Early Life and Education
Elizabeth Kennedy is a landscape architect specializing in green infrastructure and landscape restoration, with expertise in designing for cultural sites. A New York City native, Elizabeth Kennedy attended Cornell University from 1974 to 1978, where she earned a B.Sc. in Design and Environmental Analysis.
Career in Architecture
Prior to starting her own firm, Kennedy worked in various positions as a landscape designer. From 1982 to 1985, she was a landscape architectural designer at Lori Sherr Landscape Architect, during which time she also spent a brief time teaching landscape architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology as an adjunct professor.
In 1984, she continued her teaching career as an instructor in the Landscape Design Certificate Program at the New York Botanical Garden where she spent two years. Kennedy then joined the Madyus Corporation as a Project Manager for Affordable Housing Development and Construction, where she worked from 1192 to 1994.
In 1994, she established her own firm, Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect, PLLC, which she continues to run in Brooklyn, New York. Her firm focuses on providing landscape solutions for public and non-profit clients, based in the belief that each design should embody a sense of time and place and be tailored to the unique needs of each site and client. Through her firm, she aids in organizations in planning, constructing, and sustaining heritage sites.
Major Buildings and Projects
- USPS Morgan Green Roof
- Brooklyn Navy Yard Roof Farm
- Weeksville Heritage Site
- Oakland Lake Park Ravines
- Harlem Stage
- African Burial Ground
Press and Awards
- RoofPoint 2011 Excellence in Water Management Design Award
- AIA Long Island Chapter 2013 ArchiAward for Excellence in Design
- AIA Long Island Chapter 2013 Award for Excellence in Sustainable Design, Commercial Project
- RoofPoint 2012 Design Award for Excellence in Water Management
- New York State AIA 2014 Award of Excellence
- New York State AIA 2014 Best in New York State Award
- American Society of Landscape Architects