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Emmanuel O. Coloma Internship Portfolio Harvard Graduate School of Design Masters in Landscape Architecture ‘18


175 Beacon St. Apt. 411, Somerville, MA 02143 - (510) 579-7047 - EDUCATION Harvard Graduate School of Design [8.2015 - Current] Masters in Landscape Architecture, Candidate 2018 Career Discovery Program – Landscape Architecture [6.2013 - 8.2013] University of California, Berkeley [2009 - 2013] B.A. Urban Studies, B.S. Molecular Environmental Biology Yonsei University [Summer 2011] University of California Education Abroad Program General Assembly [10.2014 - 1.2015] Front-End Web Development LEADERSHIP Harvard LGBT Conference Design Director [9.2015 - Current] Designed the website for the university-wide LGBT conference Harvard GSD Student Forum Landscape Architecture Studio Representative Liaison between the Landscape Architecture Class of 2018 with the administration and deans of the school. Design for America [2.2012 - 1.2013] Founder & Creative Studio Lead Directed a team of 10 people to develop a prototypical waste bin that saved 200 pounds of food waste resulting in a $250 grant. Associated Students of the University of California [8.2010 - 12.2010] Diversity Director (Appointed) Heightened transparency of diversity issues on campus by managing tworkshops and public forums.

SKILLS SOFTWARE AutoCAD, Rhinoceros 5, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop Adobe InDesign, Google Earth Pro, Google Maps, DIVA, Flow Design, SketchUp, Rhino Terrain, ArcGIS, Ecotect FABRICATION Digital Fabrication, Physical Modeling, Laser Cutting, Acrylic Modeling, Bristol Sketch Modeling, Muesum Board Contour Modeling ILLUSTRATION/DRAFTING Hand Drafting, Digital Drafting, Hybrid Drafting, Mixed Media Drawing, Watercolor, Charcoal, Pastel, Micron, Diagramming, Freehand Drawing STRATEGY Vegetation Strategy, Materials Strategy, Site Analysis, Shadow Studies OTHER Web development (HTML/CSS/Javascript/JQuery), Microsoft Office, E-mail Marketing ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE RESEARCH Energy Biosciences Institute [1.2012 - 4.2012] Independent Research Assistant In the process of examining alternative biofuels, I helped discover mutations that narrowed possibilities for sustainable sources of biofuels. UC Berkeley School of Optometry [2.2011 - 12.2011] Research Assistant Analyzed genetic factors that influence eye disease using PCR, cell culture protocols and cryogenic techniques.

TEACHING UC Berkeley Department of Molecular & Cell Biology [1.2011 - 5.2011] Undergraduate Student Instructor Top-ranked student instructor with excellent reviews from students and faculty. Taught t30+ undergraduates for 14 weeks on the basics of biology laboratory practices. WORK-STUDY Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive [6.2010 - 12.2010] Management Assistant Managed the marketing strategy and assets for 100+ films.

LumiFi [2.2014 - 4.2014] Marketing Intern Developed marketing content and strategies. San Francisco Board of Supervisors: Office of the President [1.2013 - 5.2013] Legislative & Policy Intern Designed district-wide pamphlets and ballots for the first participatory budget election in San Francisco, distributed to 134,000+ constituents.

UC Berkeley Gardner Main Stacks Library [8.2009 // 5.2010] Library Assistant Maintained and organized collection of UC Berkeley’s largest library.

HUB Bay Area [1.2013 - 5.2013] Social Enterprise Marketing & Design Intern Within the first 2 months, boosted sold-out events by 200% through developing marketing strategies for Facebook and Twitter.

CONFERENCES Duke-UNC China Leadership Summit [4.2013] Delegate Selected to discuss sustainable development in China, addressing topics in foreign policy, urban planning, environmental policy, and economic policy.

Kevin Stephens Design Group [6.2012 - 8.2012] Sustainability Systems Research & Development Intern Collaborated with CEO on sustainable research and design implementation for 5 residential complexes. Sole project leader of vertical gardens for urban agriculture and created a $2500 budget for 5 garden implementations.

Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations [2.2013] Delegate Selected as a US representative to join delegates from over 30 nations to discuss sustainable development in Asia, concerning topics ranging from entrepreneurship and media to security and diplomacy.

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE Cal Corps Public Service Center at UC Berkeley [4.2012] Volunteered at soup kitchens and homeless shelters in San Francisco and Sacramento for Spring Break.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Trusted Insight [9.2014 - 8.2015] Community Manager Managing and designing e-mail marketing campaigns to a list of 40,000+. Creating and implementing community growth strategies. FForward [5.2014 - 7.2014] Community Manager In 1 month, guided the company pivot by creating 3 comprehensive strategic marketing plans for content, social media, and SEO and drafted a thorough competitive analysis report.

AIGA Design for Social Value Conference [10.2012] General volunteer at one of San Francisco’s largest design tconventions. AWARDS & HONORS Yes-Yous Competition [5.2012] 3rd Place Awarded for the Design for America – Project Food Waste project. College of Environmental Design Dean’s Travel Grant [8.2012] Awarded a sponsorship for travel to design-related events that enrich the academic and campus experience.

