Huanyu Chen

Landscape Designer, Asst. Studio Director


As landscape designer with a strong background in graphic technology and urban design, Huanyu has contributed to a wide range of landscape, planning, and urban design projects at Starr Whitehouse. These include the Harlem River Greenway Link, where Huanyu developed the digital model and GIS data to support the team’s resilience study and waterfront design. At the Durst Organization’s Queens Plaza Park Development, Huanyu used Lumion to generate an updatable rendered model to register real-time evolutions in the site design. At Autonomy’s Luna Development in Sao Paulo, Huanyu’s graphic skills were used to visualize a bold new corporate plaza design and build consensus around the incorporation of an open air market into the landscape. Beyond project visualization, Huanyu has supported the design team with construction inspections at a new corporate plaza on Pearl Street in Manhattan, and community outreach for the Carroll Park Community Vision Plan. Huanyu completed his Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design at Columbia University, where he focused on landscape infrastructure and reshaping the public realm. Prior to joining Starr Whitehouse, he interned with BuroHappold Engineers, where he participated in a Lower Manhattan mobility analysis and a visioning project to reimagine the Erie Canal.

Representative Projects:

Manhattan Greenway Harlem River Waterfront Park Design, New York, NY
East Shore Shoreline Parks Resilience Plan, Staten Island, NY
Arverne East Nature Preserve, L+M Development Partners, Queens, New York
Marsha P Johnson State Park Public Outreach and Park Design, Brooklyn, NY
Union Square Streetscape and Lighting Plan, New York, NY
Vine Street Waterfront Development, Philadelphia, PA
Bear Mountain Restoration, Bear Mountain, NY
Harlem Greenway Link, New York, NY
Queens Plaza Park Development, Queens, NY
Luna Corporate Park and Food Market, São Paulo, Brazil
375 Pearl Plaza, New York, NY
Freshkills South Park, Staten Island, NY
Elmont Road Park, Long Island, NY
Empire State Trail Canalway, Tonawanda, NY
StuyTown Fitness Park, New York, NY
Bedford Green House, New York, NY
Intergate.Manhattan, New York, NY
Brooklyn Bridge Esplanade, New York, NY
Anderson Park, New Rochelle, NY
Carroll Park Community Vision Plan, Brooklyn, NY
Jones Beach Nature Center, Wantagh, NY
Lower Manhattan Mobility Analysis, New York, NY*
Erie Canal Infrastructure Transformation Study, New York State*

*Work done before joining Starr Whitehouse.