Rachel Gleeson
Senior Associate
Rachel has worked steadily on park and planning projects since her arrival at MVVA. Following her pivotal role in the planning of the Chelsea Cove section of Hudson River Park, she was the project manager for MVVA's design of the North End of New York City's Union Square Park. She was also involved with planning efforts for Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Toronto Lower Don Lands competition, and was part of the senior leadership team during the first phase of MVVA's waterfront park planning efforts in Boston. Recently, she has been the project manager for the Houston Area Greenways park and greenways planning project, and she currently serves as the project manager for a segment of Houston's Sims Bayou Greenway and Park. Rachel has contributed to numerous MVVA campus projects including the Princeton University Landscape Master Plan, the Collaborative Research Center garden at Rockefeller University, and the Campus Landscape Framework Plan for the University of Washington in Seattle. She was appointed to the Seattle Design Commission in 2015 and has also been a member of Seattle's Public Art Advisory Committee since that time.

Rachel frequently contributes to the writing for MVVA's park planning documents, including work on The 606 and Maggie Daley Park in Chicago, as well as A Gathering Place for Tulsa. She has written and co-written a number of articles about MVVA's work, and she contributed an essay on MVVA's plazas to the book Reconstructing Urban Landscapes. She presented MVVA's work to the 2008 “Designing the Parks” conference hosted by the National Park Service, and to the 2009 International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) conference in Rio de Janeiro.
Rachel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Columbia University, a Master of Architecture and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia, and a Master of Art in Art History from the University of Washington where she completed a thesis on the work of mid-century architect Eduardo Catalano. She is a licensed landscape architect in Washington State.

Rachel joined MVVA in 2001.

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