Tony Chevalier

Tony Chevalier

Objective

I am a Professional Landscape Architect committed to applying my diverse set of experiences in landscape architecture, planning and community development as a comprehensive approach to design. I am passionate about providing innovative design solutions that are responsive to place, promoting social, economical and environmental sustainability.

Summary

  • Registered Landscape Architect - State of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa
  • 8+ years of professional landscape architecture and land planning experience, working on a variety of projects at a variety of scales all across the U.S. 
  • 5+ years teaching experience; lecturing, leading recitation and studio sessions, which include classroom discussions, site visits and field trips
  • 3+ years construction and landscape installation experience
  • 10+ years experience working with computer graphics and digital content, including graphic design, presentations, photo editing and manipulation, report layout and publishing
  • Comprehensive knowledge of midwestern plant material (Trees, Evergreens, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals)
  • Greenhouse and Nursery Experience - Lynde Greenhouse
  • Direct public sector experience in community development - City of Sauk Rapids, MN
  • International design/planning experience and study - Lisbon, Barcelona, Venice
  • Master of Landscape Architecture - University of Minnesota, 2006
  • Certificate of Metropolitan Design -  University of Minnesota, 2006
  • Bachelor of Arts: Community Development - St. Cloud State University, 2002

Work History

Work History

Community Development Intern

City of Sauk Rapids
  • Provided general assistance to the public - answering questions regarding codes, processes, etc.
  • Facilitated monthly Advisory Park Board Meetings, providing agendas and taking minutes
  • Wrote grant for Mayhew Creek Park Consultant - funded
  • Researched history of local ox cart trail and wrote preliminary draft of grant application for a new recreational trail and interpretive signage
  • Researched options for new city gateway signs and markers
Oct 2008 - Present

Professional Landscape Architect

Chevalier Design

Working independently, I have provided a variety of design and technical services for local firms on a contract basis. Most recently I have contributed to the following projects:

  • Maple Grove Central Park: Maple Grove, MN (Damon Farber Associates)
  • North Dakota Capital Building Planting Plan: Bismark, ND (Damon Farber Associates)
  • Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District (DID) Summer & Winter Greening Project Manual & Specifications: Minneapolis, MN (Damon Farber Associates)
  • Lifetime Fitness Site Planning and Property Layout: Various Locations (Damon Farber Associates)
  • Nice Ride: Minneapolis Bike Share Program (Alta Planning & Design)
  • Capital Bikeshare: Washington DC (Alta Planning & Design)
  • Whiting Lakefront Trail: Whiting, Indiana (Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.)
  • Bass Lake Road Redevelopment: Brooklyn Center, MN (Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.)
  • Cascade Avenue Streetscape: River Falls, WI (Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.)
  • Nisswa Pocket Park: Nisswa, MN (Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.)
  • Buffalo Community Center: Buffalo, MN (Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.)
  • Hastings Bridge Design Standards: Hastings, MN (Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.)
  • Traditional Neighborhood Development: Porter, IN (Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.)
  • Two Harbors Marina & Waterfront Redevelopment Plan: Two Harbors, MN (Short Elliott Hendrickson, Inc.)
Apr 2012 - Mar 2013

Professional Landscape Architect

I&S Group, Inc.

Discipline Leader: Landscape Architecture

  • Responsible for Conceptual Design, Design Development and Construction Documentation for a variety of projects
  • Develop and promote the landscape architecture practice within a multi-disciplinary company
  • Worked collaboratively with a multitude of professional design, architecture and engineering staff
  • Reviewed and interpreted regulatory codes that apply to the design and development of a range of municipal, commercial and industrial projects across the country.
Mar 2010 - Mar 2011

Landscape Division Manager

Lynde Greenhouse
  • Lead designer for all residential and commercial clients
  • Project Manager for residential landscape installation and annual commercial contracts
  • 2010 MNLA Grand Honor Award - Landscape Maintenance/Management
Aug 2006 - Oct 2008

Junior Landscape Architect

Hart Howerton
  • Assisted in the conceptual design process, working in a multidisciplinary studio setting
  • Responsible for all digital imagery & production graphics, including office portfolios and marketing materials
  • Organized presentations and assisted in community & neighborhood meetings
  • Performed site analyses, background research and design studies
  • Managed digital file structure (ISO 9001) and provided technical support for the office
Sep 2003 - Jul 2006

Visual Resource Collection Assistant

Digital Content Library - University of Minnesota
  • Archived, manipulated & restored photographs, slides and other images for use in an online database
  • Provided resources for presentations by professors and visiting lecturers

