Kristen Reardon

With a background in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design, Kristen is passionate about exploring the intersection between landscapes and urban environments. With a focus on designing resilient urban spaces, her work is informed by extensive risk analysis, particularly within our changing climate. As Associate at Starr Whitehouse, Kristen manages a diverse array of projects across all scales, from public open spaces to residential terraces. She believes that successful designs are ones that address the human design scale and encourage community participation. Her recent work includes the design for a 35-acre nature preserve in Arverne East, Queens; the transformation of an existing parking lot into a resilient maritime dunescape ecology with educational exhibits at the Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center; and several amenity terraces at residential buildings across New York. She has seven years of experience and received a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.

Representative Projects:

East Shore Shoreline Parks Resilience Plan, Staten Island, NY
Arverne East Nature Preserve, L+M Development Partners, Queens, New York
Nissequogue River State Park Master Plan, Kings Park, NY
Southwest “Resiliency” Park Expansion, Hoboken, NJ
Halletts Point Waterfront Development, Queens, NY
Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center, Jones Beach, NY
Jones Beach West Games, Jones Beach, NY
Halletts Point 7, Queens, NY
Lecount Place High Rise, New Rochelle, NY
Elmont Road Park, Hempstead, NY
East Harlem Resiliency Study, New York, NY
Harlem River Greenway Link, New York, NY
Hudson North Bay Connector, Hudson, NY
25 Park Row, New York, NY
Equinox Hudson Yards Development Roof Tops, New York, NY
Empire State Trail Manhattan Gateways, New York, NY
USTA National Tennis Center, Queens, NY*
White Plains Hospital, White Plains, NY*
Shenyang Senior Living Development, Shenyang, China*

*Projects completed prior to joining Starr Whitehouse

With fourteen years of public sector experience, Landscape Architect Jeffrey Martin brings a passion for working with site remediation, underserved communities, and climate policy to the Starr Whitehouse team. As former Deputy Director of Landscape Architecture at NYC Parks’ Capital Division, he designed the award-winning Sankofa Park African Burial Ground Commemorative Landscape in Brooklyn; remediated 58.5 acres of the Red Hook Recreation Area; and reconstructed playgrounds in underserved neighborhoods as part of the Community Parks Initiative. Prior to that, as Director of Green Infrastructure Operations at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, Jeffrey was instrumental in the development of the original Standards for Green Infrastructure Practices. He continues to prioritize natural systems and resilience in his current work, as well as in his role as Vice Chair of the Land Use Committee for his local community board. In 2018, Jeffrey received his master’s degree in public policy from the New School, with a focus on climate adaptation. His studies took him to Cape Town, South Africa, where he worked with Slum Dwellers International (SDI), an organization recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. At Starr Whitehouse, Jeffrey leverages his technical, policy, and public sector expertise to support some of the firm’s most complex projects.

Representative Projects:

Bear Mountain State Park Restoration, Bear Mountain, NY
Packer Collegiate Institute Courtyard, Brooklyn, NY
Linden Park and Skatepark, Brooklyn, NY*
Ocean Parkway Malls Bike Path, Brooklyn, NY*
Chester Playground, Brooklyn, NY*
Linden Park, Brooklyn, NY*
Sankofa Park African Burial Ground Commemorative Landscape, Brooklyn, NY*
Red Hook Recreation Area, Brooklyn, NY*
NYC Parks Community Parks Initiative, New York, NY*
Fairview Park, Staten Island, NY*
NYC DEP Standards for Green Infrastructure, New York, NY*
Greenstreets Design Citywide, New York, NY*

*Projects completed prior to joining Starr Whitehouse

As a Landscape Architect and Director of Technology for Starr Whitehouse, Kirk Hiatt focuses on the role of computation and media in the practice of Landscape Architecture. He is passionate about creating designs that are concise, intelligent, and poetic while honoring a given site’s ecological and cultural context—taking advantage of his background in digital technologies to produce high-quality visuals and rigorous computational models for simulation and construction. A landscape architect, Kirk is well-versed in every stage of design and implementation, and applies his diverse array of skills to projects including public parks, plazas, greenways, on-structure amenity spaces, courtyards, land restoration, and nature preserves.

