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. She is the project manager for QueensWay, Alley Pond Environmental Center, HOLD System: Flushing Creek, and The Pocantico Center at The Rockefeller Estate in Kykuit. 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.


Lindsey Nelson



Lindsey Nelson is a designer at Dlandstudio. Lindsey has worked on projects in both the private and public sector, including her roles as project manager for two Brooklyn residential gardens and designer for the Gowanus Canal Pilot Street-End Sponge Park.


She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Design and Architecture Studies from New York University and a Master in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University, where she and a colleague were awarded the Penny White Fellowship to study deep geologic nuclear waste repositories in Sweden and Finland.


Karyssa Halstead



Karyssa is a designer at Dlandstudio. 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



Christine C Raftery

Office Manager


Christine is dlandstudio’s office manager. She joined the firm in 2013. Before joining dlandstudio she worked for sixteen years at Abel Bainnson Butz.






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

Rachel Pires, Designer

Susan Quilligan, Designer

Leah Solk, Designer

Rachel Whiteside, Designer

James Willeford, Designer

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

Michael Payton, Intern

Alexander Shisler, Intern