Principal Landscape Architect
Elizabeth Hand-Fry, Landscape Architect brings over 35 years of landscape architecture and construction experience to Studio HIP. She is committed to designing sustainable landscapes, producing innovative designs and achieving client goals through ongoing communication and technical expertise. Her construction and nursery experience enable her to successfully implement projects seeing them through execution, while solving construction issues and responding to the clients’ budgetary needs. She is a committed team player that ensures goals are accomplished while maintaining the design intent from concept through construction and is a proficient communicator during all phases of design and construction including submittals, change orders and site observations.
Elizabeth has coordinated various disciplines and has supervised and managed the design and construction of urban parks and plazas, commercial projects, recreational facilities, housing for the homeless (H.E.L.P. Houses in Brooklyn and Greenburgh, NY) and wide range of residential housing throughout the New York metropolitan area.
In the public sector, she spent several years working with the New York City Parks Department designing parks, playgrounds and sports facilities, and became familiar with the city governmental processes; she was responsible for more than $30 million in construction budgets. She represented the Department of Parks on issues relating to capital design, city and state agencies, Community Boards, the Public Design Commission and the Landmarks Commission, including projects in New York’s Central Park, the New York City Zoos and Duke Ellington Memorial Plaza.
Currently, Elizabeth is working on several New York City Playground Program sites in collaboration with Trust for Public Land, SCA and DEP including J.H.S.189Q, P.S.154M, I.S. 250 Q, P.S. 33M, I.S. 581Q, and P.S.120Q.