NEU Pedestrian Bridge Construction
The Northeastern University Pedestrian Crossing will stretch above five MBTA / Amtrak rail lines to connect the main campus with the expanding Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex to the south of the tracks. It is a much needed, safe and fully accessible route at a key juncture in Boston.
STIMSON is one of the 5 Finalists for MLK Design Competition in Boston!
STIMSON is excited to be on one of the five final teams selected for the new Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King Memorial on Boston Common. It has been a wonderful creative experience collaborating with internationally renowned sculptor Yinka Shonibare to develop the “Avenue of Peace”. The final design captures his unique vision and respects the rich historical context of the Common.
STIMSON Won an ASLA Award | Re-envisioning Pulaski Park
We are deeply honored to receive recognition for this Park that has been a work in progress since 2008. It involved a close collaboration between STIMSON, the DPW team, Jim Laurila, David Veleta, Diane Rossini, Mayor Narkewicz, the CPA, Massachusetts PARC Grant Program, and most of all, the community of Northampton who designed this Park with us.
A Unique Design Feature: Hackley School’s Stormwater System Activates the Landscape
ARC and STIMSON collaborated on the design for the Johnson Center for Health and Wellness at Hackley School with a shared goal of creating a large facility that blends into the surrounding landscape. The building site was previously home to a variety of woodland trails that students used to travel between the academic and athletic campuses. The new 115,000 SF building is segmented into separate but connected pieces that preserve many of these wooded paths while also creating new, exciting outdoor courtyards that celebrate the native forest landscape and provide views to the adjacent campus centers.
Summer Retreat at Charbrook Farm
and Four New STIMSON Associates!
Charbrook Farm hosted the summer retreat for STIMSON. As a design team, we spend a lot of time around tables drawing and charretting, but we also spend a lot of time around tables eating! The summer retreat is a chance for us to bring our families and loved ones together and enjoy an afternoon of on-the-farm food.
Principal Edward Marshall Recognized as a
Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects
We are thrilled to announce that Principal Edward Marshall has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects this year. Election to the ASLA Council of Fellows is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members. Eddie received his recognition based on ‘works’ which span over three decades.
Spring Planting at Charbrook Nursery
In the early weeks of May, STIMSON designers took to the fields of Charbrook Nursery for the annual spring planting. Over 500 bare root trees and shrubs were installed throughout several acres of nursery fields. Cultivars and straight species of Betula, Fagus, Tupelo, Sassafras, Ilex and Carpinus and many others were installed over a period of three weeks.
Spring Dig at Charbrook Nursery
A group of designers from our studio were out in the field this week at Charbrook Nursery to help dig the first round of Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Princess Diana’, some of the first native shrubs to bud out and flower. The nursery gives us the opportunity to teach our team about digging trees, tying rootballs, maintaining health once material is dug, and pruning for health rather than simply for form.
Weston Garden in New England Home Magazine!
Our Weston Garden project is featured in the March-April 2018 issue of New England Home Magazine! STIMSON Principal Glen Valentine describes the landscape composition as a natural extension of the architecture, designed by Stern McCafferty.
Snow Day at MIT Killian Court
Killian Court is a popular landscape on the MIT campus for students, residents, and tourists alike, thanks in part to its close proximity to the Charles River. During the fall, students are usually rushing through on their way to classes. This time of year, it’s a great place to make snowballs!
Winter is a great time to experience the structural beauty of trees and shrubs through light and shadow. Ngoc recently took a trip to the Radcliffe Sunken Garden and got some great photos of the plants under a fresh blanket of snow. The wide branching structures of the garden’s witch hazels, oaks, and elms create a dramatic shadow play under the sun that is truly unique to the season.
STIMSON Holiday Party
This month STIMSON gathered as a team and a family to celebrate the holiday season and the year’s end. Wishing everyone good health, happiness, and peace for the new year ahead!
STIMSON Celebrates 25 Years!
At the height of the summer, STIMSON gathered with friends, family, and colleagues to celebrate the projects, places, and—most importantly—the people that have shaped the firm over the last 25 years. Since its beginnings on Cape Cod in 1992, STIMSON has grown from a local firm specializing in residential design to a nationally-recognized, award-winning studio working across the spectrum of designed landscapes. Be sure to check out our Instagram for some project highlights over the last 25 years!
STIMSON visits the Arnold Arboretum
With spring in full force, Michael and Glen recently led the crew on a plant walk at the Arnold Arboretum. Part of Boston’s iconic Emerald Necklace, the Arboretum covers over 280 acres across the Jamaica Plain and Roslindale neighborhoods. STIMSON spent the afternoon exploring the extensive collection of trees, shrubs, and vines, delighting in the vibrant colors and textures of the season in bloom.
STIMSON Spring Dig at Charbrook Nursery
Last week, our designers had the opportunity to step out into the spring air and participate in Charbrook Nursery’s annual tree dig. Using Charbrook’s new tree spade, yards of burlap, and intricate knots, the team dug and bound trees and shrubs of various sizes and species, to be installed in projects throughout New England over the coming year.
Ferrous Signage Studies - in the shop
STIMSON is digging into a series of signage options for the recently opened Ferrous Site Park in Lawrence, MA. We are currently studying a timber entry sign made from Black Locust trees that had fallen on site. After being taken to a local shop to be milled, the timbers were then transported to a nearby metal fabricator, who is working with us to develop steel forms that will be used to “brand” (burn) the name across a series of upright timbers. Stay tuned as this process unfolds!
FARM > STUDIO > NURSERY
STIMSON is delighted to have one of our Principals lecture at the 28th Annual Landscape Design Symposium at both Connecticut College on Friday January 13th, and again at the Morris Arboretum on Saturday, January 20th. His talk focuses on how STIMSON’s Charbrook Nursery informs and advances our design.
Happy Holidays from STIMSON Team
STIMSON celebrated the holiday season with our annual evening at Charbrook Farm. The food was wonderful, the drink festive, and the Yankee Swap hysterical. Santa even sent three of his reindeer to help MC the evening and ensure no one was unruly during what is always a competitive event. We at STIMSON wish you all a wonderful holiday season and wish you a very happy and healthy New Year.
Quarry Point Residence
STIMSON has been carefully observing the construction of the Quarry Point Residence located in Cohasset, MA. This project is the result of a close partnership with Tom Catalano Architects, ensuring that the architecture and landscape work together to celebrate the natural features of the site. All of the stonework surrounding was fabricated from on site ledge removal. This was both a sustainable practice, while also allowing the walls and terraces to better blend with its surroundings.
STIMSON at the ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo
This week STIMSON is travelling to New Orleans to take part in the largest “landscape” event of the Year: The American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting & Expo. This year STIMSON will not only receive an ASLA award in the Residential Category for our Chilmark Residence, but participate in two presentations at the conference.