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:

  • Arverne East Nature Preserve, Queens, NY
  • Jones Beach Nature Center, Wantagh, NY
  • Jones Beach West Games, Wantagh, NY
  • Halletts Point Waterfront Development, Queens, NY
  • Halletts Point 7, Queens, NY
  • Lecount Place High Rise, New Rochelle, NY
  • Elmont Road Park, Hempstead, NY
  • A Vision for a Resilient East Harlem, 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 Gateway Sites, 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

Jeffrey is a landscape architect with a passion for public space and the benefits they provide. He has been an advocate for improving parks and playgrounds through community-led design and nature-based solutions. Prior to joining Starr Whitehouse, Jeffrey worked in the public sector, focusing on marginalized communities and degraded sites. He has reconstructed playgrounds in less-advantaged neighborhoods through the NYC Parks Community Parks Initiative; he managed the reconstruction of the Red Hook Recreation Area, a multi-phased project that remediated the 58.5 acre park to a cleaner, greener, and more resilient park; and he designed the award-winning Sankofa Park African Burial Ground Commemorative Landscape, located in New Lots, Brooklyn.

Jeffrey became a leader in innovative green infrastructure techniques as a designer and later the Program Director of Operations at the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. He was instrumental in the development of the original Standards for Green Infrastructure Practices. He continues to prioritize natural systems and resilience in his work as evident in projects such as Chester Playground and Fairview Park. Further, Jeffrey works to promote sustainable development as the Vice Chair of the Land Use Committee on his local community board.

Another driver throughout his career is his desire to understand policy, specifically through the lens of a landscape architect. In 2018, Jeffrey received a master’s degree in public policy with a focus on climate adaptation policies. His studies took him to Cape Town, South Africa to support Slum Dwellers International (SDI), an organization recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, dedicated to implementing informal settlement upgrades and permanent housing projects. Jeffrey worked with SDI to promote the inclusion of informal housing upgrades in urban resilience strategies.

Representative Projects:

  • 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:

  • 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
  • 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:

  • Promenade Hill Park Restoration, 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
  • Hoboken Southwest Park, Hoboken, NJ
  • 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
  • Harlem Greenway Link Study, New York, NY
  • Crossroads Development Plaza, Bronx, NY
  • Gowanus Greenscape Master Plan, Brooklyn, NY*
  • American Chestnut Research & Restoration Preserve, Tully, NY*

* Work completed prior to joining Starr Whitehouse

Ankita brings eight 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:

  • Freshkills South Park, Staten Island, NY
  • Compass Residences Affordable Housing, Bronx, NY
  • Greenpoint Hospital Redevelopment, Brooklyn, NY
  • Phipps Apex Place, Queens, NY
  • StuyTown Fitness Park, New York, NY
  • NextGeneration Holmes Towers, New York, NY
  • Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY
  • NYCSCA 375Q Public Shool 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 a registered landscape architect in Starr Whitehouse’s Atlanta studio. She relishes the challenge and energy of interdisciplinary project teams, and brings more than a decade of experience leading a variety of complex projects—from intensive on-structure spaces, to public urban infill, to high-quality mixed income housing. In all these projects, the common thread is a collaborative approach that unites landscape design with stakeholder desires, the vision of allied disciplines, green infrastructure, and urban forms.

In addition to her work at Starr Whitehouse, Jennie Lynn is a candidate for Master of Science in Urban Design at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her interest in large-scale urban districts has led her to advanced study of Urban Design, broadening and deepening her landscape architecture practice.

Representative Projects

Roswell River Parks, Roswell, GA
The Cove at Covington Town Center, Covington, GA
Grady Center for Advanced Surgical Services, Atlanta, GA*
Midtown Union Residential 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 a background in fine art and philosophy, Phil crafts the narratives and graphic materials that communicate Starr Whitehouse’s vision.

Growing up in Harlem and spending his teen years in the Dominican Republic, Antonely has always had a love for personal finance. Being exposed to a range of social classes from a young age showed him the importance of finances and planning for unforeseen situations. As a professional, Antonely has worked in a variety of industries and brings seven years of experience in the construction industry, where he developed procedures to keep track of over/under budgeted projects, relieve cash flow restraints, and maintain up-to-date contract information. He is looking forward to leveraging this experience to support the stability, reliability and transparency of the financial department at Starr Whitehouse. Antonely received his Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting from Hunter College. When not crunching the numbers, he loves to spend quality time with friends and family and nerd out over music, sports, anime and tattoos.

Harriet Grimm is a registered landscape architect and certified arborist with three decades’ experience designing, guiding and implementing complex multi-discipline projects. Her work has primarily focused on projects in the public realm, including parks, schools, streetscapes, roadways and infrastructure. She has deep knowledge of New York City and State agency design requirements, including bidding and construction procedures. As both a landscape architect and certified arborist, Harriet works to preserve and protect trees and other natural site assets during construction. She brings to each project a valuable understanding of sustaining natural systems in an urban context. At Starr Whitehouse, Harriet supports the design team with constructability and quality assurance reviews.

