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We combine broad systemic knowledge with sustainable, innovative, and beautiful design.

DLANDstudio is an interdisciplinary design firm founded in 2005 by Susannah C. Drake, FASLA, AIA. The firm, born from her vision of making cities more ecologically productive, develops methods to layer environmental, engineering, and political structures to make real change in the built environment.
        Located in Brooklyn, New York, DLANDstudio’s unique design practice redefines the role of public space to incorporate infrastructural systems, restore native ecologies, and mitigate climate change. Our innovative and socially-accountable process is combined with our skills in creating beautiful and enduring landscapes, parks, and cultural destinations. Our designs for QueensWay, Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™, and Argenta Plaza, strategically reexamine urban connections, provide community destinations, and use innovative design to bring legibility to sustainable ecological practices.
        Additional projects include the Public Media Commons in St. Louis, BQGreen, and “A New Urban Ground,” a collaboration with ARO Architects in MoMA’s 2010 “Rising Currents: Projects of New York’s Waterfront” exhibition which set a design precedent in urban waterfront resiliency.
        The firm has won numerous awards and competitions and our work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.

The team

Susannah C. Drake, FASLA, AIA
Founding Principal


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. 

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Sandra Chuck, RLA, LEED AP
Principal


Sandra Chuck is a principal at DLANDstudio where she applies her extensive experience in design, project management, and construction administration to a diverse body of work. She has successfully led design efforts for park, campus, urban streetscape and plaza, zoo, and playground projects as well as for numerous cultural institutions, developers, and residential clients. In addition, she has served as a regular guest critic for design studio courses at Columbia University and Pratt Institute.
     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. Prior to joining DLANDstudio she was an associate at Quennell Rothschild & Partners. She is a registered landscape architect and LEED accredited professional.


Krista Bentson, RLA
Associate


Krista’s work over the last decade has involved the design of publicly accessible spaces to renovate or reimagine parks, streetscapes, plazas, and waterfronts. Her projects have included multiple waterfront sites, large scale wetland treatment cells for water reuse, and cultural amenities. She is adept at managing collaborations with city and regulatory agencies as well as design teams, artists, and clients.
     Krista holds a Master in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California Berkeley College of Environmental Design.

Josh Price, ASLA
Landscape Architect


Josh is a Registered Landscape Architect (NY) and has over ten years of experience in landscape architecture, planning, and urban design in the public and private sectors. Josh has wide-ranging knowledge of all stages of planning and design work, having led efforts for project visioning, community engagement, and all phases of project execution. Josh has also taught, lectured, and been a guest critic for various landscape architecture, architecture, and urban planning studios.
     Josh holds a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, where he received the ASLA Award of Honor.


Lesley Perez
Designer


Lesley’s work is shaped by a diverse background, including a previous career in graphic design and training in dance and fine art. Lesley gained her Master in Landscape Architecture at the University of Greenwich in London, where she lived and worked for over a decade. She has a passion for the natural environment as well as strong botanical knowledge, and additionally holds a Diploma in Horticulture from the English Gardening School.
     In her academic project work Lesley applied a research-rich, community-focused design process incorporating local organizations and groups. She has published a feature-length case study of an award-winning project with similiar aims in Landscape, the Journal of the Landscape Institute.


Erin Wythoff
Designer


Erin's work focuses on the overlap between landscape architecture and civil engineering, with an emphasis on dynamic systems and resiliency. She received a Master in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University. Before joining DLANDstudio, Erin worked on the Changing Course Competition which focused on the rapid landloss and future of the Lower Mississippi River Delta.
        In collaboration with op.AL, Erin’s projects were awarded Finalist in the 2015 Field Constructs Design Competition in Austin, TX and received an honorable mention in the Gowanus by Design Axis Civitas international design competition.

Mary Hohlt
Designer


With a background in anthropology, Mary has a passion for understanding people and place. As a student, she studied how culture shapes design. To this end, Mary worked in several fields related to material culture, including historic preservation, museum curation, and fair trade textile production. With these experiences as a foundation, Mary has found a home in DLANDstudio’s interdisciplinary approach to design.
      Mary received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and in English from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin.


Julia Chmaj
Executive Assistant


In addition to managing schedule, travel, and administrative tasks for the principals, Julia is also in charge of invoicing and general office management for DLANDstudio. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a Master of Arts in Biological Anthropology from New York University.


