Jessie woods
Jr. landscape architect

Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Rutgers University ‘14

Ms. Woods, a Jr. Landscape Architect, joined the firm shortly after graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University in May, 2014. She is involved with several phases of project development with MKW, including conceptual and schematic design, the production of design development drawings, construction documents, cost estimates, specifications, construction administration and project management, 3D modeling, presentation graphics and renderings on a wide variety of projects. Ms. Woods is also involved with the graphic design, social media marketing, and award submissions of the firm and participates in the preparation of proposals in response to various RFPs.

Ms. Woods has helped develop schematic design packages and construction documents for several major projects, including two parks that are part of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation’s Community Parks Initiative (CPI): Bloomingdale Playground on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and the reconstruction of four bundled Brooklyn playgrounds (Jesse Owens Playground in Bedford Stuyvesant, Saratoga Ballfields in Crown Heights, Ten Eyck Playground in East Williamsburg, and Stockton Playground in Bushwick).

Currently, Ms. Woods is the project manager for the second phase of the Highbridge Park in Manhattan along the Harlem River, one of the city’s five new anchor parks. She is also involved in the design and production of the master plan document for Highbridge Park which addresses the needs of the local community and fulfills the aspirations for this iconic site to play a key role in New York City’s public open space system. She is also on the design team for Dundee Island Park, the redesign of a neglected 6.73 acre park located in Passaic, New Jersey. In collaboration with Trust for Public Land and Boswell Engineering, the new park design will not only restore over a quarter mile of waterfront but will also serve as an essential community resource for active and passive recreation, nature education, and event space. Early on in the design process, she participated in the community scoping and outreach and the analysis of public feedback. She was involved with initial concept design and producing the full schematic design package.

Prior to joining MKW + Associates, Ms. Woods conducted research on campus sustainability and planning. Her focus within this study was on the active involvement of the student population within the design process for a campus-wide bicycle and pedestrian network. “Re-Envisioning Campus: Master Planning for Students by Students” was awarded the NJASLA Student Merit Award (Analysis and Planning Category) in 2015. She also participated in the schematic redesign of a main train station as part of a collaborative design workshop at Technische Universität in Berlin, Germany, and has completed work surveying community gardens for the American Community Garden Association annual report.