Robin brings over 30 years of experience in educational, institutional and residential projects to the practice she started in 1987. Her work bridges historic precedent and contemporary design by utilizing her extensive plant knowledge and strong background in site planning.
An interest in historic gardens has led her to many opportunities for the historic restoration of New York’s landscapes including the master plan for First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich Village; the restoration of the landscape of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown; the renovation of Alice Ireys’ townhouse garden in Brooklyn Heights; and the restoration and modernization of the outdoor spaces for Tavern on the Green.
Robin received a Bachelor of Science in Plant and Soil Science from the University of Vermont and pursued her graduate studies at Cornell University. She serves on the board of The Olana Partnership whose mission is to restore the 250-acre environment of Hudson River School artist Frederic Edwin Church. Robin also serves on the Stewardship Council of The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Advisory Board of The Noguchi Museum. Robin is currently licensed in the states of New York and Connecticut.
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Robin developed an appreciation of landscape through the area’s forest preserves and native prairie. Her own 80-acre property with woodlands, walls, meadows, a creek and a brook in southern Vermont has served as an experimental canvas for testing out new ideas on site planning, design, planting, and construction for the past 30 years.
Gareth Mahon is a licensed landscape architect in New York State and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He oversees institutional, multi-family, and private residential projects at RKLA Studio. Gareth’s diverse background influences his approach to design and project management. Raised in rural Ireland, he has traveled extensively and received a Bachelor of Electronic Engineering from the University of Glasgow, Scotland and a Master of Urban Design from the City College of New York. Gareth joined RKLA Studio in 2004 after careers in technology and new-media in Ireland, Spain, and the US.
Gareth's energy and passion for his work extends beyond the office through involvement in related activities. He won a Design Merit Award from the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects for his collaborative work on the community-driven East River State Park Master Plan in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He has served on desigNYC’s project selection committees and advised their Fort Greene SNAP project. In 2013 he was elected to the board of the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and served as co-chair of the Programs Committee. Most recently, he joined the Program Leadership Council at the Van Alen Institute.
Trained in the fields of anthropology, botany, and landscape architecture, Erin brings a unique perspective to her work at Robin Key Landscape Architecture, where she has worked as a designer and project manager since 2006. Erin received a Bachelor's of Science degree in Ethnobotany from Vassar College and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Cornell University.
Prior to joining the field of landscape architecture, Erin worked as an ethnobotanist with the Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) in Flushing, New York. She conducted fieldwork and research among the diverse ethnic communities of Queens to build a body of knowledge about plants, landscape elements and associated traditions. Her research informed public programming and the Garden’s on-going master plan project that focuses on cultural connections and environmental responsibility. QBG’s Visitor & Administration Building was the first newly constructed public building in New York City to earn a LEED Platinum certification.
In 2010, Erin was the Project Manager for RKLA’s restoration of the Alice Ireys’ garden in Brooklyn Heights, New York, which won a New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects Design Merit Award. In spring of 2014, Erin completed work on RKLA’s Tavern on the Green project, which included the restoration and modernization of this historic New York City landmark in Central Park.
Naomi is a Registered Landscape Architect in New York State and an Associate at RKLA. She joined RKLA in June 2012 after earning her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. Since joining RKLA, she has contributed to the design, construction documentation, and construction administration of both residential and institutional projects. She was an integral part of the project teams for Tavern on The Green and Stony Brook University, and has served as project lead for city residential projects.
Naomi is on the Board of the American Society of Landscape Architects New York Chapter and currently serves as Chair of the Programs Committee. Prior to joining RKLA, Naomi worked to promote urban redevelopment in Rust Belt Cities. She also traveled to England to study the sustainability of New Towns and to the University of Melbourne to augment her studies with courses in architecture.
Roxana received her Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University in 2012 and shortly thereafter began her career at Stantec, where she gained extensive experience on a number of multidisciplinary public projects. Since joining RKLA in March of 2015, Roxana has worked on numerous residential, institutional and commercial projects of significance, including Majestic II in Jersey City and the St. Patrick’s Memorial Fountain in Manhattan.
Prior to joining RKLA, Roxana was a part of the Rutgers Praxis II design team which received an Award of Excellence for the “Parks for the People” Competition: a Student National Design Competition sponsored by the Van Alen Institute and The National Parks Service.
Roxana has a strong interest in sustainability and has earned a number of noteworthy certifications, including “Sustainable Building, Infrastructure Design and Management” as well as “Urban Green Infrastructure”, both from Pratt University. Roxana is a certified LEED Green Associate by G.B.C.I. and an ENVISION Sustainability Professional by I.S.I.
Ariel joins RKLA Studio after working in California for multiple years. She started her professional career in San Francisco where she worked for the firm Hart Howerton on numerous large scale interdisciplinary projects that included luxury hotel resorts, mixed-use neighborhood designs, and private clubhouses.
She graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and two minors in Architectural History and Art History. While working towards her degree, she had the unique opportunity to work for The Walt Disney Company as a landscape design intern at Walt Disney World. Ariel has also studied abroad in Germany and Tanzania focusing on sustainable community designs in rural and urban landscapes.
As a landscape architectural designer for RKLA Studio, Ariel brings her unique background experience in interdisciplinary design to the current residential and institutional projects she is working on.