Clara Couric Batchelor, Founder and principal, RLA, ASLA, LEED AP
The founder of CBA, Clara Batchelor established the firm as a leader in the design of urban open spaces; her portfolio includes city plazas, schoolyards, playgrounds, and passive parks. Ms. Batchelor's projects have been published in the New York Times, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Garden Design, Design New England, New England Home Magazine, Great Backyards, Landscape Architect and Specifier News, 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 presented at ABX/Greenbuild 2017, as well as at New York Botanic Garden, Smith College, and has taught at Harvard Graduate School of Design’s Evening Courses for Professional Development. Ms. Batchelor holds a BS from Smith College and she received her MLA from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a registered Landscape Architect in Massachusetts, as well as in New York, Maryland, and Rhode Island. She also serves as a Parks and Recreation Commissioner for the Town of Brookline.
Denis J. Chagnon, Principal, RLA, CPSI
Mr. Chagnon joined CBA in 2002, and has been a Principal since 2010. He brings a keen attention to detail to all phases of the design process, from public meetings through design development to construction administration. He is also a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI), which makes him a valuable asset for CBA's public park design work. Highlights of his work include: Medway's Town-wide Parks & Playgrounds Improvement Project (under construction); Mothers Rest Playground and Almont Park in Boston; Cremin Playground and Kenney Park in Somerville; John Ruiz Park & numerous other projects in Chelsea; Wayland Town Center; and the Lanterns in Ashland, MA, an award winning multi-family housing development. Mr. Chagnon is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, has an MLA from Cornell University, and is a registered Landscape Architect in Massachusetts. He also serves on the Somerville Historic Commission.
Megan N. Tomkins, Principal, RLA
Ms. Tomkins has been a core team member at CBA since 2011 and became a Principal in 2016. Recently, she has lent her expertise to Salem's Derby Street Park (under construction), Boston's Roberts and Paris Street Playgrounds, several libraries, and a new multi-family residential development on Braintree Street in Allston. Her extensive experience in public park and historic site design has informed her work on projects such as Coppens Square, which included exploration of historic fountain replicas, contemporary water features, and neighborhood connectivity for an urban plaza in Dorchester. Ms. Tomkins received her BS in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, is a registered Landscape Architect in Massachusetts, and has completed a Wetland Delineator training. She grew up in rural upstate NY, and has developed an advanced knowledge of Northeastern US native plants; she always enjoys problem solving in the fields of horticulture, wetlands, and invasive plant management.
Kaila Bachman, Principal, RLA
Ms. Bachman began working at CBA in 2013 after a stint in residential landscape design, and has been a Principal since 2017. She is passionate about creating multi-purpose, dynamic spaces and enjoys the challenge of finding technical solutions to programmatic needs. Ms. Bachman is a clear communicator and analytical designer with broad horticultural knowledge. An avid traveler and bike commuter, she incorporates both foreign and familiar landscape observations into her work at CBA. Some of Ms. Bachman's recent projects including Everett's Gramstorff Park, Proto Apartments at 88 Ames Street in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MassAudubon's Broadmoor Sanctuary in Natick, and American Legion Highway Playground in Franklin Park, Boston. She has a BLA from the University of Rhode Island, is a registered Landscape Architect in Massachusetts and Maine, and is fluent in Spanish. Her diverse personal interests complement her enthusiasm for the ecological, historical, and cultural facets of landscape architecture.
Preston Holleman, Landscape Architect, RLA
Mr. Holleman excels in all phases of the profession, from schematic design, master planning, and design development to project management, permitting and construction administration. He has recently worked on the the Mystic River Overlook Park and Dog Park in Chelsea; Drumlin Farm Visitor Center for MassAudubon; Oakland Park in the Town of Medway; and Harold French Square and the surrounding streetscape for the City of Winthrop's Centre Business District. Mr. Holleman is a registered Landscape Architect in MA and he holds a BLA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. His personal interests include hiking, foraging for edibles and exploring the native cuisines of various cultures.
Jessica Choi, Landscape Designer
Ms. Choi joined CBA in 2014, coming to CBA with hands-on experiences as an intern for Habitat for Humanity in Baltimore, Maryland, and in Americorps VISTA, helping to develop youth and school gardens in St. Louis, Missouri. Her experiences helped her build a deep interest in community-driven design and its impact on the greater urban context. Recent projects include Everett's Morris Playground; Sidney Research Campus, a public-private partnership in Cambridge, MA; and the Medway Peace Garden (in design). Ms Choi holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Maryland, College Park. She enjoys sketching, helping out at her community garden in Medford, and wandering through parks and old neighborhoods.
Aaron Kraemer, Landscape Designer
Mr. Kraemer came to CBA with a background in high-end residential design and urban geography, and has interests in public space, alternative modes of transportation, urban design, and sustainability. He holds a BA in Urban Geography and a Masters in Landscape Architecture, both from the University of Minnesota. Mr. Kraemer has recently worked on Medway's Choate Park, Monsignor Reynolds Playground in Boston's South End, and the Bridge Boston Charter School in Roxbury, Boston, MA. He enjoys playing the clarinet in the Brookline Community Band, paddling for Living Root Dragon Boat, and weight training.
Liz Thompson, Landscape Designer, LEED AP BD+C
Ms. Thompson joined CBA in the summer of 2017, following a few of years of experience as a Landscape Designer at a multidisciplinary firm. Liz has been a key staff person on playground improvements for the City of Chelsea's Silber Early Learning Center, and several multifamily housing projects, both with architects and public authorities. Ms. Thompson received her BS in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and is a LEED AP. In her spare time, Liz actively seeks to explore all of the Greater Boston area's cycling network.