Professional Work

Certifications

Certifications

Professional Landscape Architect

State of Iowa Dept. of Commerce

Licensed Landscape Architect

State of Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

Licensed Landscape Architect

State of Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID

Education

Education
Sep 2003 - May 2006

Master of Landscape Architecture

University of Minnesota - College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Capstone Project - Rediscovering Two Harbors

My capstone project envisioned a waterfront parkway as a civic framework and economic stimulator that celebrates the unique history of Two Harbors, a small port city on the shores of Lake Superior. This community was the first, and at one time the busiest, port for transporting iron ore from Minnesota’s Iron Range to steel plants in the east. Though the local economy has waned significantly in the past 30 years, the community remains a working waterfront to this day. The proposed parkway looks to capitalize upon some very unique industrial artifacts, including three massive steel piers projecting up to a quarter of a mile into the harbor, and unrivalled views of Lake Superior and the Minnesota North Shore topography. Pressure from private development is beginning to threaten public access to the waterfront. The proposed parkway would preserve public access indefinitely and initiate the clean-up of brownfield sites near the piers and railroad property. The project also looks to effectively integrate more modern design features to compliment the existing historical features.

Study Abroad - Port Cities: Lisbon, Barcelona, Venice 

During the spring semester of 2005, I spent time studying the unique physical and cultural characteristics of the port cities of Lisbon, Barcelona and Venice. The program allowed for independent study of the three locations based upon student’s individual interests in addition to providing a studio setting for working on specific projects in both Lisbon and Venice. The experience in Lisbon involved the redevelopment of an urban block with very difficult topographical constraints. This project paired students with international students of the University of Lisbon School of Architecture and Arts. The studio in Venice paired architecture and landscape architecture students for the purposes of creating a redevelopment plan for the Sant’Eufemia island in the Giudecca. My project focussed on incorporating sustainable development principles and employing concepts of biomimicry. Highlights include, a leaf-like canopy with PV panels, a stormwater collection and irrigation system, urban agricultural plots, conservatory, culinary school and gastronomy museum, and artisan space for metal workers, glass blowers, etc. Projects were presented to local architects and plans were published by the Venice Lagoon Foundation. 

Independent Study - Urban Design

I have always had a strong interest in urban design as well as a curiosity of the history of urban form. I chose to research the modern history of urban design, covering Haussmannian Paris of the late 19th century up to the contemporary movements of New Urbanism. My focus was on urban design models and the societal problems they either attempted to address or inadvertently created. I examined each model as a precursor to the next and in most cases have concluded that while each model is a reaction to its specific vernacular, it is also part of a continuum of evolving urban design models. This continuum continually responds to flaws in previous models, is representative of unique cultures, and addresses new technologies that may enhance or detract from contemporary urban life.

Sep 1999 - May 2002

Bachelor of Arts

St. Cloud State University

Serviced Learning Project - Starbuck, MN

To fulfill the requirements for a minor in Heritage Preservation, as part of the Community Development program, I applied my education and knowledge to a real world scenario. I chose to focus on a small, rural Minnesota community that was grappling with issues of a struggling local economy and increased tourism at a nearby lake during summer months. I preformed a site analysis and advisory study based upon information gathered from a Minnesota Design Team visit, a group of professionals who volunteer consulting services to struggling communities. 

Graduate School Work

Skills

Skills

SketchUp

Adobe Creative Suite

AutoCAD

Leadership

• ASLA Student Chapter President (Fall 2005 - Spring 2006)      

As President of the Student Chapter of ASLA at the University of Minnesota, I strove to bring meaning and positive notoriety to a position that had long been neglected. During this appointment I was successful in organizing and facilitating a design charrette for the Intermedia Arts Organization in Minneapolis. In addition to this, I helped to organize a local firm tour and a portfolio review session, which provided advice on layout and content for students preparing resumes and portfolios. I also created and implemented a mentor program pairing students with practitioners for the purpose of providing support and feedback on Capstone Projects. 

Interest

  • Sustainable Development
  • Green Infrastructure & Systems
  • Transit Oriented Development
  • Waterfront Redevelopment
  • Open Space Planning
  • Regional Design
  • Urban Form

Volunteer Work

  • Cedar Lake Park Association
  • University of Minnesota - College of Design Mentor Program
  • Nice Ride MN
  • Minnesota Chapter of Landscape Architects
  • Lowry Hill Neighborhood Association
  • The Goldstein