Green-Wood Cemetery is a national historic treasure offering rolling hills of verdant lawn and winding tree-lined streets of a grand scale in Brooklyn, New York City. As with many of New York’s open spaces, Hurricane Sandy ravaged Green-Wood’s mature trees, ripping them from the ground, but in turn presented the Cemetery with an opportunity to… Read more »

Recently published on Capital Community News, Cheryl Corson, RLA, ASLA wrote a thoughtful, descriptive article about National China Garden. “It takes a long time to build public landscapes in Washington, DC. With hearings and approvals required at every stage of the design process from commissions and agencies at all levels of government, design development can… Read more »

On December 6 City Council in Sandy Springs approved the Comprehensive Land Use Plan, concluding the public input process. Read the article here: ‘Council Approves Sandy Springs Comp Plan for State Review’ by John Ruch   

A transformative plan to create a community and regional destination along Greenville, North Carolina’s riverfront, moves closer to reality. On November 10th, City Council unanimously approved RHI’s master plan for Greenville Town Common.  Proposed master plan elements will strengthen connections to the Tar River, provide year-round activities, celebrate history, and stimulate economic development in the… Read more »

Children of all abilities and ages now have a place for play at Greenville Town Common.  After a one-year design and construction process, Town Common Playground opened to the public on November 19th.  The one-acre inclusive playground, is the first project to be implemented as part of a visionary plan to transform the riverfront park. … Read more »

Check out this interview with RHI Director Deana Rhodeside about her career in planning.

This year is Rhodeside & Harwell’s 30th Anniversary, and it was a pleasure celebrating with family, friends, and colleagues at our office last week.  Pictured below (left to right) are Faye Harwell, FASLA, Deana Rhodeside, Ph.D., and Elliot Rhodeside, FASLA.    

RHI’s Colleen Williams’ collection of drawings is featured in Representing Landscapes: Hybrid book showcased in #ASLA2016 annual meeting and expo. The book, which demonstrates the layering of different media types to create dynamic graphics, includes Colleen’s work from a student project that conceptualized a memorial for the Boston Marathon bombings.      

Nigel Dunnett, Professor of Planting Design, Urban Horticulture and Vegetation Technology at the University of Sheffield, and RHI principal Thomas Rainer recently spoke together to a packed house at #ASLA2016 about innovative public realm planting.  

  PARKing Day is a world-wide event where designers, planners, and citizens alike transform parking spaces into temporary parks. The event brings awareness to the role of public spaces and how little it takes to create an inviting place.   This park asks the public how they use parks and what their park needs are…. Read more »

Earlier this week, the design team conducted a charrette for the Town Common project in Greenville, NC . Construction is beginning soon on the project’s first phase, the playground, and Ron and Qiaojue grabbed a picture with the new signage.  We are looking forward to seeing the playground take shape and creating a fun space for the community to… Read more »

  City of Sandy Springs, GA ( A City-wide Open House, attracting more than 150 participants, presented the concepts and recommendations from the draft Comprehensive Plan and provided multiple opportunities for comments.  To learn more about the process, the draft plan and the community meetings, please visit the links below:   For additional… Read more »

Last week, RHI Director Faye Harwell hosted the RHI team at an evening garden party.  The environs were lovely and we got to know our newest team members better. Faye, Deana, and Elliot also spoke to their experiences starting and sustaining a practice, the first in a series of founding partners talks commemorating the firm’s… Read more »

On July 12th Fredericksburg City Council unanimously approved the schematic design for the Riverfront Park.  With this approval Rhodeside & Harwell has been authorized to advance the design into construction documentation. The design will create a signature four-acre waterfront park in Fredericksburg’s Historic downtown along the banks of the Rappahannock River. Look here for more… Read more »

Thomas Rainer, ASLA, and Margie Ruddick recently sat down with Landscape Architecture Magazine to discuss their new books focused on planting for ecological diversity in the public realm.  Read the condensed interview here: ‘Wild Times’ by Brad McKee and pick up LAM’s July 2016 issue for the full article.  

