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TAYLOR PHILLIP BECKER

landscape architecture portfolio


Resumé

Taylor Phillip Becker

2711 Mount Olive Court Mount Airy, MD 21771

+EDUCATION

University of Maryland, College Park May 2014 Bachelor of Arts - Landscape Architecture Minor in Landscape Management

•Featured in the University of Maryland's newspaper for sustainability •Maryland Distinguished Scholar •Maryland Senatorial Scholarship •Sustainable Lawn Care Leaders Scholarship •University of Maryland College of Agriculture & Natural Resources Dean’s List

+COMPUTER SKILLS •AutoCAD •On-Screen Takeoff •Google SketchUp •Adobe Illustrator •Adobe Photoshop •GIS •Microsoft Office •Bid2Win •GoILawn

tpbecker3@gmail.com

+WORK EXPERIENCE

Ruppert Landscape, Maryland Construction Branch Office

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+AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

301-233-0703

June 2010 - Present

Assistant Project Manager/ Worked in the field for two years Estimating Assistant - Aided the estimating office in determining cost estimates and material take off for numerous jobs Production Assistant - Cost estimating, material submittals, LEED paperwork, submittal packages, assisted in the review processing of invoices, pricing change orders

Design/Build Project: Sculpture at Evergreen • •

October 2011 - May 2012 Project selected for permanent installment at the Johns Hopkins Evergreen Museum, Baltimore, Maryland Published in World Landscape Architecture Magazine

University of Maryland - Grant Project • • •

Developed new pedestrian system in Friendship Heights under the guidance of Dr. David Myers Experience and proficiency in hand drawn graphics, illustrations, and renderings Background knowledge of plant material native/found along the east coast of the United States of America

Bio-retention Plantings •

January 2013

Worked with the Anacostia Watershed Society to install bio-retention facility on Maryland’s campus

October 2012

+LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE

University of Maryland Chapter of Professional Land-care Network (PLANET) - President

• National competition for Landscape Management and Landscape Architecture • Responsible for plant disease diagnostics, cost estimating, wood construction, plant installation, hardscape construction, sales presentation, woody plant identification

Student Association of Landscape Architects Executive Board (SASLA) - Events Chairman Parking Day at the University of Maryland Committee

Planned, designed, installed and hosted the first Parking Day at the University

Theta Chi Alpha Psi Fraternity Executive Board - Events Chairman


Portfolio Contents Watermark Condominium Study.........................4-5 Buzzard Point Urban Development.....................6-7 Mckeldin Mall Master Plan................................8-9 National Mall Welcome Center.........................10-11 Sculpture as Landscape: Umbrellas..................12-13 Brier’s Mill Greenway........................................14-16 Construction Documents..................................17-18 Dumbarton Oaks: Ellipse Garden........................19


Watermark Condominium

PROJECT COMPLETION: MARCH 2014

The Watermark Place home owners association and landscape committee asked our studio to improve water run-off and erosion issues by implementing best water management practices. The area that I decided to focus on was the back end of the building. The condominium complex sits at the bottom of damned man-made lake. In larger storms water sheet flows to the back entrance of the building causing flooding and a highly eroded hillside. In order to filter and stop flooding, I implemented a planted terraced system that included an extensive piped drainage system. While the terraced system was functional, it also added aesthetic appeal. With my design, I also wanted to extend the Watermark outdoor recreation to the ridge along the lake. This space offered an extension to the living space of the property, as well as celebrated the best views of the property. The plaza was constructed with a permeable paver system, further treating storm water on site.


PLAN DETAIL: PERMEABLE PAVER PLAZA

DRAINAGE

PERSPECTIVE: BOCCE BALL COURT


Buzzard Point Urban Development PROJECT COMPLETION: DECEMBER 2013 Buzzard Point is an industrial zoned area located directly east of Fort McNair. The project study was to redevelop the area offering areas mixed use including housing, outdoor recreational spaces, as well as commercial programs. The newly developed Buzzard point was to offer multiple levels of opportunities, from low income housing up to market rate housing in a cohesive manner. The main components of my design were the new home to the D.C. United soccer team, a grand commercial promenade, and a waterfront park system. The grand commercial promenade is located LAND USE along the newly proposed canal. The promenade offers multiple levels of shops, restaurants, and bars that are accessible by both water and land. I also developed a central park located along the main axis of development which can be seen in the detailed plan.