Before joining Starr Whitehouse, Kirk was lead designer for GroundView, a landscape architecture practice in Somerville, MA, where he designed public parks, playgrounds, and institutional landscapes across the country. As part of his graduate thesis work on the intersections between ecology and child development, Kirk designed the transformational Learning Nature Playground at the Columbus School for Girls Program for Young Children, Bexley, OH, construction completed in 2013. Kirk received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and his graduate degree in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University.

Representative Projects:

Vine Street Waterfront Development, Philadelphia, PA
Harlem Greenway Link, New York, NY
Arverne East Nature Preserve, Queens, NY
Parkchester Gardens, Bronx, NY
Packer Collegiate Master Plan, Brooklyn, NY
Freshkills South Park, Staten Island, NY
NYPD 70th Police Precinct Study, Brooklyn, NY
NYPD 116th Precinct Station House, Queens, NY
Hallet’s Point Esplanade, Brooklyn, NY
Compass 3, Bronx, NY
Atlantic Chestnut Affordable Housing, Brooklyn, NY
St. Barnabas Hospital Annex, Bronx, NY
Crossroads Plaza, Bronx, NY
Columbus School for Girls PYC Playground, Columbus OH*
Oakledge Park Playground, Burlington, VT*
Symphony Park, Somerville, MA*
Heritage Park, El Dorado, AR*
Grain Mill Alley, Lexington, MA*
ArtFarm, Somerville, MA*
Hawken School Campus, Gates Mills, OH*
Healey Mystic Master Plan, Somerville, MA*
El Dorado Entertainment District Master Plan, El Dorado, AR*

* Work completed prior to joining Starr Whitehouse

Chris Anderson was initially drawn to the practice of landscape architecture after several years working for the National Park Service, interning at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, and volunteering at prominent urban parks such as the High Line and Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City. At Starr Whitehouse, he has supplemented his passion for dynamic public open spaces with a deeper understanding of the complex multi-scalar components and processes contained within landscape projects of all types. . From overseeing the construction of a one-acre resilience park in Hoboken, to coordinating the re-design and reconstruction of 35-acre St. Mary’s Park in the Bronx, to managing the completion of six new gateway plazas across New York State for the Empire State Trail, Chris has honed a versatile skill set geared toward finding creative solutions, coordinating efficiently with project teams, and delivering thoughtful, effective and well-loved spaces.

Since relocating to the Upper Hudson Valley in 2020, Chris has been active in establishing Starr Whitehouse’s studio in Hudson, NY. There, he works with Gail Wittwer-Laird to help organizations and communities Upstate transform open spaces for the needs of a twenty-first century world.

Representative Projects:

Bear Mountain State Park Restoration, Bear Mountain, NY
Manhattan Greenway Harlem River Waterfront Park Design, New York, NY
Scout Park, Hamlin, NY
Thompson Park Amphitheater Concept Plan, Watertown, New York
Promenade Hill Park Restoration and Universal Access, Hudson, NY
NYS Parks Empire State Trail Gateways, Multiple Sites, New York State
Bronson Park Vision, Hudson, NY
St. Mary’s Master Plan and Reconstruction, Bronx, NY
Battery Playscape, New York, NY
Harlem Greenway Link Study, New York, NY
Hoboken Southwest Park, Hoboken, NJ
Bedford Green House, Bronx, NY
Mill Brook Houses, Bronx, NY
Cunningham Park Garage, Queens, NY
Coney Island Affordable Housing Development, Brooklyn, NY
Covenant House Young Adult Shelter, New York, NY
StuyTown Fitness Playground, New York, NY
Fresh Creek Coastal Resiliency, Brooklyn, NY
Crossroads Development Plaza, Bronx, NY
Woodstock Residence, Woodstock, NY
Gowanus Greenscape Master Plan, Brooklyn, NY*

* Work completed prior to joining Starr Whitehouse

Ankita brings eleven years of experience in a range of project types, including public streetscapes, master planning for mixed-use developments, playgrounds, residential courtyards, green infrastructure guidelines, climate resilience studies, urban design, and resort and hotel landscapes. She has worked at multiple scales on different phases from planning to implementation.

