We are passionate about urban parks and the democratic ideals they embody. We are based in New York City for the daily opportunities to continue to live in, learn from, and be inspired by masterpieces of the urban landscape.
Our firm is internationally recognized for our award-winning Master Plans. We believe strongly in the creative, economic, and logistical benefits in establishing an appropriate and inspiring vision at the earliest stages of a project.
Connecting public spaces to their context and ensuring that these spaces have the durability and cultural resonance to maintain relevance, usefulness, and beauty informs our design process.
Understanding and responding to a community’s needs, desires, and concerns are critical aspects of producing the right design for the right place. Our public process facilitation qualifications include experience with some of the most high-profile, complex, and contentious urban landscape projects in the world.
Our office is fluent in the most cutting edge digital graphic and design communication software and techniques. This capability, coupled with the flexibility and responsiveness of our size gives us the unique capacity to easily custom tailor our working methods, production, and content to each individual client and project.
Our experience with fund raising, public process, graphic design, and digital and social media makes us highly effective partners. We believe that for each project to reach its potential, community outreach techniques and strategies must be custom designed for their particular political, physical, and economic circumstances.
We enjoy working with home owners and architects in creating beautiful and intimately scaled contemporary garden projects with innovative design solutions that grow naturally from physical circumstances.
We assist private developers in helping to shape a vision for their outdoor spaces. We understand the importance of economic resourcefulness, maintaining project schedules, and productive collaboration between team members.
Our commitment to design excellence is supported by over 50 years of combined experience in project administration, budgetary management, and construction implementation. We have the skill, knowledge, and experience to bring beautifully constructed and detailed projects on-time and on-budget.
Christopher brings almost 20 years of award-winning design leadership and experience to all of our projects. He is former Senior Associate at MVVA, a Stuckeman Professor of Design, a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award Nominee. Christopher received his BLA from the University Of Georgia School Of Environmental Design and his MLA from Harvard University.
MARIA DEBIJE COUNTS
Maria is involved of all aspects of the management, project administration, and business development of the firm. She brings a wealth of passion, talent, and enthusiasm to our projects. Maria is an adjunct professor, published author, and an award-winning designer.
Maria received her BSLA from Cornell University and her MLA from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Bryan leads design development, contract documentation, and construction implementation efforts at Counts Studio. His innovative approach to landscape technology, material expression, and construction implementation are an invaluable part of the firms collaborative design work. Bryan received his BLA from Oklahoma State University.
S. MICHAEL CALLAHAN
Michael's deep knowledge of planting design, adaptive ecologies, and principles of sustainability underpin his contributions. He is responsible for ensuring the highest level of ecological performance, environmental management, and project constructability possible. Michael received his BLA from the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design and his MLA from Iowa State University.