landscape architecture portfolio
Hello! My name is Sophia Kim and I am a recent graduate of the University of Georgia. I received my undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from the College of Environment + Design. As a lover of the outdoors and creative design, I naturally gravitated towards landscape architecture. The field allows me to express my love for putting pen to paper and challenges me to create meaningful spaces. My love for sketching and drawing heavily influences the way I express my ideas for each design. To me, the design concepts and ideas are equally important to the visuals produced for each unique project.
The University of Georgia, College of Environment + Design | August 2018 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Cumulative GPA: 3.42 Hope Scholarship Recipient, Dean’s List
RELEVANT WORK EXPERIENCE
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE INTERN, Ed Castro Landscape Inc. | Summer 2017 - Supported the project managers by providing AutoCAD basemaps as well as photoshop and hand renderings for various client presentations - Actively participated in the preliminary stages of design and attended site visits to ensure an accurate analysis for each project - Ensured permits for certain projects were processed correctly and on time FREELANCE WORK | Spring 2018 - Current - Provide renderings and loosely design properties located in coastal Florida for contractors - Create any visuals needed for client and investor presentations
COMMUNITY + CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT
UGA Cortona Study Abroad Program Participant | Summer 2018 C.E+D Ambassador | Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 - Volunteered and actively participated in events held at the college Georgia Landscape Magazine | Fall 2017 - Spring 2018 - Layout editor + writer - Organized an interview with Dean Sonia Hirt for her introduction piece Experience UGA | Spring 2018 - Co-led tours around UGA’s North campus for local high school students GSLA Member | 2016 - 2018
PROGRAMS + RELEVANT COURSEWORK
- AutoCAD, Photoshop, InDesign, Sketchup, Microsoft Office, Hand Graphics, Watercolor - Plants of the South, Engineering/Grading, Art History, History of the Built Environment
- Sustainable Design - Residential + Large Scale Design - Environmental Restoration - Travelling - Sketching + Painting
firstname.lastname@example.org (678)-918-1026 Atlanta, Georgia
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1. Kehoe Courtyard Redesign 2. Ted Turner Drive 3. Redwood Trail Estates 4. Computer Rendered + Drafted 5. Internship + Freelance Work 6. Other Skills + Interests
Set in the beautiful landscape of Tuscany, this project gave students the opportunity to redesign the student courtyard for the John D. Kehoe Center. Part of the University of Georgiaâ€™s Cortona study abroad campus, the courtyard is widely used by the students and is located right outside the dorms and classrooms. The existing conditions are charming and rugged and I didnâ€™t want to completely change the feel of the existing courtyard. With my redesign, the students and guests now have ample seating and gathering areas for leisure and work. The paths throughout the site are clearer and more defined but still keep the look of the existing gravel pathways. There are plentiful plantings and planters, all inspired by a traditional Tuscan garden, which create a strong sense of place.
KEHOE COURTYARD RE-DESIGN
SUN + SHADE PATTERNS (SUMMER)
EXISTING VEGETATION (SUMMER)
FINALIZED CONCEPTUAL DIAGRAM
- HEAVY SUNSHINE THROUGHOUT THE DAY - HEAVY SHADE UNDER EX. TREES
- KEEPING ALL HEALTHY EX. TREES IN REDESIGN - DETERMINING WHICH AREAS ARE SUITABLE FOR GROUPS
CONCEPTUAL MASTER PLAN
- GRASS DOMINATED LANDSCAPE, DRY - SOME LARGE EX. TREES
- AREAS FOR SECLUSION AS WELL AS GROUPS - AMPLE GARDEN PLANTINGS - PEDESTRIAN CIRCULATION DESIGNATES THE PATH - UTILITY BUILDING TRANSFORMED INTO A GREENHOUSE
MASTER PLAN (LEFT SIDE)
COURTYARD PERSPECTIVE GARDEN CONTAINER NOTION
PLANT LIST QTY.
BOTANICAL NAME 2 Citrus x meyeri
COMMON NAME Meyer Lemon
3 Myrtus communis
COMMENTS White bloom Evergreen, white bloom
COMMON NAME Dwarf English Boxwood
COMMENTS Evegreen, structural element
Panicle Hydrangea Russian Sage Jerusalem Sage Dahurian Rhododendron
White bloom Blue bloom Yellow bloom
COMMON NAME Mondo Grass
Creeping Rosemary Zoysiagrass
Pale blue bloom Low maintenance
Deschampsia cespitosa Erysimum Lavandula angustifolia Nepeta x faassenii Tropaeolum
Tufted Hair Grass Wallflower English Lavender Nepeta Nasturtium
COMMENTS Purplish green, tawny bloom Yellow/orange bloom Purple bloom Blue/violet bloom Orange bloom
HPL PA PR
2 5 14
CODE OJ ROP ZJ
4 Rhododendron dauricum
BOTANICAL NAME 75 sq. ft. Ophiopogon japonicus Rosmarinus officinalis 195 sq. ft. Prosratus 1,275 sq. ft. Zoysia japonica
CODE DC E LA NF T
BOTANICAL NAME Buxus sempervirens 'Suffruticosa' Gardenia jasminoides 'Radicans' Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight' Perovskia atriplicifolia Phlomis russeliana
QTY. 11 90 sq. ft. 29 6 21
D. PLANT IMAGES
A) INFILTRATION PLANTER DETAIL - NTS
B) TREE PLANTING DETAIL - NTS
C) STONE PAVERS WITH CONCRETE EDGING DETAIL - NTS
D) STEPPING STONE ON LAWN DETAIL - NTS
TED TURNER DRIVE
What is a resilient city? Thatâ€™s the question we tackled when working on Ted Turner Drive. Atlanta was chosen as one of the 100 Resilient Cities by the Global Resilient Movement. Tasked with creating a functional and adaptable Atlanta streetscape, our team, SPARK, focused our design on three strategies; GREEN, EMPOWER, + CONNECT.