With an architecture, landscape and urban design background, Ankita has a strong interest in understanding the relationship between open space and the built environment, and how landscape interventions tie back into the city fabric. At Starr Whitehouse, she has been involved with landscape designs for affordable housing in Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan, as well as fitness parks, playgrounds, sports facilities, NYCHA infill campus designs and school yards.

She received her Bachelors in Architecture from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and her Master’s in Landscape Urbanism from the Architectural Association, London.

Representative Projects:

Tibbetts Brook Daylighting, Bronx, NY
Atlantic Chestnut Affordable Housing, Brooklyn, NY
Freshkills South Park, Staten Island, NY
Compass Residences Affordable Housing, Bronx, NY
Greenpoint Hospital Redevelopment, Brooklyn, NY
Apex Place, Queens, NY
StuyTown Fitness Park, New York, NY
Story Avenue Apartments, Bronx, NY
NextGeneration Holmes Towers, New York, NY
Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY
NYCSCA 375Q Public School Playground, Queens, NY
Governor’s Island, New York, NY
Story Avenue Apartments, Bronx, NY
Phipps Lambert Houses, Bronx, New York
Ulster County Greenway, NY*
Hudson Valley Watershed Management, NY*
South Hudariyat Streetscape Development, Abu Dhabi*
IGI International Airport, Delhi*
Wave City Center, Noida, India*

* Work completed prior to joining Starr Whitehouse

Jennie Lynn Rudder is an Associate at Starr Whitehouse’s Atlanta office. As a landscape architect and urban designer, she enjoys the challenges and energy that come with leading interdisciplinary project teams towards common goals. She is an invaluable member of Starr Whitehouse’s project management team, and brings experience on projects ranging from intensive, on-structure spaces, to multifunctional public parks and trails, to high-quality, mixed-income housing. Though diverse, these projects are connected by a common thread – a collaborative approach that unites landscape design, stakeholder desires, green infrastructure and urban forms.

Jennie Lynn is a candidate for a Master of Science in Urban Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she conducts research on mapping and data analytics. She holds a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia, where she served as President of the College of Environment and Design Alumni Association. She is an active member of the Urban Land Institute in Atlanta, and a graduate of the Center for Leadership class of 2019.

Representative Projects:

North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA
Vine Street Waterfront Development, Philadelphia, PA
98 Cone Street, Atlanta, GA
Green Infrastructure Challenge: MLK Living Lab, Atlanta, GA
Green Infrastructure Challenge: Continental Colony, Atlanta, GA
Roswell River Parks, Roswell, GA
The Cove at Covington Town Center, Covington, GA
Lakebottom Park and Theo Mcgee Park Restoration Plans, Columbus, GA
Hybrid Industrial/ Commercial Development, Brooklyn, NY
Nissequogue River State Park Master Plan, Kings Park, NY
Correll Pavilion for Advanced Surgical Services, Grady Health, Atlanta, GA*
Midtown Union Multifamily Tower, Atlanta, GA*
Gardenside at The Villages of East Lake, Atlanta, GA*
Novel Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta, GA*
Broadstone Junction, Norcross, GA*
Novel LoSo Station, Charlotte, NC*
Mandolin, Franklin, TN*
The Vecina, San Antonio, TX*
AMLI Arts Center, Atlanta, GA*
Alexan City View, Atlanta, GA*
Park83, Roswell, GA*
Downtown Dublin Streetscape, Dublin, GA*
The Park at SouthWood, Tallahassee, FL*
The Preserve at Henderson Beach, Destin, FL*

*Work completed before joining Starr Whitehouse

With 10 years of experience, Ryan brings a background managing and designing a wide range of projects—including urban design, campus, roof garden, residential and master planning work, as well as dozens of urban parks in all phases of design through construction. With a detailed problem-solving approach, he has managed numerous projects for NYC Parks and coordinated multi-disciplinary teamwork amongst sub-consultants to ensure conformed and comprehensive construction documents.

