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.
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
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.
Director 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.
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. She believes that asking meaningful questions, providing accessible information, and listening carefully to responses will lead to creative ideas that advance multiple objectives.
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.
Associate Landscape Architect
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nicholas 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 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.
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.
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.