MNLA Co-Leads NJ ASLA Advocacy Day Waterfront Public Spaces Tour

On Friday June 14th, NJ ASLA, MNLA, and MBC will offer a unique walking tour of two prominent Jersey City Waterfront Public spaces: Newport Green and Pier, and Exchange Place Memorial Plaza. Insights into the respective spaces will be shared, including their connection to the Hudson River Waterfront Walkway and their significance to the surrounding communities. This event also offers an opportunity for 2 CEUs for LLA's.

  • Newport Green and Pier: Meet at the corner of 14th Street and River Drive by the ping pong table and carousel at 1pm.
  • Exchange Place Plaza: Meet at the center statue at 3pm

Representatives speaking:

  • Dan Yannaccone, LLA, ASLA, WEDG, Associate Principal, MNLA
  • Anthony Parziale, LLA, ASLA, Senior Landscape Architect, MBC
  • Jason Tronco, LLA, PP, ASLA, Associate, MBC

To register please contact Stephanie McFarland at

June 5, 2024


Rutgers University Portfolio Review

Associate Principal Dan Yannaccone will visit his alma mater Rutgers University for a landscape architecture student portfolio review on Saturday, April 27th from 12-3pm. Held in Blake Hall at the New Brunswick campus, the review is scheduled in conjunction with Rutgers Day and organized by the Rutgers Landscape Architecture Grad Club.

April 22, 2024


MNLA is Hiring a Landscape Architect

MNLA’s New York City-based practice is seeking a Landscape Architect with 3-7 years of experience to join our team to design inspired landscapes and envision thoughtful place-making.

About MNLA:

MNLA creates transformative landscapes that connect communities and elevate ecological design. Our award-winning 32 person firm and has worked to reinvigorate, heal, and mediate places for over a quarter century. Current projects are located throughout the United States and include shorelines and piers, public open spaces and plazas, cultural institutions and historic sites, and campus planning and design. Please visit our website for more info

Required Skills:

We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic, and committed candidate that demonstrates the following skills:

  • Highly organized with strong written, graphic, and verbal communication skills
  • Fluency in AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite, and 3d modeling
  • Experience managing projects of varying size
  • Experience in all phases of design and construction
  • Self-starter that can thrive in a team environment with the ability to coordinate and collaborate with other consultants and client teams
  • Knowledge of plant material
  • Familiarity with both remote and in-person work models  

Preferred Qualifications/ Skills:

  • Landscape Architect with licensure preferred.
  • A BLA or MLA from an accredited landscape architecture program
  • Experience with both public and private clients
  • Experience with community-based design process  

MNLA invests in its employees and offers a competitive salary based on experience, annual professional practice allowances for continuing education and licensure, health insurance and FSA, and a 401k/Profit Sharing Plan. Our team engages in active mentorship at all phases of design from concept to construction. 

This is a full-time position based in New York City for immediate hire. The office currently works in a flexible-hybrid model that allows staff to balance their individual schedule with a minimum of three days in our lower Manhattan office. 

All MNLA employees and interns must be fully vaccinated/boosted against COVID-19.

MNLA is an equal-opportunity employer.

Please send your resume and portfolio to In the subject line please indicate the position you are applying for. Limit 10MB. Portfolio should clearly indicate applicant’s role on project and work authorization status. 

March 27, 2024


MNLA Heralds a New Era as Firm Elevates Four to Associate Principals

MNLA, a leading landscape architecture firm responsible for the design of Little Island and Waterline Square in New York City, ushers in an era of transformative change and proudly announces the elevation of Alexis Gagné, Dan Yannaccone, Johanna Phelps, and Martha Desbiens to the role of Associate Principals. This strategic move marks a pivotal moment in MNLA's journey and underscores its commitment to growth, innovation, and steadfast values.

For over three decades, MNLA has upheld its core values, defined by transformation, a comprehensive vision and inclusive process that guides its design methodology and approach, and advocacy, a fundamental tenet of engendering incremental positive change. This leadership progression is a testament to the firm's evolution, as it continues to shape resilient business strategies.

