Julie Farris

Founder + Editor

Julie lives and works in New York City. As a  native New Yorker, she received her BA from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and her MLA from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

She has worked at several large firms in New York City, including M. Paul Friedberg and Partners and Balmori Associates. In 2005, she founded a studio, XS Space, and completed a temporary landscape/multi-media installation entitled Temporary Landscape: A Pasture for Urban Space in the Columbia Waterfront District in Brooklyn. In 2007 she worked in collaboration with Balmori Associates and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to complete an 8,000 square foot public space, Urban Meadow, which is now a permanent park located in Red Hook, Brooklyn. In 2009 she collaborated with an artist and The Public Art Fund to build a temporary landscape installation in Tribeca. Her work has focused on international projects in Rwanda and Nepal as well as residential landscapes on the east end of Long Island, Greenwich Connecticut, and townhouse landscapes in New York City.

Her work has appeared in numerous publications and books, including The New York Times, Architectural Digest, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Ladies' Home Journal, The Architect’s Newspaper, The New York Post, Gardenista and the publication, Design Brooklyn, and recently featured in the book, Gardenista . Julie served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and was Co-Founder of The Big Future Group, an interdisciplinary design firm working in countries in need. 


Mark Thomann

Contributing Editor

Mark directs wHY’s GROUNDs Workshop. The Grounds Workshop is an imaginative landscape and urban design studio that collaborates with architects, urban planners, and artists worldwide. Prior to joining wHY, Mark was a partner and design director with Balmori Associates and landscape director with WORK Architecture Company. He recently won an international competition, The Ross Pavillion, a prominent Park located in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Mark received his MLA in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts  and a Bachelors degree in Political Science and Peace & Conflict Studies from the College of the Holy Cross.  He previously worked with Ken Smith Landscape Architect (NY) and Ohtori Consultants (Japan). He has faculty appointments at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design and Columbia University GSAPP. 


Hannah Edmunds

Horticulturalist/Garden Designer and Gardener

Hannah Edmunds graduated from Brown University with an independent major in Landscape Architectural History, and holds an Associates Degree in Plant and Soil Technology from Southern Maine Technical College. Her experience spans over 20 years as a gardener, designer and is also a certified arborist. Her areas of interest include plant and soil science, horticulture, landscape design and forestry management. She is co-chair of the Garden Stewardship committee of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy in her neighborhood of Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. In her volunteer work as well as her professional work, she is guided by the belief that biological diversity of plants, vitality of the soil, proper management of storm-water runoff and composting efforts provide essential benefits to individuals and communities.