Kristen Reardon ‘17 MS.AUD, Huanyu Chen MS.AUD and Ankita Gupta, RLA will facilitate a virtual information session to discuss working at Starr Whitehouse and some of their projects. A brief Q&A session will be held at the end.
With a background in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design, Senior Associate Kristen Reardon leads projects of all scales from public open spaces to residential terraces. Her work is informed by extensive risk analysis, particularly regarding climate resilience. Recent projects include a 35-acre urban nature preserve in Arverne East, Queens; the transformation of a parking lot into a resilient maritime dune ecology integrated with educational exhibits at the Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center; a publicly accessible waterfront esplanade at the Durst Organization’s Hallets Point Development; the extension of New Jersey’s first stormwater park at Hoboken Southwest Park; and amenity terraces at residential buildings across New York. Kristen received her Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University and her Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from Cornell.
As a landscape designer with a strong background in graphic technology and urban design, Huanyu Chen has contributed to a wide range of landscape, planning, and urban design projects at Starr Whitehouse. These include the Harlem River Greenway Link, where Huanyu developed the digital model and GIS data to support the team’s resilience study and waterfront design. At the Durst Organization’s Queens Plaza Park Development, Huanyu used Lumion to generate an updatable rendered model to register real-time evolutions in the site design. At Autonomy’s Luna Development in Sao Paulo, Huanyu’s graphic skills were used to visualize a bold new corporate plaza design and build consensus around the incorporation of an open-air market into the landscape. Beyond project visualization, Huanyu has supported the design team with construction inspections at a new corporate plaza on Pearl Street in Manhattan, and community outreach for the Carroll Park Community Vision Plan. Huanyu completed his Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design at Columbia University, where he focused on landscape infrastructure and reshaping the public realm. Prior to joining Starr Whitehouse, he interned with BuroHappold Engineers, where he participated in a Lower Manhattan mobility analysis and a visioning project to reimagine the Erie Canal.
With an architecture, landscape, and urban design background, Ankita Gupta 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 schoolyards.
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
The conversation will be moderated by Maria Gabriela Flores '23 MS.AUD