Scott Bishop, Principal

Scott Bishop is the Founding Principal of Bishop Land Design, BLD. As a registered landscape architect and a human ecologist, he works around the world and designs within a variety of environments and ecologies, including Eastern Africa, the Middle East, North America, the Caribbean, Asia and Europe.

Scott is currently the Professor of the Practice in the Urban Landscape and Sustainable Urban Environments programs in the School of Architecture at Northeastern University. He was recently Visiting Critic at Syracuse University, the Cejas Eminent Scholar at Florida International University and a visiting critic at the University of Puerto Rico. He has also taught at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design as a studio critic for the Department of Landscape Architecture, and he directed the Stoss Studio for the Sasaki Distinguished Visiting Critic Award at the Boston Architectural College.

During his decade of leadership at Stoss, the firm earned the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Landscape Architecture. Scott holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic.

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Nicole Gaenzler, Associate Principal

Nicole is the Associate Principal at BLD. Educated as an architect and a landscape architect, Nicole brings an integrated perspective to her professional work which encompasses a diverse range of projects in the United States, South America and Germany. 

Nicole has worked with distinguished design firms in the Boston area including Reed|Hilderbrand, Martha Schwartz Partners, and Sasaki Associates, as well as Peter Zumthor’s architecture studio in Switzerland.

As senior designer and landscape architect at Sasaki Associates, Inc. for 11 years, Nicole successfully managed and led projects ranging from mixed use developments and sports venues to corporate and campus environments from concept design through implementation.

Nicole brings passion, experience and curiosity to her work to develop innovative and sustainable solutions. As an avid equestrian and polo aficionada, she believes that we draw strength and design inspiration from the experience of the landscapes that surround us.

Nicole is a registered landscape architect who holds a Master in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and a professional degree in architecture from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany.

Michael Sadler, Associate

Michael Sadler is an Associate at BLD. He is a graduate from Boston Architectural College in Boston, Massachusetts for Master of Landscape Architecture. Michael also graduated from Elon University in Elon, North Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.

Michael is adamant about the connection between rigorous research methods and successful spatial design. His underpinning in the social sciences and extensive experience in construction mix with his career in landscape architecture to shape the way he integrates user groups, open space design, and final fabrication of built forms.

Michael aims to explore the link between productive landscapes, diverse populations, and the methods needed to track the performance of public space over time.

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Massoud Bagheri, Designer                       

Massoud Bagheri is a designer at BLD. His interdisciplinary approach to design melds his background as an architectural designer with the field of urban design and planning. In his research and studio endeavors, he has addressed critical issues relating to resilience and sustainability in the design of the urban landscape.

Massoud is a graduate of Northeastern University with a Master of Design in Sustainable Urban Environments. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Architectural Engineering from the Azad University of South Tehran (IAU). 

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Jonathan Cave, Designer                     

Jonathan Cave is a designer at BLD.  Prior to working at Bishop Land Design, he was an analyst and designer for a consulting firm in Cambridge, MA, where he developed proposals for distributed infrastructure, performed site analysis, and generated pedestrian thermal comfort analysis for large-scale mixed-use developments. He is an emerging professional whose interests lie in generating ecologically productive landscapes and utilizing data of natural and social systems to create design parameters and formal inspiration.  

Jonathan is a recent graduate from the Boston Architectural College in Boston, Massachusetts, where he completed his Master of Landscape Architecture. 

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Marianella De La Guardia, Designer                     

Marianella De La Guardia is a designer at BLD. After finishing her degree in architecture, Marianella worked on different projects in Panama, from residential masterplans in the coastal area, to mix-use projects in the city. There, she noticed the way that recent urban housing development, specifically on the most sensitive ecological areas, have affected the quality of life of the residents. She decided to move to the U.S.A. to expand her education on resilience and sustainability, and the way that landscape could be applied as infrastructure in urban design. 

Marianella holds an MDes from Northeastern University and BArch from Isthmus School of Architecture and Design from Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Brian Park, Designer                       

Brian Park is a staff designer at BLD. Throughout his career, Brian has collaborated on projects of various scales and phases, from community landscapes to civic master plans. His work explores the realm of possibility within the junction of resilient design, renewable energy, and environmental ecology. Brian’s affinity for art, media, and research allowed him to be a key facilitator in fabricating installations and exhibits, such as the ‘Emerald Networks’ exhibit in Northeastern University’s Gallery360.

Brian holds both an MDes and BLA from Northeastern University.


Margaret Owens, Designer

Margaret Owens is a Research Designer at BLD. After beginning a career in land protection and wildlife conservation in western Massachusetts, Margaret became interested in applying ecology and ecological thinking to community challenges. Shifting to urban design and planning, she has found a home in resilient landscape-based design.

Margaret holds an MDes from Northeastern University as well as a Master of Wildlife Conservation degree from the University of Maine and a BS in Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from SUNY Binghamton.