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.

Clemete Toffolo, Designer holds a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and a masters of science from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. His academic background and research concentrated on environmental and urban design, with a professional practice focus on campus design and master planning. While in Philadelphia, Clemente worked on many campus design projects for University of Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph’s University, and Temple University. He also had the opportunity to work on several SUNY projects such as new campus housing and student center for SUNY Binghamton, new student housing SUNY Oswego, and Marist College. The Marist College project received an AIA Design Excellence Award. Continuing practice in Philadelphia, Clemente expanded his interest in urban design by working on a series of pocket parks for Temple University and an urban renewal project for Yorkship Village in Camden, New Jersey. After returning to the upstate New York area, Clemente has furthered his work on institutional design, with projects such as new student housing for Corning Community College, and Capital improvement projects for Ithaca City School District, as well as urban design projects such as a five-acre park at the original site of Corning Glass Works factory for Corning Inc. in Corning, New York and an active/passive urban park at the super fund Markels Flats site in Ithaca.

Clemete Toffolo, Designer

holds a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and a masters of science from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. His academic background and research concentrated on environmental and urban design, with a professional practice focus on campus design and master planning. While in Philadelphia, Clemente worked on many campus design projects for University of Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph’s University, and Temple University. He also had the opportunity to work on several SUNY projects such as new campus housing and student center for SUNY Binghamton, new student housing SUNY Oswego, and Marist College. The Marist College project received an AIA Design Excellence Award. Continuing practice in Philadelphia, Clemente expanded his interest in urban design by working on a series of pocket parks for Temple University and an urban renewal project for Yorkship Village in Camden, New Jersey. After returning to the upstate New York area, Clemente has furthered his work on institutional design, with projects such as new student housing for Corning Community College, and Capital improvement projects for Ithaca City School District, as well as urban design projects such as a five-acre park at the original site of Corning Glass Works factory for Corning Inc. in Corning, New York and an active/passive urban park at the super fund Markels Flats site in Ithaca.

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.  

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.

 

 
Kate Chesebrough, Designer holds an Associate’s degree in Visual Communication from SUNY Broome, and will receive her Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in May 2016. Rooted in her arts background, Kate brings a holistic approach to landscape architecture and celebrates the life-giving properties of landscape. She has been honored as a National Olmsted Scholar Finalist, received an ASLA NY Upstate Chapter Student Honor Award, and is an inducted member to Sigma Lambda Alpha National Honor Society of Landscape Architects. She is an Associate Member of ASLA. Kate has been recognized for her achievements in community organization, notably for the Red Cup Project, which brought people together to clean up tens of thousands of red party cups off of university neighborhood streets and were used to make works of public art. She spent a semester abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in Fall 2015. Working with the internationally celebrated Vik Muniz Studio, she developed her off-campus study around the dynamics of the artist’s studio, a neighboring favela community, and the powerful presence of an arts and technology school. Kate and her family members own the ART building in downtown Binghamton, NY, home to the ART Mission and Theater.

Kate Chesebrough, Designer

holds an Associate’s degree in Visual Communication from SUNY Broome, and will receive her Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF) in May 2016. Rooted in her arts background, Kate brings a holistic approach to landscape architecture and celebrates the life-giving properties of landscape. She has been honored as a National Olmsted Scholar Finalist, received an ASLA NY Upstate Chapter Student Honor Award, and is an inducted member to Sigma Lambda Alpha National Honor Society of Landscape Architects. She is an Associate Member of ASLA. Kate has been recognized for her achievements in community organization, notably for the Red Cup Project, which brought people together to clean up tens of thousands of red party cups off of university neighborhood streets and were used to make works of public art. She spent a semester abroad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in Fall 2015. Working with the internationally celebrated Vik Muniz Studio, she developed her off-campus study around the dynamics of the artist’s studio, a neighboring favela community, and the powerful presence of an arts and technology school. Kate and her family members own the ART building in downtown Binghamton, NY, home to the ART Mission and Theater.

Peter Jenkins, Planner holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Studies and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. After completing his Cornell coursework, Peter spent six months in Paris researching his graduate thesis entitled, Grand Paris: Envisioning the First Post-Kyoto Metropolis, where he became more interested in the relationship between Urban Design, Transportation, and Ecological Urbanism. Peter subsequently attended The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture in Manhattan, graduating with a degree in Urban Design in 2013. While at Cornell, Peter was a Cornell Urban Scholar and a Cornell Tradition Fellow working in Community Development and Urban Design in Inwood, Manhattan and Affordable Housing Research in Ithaca, New York, respectively. His concentration while at Cornell was in land use and environmental planning with a certificate in architecture. Peter's studies took him to Washington D.C., New York City, Rome, Paris, and China. He has previous experience in Transportation, Community Planning, Environmental Research, and Economic Development. Peter is currently a LEED Green Associate and is studying for his his LEED AP certification in Neighborhood Development.

Peter Jenkins, Planner

holds a bachelor’s degree in Urban and Regional Studies and a master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. After completing his Cornell coursework, Peter spent six months in Paris researching his graduate thesis entitled, Grand Paris: Envisioning the First Post-Kyoto Metropolis, where he became more interested in the relationship between Urban Design, Transportation, and Ecological Urbanism. Peter subsequently attended The Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture in Manhattan, graduating with a degree in Urban Design in 2013. While at Cornell, Peter was a Cornell Urban Scholar and a Cornell Tradition Fellow working in Community Development and Urban Design in Inwood, Manhattan and Affordable Housing Research in Ithaca, New York, respectively. His concentration while at Cornell was in land use and environmental planning with a certificate in architecture. Peter's studies took him to Washington D.C., New York City, Rome, Paris, and China. He has previous experience in Transportation, Community Planning, Environmental Research, and Economic Development. Peter is currently a LEED Green Associate and is studying for his his LEED AP certification in Neighborhood Development.

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.