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V IV IANA CA S TR O Landscape



Table of Contents Site Planning


Planting Design


Principles of Landscape Architecture







Every place has a history and a reason, and I have the opportunity to celebrate it through the design of its landscape and the built environment. 3

The new and old community

Connected. Site Planning

White Springs, FL

Fall 2011

The town of White Springs is rich in history and culture (a), but the railroad has fragmented the neighborhoods (b). Homes to the north of the railroad do not have paved roads (c) and the school that once brought its citizens together was abandoned and relocated (d).


A grant was given to the town of White Springs toward the construction of a new school in its most impoverished neighborhood. The plan was to reconstruct the neighborhood into a new community that would attract more residents into the area. This plan reassesses the idea of a new community, presenting an integrated neighborhood in which the school and connectivity brings all its citizens together without the need to eradicate the existing homes. The concept of “stitching back� was used to show the new connection between the community and the town of White Springs, with moments that bring all of its people together.


The school setting, situated at the center of the site, becomes the core on this concept, being the element that integrates the existing neighborhood with the new development. Communal spaces are also highlighted, for they become social areas in which residents can interact though community gardens or social gatherings. Local farm space oers an opportunity to continue the history of white springs as an agricultural source.

(Above) The main road that leads to the school from the north is for bicycles and pedestrians only. Houses in this street also face toward the pedestrian road and provide parking through a rear alley to promote a sense of supervision and security. (Below) A proposal to have a commercial street with a wide median that serves as a park or open space for the farmer’s market. U-pick areas are also presented to invite its residents and visitors.



Another thought on

Public Space. Principles of Landscape Architecture

Gainesville, FL

Spring 2011

Located north of the university, the design of this park presents a dierent perspective on the notion of human order that has fragmented and contained the natural environment. In this concept, the native highlands of Florida are fragmented by circulation routes while the cypress swamp is contained by the paths over the water. The beauty of the Florida Landscape is brought to be enjoyed by the urban environment. Still, it is the user that has the opportunity to conclude whether this notion is best for both humans and nature.

(Above) The diagram illustrated how taller elements can be used to balance the site that has a tall structure adjacent to it.



Many Families,

One Garden. Planting Design

Gainesville, FL

Spring 2012

The Fisher House is a home to many families of military members that are receiving treatment in the medical center. This concept presented to the Gainesville Fisher House, oers a garden with a variety of spaces that provide the option to meditate, be active, have a gathering, or have privacy with the family.

(Above left) The winding walkway leads to a herb garden that serves to heal and gather. (Left) An arbor provides a shaded seating area in front of the bird and butterfly garden.



An educational center made

Sustainable. Construction 1

Gainesville, FL

Fall 2011


A road and a parking facility was designed for an educational center. Careful consideration of the natural contours and existing hydrology was taken for the design as well the method for stormwater management.


Ideas and Graphics Additional graphics used on the projects to portray the key ideas. Tools: Google Sketchup and Photoshop (Above) Perspective illustrates the landform of the raised grass panels in the Gator Square. (Below) A meditating space in the Fisher House gardens.


(Above) The boardwalk in the Gator Square

(Above) Students walking through the Gator Square on their way to the University

(Below) The Carver Main Street in White Springs, where residential homes can become commercial.


From the mind

To the hand. Sketches and paintings made as I travel around the world. Tools: Pencil, ink, watercolor



Additional work Collaborating with the graphics as an intern at Dix.Lathrop and Associates. The designs are from other members of the firm.




VIVIANA CASTRO 4000 SW 37th Blvd Apt 1022 Gainesville FL, 32608 Education University of Florida, Gainesville FL Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture Expected Graduation Date: May 2014 GPA: 3.82 Honors and Activities ASLA Council of Fellows Scholarship- Award Recipient Garden Club of the Halifax County Scholarship- Award Recipient University of Florida Dean’s List- Honoree Hispanic Scholarship Fund- Award Recipient Golden Key International Honors Society- Member Student Chapter ASLA- Member and Class Representative Bilingual Library- Founder

2012 2012 2010 2009 2009-Present 2009-Present 2007- 2009

Experience Dix. Lathrop and Associates x Intern- Working from graphics to construction documents Architecture and Fine Arts Library, University of Florida x Accessing in research based on the fine arts and architecture x Managing the library books Micanopy Tutoring, Micanopy FL x Tutoring elementary, middle school, and high school children in science, history, and mathematics Fiesta Joven Parties, Miami FL x Catering in birthday and social events

Ann Taylor Factory Store

x Skills x x x x x x x

06/12- Present 02/11-04/12

09/10-05/11 12/08 – 07/10 04/2009

Prepared the store for the grand opening, organizing the furnishings and garments

Fluent in Spanish and English Adobe InDesign Adobe Photoshop AutoCAD Google Sketchup Google Earth Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher



Viviana Castro Landscape Architecture Portfolio  
Viviana Castro Landscape Architecture Portfolio  

This is my portfolio illustrating my work in my first three years in landscape architecture. The portfolio presents my design process as wel...