• Week 1

    Week 1

    The first week of the Summer Program focused
    on inventory, analysis, and visioning for the Sausalito waterfront.
    Students were working as a group, the students will examine the
    area’s natural and man-made systems to understand the dynamic
    forces that shape the Sausalito waterfront (approximately 100
    acres). These systems include historic, socio-economic/cultural,
    transportation, land use, topographic form & building massing,
    hydrologic, ecological, and climate (including sea level rise). The end
    result will be an analytical framework that considers stakeholder
    concerns and documents systemic forces, and provides a base of
    information for each student to generate an initial reaction/vision
    for the site’s next 100 years

  • Week 2: Urban Design

    Week 2: Urban Design

    Kate’s strategy to address the inevitable issue
    of sea level rise in Sausalito is based on the
    main landscape typology of the region: ridges
    and valleys. She proposed extending the
    natural, existing ridgelines of the Sausalito
    hills down and across the site through the
    design of two land bridges. Acting as social and
    ecological corridors, these land bridges would
    effectively capture and redirect the currently
    disconnected flows to, from, and through the
    site – reconnecting the hills with the Bay, and
    Sausalito with its waterfront. Additionally,
    the urban fabric of the proposed mixed-use,
    valley community would be adaptable, built to
    succumb to rising water levels and designed to
    remain functional even when inundated.

  • Week 3: SCI-ART Discovery Center

    Week 3: SCI-ART Discovery Center

    In the urban design phase of the project, Kate
    identified the defining landscape features of
    the region, ridges and valleys, and proposed
    extending the existing ridgelines down to
    the waterfront to reconnect Sausalito with
    its waterfront. In this site scale phase, Kate
    chose to focus on the design of the land
    bridge. Sausalito has an obvious shortage of
    public waterfront parks and open spaces. Kate
    proposed transforming the land bridge into a
    programmatic park to attract both locals and
    visitors. In addition to creating a social corridor,
    drawing people from both Bridgeway and the
    hills, the land bridge houses a Science-Art
    Center, a new attraction to Sausalito’s locals
    and tourists.

  • Week 4: Object Design

    Week 4: Object Design

    Bridge Design
    For the detail design phase of the
    project, Kate tackled the construction
    of the land bridge. The challenge was to
    design a bridge that effectively continued
    the landscape ridge typology across
    Bridgeway Blvd and to the landform park
    without literally creating a bridge made of
    land. With this goal in mind, she designed
    a poetic, architectural bridge in an effort
    ease the connection and link between
    Sausalito’s hills and its waterfront, while
    also creating an iconic landmark for the
    city. In addition to the material construction
    of the bridge, Kate’s focus was on the
    experience of crossing the bridge, as well
    as the different experiences of traveling
    to and from the hills and the waterfront.

Kate Hayes


“Landscape architecture is my passion. Influenced by my suburban upbringing and my interdisciplinary science background, I am fascinated with the ecological, cultural, and social regenerative qualities of this design discipline. With a B.S. in Earth Systems – a major focused on human interactions with our natural and built environments – I have approached landscape architecture from a systems perspective. My eclectic work experience – from working at a sustainable buildings company to coaching high school rowing – and travel abroad have also been influential in my career path. Having completed my first of three years of graduate school at University of Virginia, I find that I am drawn to the particularities of site, creating spaces that bring out natural processes and use geology as a fundamental underlying structure or armature. As geology operates on a regional scale, I am fascinated with bringing its science and its structure down to the room and human scales.”