Copley Wolff Design Group

Founded in 1990, Copley Wolff Design Group is a landscape architecture firm specializing in the planning and design of academic, housing, roof deck, corporate, institutional, mixed-use, park, waterfront, and children’s play and discovery projects. We focus on placemaking, integrating art into the landscape, cultural and historical interpretation, education, and community participation.

Copley Wolff Design Group is a team of 20 landscape architects, planners, and support staff that includes USGBC LEED®, SITES, and IAAP certified professionals.


Allison Desbonnet

ASLA, MCH, CPABE – Landscape Designer

Allison has nine years of experience working on projects ranging from mixed-use development to intensive green roofs. Growing up in rural Connecticut provided her an opportunity to build a strong connection to the environment, which developed into an interest in resilient design and coastal mitigation strategies. Allison spends much of her free time on backpacking trips, working with wood, and volunteering with local organizations such as the Appalachian Mountain Club, Operation Progress, and Greenovate Boston.

Andrew Arbaugh

ASLA, PLA - Principal

Andrew is a registered Landscape Architect with over 16 years of experience working on a range of academic, mixed-use, and park projects. Andrew has taught several architectural studios at the Boston Architectural College and volunteers with various neighborhood groups near his home. Outside of the office, Andrew spends his free time chasing his twin boys, running, hiking, and getting to the beach as often as possible.

Andrew Louw

PLA, LEED AP, SITES AP – Associate

With over nine years of experience, Andrew has worked with an impressive range of K-12, higher education, parks, playgrounds, and institutional clients. A native of South Africa, Andrew enjoys cooking, traveling, reading, and outdoor activities such as backpacking, hiking, and sailing.

Christine Wilson

ASLA, PLA, SITES AP – Principal

Christine brings over 10 years of sustainable landscape planning and design experience to Copley Wolff. Her breadth of work includes a variety of project types ranging from residential and civic landscapes to urban and open space plans, with a focus on streetscape and waterfront design. Christine is an avid sailor, enjoys outdoor adventures and travel.

Projects: RiverwalkDorchester Park PlaygroundThetford Evans Playground

Danny Turgeon

ASLA, NZILA, PLA – Landscape Architect

With eleven years of experience, Danny has worked on a large range of project types including resiliency projects in New York City in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and more recently, projects in New Zealand where he specialized in indigenous engagement. Danny is originally from Vermont and now resides in Salem where he enjoys attending indie concerts, painting abstract acrylic artwork, and drinking New England IPAs.

Emily Bannister

Office Manager

Emily received her B.A. in English and Journalism and worked 9 years as a marketing and advertising professional. Prior to joining Copley Wolff, Emily took an 11-year hiatus to care for her 2 daughters and is excited to put her planning and organizational skills to use outside of the home. When she’s not working or carpooling, Emily enjoys reading, taking her 2 dogs for hikes in the woods, wandering the aisles of The Container Store, and watching reruns of The Golden Girls.

Fernando Sousa

ASLA – Landscape Designer

Fernando is a recent graduate of the Boston Architectural College with three years of experience. During his time at Copley Wolff, he has created illustrative graphics that provide clients with a clear understanding of concept and schematic designs. Having grown up in a rural town outside of Boston, he developed a love for the outdoors which, after working with a stone mason, expanded into an interest in landscape design. Fernando is happiest when he is active and playing soccer and frisbee and gravel cycling. He enjoys apiculture, freehand charcoal drawing, and visiting museums and parks.

Ian Ramey

ASLA, PLA, LEED AP - Principal

Ian has over 27 years of landscape design experience working on projects ranging from multi-family housing to retail centers and mixed-use development. He has successfully managed numerous complex projects, overseeing projects from Conceptual Design through Construction Administration. When not at the office, Ian enjoys photography, cooking, hiking, snowboarding, and spending time with his family.

Jennifer Martel

ASLA, PLA – Senior Associate

Jennifer has over 16 years of experience working on a variety of project types including streetscapes, parks, playgrounds, urban plazas, waterfronts, and higher education campuses. She is proficient in the design of green infrastructure, stormwater initiatives, and urban built environments. Jen lives in New Hampshire and spends her free time taking care of her two boys, working in her garden, and hiking and skiing.

