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!
After many years in the making, we invite you to visit our brand new website, featuring hundreds of high-resolution photographs of our award-winning residential gardens! Since 2004, MCLD LLC has created lush, vibrant landscapes throughout the Northeast. Our unique understanding of what it means to live in seasonal New England drives our environmentally distinctive approach. Our patron-focused process is dedicated to creating and implementing meaningful, authentic design solutions that grow directly from the geometry and materiality of our clients’ homes. Our plant-centeric projects strengthen the connections between interior and exterior spaces, bridge indoor and outdoor lifestyles, and grasp the dynamic rhythms of everyday life.
Whether this is your first time visiting our site, or you frequent our online materials regularly, we hope you find lots of inspiration to help you create a little oasis of your own!
We very proudly share exciting news that MCLD has won a 2016 Residential Merit Award from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects for our “Cambridge Garden” located in the heart Cambridge! Submissions for the 2016 Awards reached a record high, and the jury overflowed with heavy hitters, making our recognition even more special. This honor signifies our 6th award from the prestigious professional organization.
This remarkable contemporary Cambridge home and woodland landscape near Harvard Square reinvents a decaying, overgrown property with a perched water table. Meaningful and enjoyable year-round garden living becomes a central theme for an accomplished and enlightened couple with children and pets living in an otherwise busy urban neighborhood. The house’s striking windows frame trees and garden spaces from the interior. The vibrant new moisture-loving woodland vegetation colonies below fully root the property in context and command attention as the rugged and adaptive plants evolve throughout the year. A carefully arranged matrix of hand-picked reclaimed granite slabs provides a fantastic new outdoor world, an inviting single step from the house’s main floor. Environmentally friendly products and re-purposed materials merge to create an outdoor-focused lifestyle for a busy family.
We are so grateful to have had the opportunity to collaborate with these awesome clients and their hand-picked team of talented professionals including Anmahian Winton Architects, SeaDAR Construction, and Martin Lucyk Landscape Construction. Special thank-you’s also go out to Olde New England Granite, Stone Farm, Select Horticulture, Artemisia Perennial Supply, Sylvan Nursery, Shadows and Light, and Corbett Irrigation for everyone’s efforts to help make this garden come to life. Last but not least, congratulations to all of our peers from many local firms whose projects are also celebrated in this year’s awards program! We look forward to seeing you all in May at the annual Gala!
Imagine our complete surprise this morning to hear that Ocean Home Magazine has named MCLD as one of the Top Landscape Architecture Firms of 2016! We are very honored to be recognized alongside so many incredible design firms! If you happen to be passing through the pages of the 2016 April/May Issue, you’ll see one of Le Petit Chalet’s reclaimed granite terraces included in a story by writer Mary Grauerholz beginning on page 46. “Breathing Space” includes an interview with yours truly discussing how “the once humble outdoor patio is now a seamless extension of a home’s interior.” Thanks so much Mary and Ocean Home for this great exposure!
After 13 months of occasionally grueling searching, designing, re-designing, and constructing, I am excited to share that we officially have a new permanent home. We finished our move this week into an amazing brand new studio space at 411 Main Street in Stoneham Center!
A tremendous amount of passion has gone into this project, and we could have never done this without support from a lot of people. Our new space features many state-of-the-art amenities, but if there’s one thing we can say with absolute certainty, it’s that we are going to put it to excellent use developing new and even more innovative landscapes for our clients!
Stay tuned for future events where we will invite friends to celebrate the next decade and beyond at MCLD!