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