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 16 landscape architects, planners, and support staff including USGBC LEED®, SITES, and IAAP certified professionals.


John Copley

ASLA, PLA - Principal

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.

Sean Sanger

ASLA, PLA, LEED AP BD+C - Principal

Sean Sanger brings over 35 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 37 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.

Ian S. Ramey

ASLA, PLA, LEED AP - Principal

Ian has over 24 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.

Andrew Arbaugh

ASLA, PLA - Principal

Andrew is a registered Landscape Architect with over 14 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.

Christine Wilson

ASLA, PLA, SITES AP – Associate

Christine brings over 10 years of sustainable landscape planning and design experience 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 waterfront design. Christine is an avid sailor and enjoys outdoor adventures and teaching at the BAC in her free time.

Projects: Pinnacle, RiverwalkBoston Parks and Recreation Department Playgrounds/Parks

Marcus Cantu Parker

PLA – Associate

Marcus is a landscape architect with over 10 years of experience working in the A/E/C industry. Marcus oversees and manages the day to day operations on several of the firm’s projects. He works with the team to explore various design solutions; provide drawings, documentation, and support; produce contract documents; and oversee construction administration. Originally from Texas, Marcus holds a private pilot’s license, enjoys fishing, and loves being outdoors.

Aaron Kraemer

ASLA, PLA – Landscape Architect

For 10 years, Aaron has worked on a variety of project types including parks, playgrounds, schools, municipal buildings, and multi-family housing developments. He is involved in the entire design process from start to finish and strives to create sustainable and engaging built environments. Outside of work, Aaron serves on the Chelsea Traffic and Parking Commission, plays the clarinet in the Brookline Community Band, and is a Dragon Boat paddler.

Achan Sookying

Landscape Designer

Achan brings 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

MCH, CPABE – Landscape Designer

Allison has six 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.

Projects: The Beat,  Allston Yards

Sam Stewart

Landscape Designer

Sam has three years of experience working on a wide range of projects including urban parks and plazas, roof terraces, schools, high-end residential towers, and corporate headquarters. She works alongside colleagues, consultants, clients, and the community throughout all phases of the design process. When not working, Sam loves to travel, photograph the landscape, attend concerts, and watch movies. 

Nicole Vance

Landscape Designer

With over seven years of experience as a landscape designer, Nicole has a passion for restorative design and native plants and is driven to cultivate regenerative landscapes within our communities. When Nicole is not working, she gets excited about drawing, watching her daughter eat tomatoes straight from the plant, exploring local parks and food, and chasing sunsets on the New England Coast.

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. She is responsible for all financial and HR services at the firm as well as IT consultant coordination She is the mother of two boys, has a passion for yoga, loves cooking, and enjoys spending her free time in Maine during the summer.

Danna Day Ransom

Principal and Director of Marketing

Danna has 20 years of experience marketing professional services in the A/E/C industry. She has worked with engineers, architects, and landscape architects. Danna spends her free time running, biking, snowboarding, painting, and taking photos.

Martha Hunter

Office Assistant
Prior to joining Copley Wolff, Martha 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.


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

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