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Shimon Zimbovsky

Shimon Zimbovsky

Chicago, IL, US

 

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About 

I am a recent University of Illinois graduate with a masters degree in landscape architecture and I am interested in understanding the ways in which the built environment can be responsive to people’s needs and supportive of their wellbeing. It might sound basic, but in order to design for people's needs, we need to know what the needs are. Therefore, I am interested in post occupancy evaluations, behavior mapping and, more specifically, research focusing on the benefits of nature-based playgrounds on children’s social and cognitive development.

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Employment 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, Graduate Instructor, Introduction to Evidence-Based Design

Developed and taught an undergraduate seminar introducing students to Post Occupancy Evaluation methods with a focus on behavior mapping.

Jan 2013 - May 2013
 

Hitchcock Design Group, Naperville, IL, US, Intern

Developed assessment tools for Post Occupancy Evaluations of urban design projects, healing gardens and nature-based playgrounds.

Jun 2012 - May 2013
 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, Research Assistant, Trees and Test Scores Project

Responsible for coordinating a seminal experimental study testing the effect of vegetative views from high school common spaces on students’ academic performance and behavior.

Aug 2011 - May 2013
 

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

Assisted professor with grading, advising students and teaching lecture in the professor’s absence.

Aug 2012 - Jan 2013
 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, US, Lead Landscape Architect, 2013 University of Illinois Solar Decathlon Team

Managed a small team of graduate landscape architecture students in the site design process of a custom built solar-powered, cost-effective and energy-efficient home.

Jan 2012 - Jan 2013
 

Education 

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

Graduate thesis focused on comparing the effects of nature-based and traditional playgrounds on children’s social and cognitive development.

Aug 2011 - current
 

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

Semester study at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Spring 2007.

Aug 2005 - May 2009
 

Awards 

2013 Presidential Management Fellowship, Nomination

From the PMF website: "Bearing the Presidential moniker, the PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order and has gone through many changes over the years."

2013
 

Sigma Lambda Alpha Honor Society in Landscape Architecture, Nomination

An honor society with the expressed purpose of recognizing and rewarding academic excellence in preparation for the profession of landscape architecture.

2009
 

2009 Edward L. Ryerson Traveling Fellowship, Grant

Competitive fellowship supporting international travel to carry out research and fieldwork. My work was concerned with investigating new approaches in water sensitive planning in Israel.

2009
 

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