COUNTS STUDIO

Maria Counts

Managing Director mc@counts.design Maria Counts directs urban landscape research and has lead a variety of international projects ranging from installations to gardens and parks. Her work has been included in the Rosa Barba International Biennial in Barcelona, Spain, and the Jardins de Métis in Québec, Canada. Her professional experience includes working with Reed Hilderbrand and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation. A past visiting artist in residence at the American Academy in Rome and a Rudy J. Favretti Fellow of the Garden Club of America. Counts is also a published author is involved in all aspects of the strategy and vision of Counts Studio research and management. Maria brings a wealth of passion, talent, and enthusiasm to all projects fueled by a commitment to excellence in landscape design and construction. She specializes in urban landscapes, public projects and expos that challenge the every-day landscape. Her design aspirations are to create landscapes of complexity grounded in experiential richness, ecological health, and emotional resonance. Maria was the project manager for the 2015 World War 1 National Design Competition in Washington, D.C. for which the firm was one of five finalists from over 250 applicants. She was also project manager and visualization specialist for the 2016 Off the Rails Competition in Denver, Colorado for which Counts Studio placed third. She was also the project manager for the 2013 National ASLA Award of 'Moore Square' located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, Expo Georgia, involving a design for a 40-acre post-Soviet Expo Grounds, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, the competition-awarded Happy Valley Garden, Whuhan, China, and the competition-awarded 2013 Beijing International Garden Expo, Beijing, China. Ms. Counts' project experience also includes Qianshan New City, a 55-acre on-structure mixed-use landscape design for 15,000 residents in Qianshan New City, Zhuhai, 337 Garden, a 200-year-old garden in New York, New York, and the United Nations Memorial for the North Atlantic Slave Trade with Artist Joseph Norman. In addition to practice, Ms. Counts is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. She has previously taught as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at NYU's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and as Visiting Instructor at the Pennsylvania State University. She has been advisor to students working on independent studies, competitions and various awards including two ASLA National Honor Awards. Counts has been a Visiting Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome (Rome, Italy, 2014), a recipient of the Rudy J. Favretti Fellowship from the Garden Club of America (Virginia, 2010). Her recent publications include a feature in John Dixon Hunt’s, The Making of Place: Modern and Contemporary Gardens (Reaktion: 2016), two chapters in Representing Landscapes: Hybrid (Routledge: 20016) and two chapters in Representing Landscapes: Digital (Routledge: 2015) among others. Counts received a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University.

Noteworthy Project Experience & Awards

Tribute Park, a 911 Memorial, Queens, New York Assistant Landscape Architect Rufus King Park, Queens, New York Assistant Landscape Architect Philip Johnson’s Monumental Beck House in Dallas, Texas Visual Communication, Reed Hilderbrand LLC, Watertown, Massachusetts 2011 ASLA National Honor Award Petites Fenêtres, Quebec, Canada Solo Installation, Designer , Maria Debije Counts, New York 2008 International Design Festival Green Plains, Mathews County, Virginia Research Fellow Play Zone, Quebec, Canada Installation Project Designer, Maria Debije Counts, New York Circle Garden Residential Healing Garden, Chatham, New York Project Designer, Maria Debije Counts, New York Downtown Ft. Collins Streetscape Design Competition Design Visualization, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York 2016 Competition Finalist World War 1 Memorial Competition Finalist, Washington, D.C. Project Manager, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York 2015-2016 International Competition Finalist Blind Competition with 359 International Entries Moore Square Master Plan, Raleigh, North Carolina Design Communication, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York 2014 Rosa Barbra Biennial Exhibition in Barcelona, Spain 2014 Implementation Phase RFQ Winner 2013 ASLA National Honor Award in Analysis and Planning Happy Valley Garden, Whuhan, China Project Manager, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York 2014 First Place International Competition Winner Blind Competition with over 900 Entries from 30 different Countries Beijing International Garden Expo, Beijing, China Project Manager, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York 2013 International Competition Winner Moore Square Comprehensive Tree Strategy Report. Raleigh, North Carolina Project Manager, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York 2013 ASLA National Honor Award in Analysis and Planning Expo Georgia Landscape Master Plan, Tbilisi, Georgia Project Manager, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York Qianshan New City 40-acre Rooftop Park, Zhuhai, China Project Designer, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York 2010 International Competition Winner 337 Garden, New York, New York Project Manager, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York Memorial Competition for the North Atlantic Slave Trade with artist Joseph Norman Competition, New York, New York Project Designer, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York