Nicolas Grefenstette

Landscape Designer


Nicolas’s interest in cities stems from his background in geography and personal experiences living in cities across Europe and Asia. Dually trained in landscape architecture and urban planning, Nicolas joins Starr Whitehouse as a landscape designer with a passion for improving New York’s public space.

While studying at Cornell University, his interest in the reclamation of underutilized and vacant land led him to look at industrial brownfields along New York’s urban waterfront from a landscape planning perspective, an approach which revealed how the sites’ industrial histories could be used to propose alternatives to existing remediation practices. Working at larger scales, his work with UNHabitat on coastal resiliency and disaster relief in the Philippines was showcased at the Habitat III conference in Quito (2016).

At Starr Whitehouse, Nicolas is using his dual background to understand, analyze and design for the complexity of larger-scale public space projects.

Representative Projects

  • Brooklyn Bridge Esplanade, New York, NY
  • Harlem River Greenway Link, New York, NY
  • St Mary’s Park Master Plan and Reconstruction, Bronx, NY
  • 116th Police Precinct, Rosedale, NY
  • Compass Residences, Bronx, NY
  • Apex Place, Forest Hills, Queens, NY
  • Manhattan Plaza, New York, NY
  • Ilot Peillonnex Masterplan, Geneva, CH*
  • Willard Cemetery Planting Plan, Ovid, NY*
  • Landscape Frameworks for Resilient City Policies: Reshaping Coastal Urban Environments, Cagayan de Oro, PH*

* Work completed prior to joining Starr Whitehouse