— TIMELESS LANDSCAPES —
When I think of landscapes I love, I think of the natural and the man made, the special landscapes I grew up in, and the landscapes that set the backdrop for the most meaningful scenes of my life. I am profoundly grateful to live in a world of beautiful landscapes.
— Dan Gordon —
— Profile —
DAN GORDON LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS is an award-winning landscape architecture firm known for beautiful outdoor spaces that humanize and inspire. Located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, DGLA was founded by Dan Gordon in 1996. His admiration and knowledge of American Renaissance landscape design served as a blueprint for the firm’s evolution. Today, regarded equally for traditional and contemporary designs, the firm has developed a reputation in the greater New England region for thoroughly understanding the natural context of the land, the cultural and built architectural connections, and the specific needs and stylistic preferences of each client. DGLA fully explores these factors and studies the potential of every property to prepare unique, custom designs with a clear connection to place.
The close-knit team at DGLA upholds this ideology with a hands-on approach whether studying precedent and proportion in the studio, while out in the field, or during construction and installation. Stewardship of the environment is a vital responsibility, as is the use of traditional materials. The collective care and attention during the entire process results in defining landscapes—which heighten appreciation for natural abundance and growth—valued by clients over the course of their lives. DGLA’s collaborations are underscored by a shared love of the natural world, evidenced further in partnership with other design professionals, to achieve sustainable and enduring landscapes.
— People —
DAN K. GORDON
Dan K. Gordon is the founder & principal of Dan Gordon Landscape Architects (DGLA). He grew up in Brookline, MA, a turn of the century streetcar suburb of Boston, where his formative years were spent in the neighborhoods, parks, and estates designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, Charles Platt, and others associated with the “American Renaissance” movement. These landscapes, rich in architectural and horticultural interest, have been the basis for the firm’s philosophy and evolution.
Prior to establishing DGLA in 1996, Dan’s professional career began with a west coast-based international land-planning firm. While in California, Dan worked primarily as the project manager for a 5,000-acre planned new town. He also developed a working knowledge of sub-tropical and Mediterranean flora, earned licensure, and prepared an award-winning submission for the UC Davis Arboretum design competition.
After three years on the west coast, Dan returned to Boston to assume responsibilities as the Lead Designer for the Central Artery Tunnel Project – Central Area. Dan’s role included developing the preliminary design for eight miles of streetscapes in downtown Boston, a design for which he received a 1995 Design Achievement Award from Move Massachusetts 2000.
Currently professionally licensed in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, New Hampshire, California, and Rhode Island, Dan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design. He received his Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1986.
Since founding his firm, Dan has guided his office and colleagues to sustained recognition, including numerous awards by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects as well as a Bulfinch Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. In 2017, the office was recognized with a Best of Boston Home award for best Landscape Architect – West.
Dan’s landscapes have been widely published in Design New England, New England Home Magazine, Period Homes and Wellesley Weston Magazine. Dan currently serves on the board of the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.
Dan grew up in a suburb of Boston on a generous property where he enjoyed the outdoors, acquired a strong work ethic, and learned the role of gardening at a residential scale. During excursions throughout New England and beyond, he developed an appreciation for natural conservation and preservation of the built landscape. While embracing DGLA’s underlying design philosophies, Dan seeks to create landscapes as a series of spaces from which you can enjoy the natural world with limited intrusion.
Dan’s interest in art, science, and the exploration of the rural landscape led him to Vermont where he studied at the University of Vermont’s School of Natural Resources. It was here that he first worked in landscape construction, which drew him closer to the profession of landscape architecture. Upon return to Massachusetts, Dan worked for an award-winning landscape construction firm, honing his skills in landscape estimating and project management. Prior to joining DGLA in 2000, Dan earned his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, graduating with honors.
Dan is a licensed Landscape Architect in the state of Massachusetts, bringing over 15 years of experience to DGLA. As a senior project manager, he oversees all facets of the design process from schematic design to construction detailing. During implementation, Dan provides a dependable presence for any project team and works effectively with clients, project consultants, and contractors alike. Excelling at both interpreting technical information and tactfully navigating the regulatory commissions, Dan is an integral part of the office.
