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.
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!
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!
It is with great pleasure that MCLD announces the promotion of Jon Koch from ‘Designer’ to ‘Associate!’ Jon joined our team in 2014 and from day one his presence has had many positive impacts on our firm. In just two short years, Jon’s professional talents have led many projects through concept to completion, and we can’t wait to show off the gardens he’s helped to create: from coordinating the installation of a gorgeous coastal retreat on a family compound in Rockport, to the careful rehabilitation and expansion of a grand 15+ acre, equestrian farm in Hamilton. Jon’s passion for the North Shore community helps him create landscapes that feel instantly authentic, and it has been a pleasure to watch him evolve his process. Congratulations Jon! Thank you for all of your hard work, and we all look forward to building many more beautiful projects together in the future!
We are excited to share that we have been nominated for a 2016 BONS (Best of North Shore) Award by Northshore Magazine! Congratulations also goes out to many of our friends and peers who have also been nominated. Voting is officially open to the public until August 1, so if you’re willing to cast a vote for us, we’d really love to add this accolade to our list! Best of luck to everyone who was nominated, and thank you Northshore Magazine!
To vote, please click HERE and navigate to the “Outdoors” section, then make your way to the Landscape Architect list.
And just like that, there are ten of us! Well, at least until the end of July, when one of our Designers, Julia Sim, leaves for her exciting new academic endeavors in London!
In the meantime, all of us here at MCLD are very excited to announce the new addition of a Senior Associate, Devin Hefferon, to our team! Torn between his passions for design and wildlife biology, New York transplant Devin Hefferon has melded his loves into a career in landscape architecture. His appreciation of the environment and natural systems strongly influences his work. He is persistent in his search for high design and beauty in native landscapes throughout New England.
Devin is a Registered Landscape Architect and LEED Accredited Professional. Prior to joining MCLD, Devin worked with world-renowned Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Gregory Lombardi Design, and Terraink. His project accomplishments include contributing to notable public parks, private institutions, and even sites for the 2012 London Olympics. Devin graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. He lives in Melrose and spends his free time traveling with family, snowboarding, taking photographs, birding, and living it up on the beach as often as he can.
Welcome on board Devin—we look forward to building some beautiful gardens together!
All of us here at MCLD are very excited to introduce you all to our newest Designer, Josh Bourgery!
Josh is a recent honors graduate of the University of Rhode Island’s Landscape Architecture program. His impressive background includes an Academic Excellence Award, a minor in Community Planning, and seven consecutive semesters on the Dean’s List. In 2015, Josh spent his spring semester abroad at the University College in Dublin, Ireland, where he had incredible opportunities to explore Northern Ireland, Scotland, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.
Before joining the MCLD family, Josh’s internship experiences at Activitas and Sudbury Design Group exposed him to a wide range of public and private projects. Prior to these design-oriented experiences, Josh worked as a Nursery Customer Service Supervisor at Clark Farms in Wakefield, Rhode Island, where he honed his ability to work with the public in a fast-paced retail environment with a product requiring a high amount of upkeep and care.
Josh is passionate about creating landscapes that acknowledge the important relationships between sensitive ecological systems and the ever-changing human environment. This process is demonstrated in his beautiful portfolio, which thoughtfully incorporates hand drawings and digital renderings to represent his worldview, talents, and accomplishments. As a new resident of the Boston metro area, he is eager to explore and investigate the city’s sights and sounds. He loves being outdoors and has a strong connection to the landscapes of coastal New England.
Welcome to Team MCLD!