Susannah C. Drake is the principal, of DLANDstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture, pllc. an award winning multi-disciplinary design firm. DLANDstudio is the recipient of National and International urban design awards from the AIA, ASLA and Chicago Athenaeum among others. As one of very few designers of her generation with professional design qualifications in Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Susannah paved the way for more synthetic thinking about urban ecological infrastructure.
She is the recipient of grants from the Graham Foundation, the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, the James Marston Fitch Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Center for Architecture for research on campus landscapes and large scale urban infrastructure projects. Susannah is the former President and Trustee of the New York ASLA and former Trustee of the Van Alen Institute. She is the author of Elastic Landscape: Seeding Ecology in Public Space & Urban Infrastructure which was recently published in the collection of essays entitled Infrastruktururbanismus.
Susannah received a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Dartmouth College in 1987 and Master in Architecture and Master in Landscape Architecture degrees from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1995.
Sandra Chuck is a senior associate and landscape architect at DLANDstudio where she contributes her extensive experience in designing and building many types of projects. These include parks, campuses, urban streetscapes and plazas, cultural institutions, zoos, residences, and playgrounds.
Prior to joining DLANDstudio she was an associate at Quennell Rothschild & Partners. Sandra holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, where she received the Geraldine Knight Scott Travelling Scholarship. She is a registered landscape architect and LEED accredited professional.
Halina Steiner is the design director of DLANDstudio. Halina presented on the use of information graphics in landscape architecture at the AIGA Phoenix Design Week and on the use of green infrastructure at APA LA 2014 Conference. She has also presented work on flood mitigation strategies along the Adyar River in India to government officials and at Anna University in Chennai.
In 2012, Halina taught an International Summer Workshop at the Warsaw University of Life Science. She has been a critic at The Cooper Union, The City College of New York, and Syracuse University. Halina’s has written articles for both Topos and Garten + Landschaft about the development of waterfront parks in New York City.
Halina’s design experience includes work for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Flight 93 Memorial Competition for the University of Texas Austin, NYASLA, and the Planning Accreditation Board. Halina holds a BSD in Visual Communication from Arizona State University and a MLA from The City College of New York, where she also currently sits on the advisory board.
Senior Landscape Architect
Krista Bentson is a senior landscape architect at DLANDstudio. Her work over the last decade has involved the design of publicly accessible spaces to renovate or reimagine parks, streetscapes, plazas and waterfronts. Projects have included multiple waterfront projects, large scale wetland treatment cells for water reuse, and cultural amenities. The great majority of her projects have required collaboration with city and regulatory agencies in addition to collaboration with design teams, artists and clients.
Krista holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California, Berkeley’s School of Environmental Design. Prior to joining DLANDstudio, she has worked for Workshop: Ken Smith Landscape Architect and Quennell Rothschild & Partners. She is a registered landscape architect.
Ailyn is a designer and project director at DLANDstudio. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture II from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Florida International University.
Professionally her experience ranges through a wide range of projects and geographies, working on sites around the U.S., Caribbean, Europe and Africa. More recently, she worked as a project manager for several projects in New York including a mountain peak residence in Hudson and Hudson Park and Boulevard Block 4 in Manhattan. Academically, her design and research interests lie at the intersection of conflicting conditions, particularly when related to cities, water and culture.
Nick is currently working on the Under the Elevated fellowship exploring the possibilities for new public spaces below elevated infrastructure, and developing a green wall system for the American Pavilion for the Milan Expo 2015.
He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arkansas, where he was awarded the National AIA Henry Adams Medal as the first-ranked, final-year architecture student in recognition for scholastic achievement, character, leadership, and promise of high professional ability.
Designer / Civil Engineering Coordinator
Erin is a designer at DLANDstudio. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University.
Prior to her work in landscape architecture, Erin developed a comprehensive stormwater management plan for the historic Bala Cynwyd, PA railroad station. Most recently she worked on the Changing Course Competition which focused on the rapid landloss and future of Lower Mississippi River Delta.
Charles is a designer at DLANDstudio. He is currently working on the Reconstruction of Joe Michaels Mile in Queens, NY. Charles is a registered architect in the state of New York and received his Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. He has 16 years of experience as a practicing architect in New York City with work that includes a variety of adaptive re-use and interior architecture projects.
Director of Business Operations
Rebecca Hill, Associate
Yong Kim, Associate
Anne Clark Baker, Designer
Johanna Balhaus, Designer
Lauren Barry, Designer
Jesse Catalano, Designer
Chris Davies, Designer
Alexia Friend, Designer
Karyssa Halstead, Designer
Forbes Lipschitz, Designer
Claire Napawan, Designer
Lindsey Nelson, Designer
Rachel Pires, Designer
Susan Quilligan, Designer
Brett Seamans, Designer
Leah Solk, Designer
Rachel Whiteside, Designer
James Willeford, Designer
Christine Raftery, Office Manager
Carissa Azar, Office Manager
Julia Chmaj, Office Manager
Meggy Hudson Black, Intern
Nina Chase, Intern
Julie Gawendo, Intern
Kate Healy, Intern
Aimee Hultquist, Intern
Chanwoo Kim, Intern
Delia Kulukundis, Intern
Kara Lanahan, Intern
Kevin Latusek, Intern
Michael Payton, Intern
Alexander Shisler, Intern