table of contents: opening statementthe succession and evolution ofLandscape Designer John C. Duthie: A Portfolio of Selected Works, 2006-20101 ...............................................................................................table of conents The design work and pho- tos selected for this The evolution of my2 ............................................................................................opening statement portfolio represent a story professional self and3 .....................................................................................planting the first seeds: of the learning that is learning through experience succession and a taking place during that process of evolution in process is filled with4 .....................................................................................cultivating my passion: which I am continually the discovery of new apprenticeship and design school acquiring insight and approaches, paths and5-8 .........................................................................continued growth in the field: knowledge, skills and tools which are the duthiedesign talents on my journey as rerewards of a a landscape designer. Like willingness to self8-14 .....................................................................continued growth in the field: the ecological growth of a discovery. bachelor of landscape architectureture forest woodland, I15-16................................................................................................branching out: continue to diversify and community outreach by duthie design grow, and mature.17-20 .....................................................................continued growth in the field: duthiedesign page 2page 1
planting the first seeds: cultivating my passion:learning through experience apprenticeship and design school Realizing greater potential for landscape design, I promptlyMy approach to landscape design was, from the start, a ‘bottom- enrolled into an apprenticeshipup learning experience. I worked hands-on, learning gardening program at Humber College.and construction techniques. Many of my first designs were strictly Following my apprenticeship, Ihorticultural in nature and designed on the fly with little to no furthered my schooling bysupportive drawings or layouts. taking a Design Certificate program at Humber college. Image 1 Images 1 and 2, above, represent twoVerbal on-site communication of ideas and plant choices were my This image shows another perennialcreative tools; I learned that my ability to converse with the client residential design projects intorducingwas my biggest asset, along with my capability to imagine me to design theory and Computeropportunities and design possibilities while in consultation with the Assisted Drafting techniqes.client. Image 1. Smith Residence Presentaion Plan. Image 2. Baller Residence Presentaion Plan. Image 3page 3 Image 2 This photo (Stuart Street, Guelph) shows a perennial garden and stone walkway page 4 This image (Dawn Road, Guelph) shows a simple
continued growth in the field: continued growth in the field:duthiedesign duthiedesign “John has an innate ability to come up with great ideas on the spot. Adding raised planters around our deck One of my proudest design achievements and natural stone pathway was the Caine Residence in Puslinch, added a new Ontario. Located on a 3/4 acre dimension to the country-side estate, the entire property property that we had never was landscaped under my direction and inFollowing my college education and dreamed of! Thanks John!” collaboration with the client over a period Image 2. Employee Con-apprenticeship I continued to grow -M. Pelletier of three seasons. struction photos at,Caine Image 1. Pelletier Deck Design and installation,my design and build business. The Residence (2007). Image 1. Caine Residencefollowing pages (pp 5-6) contain (2007). Front courtyard patio,photos representing some of the garden beds and retainingwork that I have undertaken over wall.the last several years. John is a pleasure to work “John Duthie is extremely creative both with design and plant choices. He has Imge 4. Pond and waterfall installtion with. He stays calm and the ability to really understand the needs of his clients, and is always open to new nstalledby Duthie Design, 2008 listens to your ideas. His ideas, which develops a real working relationship. John has a very practical ability to work through the approach to landscaping and achieves dynamic results whether he is working process and decisions in a with patios, shrubs, flower beds water features or stone walls. With his logical and organized considerable experience, John creates a beautiful Image 2. Image 3. Pacheco front Image 4. Briden Waterfall, Guelph walkway and beds, Parker front walkway and manner makes him an asset landscape at reasonable cost.” Image 3. Employee Con- (2007). Guelph (2006). beds, Guelph (2006). to any project. struction photos at,Caine Residence (2007). - J. Riddolls Ann Canepage 5 page 6
