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
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.
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.
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.
Senior Landscape Designer
Xi is a landscape designer 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.
Abby has led many lives before becoming an Urban Planner. Abby’s two years living in Southern Africa with WorldTeach and the U.S Fulbright program sparked her interest in uncovering who makes decisions about what goes where, when, and how. She holds an Art History degree from Ithaca College and a Masters in Urban Planning from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. She is curious about how issues of climate migration, the climate crisis, art, public space, civil resistance, and justice interlock. Outside of work, she enjoys aimlessly walking through neighborhoods, painting, traveling to new places, and exercising.
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.
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.
Laura Brusson is a landscape designer passionate about the interconnectivity of human experience, environmental health, and the magic of place-making. 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.
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.
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. In her free time, you can find her making art, reading about trees, and biking around Cambridge.
Sophie Weston Chien
Sophie is a designer-organizer, solving complex social-spatial issues by building communities and spaces to promote social and ecological justice. She has a background in architecture, government, and non-profits, and recently graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a degree in Architecture where she was awarded the Warren Family Engagement Award. Her approach centers community engagement, spatial thinking, and design activism for public spaces and public good. Outside of work she organizes with the Design as Protest Collective, travels extensively, and loves to make candles.
Jamaica is pursuing a dual Master of City Planning and Master of Architecture degree at the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Community and Economic Development. She is passionate about designing equitable, sustainable, and fun public spaces. A Northeastern University graduate, she did research on the affordable housing crisis in Boston. She enjoys exploring Boston’s parks and weaving small tapestries in her free time.