EXISTING ROADS

PROPOSED ROADS


PLAN DETAIL: PROMENADE PARK

SHARED ROAD DETAIL

PERSPECTIVE: WATERFRONT


McKeldin Mall Master Plan


AMPHITHEATER SECTION

PROJECT COMPLETION: DECEMBER 2012 Group Project

Project Manager: Taylor Becker Group Members: Anna De Los Angeles, Christiane Machado, and Stephanie Marino

At the University of Maryland there are many iconic buildings and points of destination on the grounds. None are more iconic then McKeldin Mall. Our group's assignment was to revisit the relationship of McKeldin Mall and Route One. With an aging campus, the development of the purple line and rumors of the expansion of campus across Route One to "East Campus", McKeldin Mall needed a face lift. In order to establish a more cohesive pedestrian path system, our group determined that we had to look at campus as a whole. The final design extends from a newly proposed outdoor amphitheater, through a modernized McKeldin Mall, all the way to East Campus. The team also saw this as an opportunity to further develop underutilized spaces along the paths. The new program offers more outdoor recreation destinations, as well as a new visitor’s center and faculty club.

ROUTE ONE SECTION


National Mall Welcome Center PROJECT COMPLETION: OCTOBER 2013 In the fall of 2013, our urban design studio was given the opportunity to work with the National Capital Planning Commission to develop concepts for a new National Mall Welcome Center. The site for the new welcome center was located off the Smithsonian stop on the metro. In order to keep the iconic views of the mall and to not obstruct existing pedestrian paths I created a space underground that could house the visitor's center as well as other shops. This underground plaza would locatd at the mezzanine level of the metro stop. The has sky lights that allow natural light into the space. The design was to allow the individual to see the Washington Monument as they walk along the promenade. At the ground level there are three raised resting areas. Two are located at both metro entrances, one at each entrance. These areas offer natural shade provided by ornamental trees. The other is a seating area located in the center of the mall.

PLAN DETAIL OF VISITOR CENTER

PRELIMINARY CONCEPT


PERSPECTIVE: UNDERGROUND PROMENADE CONCEPT DRAWINGS

SECTION A-A’

SECTION B-B’


Sculpture as Landscape: Umbrellas PROJECT COMPLETION: MAY 2012 In the fall of 2011 the sophomore landscape architecture studio was given the opportunity to work with the Johns Hopkins Evergreen Museum to develop a seasonal park on the museums grounds. Each student came up with their own concept and only a handful of concepts were chosen for the implementation in seasonal park. My concept, Umbrellas, was the one chosen to become a permanent part of the Evergreen campus. There were two factors that inspired my design. One was the desire to integrate architectural elements from the museum into the museum’s grounds. The other defining factor of the design was location. On the grounds directly behind the museum lies The Wedding Garden. The Wedding Garden is home to many wedding ceremonies, parties, and other catered events. I noticed the absence of shade at this location. With the need for shade and the want to incorporate architectural elements from the museum, I developed the concept Umbrellas. Though the umbrella canopies do not provide full shade because of their designs, I planted jasmine beneath each umbrella with the intent that in a few years the jasmine would reach the canopies and fill their gaps. The jasmine also adds seasonal interest with blossoms in the spring and green foliage throughout the year. Each umbrella also has a table attached to their post. The table’s height can be adjusted, so one can either sit or stand underneath the umbrellas and have a place to rest their refreshment or snack.

CONCEPT DRAWINGS

AUTOCAD DETAILS PRODUCED BY KEVIN GARZON


FEATURED IN WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE FALL 2013


Trotters Glen


Dumbarton Oaks: Ellipse Garden Sketches

PROJECT COMPLETION: MARCH 2011


Taylor Phillip Becker 2711 Mount Olive Court Mount Airy, MD 21771 301-233-0703 tpbecker3@gmail.com

Becker portfolio