continued growth in the field: continued growth in the field: duthiedesign duthiedesignProblem: DuthieDesign Guelph, ON N1E1A1 28 Vista TerraceHow to design a dynamic and interesting residential Quick analysis sketches work well to demonstrate to thebackyard space given a small lot, a small budget and a client the design choices. Additional sketches are oftenlong list of client requirements. produced to give the client a felling for what hardscapes will look like and how they will relate to the overallSolution: Fugler Residence theme and feeling of the new space created. Concept PlanIn response to the client needs, and the conditions ofthe site itself, the solution to this design problem was Below (Images 5, 6) is a typical sketchresolved through analysis of existing conditions and showing client what the cedar arbour will look like.followed by a functional analysis. Once the funda- To it’s left, is the final design after photo, (facingmental placement of program elements is rationalized, Image 2. north), depicting the same arbour next to the char-the designer focuses on layout, shape, and pattern. Site Inventory. coal blue stone work and surrounding plantings. 07-5-2009 LP-C-1 FUGL Image 4. Form is and pattern being determined here, in Image 7. this sketch by choosing between curvilinear, Concept Plan. Hand Drawn and Rendered in Photoshop. zigzag and other combinations. In the end, the decision is to use zig- zag, and to orient the patio at a 45 degree angle to the house wall. The concept plan illustrated above makes best use of the limited space by arranging the patio at 45 degrees to the house wall, and placing other functional elements around the Image 1. Existing view facing perimeter of the main seating area. This arrangement, in combination with the staggered North towards the driveway. arrangement of paving stones, and surrounding arbour, creates a vibrant and dynamic space for entertaining or relaxing in the garden.page 7 Image 3. Functional Analysis Image 5. Image 6. page 8 Hand drawn Sketch. After shot, Facing North Cedar arbour
continued growth in the field: continued growth in the field:bachelor of landscape architecture bachelor of landscape architectureAspiring to greater professionalism, I We were instructed to takepursued a Baccalaureate fo Landscape elevations, determine elevations,Architecture at the University of Guelph. This and to makeexperience opened my eyes to the scope of observations about thepossibilities found within the profession. The existing conditions of thefollowing pages show a typical group project adjacent stream and waterassignment. This particular project involved channels with the intention ofsite visits to Beaver Valley Ski Club in Beaver re-designing those elements inValley, Ontario. order to improve water runoff issues and erosion problems. A full construction set was produced. Two pages from that set are highlighted in this portfolio. Image 1. Fellow classmates on-site at Beaver Valley Ski Club, (2008).page 9 Image1. As a team project this project involved the co Image 2. As a team effor we each contributed page 10 planning and execution of three team members including several details to this detail sheet. myself.
continued growth in the field: continued growth in the field:bachelor of landscape architecture bachelor of landscape architecture My first response to 6/ Vegetation the probelem was to prepare a proposal As mentioned, the asphalted area is devoid of any green space creating an uncomfortable microclimate. Tree plantings were observed along the edges of the asphalted area, which is a good start to adding shade, interest and definition between spaces and near the playground. Additional vegetation is noted Executive Summary along the fence-line, mostly and groupings of trees and shrubs at the council ring. Restrictions to plantings outlining my would be necessary within the sports field areas, for obvious reasons. Some areas require rejuvenation of shrubs and trees including some pruning and shaping to make the areas more inviting. Overall the plantingProblem: seems to take a band-aid approach to improving the site’s appearance without a sense of a grand vision observations and or theme. The school yard employs a large amount of turf. Some turfed areas are steeply sloped and could be seen as opportunities for planting a more diverse vegetation regime. Despite any of the site’s Background shortcomings, many of the community members and staff of the school have invested their own personal time in planting trees and shrubs on the property. This gives the school yard a community feel and sense of initial analysis of Wish Lists and Goal Setting: pride and ownership. Community involvement is a great asset to have and should be encouraged and In the spring of 2009 I met with Ian Malcolm to discuss opportunities for the design and layout of Maple Leaf recognized.How to rejeuvenate a typical public Public School. In particular, Ian mentioned that an overall tree planting design for the property was of Objective of the Design Proposal: existing conditions on primary interest. In addition, Ian mentioned several key existing areas of interest that could be modified. A copy of survey results was passed to me which listed possible areas to focus on or a community ‘wish list’. In order to gain support, research From this list I made several observations of main categories of focus: The objective for the design intervention is to develop a master plan for the school yard that will ultimatelyschoolyard that contains over 30 provide a grand vision for the programming of activities, and overall health of the site