David A. Rubin is the Founding Principal of DAVID RUBIN Land Collective and is 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, earning increasing renown 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.
Landscape Architect & Business Development, PLA, ASLA, APA
Laura Stedenfeld is a registered Landscape Architect, 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.
Sheila M. Fuentes
Editor + Studio/Gallery Coordinator
Sheila M. Fuentes is a strategic organizer and editor with a perspective centered on human storytelling. She comes from a professional background in non-profit publishing and development, having earned and managed major grant awards for national educational programs from a diversity of individuals, government agencies, and private foundations. She holds an MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Hunter College, The City University of New York.
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.
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 DAVID RUBIN 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. His buzz is infectious, and the extended team appreciates the varied perspectives he offers on the constructed landscape.
Matt is a Landscape Designer educated at the Pennsylvania State University. He also studied abroad in Germany, where he observed urban space, post-war industrial landscapes, and sustainable design. Through his learning and travel experiences, Matt continues to seek a better understanding of the contextual philosophy within landscapes socially, economically, and ecologically, both at home and abroad. Prior to his collaboration with Land Collective, Matt focused on design at a variety of scales within the institutional sector while working at Mahan Rykiel Associates.
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 Hahn Van Wagoner
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.
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, 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.