MOOSE
OFFICE DOG


Moose brings a unique perspective to the DLANDstudio team. Equally skilled at rodent control, security, and lap warming, Moose is in charge of overall firm well-being. With almost a decade of experience at the firm, Moose supports the design team with great sensitivity and aplomb.

Height:  7 3/4 inches
Length:  18 inches
Weight:  14 pounds
Clearance:  3 3/4 inches
Vertical leap:  18 inches
40 yard dash:  6.2 seconds

Alumni


Rebecca Hill, Associate
Yong Kim, Associate
Halina Steiner, Design Director
Anne Clark Baker, Designer
Johanna Balhaus, Designer
Lauren Barry, Designer
Jesse Catalano, Designer
Chris Davies, Designer
Alexia Friend, Designer
Karyssa Halstead, Designer
Charles Huang, RA, Designer
Nick Jabs, Designer
Forbes Lipschitz, Designer
Ailyn Mendoza, Designer
Claire Napawan, Designer
Lindsey Nelson, Designer
Rachel Pires, Designer
Susan Quilligan, Designer
Brett Seamans, Designer
Leah Solk, Designer
Parker Sutton, Designer
Rachel Whiteside, Designer
James Willeford, Designer

Evalynn Rosado,  Director of Business Development + Operations
Haley Johnston, Director of Business Development + Operations
Christine Raftery, Office Manager
Carissa Azar, Office Manager
Nancy Carey, Office Manager
Meggy Hudson Black, Intern
Nina Chase, Intern
Julie Gawendo, Intern
Kate Healy, Intern
Aimee Hultquist, Intern
Chanwoo Kim, Intern

Publications

DEMO:POLIS—The Right to Public Space
Ecological Restoration 29 no. 4
Infrastructural Urbanism: Addressing the In-Between
Moving Landscapes
Nature & Cities: The Ecological Imperative in Urban Design and Planning
Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront
Topos: Issue 68
Topos: Issue 71
Under the Elevated: Reclaiming Space, Connecting Communities


Selected lectures

18th Congress of the International Union of Women Architects
XXV International Union of Architects World Congress
Akademie Der Kunste; Berlin, Germany
Dartmouth College
Harvard Graduate School of Design
Mayor’s Institute on City Design; Los Angeles
New York Botanic Garden
Pratt Institute
University of Hawai'i Manoa


Selected exhibitions

Four Corridors: Foreseeing the Region of the Future
Regional Planning Association
New York, NY

Miami 2100 | Envisioning a Resilient Second Century
FIU School of Architecture
Coral Gables Museum, FL

New Practices New York 2014
Center for Architecture
New York City , NY



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Awards + grants

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

2015 National Honor Award: Public Media Commons
2015 New York Merit Award: The QueensWay Plan
2012 New York Merit Award: Willow Residence, Brooklyn, NY
2010 National Honor Award: Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™
2009 National Merit Award: Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™
2007 National Merit Award: Brooklyn Queens Expressway


American Institute of Architects (AIA)

2016 Brooklyn + Queens Merit Award: The QueensWay Plan
2015 New York Merit Award: The QueensWay Plan
2014 AIANY New Practices New York: DLANDstudio
2013 National Young Architects Award: Susannah C. Drake, AIA, ASLA
2011 New York Honor Award: MoMA Rising Currents: A New Urban Ground
2010 National Honor Award: Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™
2010 National Merit Award: BQE Trench
2009 New York Merit Award: Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™


The Chicago Athenaum

2016 American Architectural Awards: Public Media Commons
2010 Good Design Award: BQGreen
2009 American Architectural Awards: Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™


New York City Public Design Commission

2015 Excellence in Design Award: Alley Pond Environmental Center
2012 Design Award: "Prototypical Sponge Park™ at Gowanus Canal


Other selected

2018 MASterworks Award for Best Urban Landscape: Gowanus Canal Sponge Park
2015 Design Trust for Public Space Urban Design Fellow: "Under the Elevated"
2015 New York Design Award, Urban Design: BQGreen
2013 The Architectural League, Emerging Voices 2013: DLANDstudio
2013 New York City Center for Architecture Arnold W. Brunner Grant
"Mapping Urban Flow: A Dynamic Cartographic Analysis of Hydrologic Cycles"
2013 New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Grant
"Mapping Urban Flow: A Dynamic Cartographic Analysis of Hydrologic Cycles"
2009 Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Emily Roebling Award: Pop-Up Park, Pier 1
2009: BSA Award for Urban Regeneration: Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™
2009 Green Dot Awards Honorable Mention: Gowanus Canal Sponge Park™
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