Agency is the capacity of human beings to act, to make choices. Planning can empower people. Design is an act of optimism. Empowerment and optimism are much needed, today more than ever. At Agency Landscape + Planning, we believe in the power of people to initiate and make purposeful, positive change.
Agency is a mission-driven practice dedicated to addressing social equity, cultural vitality and environmental resilience through design excellence, strategic planning and community empowerment. We believe that – in order to address the most challenging issues of our contemporary society – diversity and inclusion are foundational to how we see, understand and, ultimately, shape our collective experience, particularly in the public spaces, parks and streets of our cities. We seek landscape and planning opportunities that allow us to partner meaningfully with constituents, that welcome many voices and hands in the process, and that produce outcomes that are deeply connected to the richness and uniqueness of place.
Agency is a women-owned small business (WOSB) led by partners Gina Ford and Brie Hensold. Our leadership – combined with a collective team of passionate and talented landscape architects, planners and urban designers – enables the full spectrum of design services – from strategic planning to complex landscape implementation.
Beyond our core team, we have formed a network of diverse and innovative thinkers across the country that share our passion for social good, resilience and the power of public space. Together, we represent a broad cross-section of specialized knowledge and skills. Our partners, like us, believe a more resilient and equitable approach to planning and design will lead to more relevant, contextual and vibrant public environments.