“At this crucial juncture in landscape architecture, shaped by environmental challenges and a commitment to systemic change, MNLA stands poised for growth," said Founding Principal Signe Nielsen. “As the firm steps into an exciting new chapter, we will continue to apply the same care and thoughtfulness as we have in the past to our clients, design, and staff. I have full confidence in our new associate principals and am thrilled to work closely with them through this progression.” 

The newly appointed Associate Principals bring a wealth of expertise and dedication to MNLA's legacy. As they continue their leadership roles, they will offer mentorship and act as reliable resources for the entire team while also taking on expanded responsibilities. Their multifaceted contributions are poised to significantly fuel the firm's success. 

The leadership progression includes a close collaboration between existing Principals and the new Associate Principals. To ensure continuity and guidance during this shift, Founding Principal Signe Nielsen, along with Principals Rob DeMarco and Molly Bourne, will draw from their successful experience having assumed Principal roles in 1994 and 2014, respectively. Notably, as the firm celebrates its 30th anniversary, Signe’s leadership mirrors a rich history spanning three decades of dedication to the firm’s development. 

"What employees can expect is a continued commitment to design, mentorship, training, and a collaborative approach to project success," said DeMarco. "We believe in the collective strength of our team, and this progression is an opportunity for advancement and growth for all."

“We are confident that Alexis, Dan, Johanna, and Martha will play pivotal roles in steering projects toward success while nurturing the development of our team members,” added Bourne.

The new leadership marks a strategic move for MNLA, reinforcing its unwavering dedication to advocating for transformative change, innovation, and a collective vision that shapes landscapes for the betterment of communities and the environment. It also demonstrates the firm's commitment to maintaining private, female-majority ownership and its recognition as a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) and to pursuing work aligned with its core values, exploring new markets, and making tangible contributions to society.

January 23, 2024


Molly Bourne Leads ASLA NY Plant Research Walk at Governors Island November 17

The ASLA-NY Plant Research Group is for professionals to collectively expand and share our knowledge of urban plants. This month’s walk will explore the gardens and meadows of Governor’s Island and will be led by MNLA Principal Molly Bourne.

If interested in the event, please email

Event Timing – walk begins at 4:00 pm – please take the 3:15 ferry from the Battery Maritime Building. Meeting Location – Liggett Terrace

November 15, 2023


Signe Taking Part in NYBG's 24th Annual Winter Lecture Series

MNLA's Signe Nielsen is one of three whose work will be celebrated in NYBG's upcoming 2024 Winter Lecture Series From Skyline to Shoreline: Imaginative Waterfronts of NYC.

Signe's talk will discuss the importance of the choreography of Little Island and how its pathways allow the visitor to choose their own experience. Please click through for more info.

November 14, 2023


ALL ARTS Documentary Premiere July 18 - Exploring Little Island

Explore NYC’s unique public park in this documentary and discover how the island came to be from founder Barry Diller, landscape architect Signe Nielsen and Park leadership. ALL ARTS Docs can be streamed on demand through their app on Apple TV, Roku, and AmazonFireTV. The full episode can also be viewed by clicking here.

July 18, 2023

Video, News

"Love Letter to the City" Documentary - Featuring Signe Nielsen

Signe was recently featured in a documentary series hosted by the former mayor of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough in Montreal that speaks to civic responsibility and how to encourage engagement through design. An edited version of episode 2- Gatineau can be watched by clicking on the title above.

May 9, 2023


2023 Promotions

With the ever-changing intersection of our natural and built environment, landscape architecture has never been more important in both advocating and delivering responsible and beautiful design. Each of these recently elevated individuals exemplifies consistent commitment to the creation of transformative landscapes. We wish them continued professional growth and success as valued members of the MNLA team!

March 17, 2023


MNLA at ASLA 2022

MNLA is participating in one education session at this year's ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture. Alda Chan, AICP, Director of Resiliency for NYC Parks, Trever Holland, Chair, Community Board 3 Parks, Recreation, Cultural Affairs and Waterfront Committee, and MNLA's Noriko Maeda will lead a session that speaks to the intersection of resilient design and environmental justice at New York's Pier 42.

