David A. Rubin is the Founding Principal of LAND COLLECTIVE and recipient of the 2011-2012 Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture from the American Academy in Rome. His visionary contribution to the field in “empathy-driven design” is a hallmark of the studio, gaining increasing notoriety for fusing issues of social justice in cities with excellence in the design of public spaces. His work has received awards and honors from the American Society of Landscape Architects and the American Institute of Architects.
Jon Van Wagoner
Jon is driven by the experience of landscape. He holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University where he spent semesters designing within cultures and environments ranging from the American Southwest to Bonn, Germany. His work at the Holden Arboretum and Studio Bryan Hanes led to a fascination with the capacity of landscape to depict stories and abstract human experience. As a Landscape Designer, he is excited to continue exploring the capacity of landscape to engage and inform the public and energize communities.
Chief Drone Officer
New to LAND COLLECTIVE, Joe assists us with getting those hard-to-reach shots, tracking construction on larger projects, and seasonal time-lapse scenarios. He travels extensively and is a valued member of the studio team. Joe hails from Los Angeles, although his heritage is in the Nanshan District, Shenzhen, China. His buzz is infectious, and the extended team appreciates the varied perspectives he offers on the constructed landscape.
As a designer, Michelle is interested in the intersection of culture, environment, and innovative technology and the potential to create spaces that encourage conversation and discussion – allowing for increased engagement between people, as well as a connection with the designed landscapes people inhabit. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech and was awarded a Virginia ASLA Student Merit Award. She has also studied in Copenhagen and Shanghai and continues to be excited about exploring and learning from other cultures.
Nick studied Landscape Architecture at Philadelphia University and received his Bachelor degree in 2015. While pursuing opportunities to further his education, he had the privilege of studying urban design in Copenhagen, Denmark. As a designer, he believes that through sustainability, creativity and perseverance, any space can be transformed to reach its full potential. Nick’s passion for traveling has allowed him to study the connection between culture and landscape in different countries, giving him inspiration for his designs here in America.
As a landscape designer, Nich’s passion for detailed design and horticulture, coupled with his interest in the application of building information modeling in site generation, has influenced his landscape and planting designs. Nich holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University where he also received a Minor in Horticulture. During the final year of undergraduate study, he was awarded the Indiana ASLA Student Honor Award. He was also recognized during his time at Sasaki as a Leader in Culture and Community Building for his involvement in the creation of the firm’s Urban Agriculture Initiative.
Taylor Sim Burgess
Taylor Burgess is an architectural and landscape designer, trained at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia. He has worked for the internationally renowned design firms of Bernard Tschumi Architects, Futures Cities Lab and Architectural Research Office. His designs focus on integrating innovative technological practices with ecological systems thinking through the landscape and the built environment, with a concentration in the public realm.
Sheila M. Fuentes
Interim Studio Coordinator & Editor
Sheila M. Fuentes is a strategic organizer and editor with a perspective centered on human storytelling. She has a background in non-profit development, earning and managing major grant awards for national educational programs from a diversity of individuals, government agencies, and private foundations. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Hunter College, The City University of New York.
Lou comes from a cross-disciplinary design background of architecture, landscape, interiors, and visualization design. Originally trained as an architect, his interests lay at the intersection of building and landscape architecture. He believes that the constant shift from macro to micro perspectives informs a richer, more complex dialogue between the two disciplines to positively impact our built environment. Prior to his collaboration with LAND COLLECTIVE, Lou worked with a variety of acclaimed firms, including; Rene Gonzalez Architect, Raymond Jungles Landscape Architecture and Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).
Urban Designer & Business Development, APA, ASLA
Laura Stedenfeld is an Urban Designer, trained at Parsons the New School for Design in Architecture. With an affinity toward urban landscapes, she designed and built her first public park in New York City by the age of 25. Her current body of work focuses on relational systems in public space, and draws on her experience in academia as a research assistant at Columbia University GSAPP. Prior to LAND COLLECTIVE, she was a designer at Thomas Balsley Associates and lead editor and marketing manager at Olin.
Avery Sell is a Landscape Designer, educated at the Pennsylvania State University Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, where his work focused on the intersection of culture, memory, and social accessibility within public space. He has collaborated with sculptor Stacy Levy on several public art installations that ranged from environmentally responsive sculptures to interactive rain gardens. Avery was named the 2014 Penn State Landscape Architecture Student Marshal and awarded the Pennsylvania-Delaware ASLA Student Honor Award.
As a landscape designer, Henry is interested in landscapes' potential to enhance public health and enrich culture. He considers design as the narrative for creating the world we want to live in. Henry holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Philadelphia University, where he was awarded exceptional achievement for his thesis. Henry has also studied in Denmark and has a continued interest in Scandinavian culture and design. His professional experience spans multiple design foci, including landscape, architecture and visualization
Since graduating in 1996, David Elliott has worked on a wide array of projects, all centered on creating community through great design. His role at DAVID RUBIN Land Collective pushes the aesthetic and social possibilities of the studio, drawing on his past experience as lead designer at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, where he created notable urban parks and pop-ups. David holds an MA Hons degree in Landscape Architecture from Heriot-Watt University, Scotland.
Emily holds a Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University and believes that with creative design, everyday spaces can be transformed into new and extraordinary places that go above and beyond the functional needs of the space. She is passionate about the art and science of Landscape Architecture and draws her inspiration from exploring the land and history that surround her. During her education Emily’s studies included exploring and designing in the American Southwest and spending a semester abroad in Bonn, Germany.
Project Manager, ASLA
Amy is fascinated by design of all stripes and loves to reach across disciplines to collaborate. As a landscape designer at LAND COLLECTIVE, she brings an open and resourceful approach to each design challenge. Amy was educated at the Temple University School of Environmental Design and has remained connected to the program through teaching and critiques. She has been the recipient of PA/DE ASLA, NJASLA and National ASLA awards, including a National Student Award of Excellence in the Communications category.