Alison Shipley brings a strong technical knowledge and attention to detail to all her projects, and guides innovative design ideas to technically feasible solutions. Her landscape designs seek to create socially inclusive spaces that help to strengthen communities. Ms. Shipley was born and educated in the UK and after receiving a degree in Landscape Architecture from Gloucestershire College of Art & Design she worked in England, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Charleston, SC before moving to New York City.
With over 30 years of experience at Quennell Rothschild & Partners, her work has grown from an early focus on restorations of historic parks and public spaces including New Haven Green and Prospect Park Zoo to projects involving complex environmental issues and community involvement. She has worked extensively on projects requiring coordination with a range of other professions, including artists, preservationists, architects and engineers and she is skilled at incorporating diverse inputs into cohesive designs.
Recent projects include numerous NYC parks and playgrounds, including 14 acres of beachfront in Far Rockaway, where she transformed large parking lots into green hills, sports fields and play areas. In collaboration with the artist George Trakas, she designed the award-winning Newtown Creek Nature Walk, a richly planted public waterfront around a Brooklyn water treatment plant. Ms. Shipley is also leading QRP’s work in the Community Parks Initiative, an investment in New York City’s neighborhood parks with the greatest needs.