Maria Counts

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, RESEARCH & DESIGN COMMUNICATION

Maria Debije Counts is involved in all aspects of the strategy and vision of Counts Studio research and management. She has lead projects in project management, collaborative design, technology, design communication, and business development. Ms. Counts brings a wealth of passion, talent, and enthusiasm to all projects fueled by a commitment to excellence in landscape design and construction. She specializes in urban landscapes, public projects and expos that challenge the every-day landscape. Her design aspirations are to create landscapes of complexity grounded in experiential richness, ecological health, and emotional resonance.

 

Maria was the project manager for the 2015 World War 1 National Design Competition in Washington, D.C. for which the firm was one of five finalists from over 250 applicants. She was also project manager and visualization specialist for the 2016 Off the Rails Competition in Denver, Colorado for which Counts Studio placed third. She was also the project manager for the 2013 National ASLA Award of 'Moore Square' located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, Expo Georgia, involving a design for a 40-acre post-Soviet Expo Grounds, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia, the competition-awarded Happy Valley Garden, Whuhan, China, and the competition-awarded 2013  Beijing International Garden Expo, Beijing, China. Ms. Counts' project experience also includes Qianshan New City,  a 55-acre on-structure mixed-use landscape design for 15,000 residents in Qianshan New City, Zhuhai, 337 Garden, a 200-year-old garden in New York, New York, and the United Nations Memorial for the North Atlantic Slave Trade with Artist Joseph Norman. Ms. Counts' professional experience also includes working for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation on a variety of public projects and with Reed Hilderbrand where she contributed to representation for three winning national ASLA awards in 2011. In 2008 Maria was honored to hold a garden exhibition at the at the Jardins de Métis in Québec, Canada as part of the International Garden Design Festival. In recognition of her work, she was an invited panelist for New York AIA symposium for the Film ‘Twice Upon a Garden’, a FIFA awarded internationally traveling documentary.

 

In addition to practice, Ms. Counts  is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. She has previously taught as Adjunct Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at NYU's Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and as Visiting Instructor at the Pennsylvania State University. She has been advisor to students working on independent studies, competitions and various awards including two ASLA National Honor Awards. Counts has been a Visiting Artist in Residence at the American Academy in Rome (Rome, Italy, 2014), a recipient of the Rudy J. Favretti Fellowship from the Garden Club of America (Virginia, 2010). Her recent publications include a feature in John Dixon Hunt’s, The Making of Place: Modern and Contemporary Gardens (Reaktion: 2016), two chapters in Representing Landscapes: Hybrid (Routledge: 20016) and two chapters in Representing Landscapes: Digital (Routledge: 2015) among others. Counts received a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University.

 

For more information on her teaching and art work please visit www.maria-counts.com

Project Experience

Downtown Ft. Collins Streetscape Design Competition

Design Visualization, Counts Studio

2016 Competition Finalist

 

World War 1 Memorial Competition Finalist, Washington, D.C.

Project Manager, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York

2015-2016 International Competition Finalist

Blind Competition with 359 International Entries

 

Moore Square Master Plan, Raleigh, North Carolina

Design Communication, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York

2014 Rosa Barbra Biennial Exhibition in Barcelona, Spain

2014 Implementation Phase RFQ Winner

2013 ASLA National Honor Award in Analysis and Planning

 

Happy Valley Garden, Whuhan, China

Project Manager, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York

2014 First Place International Competition Winner

Blind Competition with over 900 Entries from 30 different Countries

 

Beijing International Garden Expo, Beijing, China

Project Manager, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York

2013 International Competition Winner

 

Moore Square Comprehensive Tree Strategy

Report. Raleigh, North Carolina

Project Manager, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York

2013 ASLA National Honor Award in Analysis and Planning

 

Expo Georgia Landscape Master Plan, Tbilisi, Georgia

Project Manager, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York

 

Qianshan New City 40 ACRE Rooftop Park, Zhuhai, China

Project Designer, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York

2010 International Competition Winner

 

337 Garden, New York, New York

Project Manager , Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York

 

Central Wharf Plaza in Boston, Massachusetts

Award Design Communication, Reed Hilderbrand LLC, Watertown, Massachusetts

2011 ASLA National Honor Award

 

Philip Johnson’s Monumental Beck House in Dallas, Texas

Award Design Communication, Reed Hilderbrand LLC, Watertown, Massachusetts

2011 ASLA National Honor Award

 

Berkshire Boardwalk in Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Award Design Communication, Reed Hilderbrand LLC, Watertown, Massachusetts

2011 ASLA National ASLA Honor Award

 

Memorial Competition for the North Atlantic Slave Trade with artist Joseph Norman Competition, New York, New York

Project Designer, Counts Studio, Brooklyn, New York

 

Petites fenêtres, Quebec, Canada

Solo Installation, Designer , Maria Debije Counts, New York

2008 International Design Festival

 

Play Zone, Quebec, Canada

Installation Project Designer, Maria Debije Counts, New York

 

Circle Garden Residential Healing Garden, Chatham, New York

Project Designer, Maria Debije Counts, New York