Paths to Collective Resilience and Environmental Justice: Charting Pier 42

FRI-B06Friday, November 11, 2022

11:00am -12:00pm

PTMoscone Center, Room 213-214

San Francisco, CA

November 8, 2022


Little Island Wins MASterworks Award

Little Island has been awarded the 2022 Best Urban Landscape MASterworks award by The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS). Established in 2001, the MASterworks Awards honor projects that make a significant contribution to New York City’s built environment.

To celebrate this win, MNLA will be hosting an exploration of Little Island with MAS on Wednesday, November 2, 4:30-5:30PM. Please click through for free ticket info.

October 17, 2022


The Design for Freedom Movement Speaks with Madame Architect

Signe Nielsen and members of the visionary Design for Freedom Movement recently spoke with Madame Architect to discuss the initiative, the pilot projects, and actionable change.

The Design for Freedom movement brings industry leaders together to eliminate forced labor in building materials supply chains, create true market transformation, and build a more equitable future. Please click through to read more.

October 12, 2022


Signe Nielsen Speaking at the Art at Water's Edge Symposium - Sunday, October 9

Facing climate change and rising sea levels, this symposium to be held at the Park Avenue Armory convenes artists, activists, and designers to engage the meeting of land with water. This afternoon activation is inspired by acclaimed director Peter Sellars’ call to “listen to the oceans,” and by director and scholar May Joseph‘s call for cosmopolitan citizenship in “fluid New York.” From the work of Indigenous water protectors who challenge extractive futures to urban planners responding to waterfront access, Art at Water’s Edge will offer an intergenerational forum for the imagination in action.

Signe will be taking part in Session 3: Where Do We Go From Here? scheduled from 4:00pm - 6:30pm. Please click through for ticket info and full symposium details.

October 3, 2022


Signe Guest of Honor at Wave Hill Gardeners Party

Signe Nielsen was recently celebrated as Wave Hill's guest of honor at their annual Gardener's Party fund raiser. While making a significant impact on public open space throughout her career in New York City, Signe has also recently played a hand in the current iteration of Wave Hill, which has become more accessible under her guidance.The funds raised at the annual Gardener’s Party go towards programs like the volunteer program, which keeps the Wave Hill garden beautiful and open to the students, locals, and urban pilgrims who frequent it.

September 15, 2022


Little Island Featured in Upcoming ACSA / Pratt SoA Exhibition

MNLA's Little Island will be featured in the upcoming Experimental Landings exhibition. Co-hosted by the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and Pratt Institute's School of Architecture (SoA), Experimental Landings interrogates how designers assert agency through the representation, organization, and formation of land. Understood as an elastic and open-ended framework of consideration this collective exhibition of work will showcase how architecture and landscape experiments across "land" address new definitions of formal practice across the themes of Artificial Earths, Seeding Resilience, Imaging Ground, and Mapping Maintenance. Opening July 8th at the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design outpost on Governors Island through September 1.

June 21, 2022


Environmental Justice Forum

The Environmental Justice Forum (EJF)—a weekly gathering that first convened on June 16th, 2020—is a grassroots, non-hierarchical effort among MNLA staff to see and uncover the racial injustices within our communities, our work, and the field of landscape architecture. In EJF, we aim to leverage the tools of communication, listening, and planning to work toward co-creating a just and equitable urban fabric.

In EJF, we challenge ourselves and each other to understand how our personal identities affect how we design and study the public realm; we attempt to uncover historical trends, policies, and actions that have insidiously imbued racism, misogyny, homophobia, ableism, xenophobia, classism, and transphobia into our urban landscapes; we reflect on our approach to meeting and working with communities, and to studying a project site; we look inward at where we hold privilege and work toward leveraging it; we aim to consider the experiences of those with and without privilege, while centering and learning from the narratives of Black People, Indigenous People, and People of Color as we keep designing the public realm of a city that so desperately needs it.