Ryan is passionate about immersive, engaging, and interesting spaces. He strives to create calm within the everyday chaos, reminding users that nature exists everywhere. He was a Presidential Scholar at Rhode Island School of Design, where he obtained his Master’s in Landscape Architecture. He holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture from NYIT.

Representative Projects:

Bear Mountain State Park Restoration, Bear Mountain, NY
Packer Collegiate Master Plan, Brooklyn, NY
Destination Greenways!, Queens/Brooklyn, NY*
Bartlett Playground, Brooklyn, NY*
Maple Playground, Queens, NY*
Lower Highland East Playground and Comfort Station, Queens, NY*
FDNY-EMT Yadira Arroyo Playground, Bronx, NY*
Playground 134, Bronx, NY*
Barnard College, Manhattan, NY*
NYU Langone Tisch Courtyard, Manhattan, NY*
Longfellow Playground, Bronx, NY*
Lyon Square Playground, Bronx, NY*
Little Claremont Playground, Bronx, NY*
South Rochdale Playground, Queens, NY*

* Work completed prior to joining Starr Whitehouse

Yi Yang received her Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2016. Prior to joining Starr Whitehouse, she worked for a landscape design firm in the Hamptons, where she gained experience on a range of project types including private residences, townhouse development, commercial projects, and public parks. Through her 4 years of practice, Yi has acquired a diverse skillset including problem-solving design challenges, producing presentation graphics, developing construction documentation, and coordinating between interdisciplinary design teams.

Representative Projects:

Greenpoint Hospital Redevelopment, Brooklyn, NY
Queens Plaza Park, Queens, NY
Atlantic Chestnut, Brooklyn, NY
Marsha P Johnson State Park, Brooklyn, NY
Freshkills South Park Master Plan and Phase 1, Staten Island, NY
TOS Riverside Park – Conceptual Park Design, Southampton, NY*
Hampton Boathouses – Townhouse Development, Southampton, NY*
Canoe Place Inn – Restoration of the historical Canoe Place Inn, Southampton,
NY*

* Work completed prior to joining Starr Whitehouse

Aubrey Sabba is a registered landscape architect in Starr Whitehouse’s Atlanta studio. She brings 15 years’ experience on a breadth of project types from natural resource-based design for clients including the National Park Service and US Forest Service, to large and small urban parks, trail feasibility studies, and cemetery and community master plan documents. Her work on projects of various scales has taught her how to design for the big picture while focusing on critical details that impact experience of the landscape. At Starr Whitehouse she leverages this experience to support projects of all types for clients across the Atlanta metro region. Current work includes Roswell River Parks and a hospitality landscape in downtown Atlanta. Aubrey holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University where she published a thesis: Promoting Sustainable Greenroofs through Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), that examined how LEED credits could better promote sustainable extensive greenroofs through the rating system. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science/Horticulture from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Representative Projects: 

South Fork Conservancy Trail Expansion Feasibility Study, Atlanta, GA*
Campbellton Crossroads Historic District Master Plan, Chattahoochee Hills and South Fulton, GA*
Atlanta BeltLine Enota Park Expansion Design Services, Atlanta, GA*
Woodruff Park Strategic Plan, Atlanta, GA*
Centennial Olympic Park Vision 2020, Atlanta, GA*
Fernbank Museum of Natural History Canopy Walk and Nature Preserve, Atlanta, GA*
One Museum Place, Atlanta, GA*
YMCA of the Rockies Snow Mountain Ranch Camp Chief Ouray, Granby, CO*
Colorado Springs Utilities Trails and Trailhead Design, CO*
Walking Box Ranch, Searchlight, NV*
Flamingo Master Plan and Design Program, Everglades National Park, FL*
William Cameron Park 100 Year Master Plan and Renovations, Waco, TX*

*Work completed prior to joining Starr Whitehouse

With a background in fine art and philosophy, Phil crafts the narratives and graphic materials that communicate Starr Whitehouse’s vision.