Joseph is from a coastal community in southern Rhode Island where, since childhood, he has fostered a love of the ocean and appreciation for the dynamic and unique landscapes of New England. That affinity became a vocation when he chose to take a summer job with a stone mason in the prestigious Watch Hill area of Rhode Island, initiating a career that lasted over a decade. As a Site Manager/ Stone and Brick Mason, Joseph developed his expertise in landscape construction, creating and designing custom stonework for exclusive properties across New England.
With a passion for design, Joseph parlayed his construction experience into landscape architecture, joining DGLA in 2015. He received his Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he was a member of the Sigma Lambda Alpha Landscape Architecture Honor Fraternity. He graduated with honors, and was awarded a Boston Society of Landscape Architecture’s Merit Award as a team member of his Urban Design studio.
At DGLA Joseph is a landscape designer who specializes in the design and development of construction documents and details, presentation graphics, as well as the creation and rendering of 3D models. Using his experience in construction, Joseph has become a vital asset to the team, offering a practical perspective when molding innovative ideas into a reality.
Senior Landscape Designer
Kathryn is a licensed landscape architect who grew up in Los Angeles and moved to the east coast for college. She has lived in New England ever since. As part of a successful career in philanthropy supporting contemporary art and experimental documentary filmmaking, her professional work led to involvement with the conceptual thinking surrounding the Boston Central Artery Project. The opportunities and constraints of the Rose Kennedy Greenway development resonated with her, and she decided to transition to pursue a career in landscape architecture.
She received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Smith College and her Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where she was honored by the American Society of Landscape Architects for her design work, also receiving awards for her leadership and scholarship.
As a project manager at DGLA, Kathryn is responsible for schematic design work, overseeing the production of construction documents, construction details, and digital graphics; she has also developed an expertise in environmental permitting. In addition to her project-related work, Kathryn has developed the firm’s strategic marketing plan and oversees those efforts.
Growing up in the small town of Bolton, MA, known for its vineyards and orchards, Chris developed a curiosity for the outdoors. His passion for the natural world combined with a keen interest in design and appreciation for the human experience of space led Chris to the field of landscape architecture. While traveling abroad in Europe, he visited several world-renowned gardens in Italy, England, Scotland, and Ireland, which furthered his understanding of the field while refining his classic sensibilities. Chris regularly draws from these experiences when working on traditional and contemporary designs alike.
Prior to joining DGLA in 2016, Chris maintained high-end residential gardens under the supervision of a certified horticulturist, growing his knowledge of the New England plant palette tremendously. Chris earned his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, graduating with honors. Chris has received an American Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award and the Paul Whitney Rhoades and Caroline Pre Rhoades Award for recognition of outstanding achievement in the course of study of landscape architecture. In addition to his academic achievements and recognition, Chris has successfully passed all four of the Landscape Architecture Registration Examinations (LARE), and is on his way to securing professional licensure.
At DGLA, Chris contributes to the creation of construction documents and details, digital graphics, as well as hand drawing and rendering. Conjoining a strong technical proficiency with a passion for both aerial and still shot photography, Chris offers a fresh perspective to the studio.
Peter has had an extensive career in the green industries, which started two decades ago working at his family nursery in the mountains of West Virginia. From his family’s business, he gained a strong base of horticultural knowledge, and in the late 1990s Peter moved to Cape Cod, where he continued to expand his expertise by working with the region’s leading nurseries and landscape contractors. From the rural farms of West Virginia and western Massachusetts, the coastal communities and islands of the Cape, and the historic neighborhoods of greater Boston, Peter draws inspiration from the many places he has lived, each having a unique landscape character and architectural vernacular.
Prior to joining DGLA in 2010, Peter worked for several years as a construction foreman and project manager for one of Cape Cod’s premier residential landscape contractors. Subsequently, while working for a Ft. Lauderdale-based landscape architecture firm, Peter contributed to resort and planned community projects throughout the world. Peter holds degrees in Landscape Contracting and Landscape Architecture from the Stockbridge School of Agriculture and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst respectively, graduating with honors in 2010.
At DGLA Peter excels at all facets of project management, including schematic design development, creation of custom construction detailing, planting design, and on-site construction administration. As a project manager, Peter has had the opportunity to collaborate on some of New England’s premier properties, and has been fortunate to work with many of the region’s finest architects and craftspeople.
