Scott Whitham, Principal, RLA, ASLA has over twenty years of experience in leading projects and project teams. His work has ranged widely across diverse built-environment disciplines, and has included planning new regional park systems and revitalized urban waterfronts, leading in the preservation and rehabilitation of significant historic structures and landscapes, coordinating the design and engineering of transportation systems, and managing the planning, design and construction of educational facilities and campuses. During his professional career Scott has filled the positions of principal designer, construction administrator, project manager, executive director and principal-in-charge. Actively engaged in his community, Scott’s volunteer work has been equally diverse; He has served as a member of the City of Ithaca New York’s Economic Development Forum, the Ithaca-Tompkins Transportation Council, the Tompkins County Planning Advisory Committee, the City of Ithaca Design Review Board, the Government Relations Committee of the Tompkins County Chamber, the advisory board for the Cornell University arboretum, chair of the grant committee of the Preservation League of New York State, chair of the City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board, president of Ithaca Downtown Partnership, Inc. and as chair of the Architecture, Planning and Design Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts. In addition, he is has been a visiting critic, instructor, and studio consultant for the Cornell University departments of Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation and Design and Environmental Analysis since 1989.

Scott Whitham, Principal, RLA, ASLA

has over twenty years of experience in leading projects and project teams. His work has ranged widely across diverse built-environment disciplines, and has included planning new regional park systems and revitalized urban waterfronts, leading in the preservation and rehabilitation of significant historic structures and landscapes, coordinating the design and engineering of transportation systems, and managing the planning, design and construction of educational facilities and campuses. During his professional career Scott has filled the positions of principal designer, construction administrator, project manager, executive director and principal-in-charge. Actively engaged in his community, Scott’s volunteer work has been equally diverse; He has served as a member of the City of Ithaca New York’s Economic Development Forum, the Ithaca-Tompkins Transportation Council, the Tompkins County Planning Advisory Committee, the City of Ithaca Design Review Board, the Government Relations Committee of the Tompkins County Chamber, the advisory board for the Cornell University arboretum, chair of the grant committee of the Preservation League of New York State, chair of the City of Ithaca Planning and Development Board, president of Ithaca Downtown Partnership, Inc. and as chair of the Architecture, Planning and Design Panel of the New York State Council on the Arts. In addition, he is has been a visiting critic, instructor, and studio consultant for the Cornell University departments of Architecture, City and Regional Planning, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation and Design and Environmental Analysis since 1989.

Yamila Fournier, Designer holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Fordham University and a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Her research and practice focus has been in urban park and plaza design, with special interest in how landscaped open spaces contribute to the overall health of urban lives. During her time in New York City, she worked on the redesigns of Union Square and Washington Square Parks, as well as the plantings at Lincoln Center and the Broadway Malls, creating acres of gardens in the middle of the city.  For universities, she has created plazas, gathering spaces, and connective corridors for clients such as Brown University, Fordham University, and Rockefeller University.  Once in Ithaca, she worked on the development of habitat-creating plantings for the City of Ithaca’s Community Beautification Program and became part of the growth at Ithaca Children’s Garden, serving on the Site Committee and eventually as the Facility Manager. Since joining Whitham Planning and Design, Ms. Fournier has worked on campus projects for SUNY Cortland and Cornell University’s Maplewood Redevelopment as well as other Ithaca projects such as Collegetown Crossing, canopy Hotel, and City Centre.  

Yamila Fournier, Designer

holds a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Fordham University and a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Her research and practice focus has been in urban park and plaza design, with special interest in how landscaped open spaces contribute to the overall health of urban lives. During her time in New York City, she worked on the redesigns of Union Square and Washington Square Parks, as well as the plantings at Lincoln Center and the Broadway Malls, creating acres of gardens in the middle of the city.  For universities, she has created plazas, gathering spaces, and connective corridors for clients such as Brown University, Fordham University, and Rockefeller University.  Once in Ithaca, she worked on the development of habitat-creating plantings for the City of Ithaca’s Community Beautification Program and became part of the growth at Ithaca Children’s Garden, serving on the Site Committee and eventually as the Facility Manager. Since joining Whitham Planning and Design, Ms. Fournier has worked on campus projects for SUNY Cortland and Cornell University’s Maplewood Redevelopment as well as other Ithaca projects such as Collegetown Crossing, canopy Hotel, and City Centre.

 

Kate Chesebrough, Designer Kate Chesebrough holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Before starting at WPD, Kate was recognized for her achievements in community organization, notably for the Red Cup Project activism and public art project. She spent a semester abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, working as an intern in an artist’s studio and studying its dynamic relationship with a favela community. Her background in an arts environment informs her fundamental connection to design principles. Since joining Whitham Planning & Design, Kate has worked on designing the open space areas and coordinating the approvals process and SEQR documentation for Maplewood Redevelopment project; landscape design for the City Centre project; landscape design for the University Plaza project, among others.

Kate Chesebrough, Designer

Kate Chesebrough holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Before starting at WPD, Kate was recognized for her achievements in community organization, notably for the Red Cup Project activism and public art project. She spent a semester abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, working as an intern in an artist’s studio and studying its dynamic relationship with a favela community. Her background in an arts environment informs her fundamental connection to design principles. Since joining Whitham Planning & Design, Kate has worked on designing the open space areas and coordinating the approvals process and SEQR documentation for Maplewood Redevelopment project; landscape design for the City Centre project; landscape design for the University Plaza project, among others.

 
Gaelin Walsh, Designer holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Before starting at WPD, Gaelin worked for 5 years at a firm located in the Hamptons, where he worked primarily on high-end residential projects. Gaelin brings expertise in technical drafting, computer rendering and experience in construction documentation, schematic design, and construction administration to the firm. Gaelin spent a semester abroad in Siracusa, Sicily studying how the historic island of Ortigia has integrated tourism and contemporary lifestyles while maintaining its genius loci connected to ancient Greek and Roman times. Since joining Whitham Planning & Design, Gaelin has worked on the construction documents for the City Centre project, among others.

Gaelin Walsh, Designer

holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Before starting at WPD, Gaelin worked for 5 years at a firm located in the Hamptons, where he worked primarily on high-end residential projects. Gaelin brings expertise in technical drafting, computer rendering and experience in construction documentation, schematic design, and construction administration to the firm. Gaelin spent a semester abroad in Siracusa, Sicily studying how the historic island of Ortigia has integrated tourism and contemporary lifestyles while maintaining its genius loci connected to ancient Greek and Roman times. Since joining Whitham Planning & Design, Gaelin has worked on the construction documents for the City Centre project, among others.

Office Collaboration Whitham Planning & Design works in a collaborative environment with design professionals from a variety of backgrounds to bring diverse perspectives for the success of projects. Our range of skills and experience helps to drive an innovative design and planning process at all scales. Additionally, Whitham Planning & Design has developed strong relationships with professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, planning, engineering, and graphic design, and works to coordinate collaborative efforts designed to meet specific project requirements.

Office Collaboration

Whitham Planning & Design works in a collaborative environment with design professionals from a variety of backgrounds to bring diverse perspectives for the success of projects. Our range of skills and experience helps to drive an innovative design and planning process at all scales. Additionally, Whitham Planning & Design has developed strong relationships with professionals in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, planning, engineering, and graphic design, and works to coordinate collaborative efforts designed to meet specific project requirements.