If you have an opportunity to pick up the current issue of New England Home magazine, take a look at the beautiful story about our Brattle Street Garden by Kyle Hoepner and Megan Fulweiler, featuring photos by Laura Moss and yours truly! The piece captures the essence of our design collaboration with architect Adolfo Perez and interior designer Manuel de Santaren. The landscape, built by Martin Lucyk Landscape Construction, boasts custom-designed, minimalist-inspired elements that complement the home’s exquisite craftsmanship, by S+H Construction. MCLD thanks all of it’s partners and collaborators who helped make this property shine, and most importantly, we thank our clients, whose elevated tastes pushed us each to craft spaces that fully reflect your exceptional sense of style. Last but not least, thank you NEH for the press!
Johanna Cairns hails from Portland, Maine, where the vibrant inclination to engage creatively with materials, natural systems, and people is part of everyday life. She received her Master in Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in May of 2017. At Harvard, she developed her interest in ecologically sustainable and culturally vibrant design for communities. She also holds an Intermedia Master of Fine Arts from the University of Maine in furniture design and creative community engagement. As an undergraduate, she studied dance and engineering. Johanna is the rare thoughtful and animated individual who can design beautifully and with complexity from the small scale to the large scale, and across time, all of which we strive to achieve at MCLD.
Johanna, welcome to MCLD. We can’t wait to build beautiful gardens together!
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It is with tremendous pride and genuine humility that I announce Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design has been named the 2017 Designer of the Year by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers!
As many of our clients, collaborators, friends, and followers know, we have been loyal supporters of the APLD and its mission for many years. The international organization works tirelessly to advance the profession by promoting landscape designers and their works worldwide. There has never been a more critically important time to embrace the relationships people share with the built and natural environment, and I am so grateful for organizations like the APLD who are out there celebrating, protecting, and promoting the invaluable contributions that landscape design professionals make!
MCLD has received a total of 15 awards from the APLD. However, this year’s wins are especially meaningful because the two projects being celebrated mark fulfilling collaborations with Jen Stephens, one of MCLD’s talented senior associates. The work we completed together at both the Waban Hillside and the Brookline Residence represent my whole team’s unparalleled commitment to work with our clients to build gardens that embrace their individual property’s unique ecologies, that enhance their personal connections to their land, and that grasp the dynamic rhythms of everyday life.
And, as if this news wasn’t already over the top, the 2017 APLD conference is right here in Boston. We can’t wait to attend and look forward to celebrating this accomplishment with everyone right here in our own back yard!
Thank you APLD, and thank you to our clients and collaborators who help us do what we love every single day.
National-award-winning luxury landscape architecture firm (Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC) in Stoneham, MA seeks an energetic, responsive, and mature Director of Finance and Operations to work closely on its talented 10-person team to maintain client and accounting records in accordance with industry practices and generally accepted accounting principles. Approximately 24–32 hours per week with flexible hours, perhaps full time for the right person. Positive attitude and helpful personality are a must. Competitive base salary commensurate with experience.
Position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in accounting or other business-related area, or 5 years minimum experience handling all aspects of accounting and operations in a similar position.
Candidates must possess general business management experience and understand project profitability management. Marketing and publicity experience are also helpful.
Strong computer skills are essential, with a preference for Mac users. Applicants should understand how to navigate around and store data in logical sequences, be at ease with learning new software, including desktop and cloud versions of Microsoft, ADP, Freshbooks, and Account Edge (or similar business accounting systems).
Excellent communications skills, both written and oral, that minimize risk are essential. Must be able to preserve and cultivate relationships between clients and professional staff.
Process billing and perform accounts receivable duties to ensure prompt and accurate payment. Prepare multi-phased fiscal reports for internal use. Set-up and close-out project files.
Direct accounts payable activities, monthly bank reconciliation, collections duties, application of customer payments, and documentation of multi-phased budget details for clients and staff.
Interact daily with Principal, professional staff, and consultants.
Manage internal budgets/expense forecasting, manage profit/loss reports, balance sheets, and overall fiscal management.
Manage and process all quarterly and annual tax filings in an accurate and timely fashion in accordance with operating procedures, federal/state withholding requirements, etc.
Please email pdf of resume with cover letter to info@matthew-cunningham, with the subject: “Director of Finance and Operations Position.” No phone calls please.
