“ 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




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 park advocate on advisory boards for major New York public spaces.


Anne Berman

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.



RLA, LEED AP, ISA, 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 multidisciplinary teams of consultants. She 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.


Sijia (Sheila) YANG


Sijia(Sheila) Yang joined Nancy Owens Studio as a landscape designer in 2017, after prior professional experience in the US and China. She brought with her a desire to integrate cultural, ecological, and architectural thinking into projects in the public realm.

She is currently serving as project manager on projects 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, 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 Department of Design and Construction 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 Taoa landscape designer at Nancy Owens Studio since 2017, and holds a Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Previously, she studied architecture and urbanism at Smith College.

Diana, a native New Yorker, is interested in the social aspects of public spaces, and in revitalizing urban culture in her hometown. Since joining Nancy Owens Studio, she has worked on master plans for public landscapes, including Astoria Park and the Fort Totten FDNY Training Academy.




John Duda is a senior landscape Architect with over 35 years experience with projects throughout the eastern and southern United States, He has extensive knowledge in all aspects of the profession with a specialization in construction documentation and administration. He has participated in a variety of project typologies at various scales over the course of his professional career with extensive experience in park and sports facility design, playground design, transportation and urban infrastructure, downtown redevelopment, and multi -family housing. Over the past 20 years he has developed a close working relationship with numerous public agencies throughout the New York area. John is currently a consultant to Nancy Owens Studio for technical oversite and quality control of construction documents.




Laurel Marx is a graphic designer working with Nancy Owens Studio LLC (NOS) on projects for NYC Parks. Seeking creative solutions through working collaboratively on projects, she specializes in the arts, education and public service. Her signature lies in combining images and text to create vibrant work with a clean and direct sensibility. Her guiding philosophy is that design be engaging, focused, and tell the story.




Gail Karlsson is an environmental consultant and editor working with Nancy Owens Studio LLC (NOS) on projects for NYC Parks. She has reviewed and edited master plans for Astoria Park and Fort Totten, as well as interpretative signage for the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, the Collect Pond Park in lower Manhattan, and the Jerome Wetland Walk at the Allen Shandler Recreation Area in Van Cortland Park. She also collaborated with NOS and Laurel Marx Design on a 2009 publication and presentation “Will Climate Risks Change the Map of NYC?”. For over 20 years she has written, edited, and produced publications on environmental issues for the United Nations Development Programme and other international organizations.