Gina Ford is a landscape architect, co-founder and principal of Agency Landscape + Planning. Underpinning her two decades of practice are a commitment to the design and planning of public places and the perpetuation of the value of landscape architecture via thought leadership, teaching, writing and lecturing. Her work has received awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects, among others. She is on the board of directors for the City Parks Alliance and the stewardship council of The Cultural Landscape Foundation. She received the Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Charles Eliot Traveling Fellowship, the Wellesley College’s Shaw Fellowship and the Boston Society of Architect’s Women in Design Award of Excellence. Download CV.
Brie Hensold, HASLA
Principal Urban Planner
Brie Hensold is an urban planner, co-founder and principal of Agency Landscape + Planning. With a passion for understanding and improving communities and places, Brie brings a systems-based approach that celebrates diverse perspectives. She has extensive experience developing creative and meaningful community engagement processes. Brie’s work encompasses multiple scales, from downtown plans to citywide park systems to resilience strategies. Her work has received awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects, among others. She is a Design Critic in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where she also leads an executive education class in resilient cities. Download CV.
Senior Urban Planner
An urban planner with a background in architecture,
Rhiannon Sinclair's work focuses on complex urban
systems across multiple scales. She uses data-driven
strategies to better understand and enhance the
relationship between people, buildings, systems and the
public realm. Rhiannon has considerable experience
communicating information to broad audiences to
promote strong community exchange and empowerment
within a planning process. In her work, she finds that the
role of this type of exchange and master plan facilitation
contributes to plans that are visionary, comprehensive, and
implementable. Download CV.
Senior Landscape Architect
Susannah is a landscape architect with experience managing complex urban landscape design and construction. Susannah is passionate about the design of public open spaces in urban settings. She enjoys exploring the potential of landscape design to enrich the daily life, health and well-being of both city dwellers and urban ecology, as well as to shape the core identity of a city. She welcomes the challenge of designing to meet the needs of a diverse set of interests in a complex physical context. Download CV.
Steve Woods Jr.
Senior Landscape Architect
Steve Woods is a landscape architect with a wide range of creative design experience in both public and private landscapes of varying scales. Once named by the ASLA Professional Practice Network as one of “Landscape Architecture's greatest unknown landscape architects”, his passion rests in the merging of art, history, community, and function, especially in urban landscapes. Areas of experience include design leadership for corporate headquarters, Middle Eastern new city planning, hospitality and entertainment venues, and mixed-use urban developments. Other interests include baking, painting, board games, travel and relaxing on or near water as often as possible.
Senior Landscape Architect
Matthew Macchietto is a landscape architect who is passionate about how newly migrated cultural groups perceive, influence, and relate to public space. His research and field work aims to start a conversation between disciplines on how to design community open space to be more sensitive, welcoming, and adaptable to cultural and economic change. Matthew's work has won awards and recognition from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Urban Land Institute, the Society for College and University Planning, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he was the recipient of Harvard’s Peter Walker and Partner’s Fellowship/Travel Prize. Download CV.
Field Agent (on leave)
Eamonn Hutton is a landscape architect with experience designing public landscapes at multiple scales. Eamonn has contributed design, planning, and research to a variety urban projects, including built landscapes and strategic parks master planning. He has a particular interest in the design of urban public spaces through an engaged public process and the role of technology in innovative spatial planning. Download CV.
Xi is a landscape architect with experience designing urban landscapes at multiple scales. A firm believer in the influences our built environment has on society and the individual psyche, Xi strives to create ecologically sensitive design that enhances physical and mental well-being, flexibility and diversity of uses. She’s also passionate about promoting equality in access to public landscapes across social subgroups and future generations. Originally from China, Xi holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from RISD and spends her free time reading about psychology and space.
Kari Roynesdal is an urban planner and designer who is passionate about public space in cities and how planning practice intersects with community activism and grounds social and cultural identities of place. She recently graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design with concurrent degrees in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture. She also has an undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia. During her time at the GSD, she was a recipient of an ASLA Honor Award and funded travel research through the Penny White Project Fund. In her spare time, she loves baking, a good bowl of ramen, and biking around Cambridge.
