Detroit Announces GAPGAP Design Teams

We are excited to be one of five teams selected to participate in Detroit’s Give a Park, Get a Park design competition. Part of the Knight Foundation Cities Challenge; Give a Park, Get a Park is an open competition that connects community with designers to refine ideas for a new Morningside community park. 

We will be heading to Detroit to partake in a Design Charrette with the Community on Saturday, August 26.


You can find more information about the competition here.

Central Square Construction Updates

Paving is down and trees are in as construction is moving along at Central Square in East Boston. An original Olmsted landscape, we are excited to see our design that celebrates the original plan, but updates its relationship to the current surrounding infrastructure come to life after years of planning and community involvement. The site is scheduled to open later this summer. 

Hoyt-Sullivan Playground

We are gearing up for construction as the plans to transform Hoyt-Sullivan Playground in Somerville get finalized. In a recent article our enthusiasm for the park is shared by the City of Somerville. We are hoping the park to be completed by late fall and the Director of Parks and Open Space for Somerville, Arn Franzen believes it's "shaping up to be the best in the city." 

We'll be sharing updates as Hoyt-Sullivan playground takes shape later this summer. 

Read the rest of the Hoyt-Sullivan article here.

Kennedy Plaza Wins BSLA Design Award

We are excited to announce that our work with the city of Providence and Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority (RIPTA) for Kennedy Plaza received a Merit Award for Design by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects. 

Kennedy Plaza is once again a space for pedestrians. By removing the interior bus lanes and pushing the bus berths to the periphery the pedestrian space was doubled making it a true “plaza” in scale and character. The design deploys long groves of trees and a contemporary paving palette to reinforce the Plaza as a place of prominent scale functioning as a venue for events and festivals during non-peak ridership and comfortably for individuals catching the bus.

Thank you to the BSLA for recognizing the quality design solutions that can be executed with a limited budget and all who made this project possible. 

A New Garden for The Carle

We are excited to announce our partnership with Meyer + Silberberg Land Architects to create a new garden for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts. “Bobbie’s Garden” will be a garden in memory of museum co-founder Barbara Carle.

"Mrs. Carle loved gardens and was a lifelong environmentalist. She was an educator and she was passionate about The Carle as a place for community members to enjoy art, gather, talk, read and play." 

We look forward to creating a space that not only celebrates Mrs. Carle, but also supports her lifelong passions. 

Read more from The Carle's Press Release.


Image: Seth Kaye Photography, courtesy of The Carle

The DIRT on Kendall Square Main Street


Check out the latest news on our Kendall Square Main Street project by ASLA's The Dirt. Here's
a brief excerpt on the article: 

As Kendall Square has experienced rapid growth over the past few decades, it also had to better “perform as an inter-modal transportation hub,” said Kaki Martin, ASLA, a principal with Klopfer Martin. The high-tech firms and university alike wanted easier inter-connections among the subway station and sidewalks, bike lanes and bikeshare system, and corporate shuttles and buses.

More information on Kendall Square Main Street

AIAS Forum 2016 Boston is Here

After 2 years of planning and coordination, AIAS Forum 2016 Boston is here and will be running Thursday, December 29 through Sunday, January 1. Our very own Dan Cournoyer has been instrumental, as site director, working with a committee of seven other AIAS members (Jared Guilmett, Merna Haddad, Samantha Veldhuis, Patrick Myers, Andrea Welsh, Julia Edgerton and Tyler Nguyen) to plan this year’s Forum. The event is co-hosted by Wentworth Institute of Technology and MASSART. Congratulations to all for the work to bring this event to Boston!

Get more AIAS Forum details HERE

A Garden View for BWH’s New Cafe

We are excited to see Brigham and Women’s Garden Café open and thriving after a 14 month renovation. An integral project in our landscape master planning effort at the Hospital, we collaborated with Bruner/Cott Architects to redesign the Café with a focus on patients’ experience of the outdoors.


The original cafe, which was part of a Bertrand Goldberg building designed in the 1970’s, had low ceilings and small windows that allowed in minimal natural light. The design solution called for removing large portions of the exterior walls, from floor to ceiling, allowing for light to reach deep into the interior and providing full, unrestricted views to the outdoors. Two planted terraces are cantilevered off of the building at the second floor level, giving café patrons a close view of a rich and diverse plant palette.

After being closed off to the outdoors for so long the space now allows natural light to flood indoors providing a more relaxed and comfortable environment. 

Precast Award for Excellence

Fisher Hill Reservoir Park picked up its second award! The Architectural Precast Association selected the precast water feature at Fisher Hill for their Awards for Excellence

Precast water feature being set and positioned on the original Fisher Hill Reservoir berm

Precast water feature being set and positioned on the original Fisher Hill Reservoir berm

The project demonstrates thoughtfulness in both design and context, as well as in execution of craft.
— APA Jury

The idea behind the inclusion of a water feature at the park is to reinforce the fact and connection that this park was once a functioning reservoir. One of the driving forces of the design was to create a water feature that could stand alone as a sculptural element when there is no running water. The design features four different precast finishes set on different planes. The idea behind the different finishes and planes is to observe how water responds to the piece, creating ripples and catching light in distinct ways. The water feature sits to one side of the main promenade with a gentle slope into the moving water flow which allows kids to easily engage with the piece.

