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 comprised of 14 landscape architects, planners, and support staff including USGBC LEED® and SITES Accredited Professionals. 

team

John Copley

ASLA, PLA - Principal

John has over 35 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.

Sean Sanger

ASLA, PLA, LEED AP BD+C - Principal

Sean Sanger brings over 30 years of experience to the Copley Wolff Design Group team. He manages projects; supervises support staff; writes specifications; provides construction observation; coordinates consultant work; reviews and coordinates irrigation drawings on projects; aids with funding opportunities; and prepares presentation and document graphics. Originally from Iowa, Sean learned to love the outdoors. He spends his free time reading, playing golf, hiking, enjoying good food and wine, and taking advantage of everything urban life has to offer.

James Heroux

ASLA, PLA - Principal

Jim has over 35 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, and being involved with his daughter and her equestrian interests.

Ian S. Ramey

ASLA, PLA, LEED AP - Principal
Ian has over 20 years of landscape design experience working on projects ranging from multi-family housing to retail centers and mixed-use development. He has successfully managed a number of 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.

Andrew Arbaugh

ASLA, PLA - Principal

Andrew is a registered Landscape Architect with over 10 years of experience working on a range of academic, mixed-use, and park projects. Andrew has taught a number of architectural studios at the Boston Architectural College and volunteers with several neighborhood groups near his home. He also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Awards Program. Outside of the office, Andrew spends his free time chasing his twin boys, running, hiking, and getting to the beach as often as possible.

Becky Rupel

ASLA, PLA, SITES AP - Landscape Architect

Becky has over five years of experience working on projects throughout Wisconsin, Texas, and New England. She has worked on numerous project types including the design of parks and recreation, community master plans, commercial and multi-family developments and ecological restoration. In addition to volunteering with the American Society of Landscape architects, Big Sister Boston and other community organizations, Becky enjoys spending her free time trying out new recipes and exploring both urban and wild places with friends and family.

Christine Wilson

ASLA, PLA, SITES AP – Landscape Architect

Christine brings close to 10 years of sustainable landscape planning and design experience in San Francisco and Vancouver BC to Copley Wolff Design Group. 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 trail design. Christine is an avid sailor and enjoys hiking and swimming during her free time.

Projects: Boston Parks and Recreation Department Playgrounds/Parks, Thorndike Exchange, Riverwalk

Marcus Cantu

Landscape Designer
Marcus is a landscape designer with over five years of experience working in the A/E/C industry. Marcus is exceedingly proficient working with 3D software programs and is well-versed in the advanced and customizable features of AutoCAD which provides him with the ability to build efficient, integrated, and customized CAD environments. Originally from Texas, Marcus holds a private pilot’s license, enjoys fishing, and loves being on the water.

Achan Sookying

Landscape Designer
Achan brings close to five years of landscape design experience to Copley Wolff Design Group. He conducts design research and applies his expertise in graphics programs to communicate ideas to clients. Achan enjoys painting, taking photographs, and exploring local architectural treasures.

Allison Desbonnet

Landscape Designer
Allison brings four years of experience to the Copley Wolff Design Group team. She has worked on a variety of project types including mixed-use, residential, and corporate campuses. Growing up on the water, Allison developed a passion for coastal mitigation through resilient design, which she continued to explore through her studies at the University of Rhode Island. Her experiences have influenced both her career and her art, propelling her to create geometric, nature-based designs through pyrography – the art of burning designs on wood.

Madison Aronow

Landscape Designer

A recent graduate from the University of Rhode Island, Madison has brought her passion and interest in landscape architecture and sustainable design to her work at Copley Wolff Design Group. Madison assists project teams with research, rendering, and meeting preparation. Outside the office, Madison enjoys snowboarding in the winter, spending time at the beach in the summer, and doing hot yoga.

Maureen Kennedy Gallagher

Principal and Controller
Mo has 23 years of experience as a Controller and has been with Copley Wolff Design Group for over 19 years. She is the mother of two boys, has a passion for yoga, loves cooking, and enjoys spending her free time in the summer at her house in Maine.

Danna Day

Principal and Director of Marketing
Danna has 18 years of experience marketing professional services in the A/E/C industry. She has worked with engineers, architects, and landscape architects. Danna currently resides in Manchester by the Sea and spends her free time running, biking, snowboarding, painting, and taking photos.

Martha Hunter

Office Assistant
Prior to joining Copley Wolff in 2010, Martha previously worked in a fabric showroom at the Boston Design Center, and at a footwear company where she supported groups in product development and merchandising. Outside the office, Martha enjoys sewing, gardening, walks along the Charles River, and spending time with her daughter.

awards

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

2010 - Merit Award for Parks and Recreation
BSLA Professional Awards
Wharf District Parks, Boston, MA

2008 - Interiorscape Best Project Award
Planterra Group
Southfield Town Center, Southfield, MI

2007 - CNU Charter Award
Congress for New Urbanism
Coopers Crossing Development Plan, Camden, NJ

2003 - Design Excellence
Preservation Worcester and AIA Central Massachusetts
Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, Southbridge, MA

2002 - Merit Award for Landscape Architectural Design
Boston Society of Landscape Architects
Science Park at the Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT

2002 - Merit Award for Landscape Planning
Boston Society of Landscape Architects
Wilcox Park, Westerly, RI

2002 - Community Service Awards
American Society of Landscape Architects
Boston Schoolyard Initiative, Boston, MA

2002 - 3D-Multimedia/Small Business
Society of Marketing Professional Services
North End Parks Video, Boston, MA

2001 - Merit Award for Planning
Plan New Hampshire
Seacoast Health Center, Portsmouth, NH

1999 - Urban Landscape Certificate of Merit
Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Bradford Street Park, Boston, MA

1999 - Urban Landscape Certificate of Merit
Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Elm Hill Park, Roxbury, MA

1998 - Merit Award for Parks and Recreation
Boston Society of Landscape Architects
Frog Pond Renovation in Boston Common, Boston, MA

1998 - Merit Award for Institutional Design
Boston Society of Landscape Architects
O'Donnell Schoolyard, East Boston, MA

1997 - Urban Landscape Award
Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Frog Pond Renovation in Boston Common, Boston, MA

1997 - Preservation Achievement Awards
Boston Preservation Alliance
Frog Pond Renovation in Boston Common, Boston, MA

1997 - Willo Von Moltke Urban Design Award
American Institute of Architects/Boston Society of Architects
Dudley Town Common, Roxbury, MA

1997 - Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Urban Landscape Award
Holborn Street Totlot, Boston, MA

1996 - Merit Award for Parks and Recreation
Boston Society of Landscape Architects
Dudley Town Common, Roxbury, MA

1996 - Urban Landscape Award
Massachusetts Horticultural Society
Dudley Town Common, Roxbury, MA

1991 - Merit Award for Community Design
Boston Society of Landscape Architects
Lotus Development Corporation, Cambridge, MA

1991 - Honor Award
Michigan Society of Landscape Architects
Petoskey Bayfront Parks, Petoskey, MI

1990 - Design Award
National Association of Industrial Office Parks
Lotus Development Corporation, Cambridge, MA

AppletonMills
Assembly Row, Somerville, MA

AppletonMills
Lovejoy Wharf, Boston, MA

AppletonMills
Appleton Mills Phase I, Lowell, MA

RoseKennedyPark01
Wharf District Parks, Boston, MA


Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center, Southbridge, MA


Science Park at the Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, VT


Wilcox Park, Westerly, RI


Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital , Charlestown, MA

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