James Heroux

ASLA, PLA - Principal

Jim has close to 40 years of experience designing landscapes for academic, institutional, residential, mixed-use, healthcare, and international clients. Jim has a passion for travel, both domestically and abroad, and while not at work he enjoys swimming, cycling, being involved with his daughter’s real estate and equestrian interests, and participating in the South End Eight Streets community.

Karen Serafino


Karen has 20 years of experience as a financial professional. At Copley Wolff, she is responsible for all aspects of financial/operational accounting and Human Resources. She lives in Methuen with her husband and two children and when not at work or working towards her Master’s Degree, she enjoys traveling, watching her alma mater football team, reading, and cooking.

Madeline Kirschner

Landscape Designer

A Louisiana native and recent graduate of Louisiana State University, Madeline moved to New England to begin her career with Copley Wolff Design Group. She enjoys designing at a range of scales to ensure that her designs are aesthetically pleasing, functional, and meet the needs of our evolving world. Boston is a new environment that Madeline looks forward to exploring and photographing throughout the seasons. A leader by nature, Madeline serves as a National Committee Chair for American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Climate Action Network.

Madison Aronow

Landscape Designer

Since starting her career, Madison has worked on a variety of project types including public parks, lab and life science facilities, and mixed-use amenity spaces. Growing up in rural Pennsylvania and eventually making her way to New England, Madison established an appreciation for landscapes in both her professional and personal lives. She has a passion for community engagement and sustainable landscapes and brings that love to all the projects she works on. Outside the office, Madison enjoys snowboarding, spending time at the beach, and practicing hot yoga.  

Madison Megrath


Madison is a 4th year student at Louisiana State University and has chosen to spend her internship with Copley Wolff. A native of Florida, she developed a love for the outdoors at a young age and is excited to design for the New England environment. As she is still pursuing her degree, she looks forward to working on a variety of projects in a new climate. In her spare time, Madison enjoys trying new foods, exploring new places, spending time outside, and attending sporting events.  

Michael MacNulty

Landscape Designer

With two years of experience, Michael has had the opportunity to work on a broad range of project types, including community parks, institutional, and mixed-use spaces. He is well-versed in both 2D and 3D rendering software and collaborates with project teams in the development of design packages. He is passionate about creating sustainable urban landscapes that allow people to reconnect with each other and the outdoors. Michael grew up in central Indiana and developed a love for nature at a young age. In his free time, Michael enjoys going on hikes, taking care of his plants, and working out. Having recently moved back to Boston, he is excited about getting reacquainted with the city and everything it has to offer.

Olivia So

Landscape Designer

After earning her Master in Landscape Architecture degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Olivia joined Copley Wolff Design Group in 2021. Her interests lie in community involvement and combining urban planning and landscape architecture at both the local and regional scale. Olivia grew up in Brooklyn and enjoys spending her free time exploring Boston and its many neighborhoods. In addition, she likes all things related to water include swimming and kayaking.

Sean Sanger

ASLA, PLA, LEED AP BD+C - Principal

Originally from Iowa, Sean joined Copley Wolff in 1990 and brings nearly 40 years of experience to the team. Sean has led a range of major academic, playground, corporate, and infrastructure projects throughout New England. He is a leader and mentor within the office and serves on the Board of the Boston Architectural College outside the office. In his free time Sean enjoys reading, playing golf, hiking, enjoying good food and wine, gardening at the Old North Church, and taking advantage of everything urban life has to offer.

Thai Pham


Thai is a fourth year BLA student at Louisiana State University. He is excited to join Copley Wolff during the Spring 2023 semester. Thai’s passion is the creation of sustainable communities that maintain cultural value and provide a healthy outdoor gathering space for everyone. He is excited to expand his skillsets while interning at Copley Wolff. Thai spends his spare time hanging out with friends, working out, enjoying cocktails and red wine. This would be his second time in Boston and he loves the city so far.

Yasmina Hamdan


Yasmina is a student at the Boston Architectural College who joined Copley Wolff in the fall of 2022. Originally from Beirut, Yasmina came to Boston in order to seek a brighter future and pursue her Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture. She developed her love for landscape architecture while immersed in the natural beauty of her native Lebanon. In her free time, Yasmina likes to read, play the piano, and explore Boston. As a teenager, Yasmina was a nationally ranked competitive swimmer specializing in the breaststroke!

