Michael Stelfox

Michael Stelfox

Washington, DC, US

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LOCH Collective, Annapolis, MD, US, Designer

Traveled to project sites to perform site inventory and analysis. Worked closely with the principal to design gardens and review construction progress. Created 3D and perspective renderings. Created conceptual design presentation books for clients. Prepared graphic and written presentations. Drafted construction document packages. Selected and ordered plants for projects.

Jul 2017 - current

Clark Nexsen, Virginia Beach, VA, US, Design Student

Studied resilience strategies to mitigate rising sea levels and subsequent inundation throughout Virginia Beach. Ultimately designed a public park centered around a dry creek bed as a greenway in the present and a blueway in the future.

May 2016 - Aug 2016


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA, US, Bachelors, Landscape Architecture

Aug 2013 - May 2018


Dennis Dean Undergraduate Research and Creative Scholarship Conference, Nomination

Presented research on future landscape infrastructures with a hypothetical location of Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C.

"Electricity is a luxury that Americans benefit from every day, yet does the public understand where this electricity comes from and how it’s produced? Oftentimes inadequate management of natural resource energy production requires public municipalities to weigh between disrupting the biological, cultural, or technological systems in order to compensate for the other. The technology that is then powered from American energy is also more complex and difficult to understand by the average user. This paper explores how future landscapes can educate the public about technological impacts biological systems, and therefore shifts socio-cultural responses in favor of a greater harmony between the two. By writing a narrative of a day in the life in 2070, I look at the trends in these three systems worked to shape a future design of Dupont Circle in Washington D.C. On the day that this narrative takes place, I have brought my grandson to the city with me as I file a post occupancy report on the state of the piezoelectric paving system that our firm installed 50 years ago. Stopped in my tracks by the sight of his joy as he dances atop these pavers, I am filled with inspiration. Ultimately I believe that if this simple footpath could respond to my grandson’s movements, either through light or sound, then he might understand the Newtonian law that we took advantage of on the sidewalk, as well as the moral principle that every positive step he takes can light the path ahead of him."


Sea Grant Fellowship, 1st Place

The coastal resiliency design program trains undergraduate and graduate students from Virginian institutions to become leaders in innovative, pre-disaster resiliency design or coastal flooding adaptation strategies.


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