Chris Anderson

Landscape Designer

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Chris Anderson comes to Starr Whitehouse from the Masters of Landscape Architecture program at the State University of New York – College of Environmental Science & Forestry in Syracuse, NY. Chris was drawn to the practice of landscape architecture after working for the National Park Service in Washington D.C., in the not-for-profit sector in New York City, and volunteering at prominent parks such as the High Line, Prospect Park, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. Witnessing firsthand the social and environmental importance of well-designed public open spaces has framed his perspective on the vital roles played by landscapes and those that shape them.

Chris has recently worked with the Gowanus Canal Conservancy in Brooklyn, NY on an open space master plan for the canal, one of the most polluted water bodies in the country and an active Superfund site. This work contributed to his development of his masters thesis which focused on coordinating the remediation of the canal with community-driven, phased habitat restoration in the canal’s historic turning basins. Understanding that effective design must engage with ever-shifting social and environmental contexts, Chris is committed to forging a career in which the role of public open spaces remains a dynamic and moving target.

Representative Projects

  • StuyTown Fitness Playground, New York, NY
  • Fresh Creek Coastal Resiliency, Brooklyn, NY
  • St. Mary’s Master Plan and Reconstruction, Bronx, NY
  • Harlem Greenway Link Study, New York, NY
  • Hoboken Southwest Park, Hoboken, NJ
  • Battery PlayScape, New York, NY
  • Crossroads Development Plaza, Bronx, NY
  • Mill Brook Houses, Bronx, NY
  • Gowanus Greenscape Master Plan, Brooklyn, NY*
  • American Chestnut Research & Restoration Preserve, Tully, NY*

* Work completed prior to joining Starr Whitehouse