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Jessica Roberts

Jessica Roberts

Brooklyn, NY, US

 

About 

Jessica Roberts joined Balmori Associates in 2013. During this time Jessica has been involved in a range of projects including the World Financial Center Plaza in NYC, a mixed-use urban project in Bogota, Colombia, a development in Doha, Qatar and Rebuild by Design, a competition to promote resilience for the Sandy-affected region.

She received her Master's in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she was the recipient of the Riley Fellowship, the Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship, the Wadsworth Scholarship and the Sasaki Award for Project of the Year.

During her graduate studies she completed a thesis entitled “Transparent Animism: a framework for participating in ecological design as agonism” which investigates how landscape architects might use animism, an ontological order where humans and nonhumans are both seen as social subjects, as a framework for participating in ecological design as agonism, a political theory that looks at political conflict positively. Her work is heavily influenced by her undergraduate studies in fine art with an emphasis on social art practice and new media.

 Jessica has experience working on organic farms in the Midwest and worked with the Chicago Park District on the design and implementation of Chicago’s only public fruit orchard. Her interests include the politics of ecology, collaboration as a creative praxis, and how methods of representation affect material realities.

Elsewhere:

Employment 

Balmori Associates, New York, NY, US, Landscape Designer

Aug 2013 - current
 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, Research Assistant

research and graphic development:
-Stormwater Graphic Novel
-Casey Trees Design Competition

Jan 2013 - Jun 2013
 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, Teaching Assistant

teaching assistant:
-Design Communications I
-Ecological Site Analysis

Aug 2011 - Dec 2012
 

Kilbourn Park Organic Greenhouse, Chicago, IL, US, Garden Design Intern, Education Coordinator

Volunteer Education Coordinator 2009-2010
Garden Design Intern May, 2012- August, 2012
-development of garden workshops for kids, volunteer coordination, design and development of children's garden

Oct 2009 - Aug 2012
 

The Learning Farm, Grayslake, IL, US, Farm Ed. Intern, Art Educator, Graphic Designer

-lead educational workshops and farming techniques
-supervise farmer's market operations
-lead environmental art workshops
-graphic design for logo, merch, and mural

Apr 2009 - Aug 2010
 

Education 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, Masters, Landscape Architecture

Aug 2010 - current
 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, Bachelors, Fine Arts, Sculpture

Aug 2005 - May 2009
 

Awards 

Wadsworth Business Scholarship, Scholarship

2013
 

Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship, Scholarship

2012
 

Sasaki Award, Award

2011
 

Riley Fellowship, Scholarship

2010
 

Fine and Applied Arts Talented Student Scholarship, Scholarship

2006
 

Areas of Specialization 

Skills 



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