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 and Co-Founder
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.
Principal, 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.
Kate Tooke, ASLA
Principal, Landscape Architect
Kate Tooke, a landscape architect and principal of Agency Landscape + Planning, has focused her career on the intersection of community and public space. She leverages a diverse background as an educator, an engineer and a landscape architect into a practice unabashedly passionate about connecting people to the urban environment. Kate’s listening-oriented approach to project leadership as well as her strategic thinking, design eye, and technical acumen have been instrumental in the success of diverse projects ranging from master planning to site-scale work and extending coast to coast. She is a prominent national voice in the movement towards contextual adventure playgrounds.
Susannah Ross, ASLA
Director, Landscape Architect
Susannah Ross 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.
Jill Allen Dixon, AICP
Director, Urban Planner
Jill Allen Dixon is a planner with a focus on the intersection of park/landscape planning, climate resilience, and public engagement. She has a passion for collaborating with communities to implement strategies that increase equitable access to parks and that grow greener, more resilient cities. Common to her work is a focus on bringing together diverse constituents to identify shared visions for places and open spaces. Jill believes that asking meaningful questions, providing accessible information, and listening carefully to responses will lead to creative ideas that advance multiple objectives.
Radhika Mahan, ASLA
Senior Landscape Architect
Radhika Mahan is a landscape architect and project manager with a passion for bridging the gap between design and implementation to achieve high quality craftsmanship in her built work. She is experienced in managing projects from strong initial design ideas through to excellence in detailing, through all phases of design and construction. Radhika's work has spanned complex built landscapes and significant large-scale master planning projects, both national and international.
Senior Landscape Architect
Xi Yang 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.
Senior Urban Planner
Multidisciplinary, yet foremost a planner, Allen Penniman specializes in weaving planning, urban design, and real estate development into the equitable revitalization of distressed urban neighborhoods. Prior to joining Agency, Allen served as a Design Director for the City of Detroit, where he led planning for $69M in neighborhood reinvestment and $58M in flood recovery and resiliency investment. In Detroit and elsewhere, Allen’s work has involved reactivating commercial corridors, realizing housing development, sustaining post-industrial creative districts, and reinventing streets to support joyful public life. He has taught or critiqued at the University of Michigan, RISD, and his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. On Saturdays, you'll find Allen either neck deep in a DIY project or rooting for his obscure and floundering, but beloved, English soccer club.
Associate Urban Planner / Designer
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.
Abigail Fiala, ASLA
Associate Landscape Architect
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.
Annie Streetman, AICP
Associate Urban Planner
Annie Streetman is an urban planner with experience in community engagement, consensus building, and land use and open space planning across multiple scales. With a background in archaeology, she is passionate about understanding how people relate to the physical spaces around them, and she uses her experience in both the public and private sectors to pursue plans that are innovative and implementable. Annie holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Arts from Bowdoin College. Outside of the office, she can be found planning her next travel adventure or experimenting with a new baking recipe.
Associate Urban Planner
Liz Cormack is an urban planner and experience designer with a background in product design. Liz worked previously with the City of Kansas City, MO and the City of Boston, MA where she led the redesign of the community engagement platform at the Mayor’s Office of Housing. Prior to work in the public sector, Liz was a Senior UX Designer at Sonos, and her work in technology has spanned game design, indoor agriculture, and connected devices. She recently retired after ten years on the Board of the Transformative Culture Project, a nonprofit working to connect young artists with creative careers. Outside of work, you can find Liz hiking, skiing, and attempting to implement all of Priya Parker’s principles in ‘The Art of Gathering’ at dinner parties.
Estello Raganit, ASLA
Associate Landscape Architect
Estello Raganit is a landscape architect 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.
Associate Studio Manager
Elsa Mark-Ng is the studio manager at Agency and an honors graduate of Oberlin College's Environmental Studies program. At Oberlin College, Elsa did research on how public environmental art can increase a community’s sense of place. At Agency, she supports the studio with marketing, business, and graphic design and leads communication and social media. Elsa enjoys crafting unique proposals that speak to the communities and clients that Agency aims to work for. She has also served as the communications lead for WxLA, an advocacy initiative for gender justice in landscape architecture. In her free time, you can find her making art, reading about trees, and biking around Cambridge.
Kymberly Ware 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.
Nicholas Cook is a landscape designer who grew up in West Virginia and has transplanted from Appalachia to Indiana, and now to Boston. He graduated with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture and focus in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from Purdue University. Nicholas's work involves designing vibrant cultural spaces and developing community engagement strategies with an emphasis on ecological restoration. His work has been featured in the Architectural League of NY and Landscape Architecture Magazine, and he was recently awarded the Indiana ASLA Honor Award. Outside the office, Nicholas enjoys fishing and hiking during the summer and taking on the slopes in the winter.
