Rhodeside & Harwell, a landscape architecture and planning practice headquartered Alexandria, Virginia, has promoted three senior staff members. Kurt Parker, Meredith Judy and Thomas Rainer have all been named principals of the firm.
Including its office and design studio in New York, Rhodeside & Harwell has a total staff of about 30.
Parker joined the firm in 1994. He is a landscape architect who has overseen major projects for the firm, including site and landscape development for new U.S. embassy campuses in North and West Central Africa, the Balkans and the Southwestern Pacific Region.
Parker is currently managing the site and landscape design for the new Allied Health Professions Building at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, and a new retail building at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Zoological Park in Washington. He is also completing landscape design for the new Health and Engineering Building at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, as well as several projects at the National Arboretum in Washington.
Parker holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture with a minor in horticultural science from Iowa State University. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the National Association for Olmsted Parks.
Meredith Judy, a planner with 15 years of experience, joined Rhodeside & Harwell in 2010. Judy has managed several major transportation and land-use planning initiatives for the firm, including the award-winning Hull Street Corridor Revitalization Plan for the City of Richmond and Chesterfield County, Virginia.
She recently directed planning and community outreach services for the Route 1 Multimodal Alternatives Analysis for the Virginia Department of Rail & Public Transportation; and is currently overseeing the Glasgow Avenue “Main Street” planning study in New Castle, Delaware; planning and outreach services for the Virginia Railway Express Gainesville-Haymarket Extension Study; and planning and outreach services for the Richmond Regional Transit Vision Plan.
Judy holds a master’s degree in city planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in environmental analysis from Davidson College. She is a member of the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority Technical Advisory Committee, Women’s Transportation Seminar, and the Transportation Research Board.
Thomas Rainer is a landscape architect with 14 years of experience. He joined Rhodeside & Harwell in 2009 and has directed the landscape design for many major projects, including the Connecticut Avenue median in downtown Washington; the revitalization of Jones Beach State Park in New York; and the historic Summerhouse restoration on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol.
Rainer recently oversaw the development of the master plan for the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Living Legacy project from Gettysburg to Charlottesville. He is the co-author of the recently published “Planting in a Post-Wild World,” a guide to ecological planting that presents an alternative to traditional horticulture.
Rainer holds a master’s in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia and a bachelor’s degree from Birmingham-Southern College. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a nationally recognized expert on sustainable garden design.
Founded more than 25 years ago, Rhodeside & Harwell provides landscape architecture, planning and urban design services in the United States and abroad.