Janet Broughton

Landscape Designer


Janet Broughton’s interests in design revolve around landscape performance, the ability of a space to meet the complex set of separate but interrelated needs placed upon it in the urban environment. She brings two years of experience to Starr Whitehouse, focusing on urban agriculture, flexible design solutions, and strong community engagement in the development of three community gardens in the South Bronx, East Harlem, and the post-Sandy Rockaways.

Janet’s background in soil science has also given her an interest in the edges where hardscape and ecology interact in the built environment, an interest she developed in her thesis at UIUC, which explored the potential of textiles as a material in landscape architecture. Informed by Gottfried Semper’s theory of the origin of architecture, these investigations led to the development of a tectonic theory for landscape architecture that encourages landscape architects to study how the built environment structures the forces and flows that act upon a space.

Representative Projects

  • Battery PlayScape, The Battery, New York, NY
  • Randall’s Island Hell Gate Bikeway, New York, NY
  • Rodman’s Neck NYPD Training Facility
  • Hoboken SW Block 12 Park, Hoboken, NJ
  • DASNY El Regreso Men’s Dormitory, Brooklyn, NY
  • Battery Coast Guard Monument, The Battery, New York, NY
  • Willis Avenue Community Garden, Bronx, NY*
  • La Casita Community Garden, New York, NY*
  • Seagirt Boulevard Community Garden, Queens, NY*
  • Volunteer Leader for MillionTreesNYC projects, New York, NY*

*Projects before joining Starr Whitehouse