Months into a pandemic that slowed the metronome of New York City and the globe, the murder of George Floyd by Minnesota police ignited nationwide protests and a reckoning with the centuries of racism built into political, economic, social, and cultural systems of the United States. These racial inequities are intrinsic to the urban fabric. Recognizing that the ‘good’ we try to do as designers of the urban realm wasn’t always good enough and indeed often supporting systemically racist power structures, a groundswell of MNLA staff embarked on this co-learning project. Week by week, we began to scratch the surface about how isolated incidents of violence toward Black people fit within a much larger narrative of systemic racism and inequality.

As time went on, our conversations turned to questions of action: what can we do, as a group of employees at one landscape architecture firm, to work toward a more just and equitable office, industry, and city? We started small with a monthly Book Club and used guided exercises to discuss where we have and lack privilege in our personal identities. But there was an increasing need to do more, and take bigger steps. We had working meetings devoted to writing down all of our interests, ranging from developing an anti-racist design vocabulary to studying zoning practices to doing more educational outreach in high schools. These areas of interest then spawned smaller working groups, discussions, Slack channels, and action items. Some goals, like developing an equitable community engagement plan, volunteering in our local communities, and embedding our research in internal office practices and projects, continue to this day.

The amorphousness of EJF allowed us the freedom and flexibility to keep taking the group in new and/or multiple directions. If there was not enough time or personnel to accomplish a goal in its entirety, that was okay. If a goal was simply too far beyond the scope of landscape architecture, that was okay. Again and again we would confront the nagging feeling of wanting to make a difference but accepting that it was too big for us to solve alone, or not even up to landscape architects to solve it at all.

EJF’s magic and success lies in our collective commitment to keep learning and trying new things. Through trying (and sometimes failing), we learn where we have power, as individuals and as landscape architects, and where we do not. This alone is critical in our understanding of where we fit into the fight for racial, social, and environmental justice in the built environment.

We look forward to sharing more of what we’ve learned and worked on in this space and on Instagram. We hope that our endeavors can inspire others to do the same in their places of work. We have learned that our work and the workplace are not immune to politics and the perniciousness of social inequity. And most importantly, we have each other to keep the momentum going, to stay inspired and committed to making a difference, one week at a time.

June 17, 2022


Summer 2022 Internship Opportunity

MNLA is seeking a dynamic student to fill our summer 2022 internship position. The internship runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, requiring a minimum of 10 weeks, and is a paid position where the student will gain experience in a variety of project phases. 

Skills Required:

Undergraduate or graduate students advancing to their second through final year of study in an accredited landscape architecture program with the following characteristics:

-A great attitude

-Graphic skills using the Adobe Suite

-AutoCAD proficiency

-Plant knowledge

-Rhino 3D modeling

-GIS skills a plus

-Lumion knowledge is a plus

-Good organizational skills

What you may be working on:

-Design collaboration with project teams

-Preparation of Graphics and Construction Documents

-Attend internal and external project meetings

-Site visits to construction sites


MNLA requires all employees and interns to be fully vaccinated with booster.

The office is currently working in a flexible-hybrid model that allows interns to balance their individual schedule with a minimum of three days in our lower Manhattan office. If an intern chooses to work both in the office and remotely then the intern must have a reliable remote computer and internet service.


Deadline for submission of application materials is February 11, 2022

Selection, inclusive of video conference interviews, by February 25, 2022.

Please email letter of interest, resume with three references, and portfolio to Ms. Katrina Williams, Administrative Manager at

Subject line shall indicate position above. Portfolio images must be sent as a single PDF no larger than 10 MB. Candidates will receive email confirmation that their material was received.  No phone calls please.

January 27, 2022


MNLA, Heatherwick Studio, and Arup on Their Collaborative Design for New York's Little Island

Heatherwick Studio, MNLA and Arup recently chatted with ArchDaily on their collaborative design for New York's Little Island. Click through to listen now.