Congratulations to Saul Centers, Inc, David M. Schwarz Architects, and the rest of the team on all the hard work put into the 750 N Glebe 4.1 Site Plan design, which culminated with unanimous approval by the Arlington County Board this past Saturday.  It has been a pleasure to be a part of the design… Read more »

There is lots of activity in our New York office.  Elliot and Mark recently kicked off work with Arup on the Lower Hudson Transit Link project, a bus rapid transit program linking Rockland and West Chester County.  Mary is getting ready to begin work on a cultural landscape report for Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, and… Read more »

RHI’s redesign for a residential courtyard in Alexandria is beginning to take shape.  The proposed design will create a comfortable seating and gathering space with pavers, boulders, and benches in the middle of shrub, perennial, and bulb plantings.  Check out the illustrated plan along with progress photos of the construction process. –New progress photos added…. Read more »

Last Wednesday, one of our Directors, Faye Harwell, was in attendance at Bethesda Terrace for a celebration of Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of Landscape Architecture.  Charles Beveridge, a series editor of the Frederick Law Olmsted Papers Project, spoke about Olmsted, sharing insights into his life.  This springtime celebration also launched a partnership with Central… Read more »

After a comprehensive planning process in the spring of 2014, phase 1 of Rhodeside & Harwell’s master plan for Alexandria Country Day School is being installed. A new brick wall with richly layered plantings will create an attractive, lush streetscape. The wall also captures new space in front of the school for students to play… Read more »

Congratulations to RHI Principal Thomas Rainer, who was recently awarded an American Horticultural Society (AHS) 2016 Book Award for ‘Planting in a Post-Wild World’.  Thomas and co-author Claudia West received this award from the AHS Book Award Committee for writing style, authority, originality, accuracy, and design quality.  See the release here: AHS 2016 Book Awards… Read more »

This week we had a great initial brainstorming session with the Sandy Springs community to generate transformational ideas for the MARTA train station areas! Read the article here: ‘Residents consider mixed-use vision for North Springs, Northridge MARTA stations’ by John Ruch  Image credit: John Ruch   Also in the news, ten big ideas for Sandy Springs’… Read more »

The Charlottesville City Council voted unanimously on March 21, 2016, to embrace plans developed by Rhodeside & Harwell that will transform West Main Street.  The selected concept, will transform the corridor into a 21st century street that safely accommodates a range of users including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists, and transit riders.  Rhodeside & Harwell will lead… Read more »

This past week we welcomed Potomac ASLA members to our office for an open studio and happy hour.  We were pleased to show everyone around our office and enjoyed meeting some new, and some familiar faces.  This is a special year for Rhodeside & Harwell, as we celebrate 30 years of work in landscape architecture… Read more »

Last week, Faye Harwell attended the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation’s Leadership Awards Gala in New York City. The Foundation annually recognizes a variety of building types and landscapes designed or built by women. Faye was selected as an award recipient for Rhodeside & Harwell’s work at the US National Arboretum – Bonsai and Penjing Museum…. Read more »

On the Boards Stairs Study Model

A current project in our office presented a unique situation for a stair application, which deviated from the standard tread/riser ratio.  Through a quick study model, we are now able to test various stair proportions to help identify a happy medium for different strides.

Big crowd turns out to hear big ideas in Sandy Springs ‘Next Ten’ plan. Read the Reporter Newspapers article by John Ruch here.

Ideas Core Values

We Explore the Foundation of Our Work. See the article at Plan Place Blog.

We had a positive meeting last week in Charlottesville as we met with local stakeholders to review the three concepts we developed for transforming West Main Street.  Check out the news article in Charlottesville Tomorrow: West Main Group Reviews Three Concepts for Streetscape 

Conceptual work on Fredericksburg Riverfront Park is progressing through a series of sketches and model iterations to create fun playground spaces and a variety of programmatic areas throughout the park.

Our team recently led a community meeting in Greenville, N.C. to help gain input from community members for a new Sycamore Hill memorial among other improvements to the Greenville Town Common. Article: ‘Bell Tower Plan Resonates’  ‘Letter: Town Common Input Appreciated’

In this month’s issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine, one of our Directors, Elliot Rhodeside, speaks about hiring new grads and emerging professionals. Check out this article by Jennifer Reut here.

Yesterday we took some time out of our busy schedules to celebrate the commencement of Rhodeside & Harwell’s 30th Anniversary! We shared some memories from the past and discussed our visions for the future.  We are looking forward to a great year of celebration, reflection, and quality work.