Associate at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.
Planting a Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Planting of the 62 acre Gathering Place in Tulsa, Oklahoma was an ambitious undertaking, involving the installation of over 5,800 trees, 10,000 shrubs, and thousands of ornamental perennials. Marissa will explore how design of the planting was curated, in addition to a specific focus on the seeding, growth, and maintenance of the 8 acres of meadows mimicking Oklahoma’s native tall and shortgrass prairies.
Marissa was raised in rural upstate New York where hiking in the region, particularly in the glacially formed gorges of Ithaca, contributed to her deep-rooted interest in plants and landscape.
She has contributed her skills, particularly her knowledge of planting and ecology, to a diverse range of MVVA projects. Marissa’s most recent work includes coordinating various aspects of the planting plan for A Gathering Place for Tulsa, developing a planting design for the Waller Creek Chain of Parks in Austin, TX, and the conceptual design for historic Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, NY. Marissa received a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences from Cornell University, with a focus on soil science and sustainability. She went on to earn a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design where she worked as a teaching assistant, research assistant, and instructor for the Career Discovery Program.