Starr Whitehouse Welcomes Jeffrey Poor and Jacob Lange as Partners of the Firm

We are thrilled to welcome Jeffrey Poor and Jacob Lange as Partners of Starr Whitehouse. Alongside founders Laura Starr and Stephen Whitehouse, Jeffrey and Jacob bring unique vision and leadership during a time of growth for our firm.

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Five years after completing the first phase of Southwest Resiliency Park, Starr Whitehouse will be partnering with Rutgers University to study how the park has been absorbing stormwater. As part of LAF’s 2024 Case Study Investigation program, our team will be working with CSI Research Fellow Wolfram Hoefer, Dr.-Ing, ASLA, AKNW, and Student Research Assistant James Hill to measure stormwater retention and other performance metrics. Southwest Park was one of ten high-performing landscape projects selected by LAF for this unique research collaboration between faculty, students, and practitioners.

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The Battery Playscape received a 2023 MASterworks Award for Best Urban Landscape, recognized as “a new or revitalized open space that contributes to livability and resilience.” Credit goes to all of our collaborators on this project: BKSK Architects, The Battery Conservancy, and NYC Parks.

Starr Whitehouse Atlanta has moved into a new home at the Elevator Factory. Our new Atlanta address is:

Starr Whitehouse Atlanta
437 Memorial Drive SE
Suite A2
Atlanta, Georgia, 30312

We are thrilled to learn that the Eastern Parkway Branch Library Addition, a collaboration with Allied Works Architecture, is among the winning projects of the Public Design Commission’s 38th Annual Awards for Excellence in Design: Toward a Sustainable NYC. Read the Mayor’s press release here.

One of three winners selected for Newburgh as part of the Design for Six Feet Initiative, The Imagination Pavilion proposes a kit of parts that provides creative and socially-distanced places for play outside of the Newburgh Free Library. The pavilion will be built collaboratively with residents and local students over the coming months. Read profiles of the Pavilion and Design for Six Feet in The Times-Herald Record, the APA Urban Design Blog, and the Chronogram.

Today, Governor Cuomo’s office announced the opening of the Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center. Working with nARCHITECTS, Starr Whitehouse designed the landscape for the innovative new museum, which restores 10 acres of parking lot to native beachside ecology and supports the center’s educational mission by incorporating exhibits such as pollinator garden and the giant blade of a wind turbine. Read the Governor’s press release here.

We are excited to announce that The Imagination Pavilion, Starr Whitehouse’s entry to the Newburgh: Design for Play ideas competition, was selected as one of three winners. Seventy proposals were submitted, each showcasing a unique concept for transforming the streets of Newburgh, NY to provide creative and safe spaces for children to play while maintaining social distance. A partnership with the Newburgh Free Library, The Imagination Pavilion will provide a storytelling space by day and shadow puppet theater by night, and will launch as part of Newburgh Open Studios September 26th.

Join us Monday, August 17th for Park Pride’s annual Parks and Greenspace Conference. Principal Jacob Lange and Senior Associate Michael Haggerty will be speaking on a panel with collaborators Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks of Spelman College and the West Atlanta Watershed Alliance and Brandon Taylor of East Harlem’s DREAM Charter School. Titled From East Harlem to West Atlanta, the panel will explore strategies for leveraging green infrastructure to expand environmental education, open space stewardship, and community resilience in underserved communities. Register here, and tune in at 11:45 AM to hear Michael and Jacob speak. The full conference runs 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM with lots of great programming. We hope you’ll join us!

Starr Whitehouse is excited to be working with CetraRuddy and the New York State Governor’s Office on the Clarkson Estates, an innovative affordable and supportive housing complex in the Prospect Lefferts Gardens community of Brooklyn. As part of the Vital Brooklyn Initiative, the complex will feature a hub of extensive community services housed in childcare, health, sport, and educational facilities that aim to expand civic investment in Central Brooklyn. Starr Whitehouse leads landscape design for the project. Read the Governor’s press release here.