Susannah C. Drake



Susannah C. Drake is the Principal of dlandstudio pllc, an award winning multidisciplinary design firm that includes landscape architects, urban designers, sculptors, scientists and architects. dlandstudio’s recent public projects include "A New Urban Ground" designed in collaboration with Architectural Research Office for the Museum of Modern Art’s Rising Currents Exhibit, the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park, a public open space system designed to absorb and remediate urban storm water, the Brooklyn Bridge Pop-up Park, a temporary waterfront open space that attracted almost two hundred thousand visitors over six weeks of operation in 2008, the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls in Lilongwe Africa, and the security for the New York City Police Department headquarters in lower Manhattan. dlandstudio is a State and City certified WBE.

Yong K. Kim



Yong K. Kim is a project manager and an urban designer at  dlandstudio pllc working on public projects such as the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park and the Downtown Brooklyn Streetscape. He has worked for architecture offices in Los Angeles, Providence, and Seoul, Korea. Yong's design experience includes participation in design teams of residential and institutional projects including Kidspace Children's Museum, Fresno Metropolitan Museum, University of Notre Dame DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and the winning entry for the masterplan of Giardini Di Porta Nuova competition in Milan, Italy. Yong received his BArch and BFA degrees from Rhode Island School of Design, his MAUD degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and studied architecture as a guest student at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland.

Halina Steiner



Halina Steiner is a designer at dlandstudio. Since 2008, Halina has contributed to the Gowanus Canal Sponge Park and Campus Landscapes of Beatirx Farrand research project. Her work at dland also includes Hicks Street Townhouse, Emerson Place Residences, Abuja Central Park, and Metropolitan Showhouse. Halina recently presented work on flooding mitigation strategies along the Adyar River in India to government officials and academics at Anna University and on the use of information graphics in landscape architecture at the AIGA Phoenix Design Week. Halina contributed to the German publication Garten+Landschaft about the development of Brooklyn waterfront parks.

Halina’s design experience includes work for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Flight 93 Memorial Completion for the University of Texas Austin, NYASLA, and Planning Accreditation Board. Halina holds a BSD in Visual Communication from Arizona State University and a MLA from The City College of New York.

Forbes Lipschitz



Forbes Lipschitz is a designer at dlandstudio. She has contributed to Public Media Commons in St. Louis Missouri, Prospect Cemetery Restoration, the Stuyvesant Park Fence restoration and the winning entry for YUL-MTL: Moving Landscapes, International Ideas Competition. Her recent research includes a strong interest in the regional food systems of North America. She was awarded a distinction and ASLA Certificate of Merit award for her Masters of Landscape Architecture thesis at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, entitled “The New Regional Pattern: Syncing Livestock Production and Urban Systems in the Broiler Belt.” Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, she graduated cum laude with a bachelors degree of art and environmental studies from Pomona College.

Jesse Catalano



Jesse Catalano is a designer at dlandstudio. Jesse has worked on public projects including Highway Outfall Landscape Detention Systems in Queens, The Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens and Stuyvesant Fence in Manhattan. Prior to his experience at dlandstudio Jesse worked as a lead designer for the Middlebury College Solar Decathlon 2011 team, developing a prototypical solar-powered home for a Vermont family of four. Jesse has also worked as a consultant for the Bedford 2020 Coalition since 2009, when he was awarded the the Open Space Institute Barnabus McHenry Grant to develop a Climate Action plan to reduce Bedford’s greenhouse gas emissions 20% by 2020. Jesse holds a BA from Middlebury College and has also studied architecture at the Universita degli Studi di Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy and at Parsons, the New School for Design both in New York and Paris.

Carissa Azar

Office Manager


Carissa Azar is dlandstudio’s office manager. She joined the firm in 2009 upon completing a teaching position in Jaipur, India. Prior to teaching Carissa worked as a Program Assistant at the Council on Foreign Relations. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and International Studies from Franklin and Marshall College in 2008.




Rebecca Hill, Associate


Anne Clark Baker, Designer
Johanna Balhaus, Designer

Lauren Barry, Designer

Chris Davies, Designer

Alexia Friend, Designer

Claire Napawan, Designer

Rachel Pires, Designer

Susan Quilligan, Designer

Leah Solk, Designer

Rachel Whiteside, Designer

James Willeford, Designer

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

Lindsay Nelson, Intern

Micheal Payton, Intern

Alexander Shisler, Intern