PRELIMINARY Prior to the design stage, we started with analyzing the resilience of the corridor through Cultural, Ecological, and Economic lenses in order to determine which areas needed to be improved the most. These aspects were measured by questioning the adaptiveness, resourcefulness, diversity, supportiveness, and vitality of the corridor under each category. We also took a more hands on approach to gathering input about what the public wanted for Ted Turner Drive. Our team set out 15 public recorders all over downtown Atlanta. We believed this would spark conversation as well as allow the people to have a voice in how their city grows.
This category scored the lowest. There is only 15% tree canopy along the entire corridor and little to no existing wildlife. This is due to a large part of the street being on a viaduct and this creates a difficult environment for large plantings.
This category scored well. TTD is a vital street and has a wide range of uses, which attracts many different types of people. Future development needs to be able to protect the current users and their needs as well as allow the area to grow in an inclusive way.
We found out that people want to be involved, they just need the tools to be able to do so. People want growth, a pedestrian friendly streetscape, and a more connected Atlanta, so how do we achieve that?
This category fared well. There are many aspects that bring people to the corridor such as sports and music arenas, commerce buildings, and some local businesses. The area has a wide range of uses and has great potential for further growth.
With a unique and challenging landscape, TTD had to have an appropriate planting strategy. We divided the plantings into 3 categories; Ruderal Piedmont, Granite Rock Outcrop, and Lowland Piedmont. The plant palettes were chosen to be able to withstand the harsh urban environment as well as the viaduct. These hardy plants can thrive on TTD.
We hope to empower the the users of TTD by reclaiming the right-of-way for pedestrians, expanding upon existing Atlanta policies for equity and positive growth, and creating a program for artists and innovators to showcase their resilience-related ideas along the corridor. This space needs to be dedicated to the pedestrians first before anything else.
The lack of activated space and people’s perception of TTD as the “back door” to other main streets makes it a hidden barrier to connectivity between neighborhoods and along the corridor. Our plan hopes to spark connections across Ted Turner both from East to West at key intersections and North to South along our nodes.
NODES + STRETCHES
With a $6-7 million budget, we designed a network of activated nodes along the corridor that are connected by our “stretches” of low-programmed sidewalks. Stretches consist of low-cost design enhancements.
NODES ALONG TTD
- EMPHASIS ON ECOLOGICAL FUNCTION WITH STORMWATER MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY
- INCLUDES FLEX SPACES AND LUSH PARKLETS TO OFFSET THE FORMAL GOVERNMENT PLAZAS
- THE VIADUCT WILL ACT AS A SPECIAL EVENTS FLEX SPACE. SUPER TREES ARE IMPLEMENTED
- BY TAKING BACK ONE STREET LANE, THERE IS MORE SPACE FOR FUNCTIONAL ADDITIONS
We are proud to announce that our team won the competition! We believe our design concepts and ideas will help activate the space, connect the divided neighborhoods, reclaim the urban space for pedestrian use, introduce sustainable practices, and prep the corridor for future growth. Team members consist of Katie Boucek, Jack Cherry, Sarah Franklin, Luke Gregory, Kayla Lord, Kiet Nguyen, Charles Quinn, Halle Salisbury, Brittany Thompson, and myself. To find out more information on the competition and to view our full presentation, visit https://www.atlantaga.gov/Home/Components/News/News/11601/672 https://ced.uga.edu/news_and_events/ted_turner_drive_re-design_competition_win_2018/
Welcome to Redwood Trail Estates. Located on the busy street of Oglethorpe Avenue, not too far from downtown Athens and near a large public park, the site works great for family housing. I designed the neighborhood with the idea of community in mind. With the units all facing towards the center and ammenities winding through each part of the site, I feel that unity is achieved. The space is meant to encourage the residents to spend more time outdoors. The design includes an abundance of open space and communal areas. These areas include the walking trail, club house, pool, gazebo, dog park, and open green space. The design also includes a lush planting plan in which the residents are supposed to feel like they are enveloped in nature. This acts as a nice visual break from the hustle and bustle of the busy, adjacent street.
