Marita is a registered landscape architect and planner who writes, designs, plans, builds, and teaches with the aim of enlarging our participation in the urban/natural environment.
Marita’s work focuses on planning for green infrastructure, parks, and green streets, integrated with local goals for climate resilience, art, and placemaking. Her recent work with the Neighborhood Design Center includes planning for David C. Driskell Park in Hyattsville, MD, the Windom Road Green Street & Barrier Art project with the town of North Brentwood, and the Story of Water and Art with Joe’s Movement Emporium.
Marita has worked and collaborated with numerous organizations throughout her career, including Vita Nuova, D.C. Clean Rivers, the City of San Antonio, Andropogon Associates, and HNTB engineering. With Vita Nuova, Marita developed landscape guidelines for the Gary Lakefront District Plan, for the US EPA and City of Gary, Indiana. For one of her favorite projects, the 2008 Central Delaware River Waterfront Visioning Plan, she facilitated engagement activities with dockworkers, residents, property owners, and advocacy groups to regenerate seven miles of Philadelphia shoreline as a living, diverse environment. Marita holds an MSc in biodiversity management from the University of London Imperial College at Wye and an MLA in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia.