terrain is a landscape architecture firm based in New York City that creates award winning, ecologically integrated and socially treasured landscapes. Experience teaches us that carefully designed and conceived places have the power to positively impact the lives of individuals and communities that live, work, and play in our landscapes. terrain embraces the energy of the city and magnifies the role of nature within it, creating transformative landscape spaces.
terrain’s work is framed within an ecological context - each project, no matter its size, is part of a network of cultural and environmental connections. We actively search for opportunities to connect to and fortify local ecosystems, whether it be through the careful design of storm-water recycling systems, the thoughtful selection of materials, or the establishment of native plant communities and habitat. Equally important is the fostering of social connections and networks. Well designed landscapes have the power to bring together families, neighbors and strangers and replenish the self.
An ethos of building is integrated into our work at every stage of our design process. Our attention to craftsmanship is rooted in durability and the desire to create lasting beauty. Principal Steven Tupu has over 20 years of New York City construction experience in realizing complex, multi-disciplinary projects. With decades of collective knowledge, terrain is a valuable collaborative partner working with developers, architects, engineers, contractors and other supporting professionals. We are a firm of makers and curious individuals who together challenge assumptions of how things are designed, assembled and fabricated. Throughout our design process we continually seek smarter and more durable methods of construction. Our experience allows us to respond quickly and efficiently craft innovative and elegant design solutions within cost-effective parameters to meet demanding time-lines.
A spirit of curiosity and collaboration drives terrain’s design process. Our process is a conversation - with our clients, with users, with the site, with the larger ecological and social framework, and with our responsive network of professional collaborators. This is an active approach that is focused on enriching our communities - celebrating urban life and the natural world.
Steven Tupu is the founding principal of Terrain, an award-winning landscape architecture office based in New York. Through his creative leadership, the firm has explored ecologically robust design since 2004. With a practice rooted in the vibrancy and intensity of urban experience, Steven leads his team to richly detailed solutions that transform experiences of nature and the urban. Terrain works within an ecological context - each project, no matter its size, is part of a network of environmental and human connections. Terrain’s projects range from clean water projects in the South Pacific to communal spaces for Affordable Housing to rooftop children’s play spaces to a park for a 62-acre post industrial power station on the Salem, MA waterfront.
Hailing from Wellington, New Zealand, Steven received his Bachelor Degree in Landscape Architecture with Honors from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia in 1993. After completing his studies, he immigrated to the United States where he accrued over 10 years of experience working for Weintraub + diDomenico and Thomas Balsley Associates. In 1999 he was awarded First Prize in the International Design Competition for the East River organized by the Van Alen Institute in NYC. In early 2004 Steven launched Terrain. Steven is a licensed Landscape Architect, registered in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts
Maggie Condon is a licensed landscape architect with over eighteen years of professional experience and an accomplished background in fine arts and film. With a love for hands on work with nature, Maggie firmly believes in the power of landscape as a transformative experience. After eleven years of experience at a large, multi-disciplinary firm, Maggie has extensive knowledge of how landscapes are built in the complex urban environment. This has translated into her special interest in material research, and constructing in highly crafted and durable methods. With experience in a fast-paced multidisciplinary environment and keen attention to detail, Maggie brings excellent communication and leadership skills to Terrain in her role as senior designer and project manager.
Maggie has a broad range of built project experience including: government work, corporate campuses, research and development, residential landscapes, entertainment districts, university campuses and urban waterfront parks. After working at HLW International Maggie started her own firm, Maggie Condon Landscape Architecture, in 2009. A frequent collaborator with Terrain, she joined the team in 2015 where her years of diverse experience help guide the team on day to day operations and in the creation of refined and durable landscapes
Cody Erhart is a Landscape Designer and Urban Planner with 8 years of experience in urban design, landscape architecture, and urban planning. His creative approach is grounded in rigorous research and analysis of sites’ histories, combined with a deep commitment to imbuing ecological intelligence tailored to each project’s specific needs. Through his work, he seeks to express the genus loci of places with a nod towards the whimsical. He currently serves project management and senior design roles on numerous affordable housing, commercial, and hospitality projects.
