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Yue Zha n g 2253843554 (225)-384-3554 1690 Brightside Dr., Baton Rouge, LA 70820

INTRO I am currently completing my second year of MLA program at Louisiana State University. Having studied the traditional art and graphic design for 7 years, and worked in the field of commercial visual merchandising for 3 years, it is a new challenge for me to explore exciting outdoor spaces. I am passionate about landscape architecture, with particular interests in urban green spaces and sustainable design. It is my hope to bring both functional and aesthetic spaces to many of the thousands of people living in the concrete jungles.


Computer Skills

Aug. 2016 - May 2019

Master of Landscape Architecture Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, GPA: 3.89

Sept. 2006 - Jun. 2010

Bachelor of Art Donghua University, Shanghai, China Insititute of Fashion Art Design, GPA: 3.10

Work History Apr. 2013 - Jan. 2015

Team Visual Merchandising Markor Furnishings, Shanghai, China - Supervised daliy furniture display of four retail chain stores in Shanghai. - Planned projects to remodel stores and change the seasonal furniture. - Managed a team consisting of 6 members to complete upgrading projects. - Partnered with sales representatives as well as managers to coordinate delivery and merchandising schedule.

Aug. 2011 - Mar. 2013

TV Production Assistant Zhengzhou Television, Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China - Conducted the post-production of a local cultural TV show. - Guided the contents of each episode.

Jul. 2010 - Jul. 2011

Visual Merchandising Assistant Eland Group, Shanghai, China - Created visual marketing and styled window displays. - Designed the display standard sample and apparel matching brochures to standardize all stores. - Familiarized sales staff on new merchandise during seasonal workshops.

Mar. 2009 - Aug. 2009

Internship Graphic Designer Shanghai Media Group, Shanghai, China - Developed the user interfaces, tools, and icons for digital TV.

Photoshop Illustrator Indesign After Effects Auto CAD Rhinoceros 3D SketchUp Blender Grass GIS Microsoft Office

Presentation Skills Hand Sketching Drawing Water Coloring Marker Rendering Model Construction

Languages Chinese Mandarin: Native English: Fluent Korean: Intermediate Japanese: Basic

Landscape Arc


chitecture Works

Nexus of Fragments

Contoured Drape

Beyond the Quad

Aqua-living The Baker Canal Corridor Project Location: City of Baker, LA Type: Stormwater Management (SWM) Plan Size: 800 Acres Date: Aug. 22, 2017 - Nov. 30, 2017 Mentor: Austin Allen Designers: Yue Zhang, Xiaoman Ji Description: As the existing diversion of Comite River, Baker Canal undertakes an obligation to move 20,000 cubic feet of water per second and up to 51% of the floodwaters of the Comite River Basin, moves water from the Comite River and three contributing bayous to the Mississippi River to the west. The overall length of Baker Canal is 2.5-mile, and current capacity is 294,030,000 gallons. But during the catastrophic flooding of the year of 2016, the current capacity was not able to meet the tremendous water volume. Hence, the Baker Canal Corridor Project is dedicated to the programmatic development of the 800-acre site, on both sides of the canal, in a manner that is resilient and sustainable through a comprehensive stormwater management plan. The second ties water management planning and design to industrial, urban, rural and suburban settings with an additional African-American cultural context. The site is adjacent to the City of Baker which is facing with many urban issues. Revitalizing the City of Baker becomes an inevitable and urgent task. This project is a group work consists of 2 persons, and I collaborated with my partner to analyze water system and context, excavate problems, explore strategies, develop concepts and design final plans. Besides, I was responsible for all hand drawings, making 3D models with Rhino, making digital sections, and doing the research on native plants used for stormwater management.

Site Context

Site Context made by Yue Zhang & Xiaoman Ji

Site Inventory & Analysis Off-site Issues

On-site Issues

Flooding Issue: Surrounding floods flow towards to Baker. Segregation Issue: The small green spaces in City of Baker are tooscattered and segregated. Vacant Space Issue: The majority areas are undeveloped and industrial areas.

Erosion: High water velocity and a large amount of water erode banks.

Livestock: Flooding area threatens the lives of cattles.

Mono-Circulation Issue: Lack of walkable circulations. Collapse: High water velocity and a large amount of water cause to collapse.

Existing Forest

Jetson Center for Youth (Disused) Mono-interaction Issue: Lack of Bicycle and pedestrian connections between Baker and Zachary. Off-site issues made by Yue Zhang

Straight Concrete Canal: It is not able to slow down water velocity and infiltrate water into soils.