Prior to joining Starr Whitehouse, Harriet was a Senior Associate and Landscape Studio Director at Saratoga Associates’ NYC Office, where she directed design and implementation of the award-winning Daylighting of the Saw Mill River in Yonkers, NY. She oversaw the preparation of the award-winning communications document for the Preliminary Re-design of Mosholu Parkway in the Bronx, and the design and implementation of 42 school play and outdoor educational facilities. Her work encompasses a full range of projects, including restoration of the Crown Hill Vista at the Olana State Historic Site, as well as design of a new parkway entrance to Niagara Falls State Park. Other public institutions, including the Queens Botanical Garden and the New York Botanical Garden, have entrusted her with reconstruction projects.

Previously, Harriet was an Associate Landscape Architect at Abel Bainnson Butz where her diverse portfolio included completion of projects for the NYS and NYC Departments of Transportation, NYC Department of Design and Construction; and NYC School Construction Authority. Notably, Harriet managed ABB’s Landscape Inspection Services team, which monitored reconstruction of 300 parks and playgrounds for the NYC Parks Department over a five-year period. In addition to these experiences, Harriet maintains her own consulting practice.

Representative Projects:

  • Manhattan Greenway Harlem River, New York, NY
  • Vine Street Waterfront Development, Philadelphia, PA
  • Queens Plaza Park, Queens, NY
  • Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River, NY
  • Jones Beach State Park, West Games, Wantagh, NY
  • Empire State Trail Gateway Sites, Various NY
  • Freshkills South Park, Staten Island, NY
  • City of Hudson Landfill—North Bay Connector, Hudson, NY
  • Niagara Falls Entrance, Robert Moses Parkway, Niagara Falls, NY*
  • Crown Hill Restoration, Olana State Historic Site, Hudson, NY*
  • Daylighting the Saw Mill River, Van der Donck Park, Yonkers, NY*
  • Mosholu Parkway, Preliminary Design Report, Bronx, NY*
  • 34th St and 1st & 2nd Ave Select Bus Service, New York, NY*
  • Re-imaging Gardens on Parade, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens, NY*
  • Entrance Fountain, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY*
  • Affordable & Supported Housing, Various; Landscapes, Bronx, NY*
  • TCAT High School Greenhouse Classroom, Brooklyn, NY*
  • PS-154, Windsor Terrace School, Playground, Brooklyn, NY*
  • Highbridge Green School, Bronx, NY*
  • Grover Cleveland High School, Athletic Fields, Queens, NY*

*Work completed prior to Starr Whitehouse

Elizabeth joined Starr Whitehouse in 2021 as an urban planner with a background in community development, transportation, and resiliency. Prior to Starr Whitehouse, Elizabeth worked in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. Her work included managing and collaborating on large-scale community engagement efforts, waterfront development projects, climate action plans, and city master plans in urban contexts like New Orleans, Boston, and Houston.

In her free time, Elizabeth has been active in green infrastructure community design builds, youth education programs about design, and urban gardening initiatives. Elizabeth is currently conducting research with the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) spearheaded by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and Transportation Research Board (TRB). The objective of the research panel, “Incorporating Resilience Concepts and Strategies in Transportation Planning” is to develop a guidebook on how state DOTs and other transportation agencies can integrate resilience concepts into transportation planning efforts at all scales of application.

Elizabeth holds a Master’s of Urban and Environmental Planning with a certificate in Urban Design from the University of Virginia and an interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in Social Thought and Political Economy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an International Relations Certificate.

Representative Projects

  • Union Square Partnership Streetscape and Lighting Plan, New York, NY
  • Nissequogue River State Park Master Plan, Kings Park, NY
  • Southwest “Resiliency” Park Expansion, Hoboken, NJ
  • Salem Municipal Harbor Plan, Salem, MA*
  • Beverly and Salem: Resilient Together Climate Action & Resilience Plan, Beverly
  • and Salem, MA*
  • Imagine Nashua Master Plan Nashua, NH*
  • Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt Community Master Plan, Austin, TX*
  • Stewart Beach Park Pavilion Galveston, TX*
  • Oak Park Stormwater Management New Orleans, LA*
  • Connecting Our City and Our Coast: Framework for City Action on Coastal Resilience New Orleans, LA*
  • Zilker Botanical Garden Master Plan Austin, TX*
  • Healthy Parks Plan Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, TX*
  • Little Walnut Creek Greenbelt Community Master Plan, Austin, TX*
  • Complete Streets Workshop New Orleans, LA*
  • Westchase Livable Center Study Houston, TX*
  • Homewood Comprehensive Community Plan, Pittsburgh, PA*

* Completed prior to joining Starr Whitehouse