We may be bracing ourselves for a huge snowstorm this coming week, but MCLD started spring 2017 off with a big bang this past Thursday night! More than two years ago when we began the exhausting search for our new office space, hosting parties like this was only a dream… So, when the opportunity to hold our first networking event at our studio with New England Home Magazine presented itself, we jumped! We also flew into an immediate frenzy to put art up on the walls. 🙂
The night was a huge success! Botanical artist Marc Hall created the most spectacular custom arrangements and the air was perfumed with the sweet scent of Jasmine and Narcissus. One of our favorite landscape lighting consultants, Dave Balkema of Shadows and Light, spent hours placing and wiring whimsical paper lanterns that created an incredible soft glow throughout the space all night long. Delicious food and cocktails prepared by Revolution Catering were an enormous highlight of the night. Their charcuterie table was beautiful, and I dare say everyone at the party could have made a meal out of their incredible variety of tasty seasonal hors d’oeuvres.
A silent auction was held for for an amazing piece of custom art created in a joint collaboration between the owners of Loki Furniture, Jamie Cumming and Elizabeth Mearkle Cumming. The proceeds of the winning bid will support the Natural Resource Support Council, a non-profit organization devoted to fighting climate change and safeguarding the earth – its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.
It means so much to have seen so many familiar and new faces, and we are thrilled that more than 100 people dropped by to enjoy the night. Thank you New England Home for your wonderful support, and thank you team-MCLD for helping to coordinate such a fun evening!
If you have a few minutes to gaze day-dreamily at a gorgeous new home, then click HERE! ; )
In all seriousness, we are grateful to New England Home for featuring our Waban Hillside Residence in a lovely piece written by Debra Judge Silber, and produced by Kyle Hoepner. In spring of 2014 when our clients reached out to us about their project with Paul MacNeely and Tim Stewart of Eck MacNeely Architects, we jumped at the opportunity to create a lush, garden-focused home on the sloping hillside site in Newton. As the project quickly evolved, it was evident we had the ultimate dream-team of professionals, from Jennifer Palumbo Interiors, Wellen Construction, and last but in no way least, Paragon Landscape Construction.
Thank you Greg Premru for your beautiful photographs, and congrats to everyone involved in the project. When and where is our next one?!
Over the years I have had several opportunities to speak at my alma mater about our work during the Thursday Erv Zube Lectures, but on February 26th I got to speak in the brand new Design Building! Gone are the Procopio Room days in Hills North, and here now are world-class facilities, top-notch technology, natural sunlight, elbow room, gorgeous finishes, and even a future rooftop garden by fellow alums at Stephen Stimson Associates! I didn’t think I could ever have more pride about my undergraduate academic experiences, but after seeing the new building it made me feel even more excited about the future of our profession! Over half of our office is composed of former UMass students, so here’s to the future of our Department, and……… the future of Matthew Cunningham Landscape Design LLC!
I would like to send a heartfelt thanks to Carolyn Mullet, the owner of Carex Tours, and dedicated host of the infamous Facebook page “Garden Design by Carolyn Mullet” that boasts nearly 1.5 MILLION FANS from around the globe, for spearheading an effort to invite me to speak to her regional chapter of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers earlier this month! The event was held in the Great Hall of the Silver Spring Civic Building, and around 100 people attended on Saturday, February 11th.
“All About the Details: Stone, Wood & Metal in Landscape Design” was meant to inspire my fellow designers and landscape architects to draw from their personal life experiences, and to incorporate “outside the box” thinking when it comes to dreaming up new design scenarios for their client’s homes. I met so many lovely people and greatly appreciated the delicious lunch afterwards where we engaged in thoughtful discussions about today’s trends in residential landscape design. Thank you APLD DC-MD-VA, and Lynley Ogilvie, Molly Scott, and Scott Pitner, for being such accommodating hosts! I look forward to remaining in touch!
Susan Harris from Garden Rant interviewed me recently about the importance of planting large canopy trees on residential properties in the Northeast. Specifically, she asked me to comment on Doug Tallamy’s directive to plant oaks whenever and wherever possible. Unfortunately, we don’t always have the luxury of being able to plant oaks, (or “acorn trees” as one of my current clients affectionally refers to them as), but we’re a young firm, and hopefully one day we’ll be able to look back at an arboretum’s worth of mature oak trees that will evolve over the coming centuries. For now, we focus on building gardens that meet the dynamic needs of our clients within the ever-changing context of seasonal New England. Climate change is having tremendous impacts on our work, and I am compelled to say that as I read the comments posted in response to her article: “Designer Put’s Tallamy’s Advice into Pracitce“, I almost responded to the folks who wrote. Rather than create a public relations nightmare, I’ve decided to say that I am proud of my firm’s work, and that we do what we can with what we have to work with. I hope that the good will we create with our gardens is not overshadowed by critics who feel the need to make arbitrary, critical comments about how people choose to live upon their own private property. Thank you Susan for including this interview on your blog. It was eye-opening!