds rather than Cotter Dam on Cotter river?

Respecting riparian zone

Urbanism, Dams & Unsustainable Water Cycle in Dry Period Less Precipitation

If the spots be divided in smaller spots and be repeated in whole linear of the river, a more equivalent and sustainable change happens to the water structure. Furthermore, the volume of water running out of river can be controlled through control gates.

Urbanism, Dams & Unsustainable Water Cycle in Flood Period Periodic high precipitation

Less Evapotranspiration Less Evaporation

Less Filtering Mega City (Exceeding and unsustainable construction in riparian zone) Dryness in first level of underground waters

Dams may intensify flood because of the great deal of water they reserve. The water gates must be opened for preventing from dam break during flood or they break as a result of pressure and both add to the water volume. Dry clods cause low water penetration and remain more surface water.

Freelance Project, 2018


Campion Local Learning Garden Location: Perth, Australia

Black Water inspired from swan river

The main concept of Learning Garden is Western Australia. Swan River, Gold Min and trees including Eucalyptus, Peppermi to children in a warm and casual local gar

Landscape Plan

Site Photos

Plant Palette

a. Eucalyptus Spathulata

b. Ficus Hillii

c. Liquidambar styraciflua

d. London Plane

e. Weeping Willow

Acacia Pulchella & Black Pebble Gold & Black Colors in Garden Enterance

Main Sitting inspired from Gold Mines

Wooden Benches with Tree shade

Low-growing succulents & White Pebble

Garden Enterance

White Pebble

Lamb's Ear and River stone

Main Sitting inspired from Gold Mines

is making local people and children in particular familiar with the history and natural heritages of Perth and nes, Red & Green Kangaroo Paw plant, Boab tree, Golden and Black colors as well as other Perth endemic plants int, Succulents and Banksia are the main symbols that are transferring a basic knowledge of geographical invests rden equipped with soft home-inspiring furniture (pillows) under the shadow of a big Eucalyptus tree.

f. Peppermint

g. Blue jacaranda

h. Lamb's Ear

i. Kidney Weed

j. Low-growing succulents l. White Pebble

k. Ajuga

m. Myoporum parvifolium prostratum

n. Boab tree

o. Eutaxia obovata

p. Red & Green Kangaroo Paw

q. Banksia menziesii

Hydrocity, 2016


Mapping Mehrgerd Qanat Location: Tehran, Iran Tehran had 3000 qanats which were feed from Alborz foothills and worked as the main water supply and irrigation system of the city until 50 years ago. Now many of them have been eradicated and dried as a result of unsustainable urban expansions. But some of them have survived and a great deal of very qualified mountain water is moving underground of Tehran and unfortunately joining to urban waste water because of lack of management. Mehrger qanat is the oldest (700 year old) qanat of Tehran and still having qualified and in first wells even drinkable water. For reusing this water, it was necessary to map qanat and locating the wells.

Tehran Filtering Gardens Stations Gardens in Five Sequences Mother Well (Behjat Abad Garden)

Alborz School Well

Hafez Bridge Well

Vahdat Hall

Ghurkhaneh Post Museum National Garden( bagh-meli)

Shams ol emareh( Apearance)

A large scale management project for the entire network is unthinkable, but at a time of hydric stress, it is no longer viable to leave this water run to waste. The gardens will be an initial step in reclaiming the water the qanats provide and that has been regretfully polluted by being mixed up with wastewater from the capital’s new neighborhoods. Therefore the gardens will need to have a purifying function, to allow for the re-use of water, even if for nondrinking purposes. The water recycling will be based on natural depuration techniques (plants, charcoal, gravel‌). The project is located in Tehran’s 12th district, which corresponds to the historic core dating back to the 16th century, and where the oldest qanats make surface. Elements of the Persian garden will be used in a sequential procession.

1 Water Reservoir (ab-anbar)


Wall (Hesar)


Appearance ( Mazhar) 3

Belvedere 4 (Nazargah)

Chahar Bagh 11








Versailles University, 2016


Flood Management in Paris Location: Paris, France Paris has been witnessing flood since it’s birth and this issue should be seriously discussed since the most important buildings in Paris including Museums, Notre Dam, Eiffel and etc. are located on river side while the green and penetrative lands are not responsive to the big mass of flooding water. Moreover Seine River bank is of concrete and making river bank more penetrative is a controversial issue as the concrete river bank is the main attraction of Paris.