Tatyana Vashchenko is a landscape designer passionate about the intersection between urban placemaking, ecological design, community engagement and environmental stewardship. She leverages her background in horticulture, ecosystem management, and landscape architecture to help create visions and places that are flexible, legible and performative. A graduate of the University of Washington, outside of practice, she is an avid plant enthusiast, meticulous crafter and obsessive knitter.
Abigail Fiala is a landscape architect from St. Louis by way of Chicago. She holds a Master's of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University and has worked on a wide range of public and private projects at all scales. Abigail's passion lies in the transformative power of landscape and creating spaces that foster mental and physical healing. She strives to create spaces that provide equitable, accessible experiences with nature that soothe the body and mind. Outside the office Abigail spends her time teaching group fitness classes, enjoying live music, and reading as many novels as she can.
Estello is a landscape designer who was born in the Philippines, grew up in Las Vegas, and has lived in the northeast for the past decade. His relationship to these vastly different landscapes has informed his deep interest in landscape architecture’s role in forging links between place and memory. Prior to receiving his Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2019, where he was the University Olmsted Scholar in 2018, Estello studied biology and minored in English (race and ethnic studies focus) at Vassar College. Estello loves cake, enjoys reading and cooking, and is very much a Leo.
Landscape designer and coffee enthusiast, Mackenzie Wendling is passionate about urban public space. He believes that altruism is essential to creating just, resilient, and sustainable design solutions for the 21st century. Mac holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University, where he was awarded the ASLA Merit Award. His work has received recognition from the ASLA Central States, the Kansas American Planning Association, The Walt Disney Company, and the Urban Land Institute. Outside of the studio, he enjoys studying history, philosophy, politics, and getting lost in the city.
Kymberly is a landscape designer who recently graduated from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design with her Masters in Landscape Architecture and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Ohio State University’s Knowlton School. She is passionate about landscape systems and how they can inform community resilience, public health and ecological sustainability. Her approach to design seeks to investigate the public realm through multiple scales and perspectives so that no story is left untold. In her spare time, Kymberly is usually tending to her houseplants or collecting new ones, gardening, and making jewelry while listening to audiobooks.
Laura Brusson is a landscape designer passionate about the interconnectivity of human experience, environmental health, and the magic of place. Laura has worn many hats before finding landscape architecture, including conducting research in evolutionary biology and working in ecological restoration. Originally from France, Laura holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was awarded the ASLA Certificate of Honor. Outside of work, Laura spends her free time re-learning to play piano, birdwatching, and playing with her dog Teagan.
Makio Yamamoto is a landscape designer from Providence, Rhode Island. He wishes to tackle issues related to climate change and environmental justice through landscape architecture’s power to communicate across different communities and viewpoints. He holds a BS in Architecture with a minor in Landscape Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis where he was a Steedman Student Travel Scholar and Elizabeth S. Schmerling Endowed scholar in 2019. In his spare time, Makio loves to compete in sports, take aimless walks around town, and play chess.
Mary Taylor is an urban planner and recent graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Previously, she earned a Master of Architecture from Hampton University and received a UDream Fellowship in Urban Design at the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture. Her past work experience spans community development, placemaking, and affordable housing development. Mary is interested in the intersection of planning and public health, specifically how just cities can generate positive community mental health outcomes. She enjoys music, writing, and films directed by people from underrepresented and marginalized groups.
Elsa is a recent honors graduate of Oberlin College's Environmental Studies program with interests in urban planning and design, landscape architecture, art history, the visual arts, and urban sustainability. At Oberlin College, Elsa did research on how public environmental art can increase a community’s sense of place. At Agency, she assists the studio with office, business and marketing support and leads our communication and social media. You can find her making art, reading about trees, and biking around Cambridge.