Rebecca Hill (MLA 2003) joins RAFT Landscape as a consulting landscape architect. With her she brings her diverse background in science and neighborhood planning, as well as her experience in the analysis and design of high-performing landscapes for the public realm. Prior to joining RAFT, Rebecca worked as the senior landscape architect at dlandstudio, where she developed new opportunities for integrating stormwater management, carbon sequestration, and other high-performance landscape techniques with the urban environment. Last year, Hill was selected by McGraw Hill’s Engineering News-Record as one of New York’s Top 20 designers Under 40.
Together with Matt Donham, the RAFT Landscape team received a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with sponsorship from the Architectural League of New York, for their project ABOVEWATER. ABOVEWATER examines Mohawk River Watershed to consider how distressed properties present an opportunity for municipalities to address their increasing stormwater management burden. The project evaluates methods and incentives to utilize this pattern to integrate "green" storm water infrastructure such as detention basins, constructed wetlands, and bioswales as an alternative to the habitual combination of "grey" infrastructure, recurrent property loss, and insurance claims. Presently, Hill and Donham are creating animated short that visualizes the impacts of flooding on neighborhoods in New York's Mohawk River Valley.