December 15, 2021


MNLA Projects Land 2021 ULI NY Awards

Two MNLA projects are recipients of the 2021 ULI NY Awards for Excellence in Development. The Urban Land Institute’s prestigious awards program honors best-in-class development in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors that reflect responsible land use practice and creation of sustainable, thriving communities.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation-David Rockefeller River Campus at The Rockefeller University was awarded Excellence in Institutional Development. MNLA designed 1.4 acres of new open space that, for the first time, engages and celebrates the riverfront location of the campus and affords a place of respite.

Industry City was awarded Excellence in Repositioning and Development. MNLA designed the open-to-the-public Courtyard 3/4, which successfully captures the scale of, and views within, a post-industrial space.

November 3, 2021


ULI New York Awards

We are thrilled to share that Industry City, Waterline Square, the National Veteran’s Resource Center, and The Stavros Niarchos Foundation-David Rockefeller River Campus at The Rockefeller University are finalists in several categories in the ULI New York Awards for Excellence. The awards recognize projects that enhance the sustainability, viability, and vitality of their communities - which directly echo several of our firm's core values. MNLA is proud to have collaborated with each project team, providing landscape architecture services. Learn more:

June 9, 2021


Little Island Opens to the Public – Unlocking Over Two Acres of Public Park and Performance Space Above the Hudson River

Little Island, the new 2.4-acre urban park and performance venue situated above the Hudson River in New York City officially opens to the public today. Owned by the Hudson River Park and designed by Heatherwick Studio and the New York-based landscape architecture firm MNLA, the opening of Little Island is the culmination of over 8 years of planning, development and construction.

MNLA collaborated with Heatherwick Studio to realize the park, its circulation system, and to design performance spaces including an open plaza for recreational and educational programs, as well as leading the design of the comprehensive landscape. Using the team’s 3D model, we were able to effectively determine the layers of gravel, geofoam and soils that make up the surficial topography.

“Little Island is a special place that affords New Yorkers the rare opportunity to experience a multi-sensory landscape. As one strolls through the park many destinations beckon—overlooks with unparalleled views, cultural venues with continually changing offerings, sloping lawns for picnics, and seating nooks with contemplative sights. Each of these is engulfed by a unique landscape that transitions from a rich diversity of colors and textures to open grasslands as one ascends the three hills. My hope is that visitors are surprised and delighted each time they come. This has been an amazing journey that could not have been realized without the entire design team’s extraordinary collaboration, and I especially appreciate the dedication of our firm’s Senior Associate Dan Yannaccone.”

-Signe Nielsen, MNLA Founding Principal

Additional information and visuals can be found here, here, and here

May 21, 2021


Signe Speaks at the 25th Annual Plant-O-Rama Symposium

Join us Tuesday January 26, when Signe Nielsen will be giving a sneak peek of the planting on Little Island as part of the 25th anniversary of Plant-O-Rama, a (virtual) symposium and trade show for horticulture professionals. Her talk, Little Island: A Refuge in the Storm, is scheduled for 9:45am. Registration for the full Zoom event can be found here.

January 6, 2021


Building of the Day: Noguchi Museum Renovation Webinar - October 19

Signe Nielsen joins Sage & Coombe Architects and Todd Williams Billie Tsien Architects to discuss the renovation of The Noguchi Museum on Monday, October 19 at 1pm. This program is part of Archtober's month-long celebration of architecture and design in New York. This program is free - please click through for registration information.

October 15, 2020


Signe Moderates Panel for City of Tomorrow: Building a Better Future Real Estate Forum - October 14

Parks and Re-Creation: Open Ideas for Open Spaces New York City’s nearly 2,000 public spaces, including beloved parks and plazas, are facing extreme financial hardship due to budget cuts. And the role of these spaces now goes far beyond recreation. How does the city plan to preserve and grow our precious open spaces? How are we addressing the controversy surrounding monuments? We spotlight the urgency surrounding public spaces and their critical place in a livable and thriving society.