The island, city centre of the historical core of the city is highlighted in red.

Important buildings and green penetrative lands are demonstrated in this map.

Lakes: Flood water is transferred to urban lakes through underground water.

Ponds: Based on the mass of flood, ponds may remain empty of flood water.

The flood water will be transferred to urban Lakes, Ponds and fountains inside the city through underground Channels. Lakes and ponds just have low level of water in non flood situation and they work as performative landscapes, but during the flood they gradually start to be filled and the fountains work.

Lakes, Ponds and Flood Fountains Lakes, ponds and fountains, are connected through a network of water. The most serous floods result in working fountains. Green Spaces


Important Buildings River Seine

Ponds Fountains

Versailles University, 2016


Image of a Seismic City Location: Tajrish Sq., Tehran, Iran

Retrofitting Systems

Tehran is a seismic site and it should be retrofitted in different layers and scales based on seismic building codes. There are different systems that can be used for strengthening different types of buildings including smallscale residential buildings, large-scale official and commercial buildings, emergency centers and hospitals, governmental & security buildings as well as religious and cultural centers. The systems embrace from braces, dampers, base isolation, urban shelters and etc. Earthquake is a vulnerability and a thread which can turn to a opportunity and a strong feature that can give meaning to city image. Retrofitting systems which have disturbed the city image for decades, can be developed and managed in a way to turn to aesthetic elements.

Tajrish sq.

Distribution of Retrofitting systems in Tajrish Neighborhood

Fictitious image of Tajrish neighborhood explaining earthquake story in Tehran: a deep fault passing north of Tehran and old non-retrofitted buildings eradication during earthquake, buildings that are beautifully strengthened by braces inspired from the Iranian and Islamic patterns of Holy Shrine, the walls which are strengthened by using Gabion and demonstrating various mountain stone layers, the floating shrine which is specifically strengthen through base isolation system .

III. Awards & Competitions

TEHRAN Institute Landscape & Urban Planning Competition,2016 Honorable Mentioned, 4th Place


Child Friendly Public Space Design Location: Haft-Chenar, Tehran, Iran

Haft-Chenar Park, located in an inner city neighborhood is the remaining of a historical garden. “Haft- Chenar” means “7 oriental plane trees” and it is famous for plenty of old oriental planes and specifically those holy seven which have a common root. This garden has turned to a non designed urban park over the years but there are still valuable elements including the certified registered old trees and a unique pond.

Tree Guard Place Wall Paintings

Round Stepped Sitting

Public Amphitheatre

Whole the registered trees has been distinguished from the other through a round stepped tree place.

Site Location in City

Several Water Bridges

Wooden Slide and Pavilion

Children as water Guards Increasing sense of responsibility in children

Play Ground

Tree house & Tree guards

Painting wall

Wooden Slide between trees

Small Sitting Holes

Flora and Fauna conservation

Wind Cause songs


Emphasizing on Trees

Round Stepped Sitting

The main idea was to design responsibilities against natural heritages including trees, water, flora and fauna for children in order to telling them the story of past and make the future generation sensitive to the historical values.

LO:NOTRE Institute International Competition Garden Design, Antalya Expo 2016 Honorable Mentioned, 4th Place


A Garden Beyond Paradise For Children Location: Antalya, Turkey Home to numerous communities and civilizations, Anatolia is the harbor of the magnificent Turkish culture. The concept of paradise plays an important role in carpets and other handicrafts in Antalya. In this project we try to use the essence of the cultural and natural heritages, the archetypes, and the potentials of Antalya and “weave� them to build a green future and to give a new life to children.

TEHRAN Institute Historical Urban Landscape Competition,2015 3rd Place Award Winner


Neighborhood-Garden & Green Pathways Location: Tehran, Iran The objective of this project is revival of valuable urban heritage concepts in Oudlajan neighborhood. The remaining walls of old ruined buildings next to the project site have joint to the project body. The old walls are forming gardenneighborhoods and at the same time they play a structural role and are exposed and seen by people which inspires the concept of city as museum.

Trees preservation

Public spaces revival

Garden-City revival & endemic plants cultivation

Water supply improvement & qanat revival Garden-Path Map, Inspired from Historical Paths

Garden-Neighborhood Map In Urban context

Remaining Valuable historical walls

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