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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 smcfarland@NJPSI.com

May 13, 2024

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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

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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 www.mnlandscape.com

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 info@mnlandscape.com. 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

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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.

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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 wendy.aslany@gmail.com

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

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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.

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