Panelists: Charles Renfro, Mitchel J Silver, Pam Elam

Moderator: Signe Nielsen

This panel is part of the fourth annual City of Tomorrow real estate forum, the only B2C and B2B forum uniting key players from the worlds of architecture, real estate, and interior design to address the following questions: What does the city of tomorrow look like in a post–covid world? How can we make a city like New York healthier? How can we build a more equitable and sustainable future through public policy, infrastructure, urban planning and design? What lessons can policy-makers, developers and designers learn from the crisis?

Registration is FREE.

September 24, 2020


Atlantic Avenue Extension Project and New Gateway Park Unveiled in Downtown Jamaica

NYCEDC Chief Operating Officer Rachel Loeb, NYC Parks Queens Borough Commissioner Michael Dockett, DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg, Interim Queens Borough President Sharon Lee, Council Member I. Daneek Miller, Council Member Adrienne Adams, MNLA's Noriko Maeda and community leaders today celebrated the completion of the Atlantic Avenue Extension project and opened the newly created Gateway Park in Queens.

Designed by MNLA the 0.86 acre park boasts a new playground, additional open space,and shaded seating and builds on the firm’s revitalization plan for downtown Jamaica. "We're thrilled this long-awaited project offering open space and safe roadways is complete for all of the residents in this community to enjoy,” said Community Board 12 District Manager Ms. Yvonne Reddick.

July 21, 2020


Black Lives Matter and Environmental Justice


 “The rate at which black Americans are killed by police is more than twice as high as the rate for white Americans. This is a non-comprehensive list of deaths at the hands of police in the U.S. since Eric Garner’s death in July 2014.” 

 LA Johnson/NPR

“A Decade of Watching Black People Die”

It is undeniable that racial injustice is embedded into our urban fabric.  For decades Black Americans have faced unequal access to housing, open space, education, and other public services.  Racist, exclusionary practices are revealed in public spaces, where we see unequal and unjust treatment of Black people by law enforcement and other members of the public. In both openly hostile and concealed ways, Black people have been disregarded as equal members of the public realm.

Individually and collectively, we have contributed to a system that dehumanizes Black people. We cannot deny the enduring trauma of oppression, and the need to amplify Black voices.

Black Lives Matter.

  “To be seen, to live with dignity, and to be connected.”

BLM Co-Founder Alicia Garza

MNLA commits to anti-racist transformation of the built environment and landscape architecture profession.

We have established an internal MNLA Advocacy Team to evaluate our initiatives and expression of our firm’s core values.

We will reexamine our community outreach, site analysis, precedent studies, and research strategies to strengthen the inclusion and social justice foundations we design from.

We will reconsider our design vocabulary and establish an accessible, anti-racist, anti-oppressive glossary to better communicate our process and intentions.

We will examine our staff and intern hiring practices. We commit to increasing diversity within the profession and support organizations that build equity and diversity in the public realm, landscape architecture, and in allied professions.



July 8, 2020


MNLA Promotes Five

MNLA is pleased to announce 2020 promotions. They reflect demonstrated leadership and dedication to the practice, while elevating and championing MNLA's commitment to advocacy and transformation in landscape architecture.  We look forward to their contributions both to the firm and to the field this year and beyond.


Senior Landscape Architect


Senior Associate




Senior Associate

DANIEL SEPSY, RLA, ASLA             

Senior Landscape Architect 

February 21, 2020



MNLA is currently seeking a Summer 2020 intern! Applications are due February 28th. Please click here for more info.

January 29, 2020


Signe to Lecture at the Isabella Gardner Museum on November 14

On November 14, Signe Nielsen will be presenting an in-depth look at her signature projects and practice as an urban designer at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum as part of their landscape lecture series. Please click through for more info.

November 1, 2019


MNLA at the TWA Hotel as Part of OHNY Weekend

For OHNY Weekend, Open House New York will be hosting an afternoon of talks and performances to celebrate the opening of the TWA Hotel. Associate Alexis Gagne will take part in a panel discussion with the design team to discuss the reinvention of a Saarinen icon. This event is now sold out. To sign up for the waitlist, click here.

