Tricia Martin is owner of WE Design, a Brooklyn-based firm specializing in innovative, buildable design solutions for cities, landscapes, and the built environment. She is a licensed landscape architect with fifteen years of experience working on complex, urban sites ranging in scale from the region to a small lot. Collaboration (the WE, in WE Design), ecology, and a commitment to community participation are the principles that drive her practice.
Tricia graduated with a BA in environmental studies from the University of Vermont and received her MLA from the University of Oregon where she received an ASLA Certificate of Honor. She received a NYC Public Design Commission award for the American Airlines Flight 587 Memorial (a project she managed while working at Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects) and recently received an ASLA–NY Merit award for Garden Rising: Lower East Side Community Gardens Green Infrastructure Feasibility Study.
Tricia is most passionate about projects that embrace complex urban problems where landscape architecture is the agent for positive social and environmental change. As the Landscape Architecture Fellow for the Design Trust for Public Space El-Space projects, she is developing a tool kit (based on outcomes from three pilot projects) for the planning and design of El-Spaces in New York City.
Tricia is also a teacher and an advocate. She teaches urban design at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University and is a regular studio critic at NJIT, NYIT, and City College. She is regularly asked to speak about issues related to green infrastructure and landscape architecture. In 2011, Tricia represented the American Society of Landscapes during a senate briefing in Washington, DC on the topic of “Using Green Infrastructure Practices to Protect and Restore Clean Water for Communities.” She is also a past-president of the ASLA-NY Chapter.