Born and raised on a working vegetable farm in rural Vermont, Patrick holds close an appreciation for the New England agrarian landscape, its beautiful stone walls, and natural simplicity. While very different in character and heritage, it was while attending school at a golf academy in Hilton Head, SC, that he developed a passion for the built environment and a respect for its role in creating a sense of place. In the search for enduring, contextually sensitive landscapes, Patrick embraces the use of regional materials. Collaborating with architects, artisans and fabricators alike, he has great appreciation for what each brings to the project from their respective fields
Prior to joining DGLA in 2011, Patrick fine-tuned his diverse skillset while working at renowned offices in Aspen, CO and Naples, FL. During this time he gained extensive experience collaborating on award-winning projects in the United States and Caribbean, ranging in scale from large master planned communities to boutique resorts and custom residential properties. Patrick holds a landscape architecture degree from the University of Georgia, graduating with honors in 2006.
At DGLA, Patrick specializes in conveying innovative design ideas through process graphics, illustrative schematic drawings, and detailed construction documentation. As a project manager he is responsible for working closely with clients, project consultants, and contractors on site. During the design process Patrick contributes an experienced voice to all phases, offering a balance of creativity and pragmatism throughout.
Maureen grew up in coastal New England, spending summers sailing Boston Harbor and Buzzards Bay. Her love of the outdoors inspired study in Environmental Science at UMASS Amherst and she worked as a Marine and Environmental Chemist in California and in Massachusetts for many years.
While her husband Dan was establishing his practice, Maureen’s career led her to the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority (MWRA) where she was hired to establish its Central Laboratory, which entailed everything from hiring staff to outfitting the lab. Maureen enjoyed watching DGLA evolve as Dan’s passion for thoughtful design and commitment to meeting client needs became increasingly well known in New England. Subsequently, Maureen’s dedication to the environment and hands-on management skills merged naturally to administering DGLA on a regular basis.
At DGLA, Maureen brings multi-faceted experience and grace to the day-to-day business operation and the firm’s public relations. Connecting all the dots, she provides administrative support to Dan and the DGLA team.
— Recognition —
- 2017 PRISM Award, Best Historical Renovation Silver Winner for The Harvard Club Residences
- Boston Magazine: 2017 Best of Boston Award, for Best West Landscape Architect
- 2017 Best of Houzz, Voted a favorite portfolio of work by users of Houzz.com
- 2017 Top 50 Coastal Landscape Architects, Awarded by Ocean Home, a luxury coastal lifestyle magazine
- Boston Home: 2017 Best of Boston Home Award, for Best Landscape Architect – West
- 2016 BSLA Merit Award, for the Cliff Ridge Estate view more
- 2016 National Association of Landscape Professionals Award of Excellence, Grand Prize, for Cliff Ridge Estate view more
- 2016 PRISM Awards, Architecture award for two of our properties, including Cliff's Ridge Estate. view more
- 2016 Top 50 Coastal Landscape Architects, Awarded by Ocean Home magazine, showcasing the finest in coastal landscape architecture
- 2016 Best of Houzz, Voted a favorite portfolio of work by users of Houzz.com for the second year in a row
- 2015 Best of Houzz, Voted a favorite portfolio of work by users of Houzz.com
- 2014 Bulfinch Award, Landscape Architecture award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art New England view more
- 2014 BSLA Merit Award, Design Excellence from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects view more
- 2011 BSLA Merit Award, Design Excellence from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects view more
- 2007 PRISM Award, Design excellence from the Builders Association of Greater Boston
- 2002 Tucker Award, Design excellence through the incorporation of natural stone from the Building Stone Institute
- Boston Design Guide: Cape & Islands, Elemental Style, 2017 view pdf
- New England Home, Sketch Pad - Design Ideas in the Making, featuring Pond's Edge Estate, August 2017 view pdf
- Boston Design Guide, Mad for Modern, 2017 view pdf
- Wellesley Weston Magazine, Bringing the Indoors Outdoors, featuring Stonewood Garden & Sanderson Lane, Summer 2017 view pdf