Hailing from the high-desert of Idaho where the landscapes of the Intermountain West were particularly inspiring, Cody received his Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania along with a Certificate in Urban Design. Prior to joining Terrain, Cody was an expat urban designer and planner in Hong Kong and Mainland China involved on complex civic infrastructure works, urban waterfront developments, and new town master plans. While at Urbis Limited, his work on the Hung Shui Kiu New Development Area Planning and Engineering Study has gone on to win a Silver Medal from the Hong Kong Institute of Planners in 2016 as well as the Royal Town Planning Institute Awards for Planning Excellence in 2017. He was also on the winning team for the Kunshan Mid-Ring Road competition in 2013 while at Integrated Planning & Design, Shenzhen. In 2009 he was awarded an ASLA Student Honor Award by the Idaho-Montana Chapter ASLA.
Brian Green grew up in the small, rural community of South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He received his education in Washington, DC where he completed his undergraduate degree at American University and his Master of Landscape Architecture at Virginia Tech. After spending over a decade in the metropolises of Washington, DC, London, and New York City, Brian has a thorough understanding and appreciation of urban life and issues, as well as the landscapes of his childhood. His master’s thesis explored how landscape architects can play a larger role in the design of drinking water infrastructure, and received the Thesis Crystal for Innovative Design.
At terrain, Brian brings rigorous focus to construction detailing and improving interdisciplinary collaboration. A thorough researcher with a background in the legal profession, Brian has a talent for interpreting building code and public policy.
Prior to joining Terrain, Brian worked at Parker Rodriquez, a landscape architecture firm in Alexandria, VA, at Office of the University Architect at American University, and as a paralegal at a corporate law firm. He has won numerous academic awards, including a collaborative student exhibition that received an honorable mention for best design at the National Building Museum in 2013.
Rebecca is committed to merging her comprehensive knowledge of native ecosystems with the aesthetics of urban design. Her back-ground in art has fostered an ability to place design in a theoretical and historical context. Trained with a concentration in ecological restoration, Rebecca has a unique understanding of complex plant systems and their native flora communities and aims to bring that functional understanding to everyday life in the urban environment. At Terrain, she serves as a designer and project manager, working on institutional, commercial, public, and affordable housing projects.
Prior to joining Terrain, Rebecca worked as a landscape designer at STIMSON and was an adjunct professor at Temple University in the Department of Landscape Architecture + Horticulture.
Rebecca holds an Master of Landscape Architecture from Temple University and a Bachelor of Art in Art History from the Tyler School of Art. She is the recipient of the ASLA Student Honor Award.
Joe Norman grew up in Wellington New Zealand, where he completed an honors degree in spatial design at Massey University. As part of Joe’s studies he took the opportunity to study abroad where he took courses in both landscape architecture and interior architecture at the University of Wisconsin Madison.
His honors thesis explored how informal pockets of nature within an urban context can greatly effect the biodiversity experienced within cities and assist in the redefinition of what we understand is nature. This project received an award for design communication and was published in The Artichoke magazine, an Australian interior architecture and Design Magazine, this project was also a finalist for the New Zealand best awards in spatial design.
At Terrain, Joe brings a fresh new perspective on design trends defined by his studies in landscape architecture, interior architecture and spatial design.
Sophie Roberts grew up in Tauranga, a small city in the country of New Zealand. She received her education in Auckland, New Zealand where she completed her Bachelor of Design, majoring in spatial design at Auckland University of Technology. After graduating Sophie received Auckland University of Technology Internz scholarship to travel to New York and begin her work with Terrain. Her final year project explored the relationship between New Zealander’s and their native plants. Set in the context of a quarry shaped fern garden, she created an archive scheme showcasing native New Zealand plants set in resin blocks that formed a semi-transparent interior space.
At Terrain, Sophie brings a fresh focus to how a human body identifies with space. She has eye for texture and pattern, creating unique spaces that play with materiality. Prior to joining Terrain, Sophie completed an internship at The Development Collective, an architecture firm in Auckland, New Zealand.
Daniela Amador joined terrain as the office administrator in January of 2018. Daniela wears many hats at terrain and assists with all daily operations. Daniela holds a BFA from SUNY Purchase. Prior to terrain, she worked in Business Development and Real Estate. Daniela was the exclusive agent for one of the largest personal injury law firms in New York State. Daniela was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras and raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. Daniela grew up by the beach with a family full of artists that inspired her to pursue a life full of creating. Her interests include writing, walking, and Latin music.