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.
Balmori Associates, New York, NY, US, Landscape Designer
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, Research Assistant
research and graphic development:
-Stormwater Graphic Novel
-Casey Trees Design Competition
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, Teaching Assistant
-Design Communications I
-Ecological Site Analysis
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
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
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, Masters, Landscape Architecture
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, Bachelors, Fine Arts, Sculpture
Wadsworth Business Scholarship, Scholarship
Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship, Scholarship
Sasaki Award, Award
Riley Fellowship, Scholarship
Fine and Applied Arts Talented Student Scholarship, Scholarship