Table of Contents 6-9 10-13 14-15 16-18 19 20-23 24-25 26 27

Surface & Edge: Indeterminacy Boston City Hall Plaza Mt. Auburn Street: A Planting Plan Field & Permeability Landform Typology Landform & View Measure & Movement Forces of Continuity 2016 Harvard LGBT Conference Website



Surface & Edge: Indeterminacy Fall 2015

Studio Critics: Luis Callejas, Jane Hutton, and Gary Hilderbrand Site: Marina Park, Boston Seaport, Boston, MA This design project is to conceptualize a new urban square on this site that exploits the indefinite, moving edge between land and water. I examines various ways to transform a currently flat site into one that interacts with the changing tides through the study of waterfront precedents, morphology, water movement, program, vegetation, materiality, and site tectonics. In between the rapidly developing Fan Pier and the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), the project site is at the heart of an area that experiences various scales of indeterminancy: from the economical to the ecological. The design exploration’s main theme is enclosure, as reinforced through the surrounding vegetation on one side and the bridge on the other. Intended as both a reprieve from the developing urban context and an invitation to the shoreline, visitors will experience a dynamic space through the daily tidal flux. The project itself becomes a stage for ecological dynamism, and its enclosure reinforces an inward, and introspective participation into this phenomenon. Another theme explored is emergence. Visitors must either descend into the deeper part of the site, or rise up to an elevated vista point, where different viewsheds are experienced. The enclosure of the trees through time will be a way to entice visitors to peer through the branches of the allee and emerge into a new and distinct space. The vegetation also softens the strong geometries of the site, while taking into consideration salt and inundation tolerances. The allee of Black Gum and Black Cherry will create a wind break from strong waterfront winds in the colder months, while providing shade in the warmer months. Kayakers are free to roam given the appropriate tide conditions. There are plenty of open places for flexible programming as well, situated near the trees right along Northern Avenue. By extending the pier beyond its current limits, both further into the bay and excavating into the urban context, this project allows for circulation to become more intimate with its relationship to the waterfront. Left: Museum board contour model (1:400)












LEGEND Mean Low Water (0 - 1.5m) Mean Tide Level (1.5 - 3.0m) Mean High Water (3.0 - 5.0m)


Opposite page (clockwise): Bristol sketch models (1:800), Site Plan (1:400), Contour Plan (1:400), Page 9 (clockwise): Serial sections (1:300), Perspectives




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Boston City Hall Plaza Spring 2016

Studio Critics: Danielle Choi, Silvia Benedito and Anita Berrizbeitia Site: Boston City Hall, Boston, MA What’s the role of civic space in landscape? This project explores alternatives for instigating the re-design of one of Boston’s iconic public spaces. My design focuses on sheltering the site from its natural discomforts, high winds and heat, and addressing its scalar issues, i.e. feeling empty. With the intention of making the plaza both a destination and an accessible place to traverse, I wanted to explore the plaza’s relationship with the broader park systems adjacent to it. By planting dawn redwoods, I framed different views of the site, with the intention of having varied branch heights to create different spaces. I predominantly use a quincux pattern for the redwoods in order to frame views in multiple directions of the plaza. The redwoods also act as a windbreak strategy and a source of evaporative cooling to keep the plaza comfortable and a space where people linger. Left: 1:200 Context Plan


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Boston City Hall Plaza Contour Plan 1” = 80’ 0




Boston City Hall Plaza Longitudinal Section 1” = 10’ 0 10’ 20’



Shadow Analysis

Irradiation Analysis

Winter Solstice

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Shadow Analysis Summer Solstice

Wind Pressure Prevailing Wind Speed: 16.87 ft/s Prevailing Wind Direction: WNW

ft/s 36.256 25.059 16.708 10.128 0

Opposite page: Contour Plan (1:80), Section (1:10) Page 13 (clockwise): Detail Models (1:40), Study Models (1:80), Shadow/Irradiation/Velocity Studies



The robust canopy and overarching branches of Quercus alba, through time, will create a road tunnel for the enjoyment of both cars and pedestrians. The lightness of red maple and paper birch canopies, coupled with the density of the plantings, will create a moment of retreat from the suburban surroundings. Through this planting design, the heavy concrete surroundings of the roads and Star Market will be obscured, creating a more peaceful counterpart to Mt. Auburn cemetery.


Mt. Auburn Street Planting Plan Fall 2015

Instructor: Rosetta Elkin Site: Mt. Auburn Cemetry, Cambridge, MA Betula papyrifera 1:1500

I explore sequences of design through projective image making. This is first achieved simply by increments, adding more plants to the palette and increasing their quantity across the site. Later in the process, I developed images that describe the impact of the planting concept on the space of the site. A particular ground level sequence is prioritized, so that the user experience is made visible beyond the capacity of the planar description. In planning a view, I explore a general ambition: the visual impact of carefully chosen plants (Quercus alba, Acer rubrum, Betula papyrifera), and later unfolding into a planting plan.