REDWOOD TRAIL ESTATES
* SITE LOCATION
COMPOSITE ANALYSIS - NTS
CONCEPTUAL DIAGRAM I - NTS
FINALIZED CONCEPTUAL DIAGRAM - NTS
- LOCATED NEAR BISHOP PARK AND THE UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIAâ€™S HEALTH SCIENCE CAMPUS
- HIGH DENSITY NEIGHBORHOOD, MAY BE CROWDED - INCLUDES MANY COMMUNITY AMMENITIES
- MOST EX. VEGETATION IS HEALTHY, WANT TO KEEP - LOCATED ON A NOISY, BUSY STREET (OGLETHORPE AVE)
- FEWER UNITS TO MAKE ROOM FOR MORE GREENSPACE - CENTRALIZED COMMUNITY AMMENITIES, EASY ACCESS
PRELIMINARY PLAN VS. FINAL MASTER PLAN - For the final design, I further decreased the number of units to make even more community spaces for the users. - The units are a mixture of single family homes, and townhomes. This will allow for a mixture of different income level households to reside in the community. - Parking was also addressed in the final design. There will be parallel parking for all connected units instead of personal driveways. 18
MASTER PLAN - NTS
TOWNHOMES SECTION - NTS TRAIL PERSPECTIVE
GRIFFIN RESIDENCE EXISTING PLANTING PLAN DRAFTED IN AUTOCAD
GRIFFIN RESIDENCE VIEW 1 MODELED IN SKETCHUP
COMPUTER RENDERED + DRAFTED
GRIFFIN RESIDENCE VIEW 2 MODELED IN SKETCHUP
Here are a few more select works from my undergraduate career. These projects primarily focused on drafting and rendering plans using computer programs such as AutoCAD, SketchUp, and Photoshop. These works came from my main studio design courses and a documentations course.
SKETCHUP VIEW 1
POCKET PARK MASTER PLAN DRAFTED IN AUTOCAD, RENDERED IN PHOTOSHOP
SKETCHUP VIEW 2
EXIST. BLDG. gas
MONITORING WELL 946
EXISTING J.B. 946.0
LANDSCAPE PLAN - CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTATION COURSE DRAFTED IN AUTOCAD
ELLIOTT GARDEN DESIGN ED CASTRO LANDSCAPE, INC.
PERKINS RESIDENCE PLANTING PLAN ED CASTRO LANDSCAPE, INC.
INTERNSHIP + FREELANCE WORK
RESIDENTIAL ENTRANCE DESIGN ED CASTRO LANDSCAPE, INC.
RUBEL RESIDENCE PLANTING PLAN ED CASTRO LANDSCAPE, INC.
Here are a few select works from my internship at Ed Castro Landscape, Inc. I worked on small to large scale residential and commercial projects. My tasks consisted of preparing site analyses and autocad basemaps as well as preparing renderings for client presentations.
NEIGHBORHOOD ENTRANCE SIGN HAND GRAPHICS, PHOTOSHOP
OLD MARSH COVE - LOT 7 HAND GRAPHICS, PHOTOSHOP
BEACH HOUSE PERSPECTIVE - FRONT HAND GRAPHICS
BEACH HOUSE PERSPECTIVE - BACK HAND GRAPHICS
BUCHANAN RESIDENCE HAND GRAPHICS, PHOTOSHOP
Here are a few properties I have worked on for two separate contractors. The homes are all based in coastal Florida. I was given the opportunity to loosely design some of the exteriors of the properties as well as provide the renderings and visuals for their client or investor presentations.
PLEIN AIR PAINTING CORTONA, ITALY
THE MARKET AREZZO, ITALY
HOBBIES + OTHER INTERESTS
EXCURSIONS WITH FRIENDS SIENA, ITALY
An amateur photographer and a lover of experiencing new things, I take every chance I can to travel to some place new. Travelling is incredibly important to me as a creative and as a human being. I am always so inspired by the new architecture, the people, the art, and the different cultures of each new city.
STILL LIFE PAINTING I OIL PAINT
PORTRAIT PAINTING OIL PAINT
STILL LIFE PAINTING II OIL PAINT
CRANE COTTAGE - JEKYLL ISLAND PEN + WATERCOLOR PAINT
MORNINGS IN ITALY - CORTONA PEN + WATERCOLOR PAINT
THE MARSH - JEKYLL ISLAND WATERCOLOR PAINT
Another passion of mine is to draw and paint. I keep a sketchbook on me and draw whenever I feel inspired. I am always open to learning new skills. Over the years, I have learned how to oil paint in Italy and how to watercolor at Jekyll Island. Itâ€™s been a beautiful growing process!
“there’s no time to be bored in a world as beautiful as this.”
University of Georgia, College of Environment + Design. Here is a collection of some of my work completed during my undergraduate career.
Published on Nov 7, 2018
University of Georgia, College of Environment + Design. Here is a collection of some of my work completed during my undergraduate career.