Clara Couric Batchelor, Founder and Principal, ASLA
Ms Batchelor received her M.L.A. from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Garden Design, Design New England, Great Backyards, and on the television shows Restore America with Bob Vila, Bob Vila’s Home Again, and People, Places, Plants. Ms. Batchelor has received numerous awards for her projects, including the BSLA Merit Award for the Harriet Tubman Park in Boston’s South End and the Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award for the Warren House in Newton, MA. She has lectured at the New York Botanic Garden and Smith College, and has taught at Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Evening Courses for Professional Development.
Denis J. Chagnon, Principal, RLA
Mr. Chagnon serves as project manager for public and private projects. He is involved with all phases of the design process, from planning through design development to construction administration. Selected projects with CBA include Wayside Commons in Burlington, MA; Mothers Rest and Rutherford-Union Playgrounds and Almont Park in Boston; John Ruiz, Box District, Fifth Street, and Island End Parks in Chelsea, MA; and the Wayland Town Center development. Mr. Chagnon was also the project landscape architect for several large-scale land-use planning projects for CBA. He is a graduate of the Univ. of Pennsylvania and of Cornell, and is a registered Landscape Architect in Massachusetts.
Megan N. Tomkins, Principal, RLA
Ms. Tomkins has been a core team member at CBA since 2011 and became a Principal in 2016. Her projects range from corporate developments to urban parks and schools, and suburban and rural libraries. Her background in horticulture and wetlands geomorphology is a valuable asset for her work. Recently, she has lent her expertise to Malden's Tartikoff Park and Lincoln Common Splashpad, new development at 450 Kendall Street, Cambridge, and Boston's Roberts Playground and Paris Street Playground, among others. Ms. Tomkins received her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and became a registered Landscape Architect in Massachusetts in 2013.
Preston Holleman, Landscape Architect, RLA
Mr. Holleman has a broad professional background encompassing mixed-use, municipal, academic, residential and commercial design. A Licensed Landscape Architect, he holds a BLA from the University of Massachusetts. In 2005 he received a BSLA Merit Award for a thought provoking landscape art exhibition, "The Intimate Expanse". He excels in all phases of the profession; from schematic design, master planning, design development, project management, permitting and construction administration. His personal interests including hiking, foraging for edibles and exploring the landscape with different forms of media.
Kaila Bachman, Landscape Architect, RLA
Ms. Bachman brings a solid horticultural background to CBA's team and strong interests in edible landscapes, alternative transportation, and coastal resources management. She holds a BLA from the University of Rhode Island, is a registered Landscape Architect, and speaks Spanish fluently. Some of Ms. Bachman's current projects include Chelsea's Highland Street Green Corridor, Ames Street Residences in Cambridge, Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Sanctuary in Natick, and Boston's Adams-King Playground. As an avid traveler and bike commuter, she incorporates both foreign and familiar landscape observations into her work at CBA.
Jessica Choi, Landscape Designer
Ms. Choi joined CBA in the summer of 2014 and holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her hands-on experiences as an intern for Habitat for Humanity in Baltimore, Maryland and as an Americorps VISTA, helping to develop youth and school gardens in St. Louis Missouri, have helped her build a deep interest in community-driven design and its impact on the greater urban context. Recent projects include commercial development at 200 Sidney and 40 Erie in Cambridgeport and a multifamily residence in East Boston.
Aaron Kraemer, Landscape Designer
Mr. Kraemer joined the firm in the winter of 2015. He holds an MLA from the University of Minnesota. He has a background in urban geography and has interests in public space, alternative modes of transportation, urban design and sustainability. As a recent transplant to Boston after a brief stint in high end residential design in Connecticut, he is excited to participate in new and diverse projects at CBA.