Two Projects, Two Wins

We are excited to announce two of our projects were among the winners at this year’s American Institute of Architects (AIA) New England Design Awards! Our recognized projects were Suffolk University’s Roemer Plaza and Fisher Hill Reservoir Park.  

Roemer Plaza – AIA NE Citation Award for Institutional work

Roemer Plaza – AIA NE Citation Award for Institutional work

Roemer Plaza at Suffolk Universty’s Beacon Hill campus was an underutilized, disconnected space situated above a parking garage and divided into two parts by a 14’ grade change. The plaza was transformed to a continuous public open space with a forecourt for nearby state office buildings and an exterior classroom for the university.

Fisher Hill Reservoir Park – AIA NE Merit Award for Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse* 

Fisher Hill Reservoir Park – AIA NE Merit Award for Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse* 

Fisher Hill Reservoir Park was a KMDG design that preserved the important historic reference points on Fisher Hill by keeping the reservoir’s earth structure and historic gatehouse. Our partners Touloukian Touloukian won for Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse for the work to preserve the gatehouse at Fisher Hill Reservoir Park. Congratulations Ted Touloukian and team!

Click Roemer Plaza and Fisher Hill Reservoir Park for more information on our projects.  

*Touloukian Touloukian's work at Fisher Hill Reservoir Park won for Historic Preservation + Adaptive Reuse

Town of WINCHESTER Civic Hub

In June and July we enjoyed thinking about a new vision for the Town of Winchester's center, as part of a multi-firm study to reinvent Shore Road. Our proposal expands and activates the existing rotary to include a public plaza with a canopy under the MBTA commuter rail tracks to create a new pedestrian hub serving daily and seasonal activities. Click photos above to enlarge, and view a PDF of the presentation HERE

Lawrence Alleyway Ribbon Cutting

This is a space a lot of people thought would never change... It can be a catalyst to help change all the things that are wrong in the city of Lawrence.
— Mayor Daniel Rivera

We are pleased to announce the City of Lawrence unveiled Lawrence Alleyway, a connector between the Northern Essex Community College campus and downtown, located between Amesbury and Hampshire streets. The design, which was inspired from Utile's Downtown West Study for the City of Lawrence, seeks primarily to improve pedestrian connectivity into and around Northern Essex Community College’s El-Hefni Allied Health and Technology Center, while also enhancing storm water drainage and parking. The seating, lighting, and strong graphic language of the ground plane and wall murals (by Elevated Thought), re-claim the alley as a safe and primary connector between the College and Essex Street.

Read the Mayor's Ribbon Cutting Advisory HERE and check out the article in the Eagle-Tribune HERE. Click to enlarge images below. 


Sometimes more really is better – especially when it comes to office space! We’re doubling our office space by adding the 2nd floor to our current square footage on the 5th floor.  More space to work, to host our clients and collaborators, and more climbing of stairs for us too.  Stay tuned as we move in and make it our own.

The Outdoor PLAYbook features Boston Schoolyard Initiative

Check out the press release for the Outdoor PLAYbook website launch, which features the Boston Schoolyard Initiative as an inspirational project! The website features inspirational projects and creates a guidebook for best practices for designing school grounds to encourage play areas and learning environments.The collaborative team of researchers and students came together with the following goal: 

To inspire the creation of dynamic outdoor public spaces that promote health and educational experiences, particularly for children and youth, and improve the social and ecological well being of communities
— The Outdoor PLAYbook team

The Boston Schoolyard Initiative project page exemplifies the "gray to green" category of transforming parking lots and underutilized open spaces into thriving and educational play areas.  More information about the Boston Schoolyard Initiative can be found HERE

Central Square Construction

Construction on Bertulli Park in Central Square, East Boston is underway!  With the foundation poured and the formwork for the backup wall going up, the form of the elliptical granite wall has begun to emerge. Click to enlarge photos below.

More information and design drawings about Central Square can be found HERE


"Living and Learning" - UVA Alumni Exhibition

We're thrilled to announce our design for Suffolk University's Roemer Plaza is featured as part of UVA's School of Architecture Alumni Exhibit, "Living-Learning Environments. Twenty first century speculations on the academic village."

In the 1960s and 1970s, American college campuses—like American suburbs—grew quickly, through dispersed spatial patterns and in the form of single-function zones. Today, students, faculty, staff and alumni want their campuses to provide community as well as a place to educate and be educated. Campus buildings and landscapes should be attractors, spatial invitations to linger, to dream, to gather, to converse, to discuss and debate. They should afford urbanity—the effects of mixed uses, walkable campuses, places that inspire individual and collective discovery, compelling public spaces, ecologically-performative campus landscapes—regardless of the university’s location in a city, a suburb or small town. This exhibition highlights the diverse ways 51 UVA School of Architecture alumni are contributing to and changing the conversation about the programming, planning and design of living-learning environments in higher education. Reimagining and reinterpreting the concepts of our Academical Village for a twenty-first century university.
— Beth Meyer, Dean, University of Virginia, School of Architecture

The exhibit will be displayed from May 13th - August 19th in Campbell Hall, Charlottesville, VA. More information on the exhibit can be found HERE