- Design New England, Public View Private Setting, featuring Ponds Edge Estate, May/June 2017 view pdf
- Ocean Home, Outdoor Living, April/May 2017 view pdf
- Landscape Architect & Specifier News, Shining a Light on a New England Masterpiece, featuring Cliff Ridge Estate, April 2017 view pdf
- Boston Home Magazine, Best of Boston, Winter 2017 view pdf
- 2016 BSLA Fieldbook, featuring Cliff Ridge Estate view pdf
- New England Home, ‘A New Age of Enlightenment’, December 2016 view pdf
- Ocean Home, The Fab Five: The Garden Path, October/November 2016 view pdf
- New England Home Cape & Islands, ‘Gardens of Delight’, Summer 2016 view pdf
- Period Homes, Landscape Study, Cover Feature, May 2016 view pdf
- New England Home, Great Landscapes, May/June 2016 view pdf
- Ocean Outdoor Living, April/May 2016 view pdf
- The Luxury of Home, 2016 view pdf
- New England Home, Stylish Selection, September-October 2015 view pdf
- Boston Design Guide, Reinvigorating a Tudor Revival, Fifteenth Anniversary Edition view pdf
- New England Home, Special Focus: Landscape Design, March/April 2014 view pdf
- Wellesley Weston Magazine, Inbox, Winter 2013 view pdf
- Wall Street Journal, A Car Magnate’s Mansion, August 2013 view more
- Wellesley Weston Magazine, Dashing Decks, Summer 2012 view pdf
— Affiliations —
We collaborate with leading architects and interior designers, and rely on the finest builders and craftspeople to help make our designs become a reality.
- Catalano Architects Inc.
- Hart Associates Architects
- Hutker Architects
- Jan Gleysteen Architects
- John Chapman Architect
- LDA Architecture and Interiors
- Marcus Gleysteen Architects
- Mellowes & Paladino Architects
- Merrimack Design
- Oak Hill Architects
- Patrick Ahearn Architect
- Pauli & Uribe Architects
- Royal Barry Wills Associates
- Schopfer Associates LLC
- Coda Development
- FBN Construction
- Fallon Custom Homes
- J. W. Construction, Inc.
- John G. Early Contractor & Builder, Inc.
- Kenneth Vona Construction
- Kistler and Knapp Builders, Inc.
- M. F. Reynolds, Inc.
- Metric Corp.
- Payne Bouchier Fine Builders
- Pioneer Construction
- Pomeroy & Co., Inc.
- Rosbeck Builders Corporation
- Sanford Custom Builders, Inc.
- Sea-Dar Construction
- Sweeney Custom Homes
- Woodmeister Master Builders
— News —
We’re happy to announce that Kathryn Ostermier is now a licensed landscape architect! The passion and dedication that she brings to our professional practice motivates the team and continuously drives DGLA forward.
The Harvard Club Residences, a collaboration with LDa Architecture & Interiors and Sea-Dar Construction, has recently been honored with a 2017 PRISM Award for Best Historical Renovation. We are so proud of the project, and could not have been part of a better team!
Our office is thrilled to announce that Dan Gordon will be joining the ranks of some of New England’s finest designers and craftsmen with his induction into the Design Hall of Fame. We look forward to celebrating Dan and his fellow inductees at the celebratory gala!
DGLA is proud to announce that Chris Rucinski has passed all four of the Landscape Architecture Registration Examinations, and is on his way to licensure! Chris’ ambition and hard work are an inspiration, and we’re happy to have him on our team.
Two is better than one! DGLA is happy to report that two of our collaborations with LDa Architecture & Interiors are featured in the 2017 Boston Design Guide: the cover is our Cliff Ridge Estate, and an article features the design of a contemporary property in Weston.
We are excited to announce that one of our recent projects, Pond’s Edge Estate, is featured in the May / June issue of Design New England. Thank you to all that were a part of this great project team, including Eco Terra Design and Paragon Landscape.
— Employment —
DGLA is always looking for talented, passionate individuals who have an eye for details and a willingness to collaborate. DGLA offers a creative, friendly, dynamic work environment with opportunities to become an integral part of a growing team. At DGLA, you can expect to work on inspiring landscapes, while partnering with respected design professionals and skilled craftsman in the pursuit of a shared vision. Within the studio we utilize a variety of tools to convey design concepts to clients, including AutoCad, SketchUp, digital media, and hand drawing. Those that excel at these skills, possess the ability to communicate clearly, and have a desire to continue to learn are encouraged to submit a single file containing their resume, portfolio, and cover letter.