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.

Halina Steiner

Creative Director


Halina Steiner is the creative director dlandstudio architecture +landscape architecture pllc. 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.


Sandra Chuck
Senior Landscape Architect


Sandra Chuck is a senior 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.


Karyssa Halstead



Karyssa is currently working on the Community Reconstruction Program for areas affected by Hurricane Sandy in Nassau County, and doing construction administration for restoration of an historic fence surrounding Stuyvesant Park.


She received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University, where she was awarded the Penny White Fellowship to conduct research on urbanization and landscapes resulting from the Ecuadorian Flower Industry.






Nick Jabs



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.





Nancy Carey

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

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