Rachel Gleeson
Associate Principal
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 for the Boston Waterfront Vision project and the project manager for the Beyond the Bayous parks and greenways planning project in Houston. Rachel has contributed to numerous MVVA campus projects including the Princeton University Landscape Master Plan, and the Collaborative Research Center garden at Rockefeller University. She has also worked on several projects at the University of Washington in Seattle, including the 2016 Historic Survey, the 2015 Campus Landscape Framework, the Phase II South Campus Study, and the 2008 Rainier Vista Concept Plan. She served on the Seattle Design Commission from 2015-2018 and on Seattle's Public Art Advisory Committee from 2015-2016.

Rachel frequently contributes to MVVA's park planning documents, including work on The 606, Maggie Daley Park, and the Obama Presidential Center 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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