Southern University Agriculture Research Center On-site issues made by Xiaoman Ji

Concepts & Strategies

Create a Green Linkage

SWM Strategies Concepts 1. Fabricate a cultural hub, introduce Southern University North Campus to attract young people, increase acceptance of high-level education and employment. 2. Promote a harmonious relationship with water, make a space for water, encourage people access to water, live with water, play with water, and learn from the water.

1. Broaden the width of canal

2. Make a meandering shape

3. Disperse the water volume

4. Build detention areas

5. Naturalize the foundation of canal

6. Apply green infrastructure approach

Goals 1.Revitalize the City of Baker, prosper the economy of Baker. 2.Alleviate the threats of flooding, eliminate people’s fears to water. Concept & Goals explored by Yue Zhang & Xiaoman Ji Concept Image made by Yue Zhang

Strategies explored by Yue Zhang & Xiaoman Ji Strategies Image hand drawn by Yue Zhang

Schematic Design

Schematic plan designed by Yue Zhang & Xiaoman Ji Diagram hand drawn by Yue Zhang

Conceptual Sections “Terraced Bank” Creating terraces as detention areas is to alleviate the peak hour of volume; Removing concrete foundation and using Louisiana native plants are to infiltrate water into the ground.

“Hollow Apartment” In case of catastrophic flooding, the first floor of the apartment is hollow. Buildings are built along the terrace, which brings the best waterfront views to residents who live in the hollow building.

“Green Drive” Applying green infrastructure on the concrete surface is to collect stormwater and increase opportunities for infiltration.

Conceptual sections designed by Yue Zhang & Xiaoman Ji Sections hand drawn by Yue Zhang

Southern University North Campus Proposal “Water Campus� Introducing Southern University North Campus into the site is to address low education level, population decline, unemployment. The campus built along the water increases the interactions between people and water. There is an academic quadrangle, a green open space, an assembly center, sport courts, parking lots, and a bicycle greenway along the water. All of these amenities serve for students, faculties and Baker residents.

Campus designed & hand drawn by Yue Zhang

Masterplan Southern University North Campus

Apartments Area

Leland Village

Water System Proposed Canal Existing Pond

Topography & Hydrology Water Flow Direction Drainage Direction

Circulation Vehicular Circulation Bicycle / Pedestrian Lane Pedestrian Path Vehicular Parking Lot Bicycle Parking Spot

Residential Area Mitigation Area

Greenwood Community Park

Land Use N




Southern University Agriculture Research Center

Water Playground

Ash Slough Greenway

Southern University North Campus Apartments / Multiple Dwelling Single Family Housing Commercial Area Water Plant Forests Recreational / Green Space Water Front / Detention Area Preserved Area

Masterplan designed by Yue Zhang & Xiaoman Ji Masterplan rendered by Xiaoman Ji

Sections Bicycle Lane


Walking Trail

A1 40ft 135ft



Section A-A1 Boardwalk




Shallow Island












Cross Bridge


Hollow Building





Section C-C1




Section B-B1 Bicycle Lane


Riparian Walking Trail



D1 Sections made by Yue Zhang


Section D-D1


Campus Drive

Hardwood Flatwoods Forests

Riparian Edge

Bicycle Lane



Riparian Edge

Ecosystems Section Elevation made by Yue Zhang

Using native plants for stormwater management has many benefits. Once native plants are established, they are easily maintained. Besides, they contribute to building habitats and wetlands. Furthermore, they can catch water and allow it to infiltrate into the ground. At the same time, plants clean and absorb the water percolating through the soils.

Chionanthus White Fringe Tree

White Oak Tree American Beautyberry

Fiber Optic Grass

Mayhaw Baker Canal

Button Bush

Soft Rush

Gulf Muhly

Bull Tongue Arrowhwad

Pond Cypress

Southern Wax Myrtle Elderberry Bush

Louisiana Iris Bioswale

Green Ash

Southern Catalpa

Willow Oak

Bald Cypress

Sweet Bay Magnolia

Hardwood Flatwoods Forests

Wood Fern


Ground Cover


Hackberry Tree


Ecosystems Section Elevation

Aerial View

3D model made by Yue Zhang Perspectives rendered by Xiaoman Ji

The proposed capacity is approximately as 4 times as current capacity, which deals with extremely heavy storms. The new canal will slow down the velocity of water, decrease the tendency of erosion and collapse, and alleviate the peak hour volume.