Acer rubrum 1:1500

Opposite page: Watercolor perspective looking east towards Mt. Auburn Street. Combined Planting Grid 1:1000 This is the primary planting grid used to decide to plant Paper Birch, Red Maple, and White Oak. I intend to design a dense birch grove to provide a light and woody atmosphere with the occasional red maple to add color contrast to the white bark of the birch. The density is intended to run down the streets to create a sense of enclosure throughout Mt. Auburn Street as an attempt to give the illusion of nature encroaching back onto the road., with the adjacent Mt. Auburn cemetery being an extension.

Quercus alba 1:1500

I also wanted to experiment with just including white oak using the provided grid to create a dense tree tunnel through the extend of Mt. Auburn Street.

This first iteration used a grid to overplant the site. Doing this allows to projectively design and anticipate the potential expansion of the planting. Quercus alba, mature Acer rubrum + Betula papyrifera, allee mature Mt. Auburn Cemetery

More isolated dense pockets using the prior grid through subtraction, revealing the existing architecture. Acer rubrum

Betula papyrifera

Star Market

Grid is refined.

Allee is moved further away from cemetery wall to allow for circulation. Red maples placed closer to the road than paper birch as a consideration of salt tolerance. Paper birch emerges through a row of red maples.

Three perspectival iterations using trace paper overlay on site image.



Field & Permeability Fall 2015

Studio Critics: Zaneta Hong, Jane Hutton and Gary Hilderbrand This exercise focuses on the use of ground pattern, surface materials, and volumes of sub-canopy vegetation to study the concepts of field and permeability under two spatial agendas: physically disconnected and visually slightly connected. This involves establishing a ground pattern derived from The Highline, and then using the pattern to inform the assembly of ground materials and understory vegetation to make a small, site-less public garden. Water is a central aspect to this project. To achieve the physical discontinuity of the site, water begins to dissipate away from its central source, to create moments where circulation is impeded and slowed. The vegetation (Rhus copallinum var. latifolia, Amsonia hubrichtii, and Carex eburnea) creates a visually permeable space, in which the different plants emerge into one another, progressing in height and varying in color. Emergence is also seen through the surface material, vegetation, and ground pattern as they blend into one another physically and visually. Left: Acrylic model (1:100)


Page 18 (clockwise): Exploded Isometric (1:200), Permeability Diagram (1:100), Planting Diagram (1:100)


Landform Typology Fall 2015

Instructors: Zaneta Hong and Sergio Lopez-Pineiro This exercise introduced concepts related to generating landscape forms and its representation through physical modeling and digital drawing. I abstracted and represented ideas through a series of interpretative formal and spatial studies emphasizing the ground as both sectional and topographic. In the development of these studies, I investigate a sloped-faceted ground typology.



Landform & View Fall 2015

Studio Critics: Zaneta Hong, Jane Hutton, and Gary Hilderbrand This design exercise focuses on the relationship between landform and view. This involves transforming a flat surface from Grand Canal Plaza into a complex, three-dimensional landform through the cutting and filling of land from the existing plaza. Focusing on creating multiple views as the predominant spatial paradigm, I overlayed the terraces and steps from City Dune to transform the Grand Canal Plaza landform. Left: Contour Model (1:200)


Page 22 (clockwise): Sections (1:200), Contour Plan (1:400), Final Contour Model (oblique, 1:200) Opposite page: Bristol paper sketch models (1:800)




Measure & Movement Fall 2015

Studio Critics: Zaneta Hong, Jane Hutton and Gary Hilderbrand This exercise explores the relationship between the ground plane, overhead canopy, and the shadows and light that are projected between them. Through a series of hand-drawings, I first analyzed the existing pattern of and measure of the circulation of Burle Marx’s Praca Salgado Filho. The precedent was then disrupted by overlaying the Orquideorama canopy over the precedent plan. The last set of analysis drawings were a transformation of the circulation elements in relation to the canopy. The final iteration was then drafted as a shadow plan, adding depth to the plan by exposing the depth, breadth, and height of the canopy itself. Opposite page: Shadow Plan (1:400) Page 25: Analysis Sketches (1:1000)


Forces of Continuity Fall 2015

Instructors: Zaneta Hong and Sergio Lopez-Pineiro In this exercise, I explore mapping as a way to shed light on the growing concerns of climate change and urbanization with respect to the Boston Seaport site used for the final project. Every inch of rise in the acrylic represents a decade of sea level rise in the harbor. As the Boston Harbor expects an inch of sea level rise per decade, how will our edge conditions evolve? What forces of continuity and discontinuity will continue to dominate and what are its social implications on the urban landscape?


2016 Harvard LGBT Conference Website Fall 2015

Through wireframing and utilizing user experience strategies for the web, I designed the website for the 2016 Harvard LGBT Conference.


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