Leigh Miller is a landscape designer with a background in environmental science, energy efficiency, and horticulture. She delights in unearthing hidden narratives and demystifying the complex processes at the intersection of design and policy. Leigh holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, where she was named the 2022 University Olmsted Scholar. Outside of Agency, Leigh enjoys working with her hands and learning new skills from old books.
Landscape / Urban Designer
Yiyang Li is a landscape/urban designer passionate about the social and political dynamics in urban space. Before Agency, she had a brief adventure in property development and strategic consulting to disentangle how urban development reproduces or dismantles inequities. She is glad to join a team that shares her belief in inclusive planning and thoughtful design. Yiyang recently graduated with a Master in Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Originally from China, she enjoys spicy food and great films, and can be found relaxing near the water during her spare time.
As a landscape designer, Berit Schurke believes in the power of a dynamic and diverse socioecological network to ensure the health and joy of individuals and communities. She is passionate about crafting adaptive, accessible, and productive spaces for humans and non-humans. She strives to infuse this passion in both her professional work and personal endeavors, including ongoing research on climate adaptive infrastructure design in the Arctic, funded by Harvard’s Penny White Project Fund. Berit holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from Carleton College and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In her spare time, Berit can be found mountain biking, skiing, or running in the woods with her furball, Uli.
Urban Planner / Designer
Jamaica Reese-Julien is an urban planner and designer working in Philadelphia. She holds a dual degree in City Planning and Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in Housing, Community, and Economic Development. Jamaica is passionate about designing spaces and systems that center community expertise. Her volunteer work with community organizations in Philadelphia focuses on housing stability and grassroots governance over public space. Before joining Agency, she worked as an architectural designer on several public libraries throughout New England. On the weekends, Jamaica can be found exploring the city with her dog, Junie, and attempting to finish craft projects.
Urban Planner / Designer
Maria Noguera is an urban planner and designer and a recent graduate of the University of Houston's College of Architecture and Design. While at the University of Houston, Maria was a part of the Community Design Resource Center, which inspired her interest in working with communities to apply transformative and equitable design strategies. She also spent time researching the effects of climate change in neighborhoods of color. She is passionate about the power that urban design has to create more resilient and people-centered cities. In her spare time Maria enjoys volunteering with local organizations, cooking international cuisines, and working with her hands.
Jingzhi Fan is a landscape designer and graduate from the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Michigan. With an undergraduate background in urban planning from Michigan State University, she is committed to public space activation and ecological restoration. Firmly believing in the transformative potential of public spaces to shape the future of cities and enhance the quality of urban life, Jingzhi is passionate about creating captivating public realms that harmoniously blend diversity, livability, and resiliency to enrich people’s lives, and sharing the distinct stories of places through systematic design approaches. Outside of the office, Jingzhi enjoys films, nature exploration, and relishing the culinary diversity of different locales with friends.
Arisa Shibusawa Lohmeier
Arisa Shibusawa Lohmeier is a landscape designer who believes public space can help us deepen our personal and collective kinship with nature. Growing up between Chicago, Boston, Honolulu, and Providence, Arisa is passionate about the power of design to nurture one's sense of belonging to place and community. Arisa holds a Masters of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Brown University. Outside of work, Arisa enjoys learning Chinese, eating ice cream, and spending time on the couch with her cat Mabel.
Mufeng Yu is an urban planner specializing in GIS data analysis, with a background in urban planning and design. She leverages urban design and data as an opportunity to promote social justice and ecological resilience. Dedicated to sustainability, Mufeng is passionate about creating spaces that foster strong connections between ecosystems and local communities. Her fascination with observing the ongoing dynamics of cities provides her with valuable insights to tackle complex urban challenges and inform decision-making processes. Mufeng holds a Master of Urban Design from UC Berkeley. In her leisure time, Mufeng enjoys cooking, photography, exploring cities, and spending time with adorable animals.
Josie Kuchta is a marketing assistant and a recent graduate of Wellesley College's Bachelor of Arts in Architecture program. At Wellesley, she explored architecture through an interdisciplinary lens, critically examining the cultural and environmental context of the built world. In her honors thesis, she researched placemaking through the historic brickmaking industry in Cambridge, MA. Josie brings her passion for place-based design and endless curiosity about the built environment to her support of marketing pursuits at Agency. Outside the office, Josie enjoys singing, dancing, sketching, and exploring cities by foot or bike.
Urban Planning Intern
Gabriella Carmona is a master’s student of Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA and holds a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from Williams College. She leverages urban design and policy as an opportunity to combat social and economic injustice — from democratizing data that brings to light spatial disparities to empowering citizens with the tools to redesign their neighborhoods. In her spare time, Gabriella loves rock climbing, biking, and hanging out with her cat, Pebbles.