Our Team

We are a group of UC Davis students, faculty, and staff with backgrounds in landscape architecture, engineering, policy, and economics. We hope a collection of diverse backgrounds will help to create a more comprehensive design for this challenge.

The 2014-2015 Team

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Matthew Wong | Project Coordinator

  • Campus Planning, Assistant Landscape Architect
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Kevin Robert Perry, ASLA | Faculty Lead

  • Department of Human Ecology, Visiting Lecturer
  • "I view the landscape as a vital system for both environmental and human health. Without having a thriving and engaging landscape system, we begin to see not only a degradation of our community's natural system function, but our overall livability suffers. Hence, my emphasis is to create and often re-create landscape systems that balance the needs of urban form and natural systems. I believe that universities and other educational institutions are a perfect canvas to help test and showcase these new ideas with green infrastructure."
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Nathaniel Oakley | Design Lead, Graphics Support

  • Landscape Architecture, Senior
  • "Green infrastructure as it relates to stormwater management is of paramount importance in creating and sustaining a healthy watershed."
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Taylor Baer | Design Co-Lead

  • Landscape Architecture, Senior
  • "Stormwater management is daylighting the conservation of water by creating an aesthetically pleasing and functional design."
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Magdalena Aravena | Narrative / CAD Master, Graphics Support

  • Landscape Architecture, Senior
  • "Creating sustainable and innovative solutions for our university’s stormwater management is critical to maintaining a competent campus in today’s water crisis. I believe green infrastructure is the key to maintaining a healthy and bright future, not only for us, but for the Earth as a whole."
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Mayton Xu | Graphics Lead, Water Balance/Plant Communities Support

  • Landscape Architecture, Senior
  • "Stormwater management is a way for me to look at my campus and understand the implications it has on the environment. Green infrastructure, whether it be through complex or simple actions, has the ability to direct us to a more sustainable future."
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Sean Vang | Education, Outreach, and Techonology Lead, Graphics Support

  • Landscape Architecture, Senior
  • "Green infrastructure is an aesthetic and creative solution for managing stormwater that simultaneously addresses the importance of sustainable stormwater management to the general public."
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Tyler Loughran | UCD/City of Davis Policy Integration, Cost-Benefit Analysis and Environmental Performance

  • Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning, Junior
  • "Stormwater management means cleaner and healthier habitats for marine animals!"
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Flora Barbash | Water Balance Management/Plant Communities Lead, Graphics Support

  • Landscape Architecture, Senior
  • "Freshwater is the most important resource that we need in order to survive. In comes the drought and BAM! What do we do? On a local scale, living infrastructure is one method - and essentially the most publicly interesting - that combats our misuse of freshwater that we already have and uses it in a more efficient and synergistic way."
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Elvis Wong | Water Balance Management/Plant Communities Lead, Education, Outreach, and Technology Support, UCD/City of Davis Policy Integration Support

  • Landscape Architecture, Senior
  • "The presence of the drought in the past few years have altered the way that I look at water; not only is it a resource, it has become a commodity particularly in the Central Valley. I believe that stormwater management should be an integral part of every urban landscape. With the inherent flux of our cities today and the way that humans are interacting with them, (with principles of ecology and green infrastructure in mind) we are privileged with the opportunity to redefine the more traditional ways in which stormwater travels and interacts with the land."
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Boya Ye | Cost-Benefit Analysis and Environmental Performance Lead, Education, Outreach, and Technology Support

  • Landscape Architecture, Economics (Minor), Junior
  • "Stormwater management means that we can use more amount and better quality water, which we are lacking now."
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Winnie Chang | Graphics Support, Education, Outreach, and Technology Support

  • Landscape Architecture, Community and Regional Development Minor, Junior
  • "As a student studying landscape architecture, I think stormwater management means designing a site to allow rainwater to infiltrate back into the ground while keeping the people who use the site in mind."
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Denny Zhu | Stormwater Performance

  • Civil Engineering, Junior
  • "Coming into college, I had an interest on sustainability and the ways to improve the conditions of the environment. Learning about the drought in California on the news and media really makes me think about how precious this resource, water, actually is and how we all should take the initiative to take care of it so it is not wasted. One way to care for our water is learning about water sanitation and from participating in the RainWorks challenge, I learned how storm water can be purified through soils which is why we need more green infrastructures. I am always interested in learning about water quality like how is water treated and purified. One reason I decided to become a civil engineer was to explore the many possible ways new technology can help improve the environment, especially the water supply. I hope to use my educational experience and knowledge to work on an environmental type career in the future."