Our studio brings together an experienced and diverse team of landscape architects, urban designers, and planners who embody the design process as a space of collaboration: engaging in frank and open dialogue, collaborating with other professionals and affected citizens, and melding established thought with ground-breaking research. This thoughtful approach fosters a dynamic of consensus, empowering our team to make informed decisions, to meet the needs of today, and anticipate those of tomorrow.
We share a united commitment to ensure our designs recognize the multitude of uses that can co-exist, as people live, work, play, and celebrate in the natural world. Our team believes balance in the landscape will inspire balance in the self. And our legacy will be to help ensure that it does.
As the founding principal of Lee and Associates, Jeff Lee holds primary responsibilities in all phases of landscape architecture, urban design, and planning. His prominent project work includes cities, public plazas, memorials, master plans, open space systems, communities, resort and recreational development, campuses, and waterfront development. A graduate of The University of Virginia (UVA) School of Architecture (A-School), Jeff is a member of The Dean’s Forum and an Advisory Board Member for The A-School at UVA. He also services on the Board of Managers of the UVA Alumni Association and The Jefferson Scholars.
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Bang is a Senior Associate of fifteen years with Lee and Associates. Her educational background includes studies in landscape architecture theory, design, and urban design with master degrees from University of Pennsylvania and Seoul National University. She has participated as both a designer and planner in land planning, landscape architecture, and urban design projects through all phases, and is currently managing several projects in construction administration. Her international design experience spans from Mecca, Saudi Arabia to the UAE, and Korea.
Rhonda Dahlkemper is a Senior Associate and Project Manager with Lee and Associates. A Pennsylvania State University graduate, Rhonda earned a degree in Landscape Architecture with honors. For almost ten years at the firm, she has brought professional experience and a site-sensitive creative design approach to each project of varying type, size, and scale; designing for large scale corporate or government facilities to intimate healing gardens. She brings an extensive knowledge of the public planning processes, and has led projects through all phases of the design process, collaborating on site analysis, concept development, construction documentation and design implementation.
Adrienne is a Senior Associate with Lee and Associates, providing ten years of dedication to the firm as a Project Manager, designer, and planner in landscape architecture projects. Her educational background includes studies in landscape architecture, art and art history with a masters degree from Morgan State University and undergraduate degree at The Pennsylvania State University. With a decade of design experience behind her, she also brings a passion for community, serving as a mentor for numerous local High School and College career outreach programs, and performing neighborhood design and consulting services for numerous DC spaces—including the Old Market Square Park, Urban Oasis Community Farm, and the Kingman Island rehabilitation project. Adrienne is also among a group of 20 landscape architects who collaborated with the American Society of Landscape Architects to develop “The Landscape Architect’s Guide to Washington, DC."
Annie Varma is an Associate Landscape Architect with Lee and Associates. She holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture with a minor in Cultural Heritage and Museum Practices from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from BIT Mesra, India. She has worked in diversified Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Architecture & Planning firms in the past and brings the knowledge of Heritage Conservation and water front design based on her graduate study. She has published her work twice and also presented her work at the EDRA conference in 2011. Annie actively pursues and researches green and sustainable initiatives, in both her urban design projects and professional development pursuits.
Brian Flynn is an Associate with Lee and Associates. He holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia. During his 2+ years with the firm, he has worked on all phases of the design process for a variety of mixed use, institutional, master planning, park and open space projects at various scales. With a Bachelor’s degree in geology from Colgate University, he brings to the creative process a deep understanding of the scientific and technical principles that form the foundation of our contemporary built landscapes.
Gabbi Salvemini is an Associate with Lee and Associates. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture with minors in Geography and Environmental Inquiry from Penn State University and was chosen as the University Olmsted Scholar for Penn State her senior year. Her education, study abroad experiences, and attention to detail allows her to works closely with project managers in multiple phases of the design process and multiple scales from pocket parks to land planning. She has worked on both local and international projects, diving into the details to help create ecologically and socially sensitive spaces.
Juanru joins Lee and Associates as an entry-level designer. She holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Chongqing University, China. With a strong interest in how the urban environment influences peoples behavior and how things are constructed, Juanru enjoys working on different phases of the design process.
Newcome Edwards is a Project Designer with Lee and Associates. Having spent several years working within the fast-paced Construction Industry, he discovered a passion for Landscape Construction. He enrolled in the BTEC National Diploma in Horticulture program at Capel Manor College, London and it was here that he learned to understand the small-scale processes from which the Landscape is borne. A keen interest also emerged in Green Infrastructure and how it relates to the Urban Environment and this is something he actively maintains to this day.
He went on to gain a Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture from The University of Greenwich, London and a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning with specialization in Urban Design from Rutgers University, New Jersey. He brings to the team a solid foundation of experience, not only within the fields of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, but also within the fields of Planning, Horticulture, and Construction. Newcome has a genuine passion for the built environment and feels there is great satisfaction to be derived from the creation of innovative outdoor spaces, particularly those that can be used and enjoyed in ways that wouldn’t have otherwise crossed people’s minds.
Yiqi Jiang is a landscape architect with Lee and Associates. She holds a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design where she trained to have an exquisite sense of bridging nature and designs and focused on constructed ground, environmental phenomenon studies and sea-level rise relevant projects. Before that, she studied Landscape Architecture in South China University of Technology, where she became experienced with designs of different scales – from the master plan to detail design. Compared to chasing a big name, Yiqi would rather refer to herself as a “down-to-earth designer”, who is willing to make things happen while caring about the human experience. She believes that landscape design has the power to shape public spaces and people’s lifestyles.
Tyler Giles serves as the Marketing Coordinator for Lee and Associates. A recent graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Print Media – a visual arts concentration that encompasses printmaking, book arts, and papermaking. In addition to her love of working with her hands, Tyler enjoys writing; considering this her first love above all others. Being new to the field, the world of landscape architecture is both familiar and entirely unfamiliar; appealing to her love of design, shape, and form in all their collaborative functionality. A perfectionist at heart, she brings to the team a genuine curiosity, intense love for the city in which they work, and hands on experience working in the legislative branch of the City.