“ While being aware of the broader concerns of the contemporary artistic and cultural communities, my long term goal is to find a discreet voice within landscape architecture to address and articulate the ways in which we perceive, give meaning to and understand our environment.”
- Nancy Owens
RLA, LEED AP, FOUNDING PRINCIPAL
Nancy Owens is the principal and founder of the award-winning landscape architecture firm Nancy Owens Studio LLC. Her commitment to the design and planning of public spaces inspired Nancy to establish a practice that balances innovative thinking with the need for functional, contextual and sustainable solutions. Before founding her firm in 2004, Nancy was a designer and project manager for several New York City agencies, where she gained extensive experience working on large open space projects. Her work with stakeholder groups is informed by her own experience serving on a community board and as a community advocate on advisory boards for several major public space initiatives in Lower Manhattan.
RLA, LEED AP, landscape architect
Anne Berman has designed and implemented a broad range of projects throughout the United States. During her career in the public and private sectors, Anne has worked on parks, plazas, streetscapes, cultural institutions and resorts. She has served as senior landscape architect for Nancy Owens Studio LLC since the firm’s inception and has been instrumental in the design of regenerative landscapes which improve the natural function of urban sites. Her interest in landscape history informs her work on the planning and design of historic sites. She holds degrees from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
RLA, LEED AP, IFA, landscape architect
Amy Sommer is an experienced landscape architect with a diverse range of project experience including parks, streetscapes, plazas, greenways, college campuses and green roofs. As a senior member of the Nancy Owens Studio team since 2014, Amy has provided knowledge and experience in construction documentation and oversight and coordinating multi-disciplinary teams of consultants. Amy has managed large complex projects including the new Gateway Estates Playground and Comfort Station, which was constructed on an urban fill site in Brooklyn, and the $30-million reconstruction of Astoria Park, one of NYC Parks’ Anchor Parks Initiative projects. Amy is also a licensed arborist.
SHEILA (Sheila) YANG
Sijia(Sheila) Yang has been a Landscape Designer at Nancy Owens Studio since 2017. Sheila brings to the firm a desire to integrate cultural, ecological, and architectural thinking into projects in the public realm. Her design and technical skills were acquired through professional experience in the US and China. She is currently serving as project manager for the Brooklyn Animal Shelter, Charleston Branch Library and Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Sheila received her Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia in 2016. She also holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Landscape Architecture from Beijing Forestry University, China.
Michael Hussey joined Nancy Owens Studio in 2016 as a landscape designer and project manager. Michael received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Boston Architectural College (BAC), where he developed a passion for urban design and public spaces. Since joining the firm, Michael has produced construction documents for a variety of NYC Parks and DDC projects, including the reconstruction of Astoria Park. He is currently serving as project manager for the reconstruction of Crocheron Ball Fields and Lawrence Playground in Queens.
Diana Tao is a landscape designer and has a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Diana is interested in the social intersection of urban civic spaces, as it speaks to the idea of placemaking, local systems and revitalizing urban culture. As a native New Yorker, Diana finds that the most meaningful and rewarding experiences come from working within her hometown and watching these urban spaces ﬂourish over time. Prior to joining Nancy Owens Studio, she has worked at a variety of scales, from campus planning to Rebuild by Design projects in New York. Beyond academia and internship experience, Diana has worked on collaborative exhibitions and published work, recognized by Platform, Masks the Journal, and the Urban Design Forum.