Nexus of Fragments BREC Memorial Stadium Park Regeneration Location: Baton Rouge, LA Type: Urban Park Design Size: 33 Acres Date: Mar. 01, 2017 - Apr. 27, 2017 Mentor: Cathy S Marshall Designer: Yue Zhang Description: Memorial Stadium, located in north Baton Rouge and constructed in 1953, suffers from disuse, disconnection from the surrounding urban fabric, and general disinterest from the community. Despite these challenges, it has been selected as the terminus of the new Downtown Greenway to provide an opportunity for regeneration. Particularly, the site is surrounded by several schools. Thus, northwest corner with considerable more programs for high school students from the neighboring communities should be reactivated, as well as activate the southern edge of the site through stormwater management and planting. Besides, the east areas could be developed into a green space for adjacent residents to have weekends with families. Thus, this site will be transformed into a multi-functional urban park and connected with State Capitol Park, downtown greenway to form an integrated green system.

Site Inventory & Analysis

Madison Preparatory Academy Hollywood Casino Park Elementary School

Site Circulation 0ft 90ft

State Capitol Park

Primary Vehicular Circulation Secondary Vehicular / pedestrian Circulation Pedestrian Circulation Natural Path Parking Stadium Entry



Children’s Charter School

Sacred Heart Catholic School Downtown Greenway

Site Topography & Hydrology N

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Waterflow Historic Bayou Site Boundary


Site Materials N

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Site Vegetation N

0ft 90ft

High Point (55.66’) Low Point (36.72’) Elevation Transition


Live Oak Water Oak Slash Pine

Shumard Oak Crape Myrtle Crape Myrtle Cluster

Dense Shrub

Friendship Capital High School East Baton Rouge Parish School

Concept The Mississippi River Delta The Linear and serpentine streams of Mississippi River merge into together, forms the delta plain. Circulation mimic the branches of river, meandering, continuous, and gently extends to the border, then connects with the downtown greenway. The intersection of two paths will create exciting landforms like earthwork for people to go up and down, the change ofelevation makes the site more natural and more adventurous.

Concept Here the student is to pursue a specificity of design expression through the particularities of the user, program, site, and meaning. The new proposal will make boundary and threshold in the design of the landscapes especially meaningful, accessible, and compatible, as well as transform the functions of Memorial Stadium from monotony to diversification.

Possibilities Extracurricular activity spaces for school students Connection with State Capitol Park Family park, kids playground Meditation spaces Football Game Day Commercial opportunities

Schematic Design

The whole site is divided into three distinctively functional areas: 1. Long, narrow urban plaza; 2. Uneven, meandering delta park; 3. Open, organized sport courts.

Linear / Meandering Circulation

Curvilinear / Sinuous Landform

Circular / Allee Canopy

Masterplan Parking Lots

Food Court


Existing Baseball Court





Sport Courts

Delta Park

Diagrams & Sections

Land Use & Services Urban Plaza

Sport Courts

Shelter / Restroom Moveable Chairs Bench Vending Machines

Delta Park


Commercial Stores (food, drinks) Handicapped Parking

Vehicular Lane Vehicular & Bicycle Lane Bicycle & Pedestrian Path


Pedestrian Path Foot Path


Big Canopy Tree (Liveoak Trees)

Clean Asphalt

Medium Canopy Tree (Hackberry Trees)

Soft Rubber

Small Canopy Tree (Sweet Bay Magnolia, Ashe Magnolia)


Basketball Court

Tennis Court

Skateboard Bowl

Sport Courts Section

Delta Park Section







Tree Allee (Delta Park)


round (Urban Plaza)

Food Court (Urban Plaza)

Contoured Drape Downtown Baton Rouge Plaza Location: Baton Rouge, LA Type: Downtown Plaza Design Size: 0.84 Acres Date: Jan. 11, 2017 - Feb. 27, 2017 Mentor: Cathy S Marshall Designer: Yue Zhang Description: The site is a sloped, empty lot that is surrounded on three sides by busy primary and secondary streets and by a party wall condition of two three-and-a-half story commercial structures on its fourth side. Opposite the site on Government Street is a series of three to four story buildings with the River Center complex, while the opposite on the two secondary streets St. Louis Street and France Street are two story mixed-use buildings. This small space is particularly located at the entry of Downtown Baton Rouge and surrounded by commercial lands, governmental institutions, historical and cultural sites as well as tourist attractions. Thus, the idea of the plaza as a treat or escape from the pressure of urban or domestic life. There is also the idea that the plaza serves as a democratic leveling ground, picnic spot for employees who work in downtown to have a lunch break, and meeting place between all kinds of people.

