Profile

El Space Design Charrette

WE Design is a New York City based landscape architecture and urban design firm led by Tricia Martin, RLA, LEED AP and Winston Ely, LEED AP that applies landscape architecture solutions to our city’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. With backgrounds in landscape architecture, urban design, architecture, sculpture, industrial design, graphic design, and environmental design, WE Design is able to lead complex projects at a variety of scales that address climate change, environmental degradation, and social risks.

Three principles drive our design process:

  1. Collaboration (The WE in WE Design)
  2. Urban Ecology
  3. Community Engagement

WE Design believes that good design and excellent customer service is a collaborative process. As a husband-wife team we understand first-hand the importance of listening, communicating, and sharing ideas as a critical part of the design process. Our collaborations begin with each other, but extend to our clients, the communities, and the expert consultants that we work with to ensure a fantastic product.

Urban ecology is the conceptual glue that binds our design solutions. We weave ecological elements into the urban environment to address increasing social and environmental risks (what is good for bees is also good for people). We also look to ecology as a way of thinking about design. Strengthening the connections and relationships between individual elements and systems is essential to building a more sustainable, resilient, and beautiful city.

We take community engagement beyond the charrette to seek more meaningful, visceral, and community-specific methods of participation. Using performance, games, and direct outreach, we blur and redefine the professional doctrine—entwining designer and community in a mutual process of education, advocacy, site design, and physical implementation.

Our services include:

  • All phases of Landscape Architecture
  • Green Infrastructure Design
  • Master Planning
  • Urban Design
  • Community Engagement
  • Greenway Design and Planning
  • Design Guidelines
Tricia Martin, RLA, LEED AP

Tricia Martin, RLA, LEED AP

Principal

Tricia is an award-winning landscape architect who enjoys working across public, non-profit, and private sectors to address challenged sites such as post-industrial waterfronts, greenways, green roofs, memorials, and vacant lots. Tricia is the immediate past president of the New York City Chapter of Landscape Architects.

Winston Ely, LEED AP

Winston Ely, LEED AP

Principal

Winston specializes in the design of buildings, furniture, and other structures. By integrating sustainable construction methods with close attention to material detail, Winston provides thoughtful, compelling solutions to meet a wide range of design challenges.

Taylor Drake

Taylor Drake

Designer

With a dual degree in Product Design and Environmental Studies from The New School, Taylor is passionate about research and design for environmental systems. He works to address social and ecological resilience using media ranging from technical 2D and 3D design outputs to digital information systems, data visualization, and project research. Water systems, as a multi-scale global challenge, have been a specific focus in much of his work.

Coe Hoeksema, LEED

Coe Hoeksema, LEED

Marketing Manager

Coe brings over a decade of experience in marketing, digital media, and architectural photography, working at FXFOWLE, Rafael Viñoly Architects, and Perkins+Will. Coe helps us grow our business through outreach and communications.