October 17, 2019


The Future of the NYC Waterfront: The Lower East River at the Center for Architecture, October 21 - Signe Nielsen Participates

A diverse panel of “East River experts” that includes designers, developers, and community representatives will convene at the Center for Architecture on October 21 to present their experiences and conflicting views on access and development along the Lower East River.

This is the first program in a series of forums on The Future of the NYC Waterfront planned through 2020 to conduct outreach, intending to inform the NYC Comprehensive Waterfront Plan: Vision 2030 through the Waterfront Management Advisory Board. Please click through for more info.

October 12, 2019


Person Place Thing Podcast with Signe Nielsen on September 6 at the Center for Architecture

Person Place Thing is an interview show hosted by Randy Cohen based on the idea that people are particularly engaging when they speak, not directly about themselves, but about something they care about.

The result: surprising stories from great speakers. The next installment of Person Place Thing will be a live conversation with Signe Nielsen, FASLA, Founding Principal of MNLA on Thursday, September 5 at the Center for Architecture. Click through to learn more about ticket info and more.

September 4, 2019


AIANY Women in Architecture Boat Tour - July 20

On Saturday July 20, Signe will join the AIANY Women in Architecture Committee for a special networking architecture cruise focused on a wide range of waterfront projects designed or built by women. Featured projects will include Pier 55, Hudson River Park and Pier 42, a critical missing link of public access along the shoreline. Please click through for more details and registration information.

July 9, 2019


MNLA Wins DL&W Corridor Design Ideas Competition

MNLA is excited to announce that our entry "All Aboard! Reclaiming Hill & Del" has won the Jury Award for the DL&W Corridor Design Ideas Competition. The Western New York Land Conservancy launched the Reimagining the DL&W Corridor: International Design Ideas Competition in November 2018 to revive an abandoned stretch of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western (DL&W) railway that runs from Canalside to the Solar City plant in Buffalo, NY.  

“It is exciting to see that the winning designs focused on creating a gathering place for the community that is alive with the history and the voice of the surrounding neighborhoods,” said Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes. “It’s just another move toward reconnecting the people with our most treasured resource – our waterfront.”

June 14, 2019


Signe Nielsen at the Fine Arts Federation of New York on May 15

As part of NYCxDesign, the Fine Arts Federation of New York, in collaboration with the New York City Public Design Commission, is exploring the next frontier in people-friendly urban street design: shared spaces.

Signe Nielsen will be a respondent to a presentation given by Vishaan Chakrabarti, Principal of Practice for Architecture and Urbanism | PAU on the creation and implementation of shared spaces around the world on Wednesday, May 15 at 5pm. This event is free, with registration required. Please click through for more info.

May 9, 2019


MNLA Promotes Six

MNLA is pleased to announce 2019 promotions. Our new Associate, along with five new Senior Landscape Architects, exemplify exceptional design skills and leadership. MNLA's practice is rooted in collaboration and we look forward to their contributions to both the firm and the field in the years ahead.

Martha Desbiens, RLA, ASLA, SITES AP


Katherine Cannella, RLA, ASLA, SITES AP

Senior Landscape Architect

Ilana Cohen, RLA, ASLA

Senior Landscape Architect

Emily Gordon, RLA, ASLA

Senior Landscape Architect

Rae Ishee, RLA, ASLA

Senior Landscape Architect

Xinpeng Yu, LLA

Senior Landscape Architect

March 14, 2019


Recording Available of Cocktails and Conversation: Signe Nielsen and Molly Bourne with David Burney

A recording of Signe and Molly's September 10 event with David Burney at the Center for Architecture is now available and can be found here. 

March 4, 2019


Randall's Island Connector Wins Honor Award

MNLA is thrilled to receive a New Jersey ASLA Honor award for Randall's Island Connector in the category Landscape Architectural Design - Site Design. The awards ceremony took place on Monday, February 11th at the NJ ASLA Annual Meeting in Atlantic City, NJ where Managing Principal Rob DeMarco accepted.