Site Inventory & Analysis Site Context

Site Inventory

Circulation Primary Circulation Secondary Circulation Tertiary Circulation

Topography & Hydrology

Land Use Business & Commercial Offices & Banks Public Buildings & Instituions Low Density Residential Medium Density Residential Undeveloped Areas

Waterflow Direction Water Utility Drainage

Demography Gender Race

Female 71.70% Male 29.30% Black 52.10% Other 19.60% White 28.30%

Vehicular Circulation Primary Circulation Secondary Circulation

Stop Sign Traffic Light

Ground / Geology Water Feature Green Space

Pedestrian Circulation Building Entries

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The existing slope is utilized to build layered steps which go along the contours. The steps are not uniform, and they are layered, rotated, overlapped. Thus, these steps are used for not only going through but also being seated. By contrast, the earthwork is preserved, natural mound and concrete steps form a distinct contrast, users are welcomed to choose wherever they want to explore.

Possibilities Retreat place for adjacent office employees Picnic spot / leisure space Functional Open space Image of Downtown Baton Rouge distinctive sloped plaza Potential tourist attraction

highest point closest spots

less close spots

Schematic Design

Masterplan Step Plaza


Open Platform

Materials White Concrete

Functional Areas


Strip Wood

Circulation Area Shaded Area Furnitured Seating Area Open Space

Primary Circulation Secondary Circulation





Furnitured Seating


Earthwork Mound

Views & Canopy

Viewshed Canopy

Elevations & Sections

East- West Elevation (Step Plaza)




High Point Low Point

West- East Elevation (Earthwork Mound)




Earthwork Water Step



East - West Section




North - South Section




Perspectives & Physical Model

Beyond the Quad LSU Academic Quadrangle Proposal Location: Baton Rouge, LA Type: Campus Design Size: 4.2 Acres Date: Oct. 17, 2016 - Nov. 30, 2016 Mentor: Van L Cox Designer: Yue Zhang Description: The LSU quadrangle is located at the geographic center of campus. It is surrounded by some landmarks such as Tiger Stadium, Memorial Tower, Student Union, Great Lawn. In the quadrangle, there is a favorite Dodson fountain, which attracts students sitting along. The most distinctive feature of the quadrangle is the huge canopies of 12 live oak trees, which provide shades for students to have a leisure break. In 1920, the Olmsted Brothers landscape architecture firm was hired to create an overall plan for the campus. They envisioned the campus architectural style of the Northern Italian Renaissance featuring pantile roofs, archways, and stucco walls along with arches and towers. In 1930, Steele Burden was hired as a “yard man� to work on campus and laid the groundwork for landscaping we enjoy today. Burden was responsible for many of the oaks and magnolias that shade the campus, in the quadrangle, and around many of the quadrangle buildings constructed before 1970. That is the original appearance which has been preserved until today. The new proposal will maintain the classic Renaissance characteristics to match the building surrounded, and add more modern functional elements to meet a variety of demands of students, faculties, and tourists.

Site Inventory & Analysis

Canopy & Views Live Oak Tree Ulmus Chinese Frake Elm Crape Myrtle Magnolia Liliiflora Magnolia Garndiei Ora Shrub‘

Bench Drainage Lamppost Trash Can

Baffle Views

Circulation Primary Circulation Secondary Circulation

Site Context


Vehicular Circulation Pedestrian Circulation

Use Areas 0ft




Circulation Ground Meating / Group Seating Area

Relaxing / Open Lawns Studying / Individual Seating Area 0ft 40ft



Concept & Programming

Space Geometry in Quad In order to remain the symmetric composition of Atkinson building (South) and preserve the feature of Italian Renaissance, two symmetric reflecting water pools are added for emphasizing its symmetric spatial relationship. The composition of axial symmetry will transit into asymmetry in front of Middleton Library (North), which reveals the variations of space geometry and spatial relationships between subduple ratio to a third ratio.


Pool Plaza

Fountain Theater

Main Route

Shaded Seating

Individual Seating (Benches beneath Canopy)

Eating Court (Round Tables)

Picnic Court (Round Tables beneath Umbrellas)

Hammock Area

Open Seating

Central Plaza (Main Intersection)

Group Study Seating (Encircled Benches) N 0ft




Granite Paving Stones

Slate Paving

Brick Paving Stones

Tile Paving


Paving Materials

Primary Circulation Secondary Circulation Tertiary Circulation

Land Use

Canopies & Views

Gathering / Open Space

Green Space (Open Lawns)

Performing / Outdoor Class Space

Private Seating Area

Main Circulation Space

Semi-private Seating Area

Hammock Area (Private Space)

Open Seating Area

Big Canopy (Live Oak Tree) Medium Canopy (Ulmus ‘Chinese Drake Elm’) Small Canopy (Ashe Magnolia, Sweet Bay Magnolia)

