EDUCATION

2005-2008            Master of Landscape Architecture, Sigma Lambda Alpha Honor Society

University of Arizona College of Architecture & Landscape Architecture (CALA)

1995-1999            Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography, cum laude

James Madison University; Harrisonburg, VA

SKILLS

Adobe CS, SharePoint, Sketch-Up, Hand Rendering, Photography, GIS, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office

EXPERIENCE

2012-2014    Freelance Designer

Christy Fisher Designs

  • Create new and updating existing corporate marketing materials
  • Photographer for corporate and private events

2010-2012     Landscape Designer

City of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation/Strategic Growth Area Office

  • Author of Virginia Beach Central Business District Pedestrian Improvement Plan
  • Author of North Landing Greenway Feasibility Study
  • Co-author of the 2010 Virginia Beach Bikeways and Trails Plan
  • Author of bicycle parking guidelines for the City’s land use guide
  • Led the feasibility study for a multi-purpose trail along the Norfolk-Southern rail corridor
  • Contributed to the Integrated Site Design Guide, which allows more flexibility in site design while encouraging green practices including permeable paving systems, green roofs, and native plants.
  • Managed the Strategic Growth Area web presence

2009               Bicycle Parking Technician

Chicago Department of Transportation Bike Program

  • Following the Bike 2015 Plan, responded to bicycle parking requests throughout Chicago and coordinated rack installations at over 1000 locations
  • Meetings with CDOT pedestrian safety staff and the Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities to update current rack placement guidelines
  • Organized abandoned bicycle removal.

2007               Landscape Architect Summer Intern

Hitchcock Design Group; Chicago, IL

  • Drafted construction details, reviewed construction documents and made necessary revisions
  • Revised grading and drainage plans as needed
  • Rendered communication and presentation graphics by hand
  • Prepared planting plans and revised them according to budget
  • Inspected built projects for compliance.

2007               Community Planner (Part-Time Internship)

The Drachman Institute; Tucson, AZ

  • Meetings with neighborhood members and leaders to envision planning and design measures to improve the safety and health of the neighborhood
  • Created graphics and presentations to communicate design solutions
  • Challenges included incorporating sustainable stormwater management systems in existing infrastructure, design of traffic-calming procedures, creating safe links to community nodes, and visualizing creative uses for underutilized public space.

2004-2005   Assistant Director of Graduate Affairs                                               

Temple University Graduate College of Arts; Philadelphia, PA

  • Recommended acceptance or rejection of graduate applicants to the Director
  • Verified graduation requirements and grades for current graduate students.

2001- 2003    Research Review Assistant

University of Pennsylvania Institutional Review Board; Philadelphia, PA

  • Assisted the IRB Coordinator;Communicated with the research investigators regarding HIPAA requirements and approval
  • Reviewed human research project applications for HIPAA compliance.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

2011             Old Dominion University Business Gateway: Pedestrian and Bicycle Transportation Seminar

2010             Virginia Institute of Marine Science Coastal Training Workshop: Permeable Paving Systems

2010            Virginia Local Technical Assistance Program: Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation Planning

2010            Traffic Skills 101: A bicycle safety course offered by the League of American Bicyclists

ACTIVITIES & MEMBERSHIPS

2011-                        Member, Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals

2010-                       Member, League of American Bicyclists

2010-2012              Member, Bike Norfolk; Norfolk, VA

2008-2009             Membership Outreach Volunteer, Active Transportation Alliance; Chicago, IL

2008                         Education Volunteer; Horticulture Volunteer, Notebaert Nature Museum, Chicago

2006-2008             Student Representative for Academic Events Committee, CALA University of Arizona

2000-2003             Photographer/Photography Editor, Philadelphia Independent Media Center

1995-1999               Member/Publicity Director, JMU Chapter of Habitat for Humanity; Harrisonburg, VA

1996-1999               Radio Deejay, WXJM Harrisonburg

PUBLICATIONS

2008               Graduate Thesis

“Gleaning the Everyday Landscape through Vision, Sound, and Time”.

An exploration of qualitative landscape analysis techniques and their application in education and professional practice.