February 15, 2019


Open House New York

MNLA is thrilled to be part of Open House New York 2018! We will be giving tours of Spring Street Park and Industry City this weekend - check out to plan your weekend!

October 10, 2018


Hands-On Horticulture!

On Tuesday, October 3rd MNLA staff spent the day on Governors Island working with the Trust’s horticultural staff to prune and care for recently planted trees. This volunteer day provided the opportunity for landscape designers and horticulture staff to engage in a dialogue on the design and maintenance of the park’s landscapes.   We are grateful to the staff at the Trust for Governors Island for hosting our team and for the opportunity to help guide the vision for the park’s plantings.

October 4, 2017


Westbury Revitalization Plans Get Green Light

The village of Westbury was awarded a $10 million state grant for downtown revitalization, with all of its priority projects now officially funded. MNLA, as part of the BJH Advisors’ Westbury Downtown Revitalization Initiative worked with the community to identify these improvement projects within Westbury’s downtown core as well as the greater Westbury/Nassau County area. Proposed streetscape improvements will create a sense of identity for downtown Westbury, while being adaptive enough to work with site constraints encountered during the future design and construction phases.

May 19, 2017


Governors Island is a 2017 MASterworks Award Winner

Last night Governors Island Phase 2: The Hills was awarded the Best Urban Landscape MASterworks award by The Municipal Art Society. This annual competition recognizes projects completed in the preceding year that made a significant contribution to New York’s built environment.

May 16, 2017


SHoP/MNLA Win NYC Award for Excellence in Design

The Fashion Institute of Technology's (FIT) New Academic Building will receive an award from the Public Design Commission of the City of New York this evening at the 35th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design. Projects considered for the award only include developments proposed on city-owned properties, and candidates are usually submitted by various city agencies. The building, designed by SHoP with landscape design by MNLA, will be located on the northern edge of the campus and host smart classrooms, a textile lab, administrative offices, and a student life hall.

May 11, 2017


Construction in Full Swing at TWA Hotel

Since its groundbreaking in December 2016, the project team has moved 22,000 cubic yards of soil to date to create a world-class airport hotel at JFK International Airport. The hotel is scheduled to open in late 2018/early 2019.

April 26, 2017


Sheridan Expressway Transformation

MNLA is part of the design team that will transform the Sheridan Expressway. Please click through for more info. 

April 11, 2017


Whitney Wins American Architecture Award

The Whitney Museum was awarded a 2017 American Architecture Award by The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

April 3, 2017


MNLA Wins ASLA NY Design Awards

MNLA, along with West 8, landed an ASLA NY Honor Award for Governor's Island Phase 2: The Hills as announced on March 17. Our firm, alongside Snohetta, also landed a Merit Award for our work on the Times Square Reconstruction. The awards will be distributed at the ASLA-NY Design Awards Ceremony and Reception which will be held Thursday, April 6 at the Center for Architecture in New York City. All winning projects will also be on display at the Center through April.

March 17, 2017


MNLA is a 2017 AIANY Design Award Winner

MNLA is part of the Todd Williams Billie Tsien Architects team who was bestowed with a Merit Award for Architecture for the Kim and Tritton Residence Halls, Haverford College, Haverford, PA.

March 8, 2017


Signe Nielsen Top Influencers of 2017

Signe was named one of the top 100 influencers of the landscape architecture and design industry by

February 27, 2017


Signe Nielsen Speaks—Parks Without Borders Discussion Series

How can government agencies rethink public space to sustain lasting value?

Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 // 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

The Arsenal Gallery // 830 Fifth Ave., Third Floor

For the second installment of the Parks Without Borders Discussion Series, this discussion will delve into how government agencies can rethink guidelines, concepts, and expectations to sustain lasting value, helping to support a more seamless public realm.

Speakers:  Justin Moore, AICP, Executive Director and Signe Nielsen, FASLA, President  NYC Public Design Commission

Moderator: Nancy Prince, Deputy Chief of Design, NYC Parks

RSVP here.

January 25, 2017