and its users. It will Drainage issues at the bottom of the hill / lower field; the site, provide a reference for future years to come, so that as the site progresses and develops, that vision will Sports field improvements including regrading, drainage, surfacing; Differentiation between play areas for the junior and intermediate students; remain true throughout the many years to come.percent of its useable outdoor space and community involvement, Students, staff, administrators and other Hardware improvements and additions for sports fields ( B-Ball posts, soccer posts, football); Increased seating opportunities; Goals of the Master Plan: and introducing the Protecting and care for existing trees (mulching, weeding); Additional themed areas for play and teaching (tranquility area, amphitheater, etc).in asphalt; contains a high level of I initiated a community input Creation of an overall theme for the school yard’s design; stakeholders provided valuable information Site Observations and Analysis: Positioning, placement of trees and other vegetation throughout the site; goals and objectives Location and details of individual program elements and their uses; From my analysis of my site visits and aerial images of the site I observed the following characteristics: Details for tree and shrub installation and care;competition for programmed and brainstorming session, and Improve drainage functions in problem areas; in the research during the design process. 1/Existing Programmed areas: Provide additional play areas for students; of the master plan The schoolyard is packed with multiple program-related activity areas including sports filed areas :activities; and offers little vegeta- subsquent Soccer; The hope was that active stakeholder Football; process. Baseball; Maple Leaf Public School: Proposal for Outdoor Design Intervention 3tive biodiversity, while gathering the co-design event with the students. Maple Leaf Public School: Proposal for Outdoor Design Intervention 1 A paper was also involvement would lead to a design that Image1. Map;e eaf P.S., Proposal for Design The adjacent panel shows studentsupport of all stakeholders including Intervention, (2009). produced investigating would foster community ownership of thechildren, parents, neighbours, involvement and goals of process and the final design. opportunities to:community members, teachers and co-designing with the public. increase the sitesschool board administrators. functional connectiv- ity within the school’sThis project was initially offfered to urban context; outliningme as an unpaid work project, which the idea of naturalizingthen turned int my final fourth year portions of the school-term project, as partial fulfilment of yard; and, promotingthe B.L.A degree. social change by linkng these ecological benefis with the school’s educationalpage 11 curriculum. page 12 Image 2. Schoolyard Naturalization Report, (2009).
continued growth in the field:continued growth in the field: bachelor of landscape architecturebachelor of landscape architecture It became increasingly obvious that a lack of ecological connection and a sterile environment could be overcome if the pro-From my research and analysis, including the gramming focused on building ancommunity information gathering sessions, ecological ethic, by using natural materials,and the codesign workgroups, I began to and by creating simple outdoor play activitiesunderstand more clearly what the students, that involved the natural world.over the course of their formative school Combining school curriculum with naturalyears, actually experienced during the course outdoor programming would create additionalof their formative school years. It became benefits in terms of learning outcomes.obvious that the banality of the school yard Planning for and allocating naturalizedand its lack of interesting spaces, its lack of spaces would also benefit the adjacent com-life, promoted vandalism, attention deficit munity aesthetically and would reconnect theand a general malaise amongst the popula- site to the regional ecosystem.tion. Additionally, the lack of any vegetative By simply providing a layout for natural playdiversity and the highly asphalted playground activities, both the aesthetic and education-supported water runoff issues which created al objectives were co-jointly determined.unusable play areas. With virtually no micro- My interaction with educators revealed thatclimate on the site, hot fall afternoons made almost any grade school subject fromfor uncomfortable classroom teaching time, counting, to mapping, to experimentation,windy winter environments and offered little to identification, could be taught from anshade for students or community members outdoor perspective. The staff and thewho frequented the playground in the warmer students confirmed that this idea was valid,months. Image 2. Mater plan - Maple Leaf Public School. Image 1. Panel 1 / 2, Inventory and Analysis Maple Leaf Public School. Panel 2 / 2, Final Design Project Design Panel, BLA (2010). Created with Adobe Creative Suite 3. and both were overly anxious to have those Final Design Project, BLA (2010). Created with Adobe Creative Suite 3. experiences realized.page 13 page 14
