During more than fifty years of professional experience as architect and landscape architect in the U.S. and the United Kingdom, Nicholas Quennell has been involved in the creation and construction of many notable, visible and enduring projects. Before opening his own office Mr. Quennell worked in the San Francisco office of Lawrence Halprin & Associates, landscape architects, where he designed Ghirardelli Square, still one of San Francisco’s most heavily visited attractions.
Since the firm’s formation in 1968 Nicholas has directed many large and complex projects such as the Tisch Children’s Zoo in Manhattan’s Central Park; Lighthouse Park on New York’s Roosevelt Island, and restoration plans for many of New York City’s historic parks. This design experience has been mirrored by his involvement in civic activities such as service from 1992 through 1997 on the City’s Public Design Commission (PDC), as a Director and Vice President of the Municipal Art Society of New York from 1977 through 1992. From 1977 through 1981 he served as President of the New York Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He was a founding member of the National Association for Olmsted Parks, an organization dedicated to the preservation of historic parks. He taught for over twenty years in the School of Architecture at Columbia University.
Mr. Quennell’s extensive experience of working collaboratively has included artists such as Barbara Kruger on the master plan for the North Carolina Museum of Art ; Maya Lin on a new plaza in downtown Grand Rapids MI; and Alice Aycock on a waterfront park for Manhattan’s east side.
He is a registered Landscape Architect in NY, MA, CT, NJ, NC, and a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects.