As an Associate at AECOM, Lulu Loquidis served as a Project Leader for an innovative resiliency project in New Jersey. She coordinated design and feasibility tasks with civil, structural, and marine engineers to ensure constructability and a consistent approach throughout the project. Integrating coastal ecology, multi-modal mobility enhancements, and economic redevelopment opportunities, the New Meadowlands Project will improve regional resilience across a spectrum of flood-related risks, while providing new civic amenities and opportunities for economic development. The project is ongoing. AECOM is currently developing schematic design drawings, along with strategies to augment existing, natural systems with green infrastructure and improve public-realm circulation. Expected completion is 2022.
Hargreaves Associates, 2014
Willoughby Square is a one-acre park that conceals an embedded parking garage in Downtown Brooklyn, NY. Key design elements include sinuous walking paths, intricate paving patterns, and lush gardens that create a harmonious escape from the bustling city streets. A tilted lawn on the southern edge creates a space for picnicking, lounging, and gathering. As a landscape designer for the project, Lulu Loquidis developed conceptual and schematic design drawings that helped secure Public Design Commission approval for construction. The Willoughby Square project required significant coordination with government agencies, as well as multiple feasibility studies with the designers and engineers of the subterranean parking structure. Expected completion is 2021.
Hargreaves Associates, 2015
As a landscape designer for Hargreaves Associates, Lulu Loquidis was a key team member for the redesign of Love Park in downtown Philadelphia, PA. The central square is famous for housing the original Love sculpture designed by Robert Indiana. The new park creates an open flow that provides opportunities for flexible programming and large events. The historic diagonal axis is reinforced with a new monumental jet and grand plaza space. Lulu Loquidis served as a landscape architectural designer from Conceptual Design through 100% Construction Documentation and was responsible for coordinating all sub-consultants and key project milestones. Love Park opened in spring of 2018.
East Midtown Esplanade Vision
Lulu Loquidis served as a Landscape Designer for the conceptual study of the East Midtown Waterfront Esplanade and Greenway. The Esplanade project looked at providing a critical link in Manhattan’s greenway and bikeway system from 38th Street to 60th Street along the East River. Key design goals included creating a new waterfront park, connecting pedestrian and bicycle access at the river’s edge, and implementing sustainable systems. The proposal included strategies for complex permitting and engineering, and served as a model for consensus-building across multiple stakeholders, community groups, and public agencies.
The DUMBO plaza project reinvigorates a former parking lot in a scenic Brooklyn neighborhood and strategically enlarges the public realm by improving adjacent streetscapes. The project’s scope includes restoration of historic cobble roads, new bike lanes, and the design of a vibrant public space with integrated seating and planting for the community and visitors. Lulu Loquidis served as a project designer from Concept Design through Construction Documentation. Expected completion is 2020.
University of Austin Texas
Hargreaves Associates, 2014
Hargreaves collaborated with Ennead Architects on a series of design projects for the University of Austin’s McCombs School of Business. The concept was to create a variety of flexible gathering spaces, seating, and walkable connections between the school’s new Rowling Hall and adjacent buildings on campus. A series of terraced gardens and a new plaza provide a range of landscape experiences from intimate moments of respite for students to a new public venue for large-scale events. Lulu contributed as a landscape designer to Concept Design and Schematic Design. Expected completion is 2018.