John Copley

ASLA, PLA - Founder

John has over 40 years of professional experience with site planning, design, and implementation of projects throughout the United States. His experience encompasses a wide range of project types including mixed-use and residential developments, urban parks, academic buildings, medical facilities, hotels, waterfront parks, and green roofs and roof decks. When not at work, John enjoys spending time in Rhode Island, restoring houses, and oil painting.


2022 Gold Winner for Best Mixed-Use Community Development
Prism Awards
Velo at Forest Hills: Boston

2022 Excellence in Construction Award
Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts
J Malden Center, Malden, MA 

2022 – Merit Award for Analysis and Planning
Boston Society of Landscape Architects
Tree Preservation Planning: Mary Ellen McCormack
South Boston, MA 

2022 – Landmark Award
Boston Society of Landscape Architects
Wharf District Parks
Boston, MA 

2021 – Merit Award for Design
Boston Society of Landscape Architects
King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex,
Cambridge, MA 

2021, Site and Landscape Award
Built Environment Plus
Ora Seaport, Boston, MA

2021, Honor Award
AIA New England
Woburn Public Library, Woburn, MA

2021, Multifamily Project of the Year
Multifamily Executive
J Malden Center, Malden, MA

2020 – Honor Award for Design Excellence
Boston Society of Architects
King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex,
Cambridge, MA

2020 – Honor Award for Design Excellence
Boston Society of Architects
Woburn Public Library, Woburn, MA

2020  Sustainable Design Award
Boston Society of Architects
King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex,
Cambridge, MA

2020 – Award of Merit
Connecticut Building Congress
University of Connecticut, Student Recreation Center, Storrs, CT

2019 – Project of the Year: Student Grand Award
Multi-Family Executive Awards
University of Massachusetts, Residence Hall, Boston, MA

2019 – Green Building of the Year Award
USGBC Green Building Showcase
King Open/Cambridge Street Upper School and Community Complex,
Cambridge, MA

2019 – Paul & Niki Tsongas Award
Preservation Massachusetts
Myles Standish Hall, Boston University, Boston, MA

2019 – Preservation Award
Massachusetts Historical Commission
Longfellow Bridge, Boston and Cambridge, MA

2018 – New England Award
Design Build Institute of America (DBIA)
Boston University, Myles Standish Hall, Boston, MA

2017 – Merit Award
Boston Society of Landscape Architects
Assembly Row, Somerville, MA, MA

2017 – Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing
Urban Land Institute
The Mosaic, Boston, MA

2016 – Citation Award for Education Facilities Design
Boston Society of Architects
Methuen High School, Methuen, MA

2016 – Preservation Achievement Award
The Boston Preservation Alliance
Lovejoy Wharf, Boston, MA

2015 – Merit Award
Boston Society of Landscape Architects
St. James Avenue Garden, Boston, MA

2015 – Honor Award
Boston Society of Landscape Architects
Therapy Trail at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Charlestown, MA

2014 – Best Renovation/Repo
Senior Housing News
True North at North Hill, Needham, MA 

2014 – Best Green Practice
Best in Boston Real Estate, Boston Business Journal
150 Second Street, Cambridge, MA

2013 - Landscape Architecture award for Healthcare Environments
Vendome Group, CHD, and SAGE
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Therapy Trail, Charlestown, MA

2013 - Preservation Achievement Award
The Boston Preservation Alliance
Restoration Hardware

2013 - Preservation Achievement Award
The Boston Preservation Alliance
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA

2013 - Marketing Collateral - Honorable Mention
Society for Marketing Professional Services
Multi-Use Promo Cards

2013 - Healthcare Environments Award
Contract and the Center for Health Design
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Charlestown, MA

2013 - Sustainable Design Award
Boston Society of Architects
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Charlestown, MA

2013 - Preservation Award
Massachusetts Historical Commission 
Appleton Mills Phase I, Lowell, MA

2012 - Housing Citation for Adaptive Reuse
Boston Society of Architects 
Appleton Mills Phase I, Lowell, MA

2012 - ENR/McGraw Hill Best Green Project Award
North Shore Community College, Danvers, MA

2011 - J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation
National Housing and Rehabilitation Association
Appleton Mills Phase I, Lowell, MA

King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex, Cambridge, MA

Assembly Row, Somerville, MA

Lovejoy Wharf
Lovejoy Wharf, Boston, MA

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Boston, MA

150 Second Street
150 Second Street, Cambridge, MA

Wharf District Parks
Wharf District Parks, Boston, MA

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