Associate Landscape Designer

SWA Group (2000-2008)

After completing architecture design training at Rice University in Houston, I realized I was much more interested in designing place and space rather than structure, and decided to join the innovative landscape architecture firm, SWA. The highly collaborative studio environment kept me engaged in projects spanning urban planning and park design to exciting city planning and waterfront revitalization in China.  Projects on the drawing board ranged from urban streets design, civic parks, college and corporate campuses, and ecological floodway infrastructure. However, it was the principles of sustainable site design and watershed-focused planning that interested me the most, and eventually led me to continue education in water resources management and ecological restoration in graduate school.  For a glimpse of project work while with SWA, browse my SWA portfolio of work.

Professional Career

Ecological Restoration Designer

Inter-Fluve Inc. (2011 – 2014)

Schooled in a solid watershed science and policy background at UW-Madison, I was eager to get my feet wet and apply the fresh knowledge with an interdisciplinary river and wetland restoration firm, and began working with Inter-Fluve Inc. as their sole designer. Although I had a chance to dabble in all aspects of project work*, my particular strength was illustrating technical information into clear and visually compelling concept designs.

My design process includes a blend of analog and digital media. I develop basemaps from photo imagery, GIS mapping or CAD data, and apply good old pen to trace to dig into the site’s features. This is the magic moment where solutions begin to emerge, of course influenced by engineering guidance and client/stakeholder vision. Final illustrations and graphic products are a mixed media of hand renderings and graphic design.

*Other roles dabbled in: Field surveying (Total Station, Garmin Tracking, Depth of Refusal, sediment sampling), site reconnaissance and fluvial geomorphic assessment, assessment report design, construction documentation, cost estimation, permitting, literature review, historic document research, scientific report writing, proposal writing and grant applications.

Academic Career

 

Masters of Science – Water Resources Management

University of Wisconsin – Madison (2009-2011)

Workshop Report Title: The restoration and recreational enhancement of Lake Marion and the Black Earth Creek Corridor, Mazomanie, WI

Masters of Science – Landscape Architecture

University of Wisconsin – Madison (2008-2011)

Thesis Title: Restoring the Ghost Swamp: An ecological restoration plan for the Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle, New Orleans, LA

Bachelor of Arts – Architectural Studies

Rice University, Houston TX (1996-2000)

 

Awards

Sheboygan River Area of Concern Habitat Restoration, American Public Works Association, Public Works Project of the Year, 2014.

BP Campus Master Plan & Helios Plaza Trade Building, Houston, TX, LEED-Platinum, American Society of Landscape Architects Texas Chapter Honor Award, 2012.

Hangzhou Hubin Waterfront, China, Urban Land Institute Award of Excellence, 2005.

Westchase District Long Range Plan Urban and watershed infrastructure master plan, Houston, TX, Texas Society of Architects Design Award, 2005.

Hermann Park Reflection Pool, Houston, TX, American Society of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence, 2005.