Focal Point Viewshed

Sections B1


Public Space (Meeting / Eating)

Library Front Open Space

Section A-A1


Path Plaza

0ft 10ft

Reflecting Water Pool (Sunny Seating)

Section B-B1


Reflecting Water Pool (Sunny Seating)







0ft 10ft

Picnic Court



Reflecting Water Pool (Sunny Seating)

Semi-private Space (Group Study)


Private Space (Individual Study)



Hammock Area


Lawn / Bench Seating

Main Route

Lawn / Bench Seating


Section C-C1


Reflecting Water Pool (Sunny Seating)


Seating Wall

Fountain Theater (Sunny Area)

Seating Wall

Section D-D1

Semi-private Space (Group Study)

0ft 10ft


Lawn / Bench Seating

Main Route

Lawn / Bench Seating



Eating Area

0ft 10ft



1. Existing Atkinson Building Front

1. Proposed Pool Plaza

2. Existing Main Intersection

2. Proposed Central Plaza


3. Existing Coate Hall Front

3. Proposed Picnic Court

4. Existing Coate Hall Front Lawn

4. Proposed Hammock Lawn

Other Works

Hand Drawings

Grading & Drainage Project


Visual Merchandising

Hand Drawings Landscape / Portrait / Still Life Landscape Architecture Sketching

Portrait Sketching

Landscape Water Coloring

Still Life Water Coloring

Grading & Drainage Project National Park Visitor Center

Techniques Grass GIS / Blender / Rhino Grass GIS: Watershed Analysis

Exhibition of Geospcial Modeling & Fabrication

It was a class project to utilize geographic information systems, 3D modeling, and visual programming to carry out collaborative studies and renderings of a site in Fort Bragg, NC. We set a small-scale exhibition in Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture of LSU. During this project, I was responsible for analyzing watershed, drainage, accumulation, and elevation. Besides, as one of the exhibition constructors, I played a role in displaying posters, setting projector and assisting our reception.

Blender: Japanese Garden Blender is a dynamic tool to present plant design in the landscape perspective. I used modeling tools to create an undulating surface and particle commands to generate random grasses and bamboos. Plus, a bonsai represents the unique oriental garden culture. So this Japanese garden illustrates the Zen (猪) soul of the oriental culture. It is tranquil and serene, profound and contemplative. Rhino is considered as the most flexible tool to create smooth and natural landforms. For the drumlin modeling project, I used surface-making and editing tools to model this exciting and uniform landform and made a physical model to visualize the elevation changes directly.

Rhino : Extruded Ecologies Sidewalk


Rhino : Drumlin Modeling

Laser Cut Model

Vehicular Lane

3D Model

Bicycle Lane

Topography Plan


Visual Merchandising Markor Furnishings Works

Shanghai Huaihai Flagship S

Markor Furnishings is one of the large the total areas are over 6000 square promotion. I also led a VM team to c was typically time-consuming and com


est furniture retail chains with more than 70 stores in China. The Huaihai store of Shanghai is located at the most prosperous commercial center, and there are 4 floors, e meters. It is regarded as the most significant flagship store all over the 70 stores. I was responsible for displaying furniture and its matched decors as a set for sales complete updating project. Our team usually changed furniture partially every three months and remolded the appearance of store annually. Thus, the updating project mprehensive.

New Classic

Casual Pastoral

The dominated styles of Markor Furnishings are new classic and casual pa the casual pastoral represents the relaxed and comfortable country life. D new classic to show its elegance and luxury. However, the wooden, linen o

astoral. The new classic reflects not only delicate details but also a formal and rigorous attitude to life. On the contrary, During the displaying, I usually used crystal, silver, coppery, golden or other artworks with the fine texture to match the or other fabrics with the coarse texture are fit for the casual pastoral very well.



Markor Furnishings is also a commissioned merchant of American furniture b Vintage. Each style tells a unique story about the owner of its room. Every pi was to exhibit the original American lifestyles and present the brand stories t




brands - Ethan Allen and Caracole. There are five signature lifestyles in Ethan Allen: Elegance, Modern, Romance, Explorer, iece from Caracole is an exquisite and elegant artwork. It represents high-quality life and modern aesthetics. What we did to audiences.


Christmas Decor

Before the important festivals such as Christmas and Spring Festival, we decorated furniture with festival elements to match the festival atmosphere. It was just like what family members were doing at home. The store was homy, cozy and fancy. As a visual merchandiser, I devoted to make it more attractive and more enjoyable.

Chinese Spring Festival Decor

Scene Decor

THANK YOU Photography Credit: Christian Schmidt