about our team

Individual commitment to a group effort – that’s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

meet our team

Our team consists of experienced landscape architects who develop the projects starting with a sketch and following it up to complete implementation of intended ideas.

 

ray dunetz

Principal 

nancy leask

Senior Associate

michelle de tarnowsky

Landscape Architect

CARol moyles

Landscape Architect

Sakina Dong

Designer

Weiyong zhang

Designer

Bowie

Training Assistant


 

RAY DUNETZ, RLA, ASLA

Principal 

Ray founded RDLA in 2002 and is the Principal of the firm. Ray has over 30 years of experience and has worked at such notable firms as Sasaki Associates, EDAW, Rhodeside and Harwell, and Walker-Kluesing Design Group. Ray received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1985 and is a registered Landscape Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Ray has served as President of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects; he currently serves the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site in Brookline, as a board member for their non-profit partner, Friends of Fairsted. Out of the studio, Ray enjoys his six-month-old yellow labrador, music, and spending time with his family.

NANCY LEASK, RLA

Senior Associate

Nancy Leask has over 35 years of professional experience and has been a Senior Associate at RDLA since 2004. Previously, Nancy worked for Walker-Kluesing Design Group, Katherine Field and Associates, Sasaki Associates Inc., and Pressley Associates. Nancy received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Minnesota and is a registered Landscape Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
As our resident expert Horticulturalist, Nancy brings her working knowledge and love of plants to review planting material for each project. Her oversight of planting plans helps refine botanical palettes and tailor selections to specific conditions to meet the needs of each site. She also plays the role of technical director at RDLA, offering precise input for each project. With her unerring sense of how a plan can be fine-tuned, her review of project specifications and detailed drawings is greatly valued.
Nancy’s skills and experience are matched by her calm and thoughtful nature, her passion for plants, and her commitment to community, evidenced by more than 20 years’ service to Roslindale Green and Clean, and Roslindale Village Main Streets. In addition, she currently serves as a board member at the historic and vibrant Loring Greenough House in Jamaica Plain.

MICHELLE DE TARNOWSKY, RLA, ASLA

Landscape Architect

Michelle joined RDLA in 2016 after working for nearly a decade as a landscape architect in Boston and has worked on a range of project types. She has used her written and graphic communication skills to lead work on several municipal projects and master plans at RDLA, most recently Boston’s Historic Burying Grounds and Mary Cummings Park in Burlington, a Trustees of Reservations property.
Michelle holds the Masters of Landscape Architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). As a landscape architect, Michelle has built a diverse portfolio of work that showcases her versatility and well-rounded skills as a designer and communicator. A natural team player, Michelle is capable of contributing to a variety of projects in multiple ways, from promotion through production. Her work for Boston firms gave her experience with New England projects ranging from institutional work on hospitals and schools to mixed-use projects, multi-family residential developments, playgrounds, and parks.
When not practicing landscape architecture, Michelle enjoys running, skiing, yoga, camping, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two small children at their home in Newton, MA.

CAROL Moyles, RLA

Landscape Architect

Carol A. Moyles is a landscape designer with more than 25 years of work and 300 completed projects. Her portfolio includes a wide range of academic, recreational, real estate, and residential projects. Carol strives for conceptual clarity in shaping landscapes, collaborating with owners, municipalities, institutions, and the public as part of an integrated design process. By listening to project requirements in relation to understanding context and specific site and environmental conditions, she is able to synthesize issues and solve problems—and create beautiful landscapes.
Carol’s love of horticulture and design began at the University of Delaware, where she received an undergraduate degree in Plant and Soil Sciences. Her early work experience in the mid-Atlantic region included landscape design, horticulture, and the nursery trade. She holds the Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Cornell University and has lived in Washington DC and Boston, with professional experience working in small and large multi-disciplinary landscape architecture firms in these metropolitan areas.
An Accredited Professional in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Carol has been an active completed in New England. In addition, she has given presentations on the role of landscape architecture at the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP); the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA); and Athletic Business (AB) Conferences. She currently serves on the Thesis and Degree Commendations Committee at the Boston Architectural College (BAC); the Executive Committee of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA); and the Town of Belmont’s Historic District Commission (HDC).

Sakina Dong, RLA

Designer

Designer Sakina Dong joined RDLA in 2019 and holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Boston Architectural College. Previously, she completed a Bachelor of Engineering degree at Wuhan Institute of Design and Sciences in Hubei Province, China. In the summer of 2019, she traveled to Medellin, Colombia, as part of a studio on Social Urbanism with BAC Dean Maria Bellalta. That intensive study exposed her to a range of complex planning issues in a new geographical region and in less familiar landscapes.
Sakina is interested in many areas of design, from large-scale urban planning to small landscape architecture projects; from housing development to plant palettes; from designing spaces outdoors to beautifying bathrooms indoors. She brings to all her work the hope that her creations will shape the way humans and wildlife live, and will help guide growth in the coming decades. As she has strong cognitive empathy with children and is concerned about environmental pollution and the waste of natural resources, one of her goals is to bring not only passion—but also responsibility and strategic design perspectives to any project.
Besides her studies and professional work, Sakina loves traveling and photography.

 

Weiyong zhang

Designer

Weiyong Zhang joined RDLA as an intern in 2019, assisting with drafting and managing CAD files on a range of projects. In 2020, he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Boston Architectural College and joined RDLA as a junior staff member.
With his excellent proficiency in software, a keen graphic sensibility, and formal training as an architect, Weiyong has helped create 3D models for conceptual designs. These are incredibly helpful in quickly assessing spatial relationships and communicating designs to clients. His contributions to producing construction documentation have been especially notable on Manchester-by-the-Sea Town Common and the first phase of improvements to Mary Cummings Park in Burlington. With his ability to move seamlessly between essential programs such as SketchUp, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and AutoCAD, Weiyong plays a key role in helping our team develop ideas and move them through the design process—toward interpretation and realization.
Prior to joining RLDA, Weiyong’s community-oriented pursuits have ranged from beach clean-ups in Singapore to volunteering at an orphanage in Cambodia. His experience as a mentor includes student-teaching English and Math, tutoring, and serving as a teacher’s assistant in the BAC’s architecture program.