BRYAN HANES

Bryan is the founding principal of Studio Bryan Hanes. He is a Registered Landscape Architect in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and Indiana and LEED Accredited Professional. Bryan has been involved in a diverse range of work, from significant urban and open space planning and design projects, to small-scale designs for institutional and private clients. Each project strives to acknowledge an understanding of the natural and cultural systems of a site.

Prior to forming Studio Bryan Hanes, Bryan spent nearly a decade at the internationally acclaimed office of Olin Partnership where he served as Associate-in-Charge of the transformation of major public spaces across the country and around the world. His contributions to the regeneration of Philadelphia’s public spaces include Independence National Historical Park, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Framework Plan, Logan Square, Sister Cities Garden at Logan Square, Penn Treaty Park, Clark Park and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Sculpture Garden and Parking Garage.

REBEKAH ARMSTRONG

Rebekah is a landscape designer with a longstanding interest in public engagement with outdoor spaces. Before joining the studio, she worked as a spatial analyst at Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, interned with the urban forestry consulting team at Morris Arboretum, and handled plant acquisitions for a native-meadow design firm. 

She recently managed the South Side Park master plan project for a 65-acre public park in Pittsburgh. Other projects include a strategic plan for Mount Moriah Cemetery, a nearly 150-acre green space in Southwest Philadelphia and Yeadon; several courtyards on college campuses; and a community gathering space tucked behind Northern Liberties Neighbors Association.

Rebekah holds an MLA from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She is a member of the international Society of Arboriculture and an amateur botanist with the Philadelphia Botanical Club.

MARSHALL SECORD

Prior to joining Studio Bryan Hanes, Marshall received his bachelors of landscape architecture at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. His time spent at SUNY ESF has left him with an environmentally mindful design sense, as well as a heightened interest in the social and cultural landscapes of the world. Marshall spent time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he developed an independent research project examining the interrelationships between soccer typologies and the urban cultural environment.

After a couple years with the international and multidisciplinary office of SmithgroupJJR, Marshall journeyed east, finally making his way to SBH. Driven by inspiration from other forward-thinking cities, such as Chicago and Milwaukee, Marshall is excited to contribute to creating innovative public spaces that offer unique social and recreational opportunities to the people of Philadelphia.

NELLE WARD

Nelle's career as a Landscape Architect began in San Francisco working as an urban permaculturalist where she developed an interest in community engagement and sustainable planning and design. To complement her hands-on experience on the farm and running volunteer work days, DIY workshops, and community events, she then pursued an MS in Ecological Design from The Conway School, followed by an MLA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her academic career emphasized ecosystem service-based planning and design in the public realm. Nelle developed a Sustainable SITES Initiative guided planning and design project as her master's project capstone.

Nelle's affinity towards work in the public realm brought her to RBA Group in Philadelphia, where she helped to manage a term agreement with the City's Department of Public Property to renovate a series of public parks. She recently joined Studio Bryan Hanes in hopes of deepening her experience with ecological urbanism, placemaking, and community engagement.