The Design Commission has a new Landscape Architect. Rachel Gleeson is a Senior Associate at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA), where she has worked since 2001. Her work engages a wide range of landscape types, including campuses, parks, and gardens. Notable projects include the Campus Landscape Framework for the University of Washington, the redesign of the North End of Union Square Park, Chelsea Cover of Hudson River Park, and the CRC Garden at Rockefeller University. She also supports a number of MVVA projects through design writing. Rachel’s written work includes an essay on MVVA’s urban plazas in Reconstructing Urban Landscapes, as well as other journal and magazine articles.
Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College of Columbia University. She holds a Master of Architecture and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Art in Art History from the University of Washington. She is a licensed landscape architect in Washington State.