branching out: branching out:community outreach by duthiedesign community outreach by duthiedesignThis project,entitled Discovery Ponds and ButterflyGarden was designed and constructed byduthiedesign in 2009-2010. farm houseProject Objective: 1The aim of this project is to bring children with mental 1 Existing porch Photo Collection - First Year ofand physical challenges closer to nature 3 4 2 wheel chair accessible viewing area (limestone Operationduring their experience with summer camp. A 6 screeings) 5 3 Pond and waterfall 15two-tiered pond and stream system was constructed 6 2 4 cedar trees and native shrubs In its first year of operation thecomplete with native shrubs, perennials and ground open grassed pony and 5 Stream Nature Ponds and Discoverycovers planted along the perimeter of the stream and alpacca area 6 Native wildflowers/butterfly 8 9 6 garden Center at Sunrise Therapeuticponds. For accessibility, a large deck platform was 7 open grassed area Riding and Learning Center are a 6 6 10 8 ramp and connecting boardcreated next to the water features which includes a walk tremendous success. pavillion 13 main platform 9 raised planters (Wheelchairwheel chair accessible potting bench. Campers are accessible) 11 10 planting table (wheel chairencouraged through programmed activities to collect 17 accessible) Children and camp counsellors 12 11 raised beds 16insects, butterflies and plant specimens. Each year 12 13 ramp main platform (8.5 x 6 m) are able to have funcampers will assist in planting trees, perennials and 6 14 7 open grassed 14 Living willow fort experimenting and engagingwildflowers on the property. area in a naturalized setting. 15 Teepee 16 Pump 17 Lower pondAdditionally, a living willow structure was planted as arespite from the summer heat, and place to hang outand interact during the season. The plantings areon-going from year to year and it expected that an Project Intent: The aim of this project is to bring all kids, and especially those with special needs, the op-increased sightings of birds, insects and other living portunity to enjoy the outdoors and learn about nature. Kids will be able to help plant, to catch insects, and just plain enjoy being outside!biota will migrate towards the site. As the garden matures, it is expected that wildlife, including birds and butterflies, will be at- tracted to the colours and scents of the plantings surounding the stream and ponds. We hope to see frogs and other wildlife sightings soon! DISCOVERY POND AND BUTTERFLY GARDENpage 15 SUNRISE THERAPEUTIC RIDING AND LEARNING CENTER. RR2 PUSLINCH, ONTARIO page 16
continued growth in the field: continued growth in the field:duthiedesign PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT duthiedesign PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT Naturalized Perennial Plantings Scabiosa columbaria ‘Pink Mist’ Hemerocalis ‘Always Afternoon’ Liatris spicata Rudbecki hirta ‘Prairie Sun’ Echinacea purpurea Clematis and Rosa Clinmbers Festuca glauca ‘Elija Blue’ Echinace purpurea‘Big Sky Sundown’ Budleia Davidii ‘Peacock’ hemerocalis ‘Always Afternoon’ Alchea ‘Chater’s Double Pink’ DWARF PINCUSHION FLOWER DAYLILLY ‘ALWAYS AFTERNOON’ ELIJA BLUE FESCUE Veronica L. Eveline PEACOCK BUTTERFLY BUSH GAYFEATHER PRAIRIE SUN CONEFLOWER PURPLE CONEFLOWER (Colour and variety of Client’s BIG SKY SUNDOWN CONEFLOWE ALWAYS AFTERNOON DAYLILLY CHATER’S COUBLE PINK HOLLY HOCK SHED EVELINE SPEEDWELL choice). Pigeon Coop Cedar Screening Flowering Shrubs Naturalized Perennial Plantings PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT Phlox subulata ‘Candy Stripes’ CANDY STRIPES PHLOX Cedar Tree Screening Formal Perenninal Ring Shade Tree This presentation panel is Lawn submitted to the client at 36 x 24” format outlining the planting plan Formal Perennial Groupings Crushed gravel Walkway with colour photographs of all plant Campanula capartica BELLEFLOWER Privacy Fence Cedar Pergola selections. The coours adhere to and Gates Stone Patio Floral Climbers Ground Covers Image 2. the tones that were requested by Crushed Gravel Walkway Salmon Residence, Construction Detail Cross Section (2010) Aster dumogous ‘Wood’s Pink’ WOOD’S PINK ‘ ASTER the client in the initial assessment Cedar Lattice Screening PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT phase of the design process. Cedar Deck The objective of this design is to transform a new residential backyard property from a relatively barren and open BBQ Lecanthemum x superbum ‘Silver Princess’ SILVER PRINCESS SHASTA DAISY environment to a more closed yet intimate and colourful experience for the client. Full master plan and construction sets were compiled for the client, Cerastium tomentosum and a few selections of those documents are provided in SNOW IN SUMMER this portfolio. 74 Norton Rd. 76 Norton Rd. 78 Norton Rd. Image 1. 16 Salmon Residence, Master Plan (2010).Page PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT Cercis canadensis Amelanchier laevis columnus Euonymous alata compacta Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Nana Gracilis’ page 17 Ginkgo biloba ‘Autumn Gold’ Acer rubrum ‘Brandywine’ Hydrangea paniculata ‘PINKY WINKY’’ Thuja occidentalis EASTERN REDBUD ALLEGHNEY SERVICEBERRY COMPACT BURNING BUSH DWARF HINOKI FALSE CYPRESS AUTUMN GOLD MAIDEN HAIR TREE BRANDYWINE RED MAPLE PINKY WINKY HYDRANGEA EASTERN WHITE CEDAR (Showing Spring Bloom) (Showing Fall Colour)