News & Media


August 11, 2017
Who needs a waterfront park when we have an offshore island park in our Harbor? Read more about how the Save the Harbor Save the Bay utilizes Boston's Spectacle Island as a destination classroom here:
June 5, 2017
Fall River's Quequechan River Rail Trail and Father Travassos Park held a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 5, 2017. BRR and FST/Stantec completed the design and construction of these iconic projects. Both projects were funded in part by the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs' Gateway City Parks Program.
June, 2017
BRR & GPI won the Boston Street Reconstruction contract for the Department of Public Works. This project will include work with the Complete Streets Initiative, various green infrastructure technology implementation, and address universal accessibility and bike and pedestrian safety.
May, 2017
BRR & McGinley Kalsow won the Preservation Massachusetts Paul & Niki Tsongas Award for "Best Landscape" for the Rehabilitation of Frederick Douglass Bandstand on Lynn Common, in Lynn, MA.
January, 2017
BRR and Horsley Witten Group won the Boston Parks and Recreation Department contract to develop a set of Green Infrastructure Guidelines for future projects.
May 26, 2016
James Pfeiffer joined Mayor Walsh, Massport, DCR, elected officials and community representatives for the East Boston Greenway Narrow Gauge Link Ribbon Cutting last Thursday. The East Boston Greenway now connects Piers Park to Constitution Beach. The opening is just in time for the summer biking season!
November, 2016
BRR's historic President's Garden at Smith College was featured in the article "Transformations: Happy Chance '28 Garden" by Madelaine Zadik in the Botanic Garden News of the Smith College Botanic Garden.
September 10, 2015
Principals Clarissa Rowe and Nina Brown, joined by Project Manager Dave Andrews attended the Brockton City Hall Plaza Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on September 10, 2015. A $3.7 million Gateway City Parks Grant and a $300,00 local match from the federal CBDG program funded a rehabilitation appropriate to the city’s beautiful 19th century City Hall. Nina Brown will attend the Puerto Rican Flag Raising Ceremony and a concert in the plaza on September 18, 2015. For more information, check out Brockton's Enterprise news spot on the project:
July 24, 25, 26, 2015
The countdown begins! The ever anticipated Lowell Folk Festival is fast approaching! Don’t miss this amazing, diverse line up of performers, everything from the Chinese string ensemble Ann Yao Trio to Bharata Indian Classical Mythili Prakash Dance Ensemble to the Irish band Music in the Glen. See you at Boardinghouse Park!
May 22, 2105
Water play has begun! The Eagle Tribune, Haverhill News announces the annual opening of the two-year-old water spray pad at the 100 year-old Swasey Park. This season it is open every day from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
April 1, 2015
Alison Richardson and James Pfeiffer enjoy the views to Boston Harbor at the opening of the UMass Boston Integrated Science Center.
March 15, 2015
Nina Brown and Brad Buschur of Groundworks Lawrence speak about Park Equity and the Role of Urban Greenways at the annual Massachusetts Land Conservation Conference.
January 5, 2015
Dan Adams of The Boston Globe writes that the new $182 million UMass Boston Integrated Science Center, “will serve as a showcase for cutting-edge research conducted by UMASS scientists…”.
December 2014
David Andrews starts BRR's first international masterplan project in Donabate, Ireland.
October 28, 2014
Clarissa Rowe presents at the annual Architecture Boston Expo (ABX) about BRR’s landscape preservation at the historic Chestnut Hill Waterworks.
July 2014
Massport, East Boston Greenway Council and BRR celebrate the opening of the Logan Greenway Connector in East Boston, MA, a multi-use path that links Boston Harbor to Constitution Beach.
March 19, 2014
Logan Airport Consolidated Rental Car Facility wins the 2014 ACEC/MA Engineering Excellence Award Grand Conceptor Award. BRR worked alongside Parsons Brinckerhoff for Massachusetts Port Authority.
February 5, 2014
Nina Brown presented design plans for Father Travassos Park at a public meeting with the local community in Fall River. The park will be a stop along the upcoming Quequechan River Rail Trail. Both projects are funded by the EOEEA’s Gateway City Parks Program.
June 14, 2013
Mayor Alex Morse cut the ribbon at historic Veterans Park. EOEEA’s Gateway City Parks Program funded the transformative renovation, adjacent to the city’s new intermodal transportation center.
Spring 2013
Peabody Veterans Memorial Park opens. This remediated EPA Brownfield site is now a public park that provides flood storage as part of the city-wide flood mitigation effort.
June 22, 2012
Ziggy Marley (born David Marley in Kingston, Jamaica),the oldest son of reggae great Bob Marley will perform in Boarding House Park in Lowell, MA.
May 22, 2012
Matt Rochambeau of the Boston Globe writes that MassDOT started work on the $20 million rehabilitation of historic Anderson Memorial Bridge on May 29th in Cambridge, MA
May 12, 2012
Groundbreaking at Jackson Square, Roxbury, MA is featured in the Boston Globe. Paul McMorrow wrote “The new apartment building at the corner of Centre and Columbus – 225 Centre Street is the first phase of a decade-long $250 million effort to rebuild Jackson Square. The whole effort will reknit Jamaica Plain and Roxbury.”
May 11, 2012
Alison Richardson spoke about her work on Bremen Street Park and other Big Dig Parks at the Congress for New Urbanism in West Palm Beach, Florida on a panel entitled “Urban Freeways: Devastation and Opportunity.” She discussed what is being done today to make cities whole again in traditional, often poor, neighborhoods destroyed by urban freeways.
May 9, 2012
Celebration of relocation of William Wainwright’s WindWheels sculpture, the first outside sculpture commissioned by Massport for Logan Airport. The artwork was originally next to the Boat Taxi. It is now a special feature along the popular East Boston Greenway and is visible from Route 1A. The new bike and pedestrian trail is a new segment in the East Boston Greenway and connects Bremen Street Park to Neptune Road.
September 2011
BRR celebrates its 30th anniversary at the Chestnut Hill Waterworks Museum.
May 2010
Georges Island Visitor Center is featured in the Boston Herald, in “Georges Island center getting makeover”, by Thomas Grillo.
February 2009
Fenway-Longwood-Kenmore Transportation and Pedestrian Improvement Action Plan, is released by HNTB Corp., for the Boston Transportation Department.
November 2008
Jack Kerouac Park is featured in the New York Times, in “City on the Mend, with Kerouac’s Help,” by Katie Zezima.
July 2008
BRR completes a report on the Boston Common— Special Events on the Boston Common: Best Management Practices — for the Friends of the Public Garden.
July 2008
Boston-based restaurant owner Jasper White mentions the miraculous transformation of Spectacle Island on Kiss 108, in an interview with Matty in the Morning.
Lisa Decker and Anna Cardone are added as principals of the firm.
March 2007
BRR completes Historic Parkway Preservation Treatment Guidelines, for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts is featured in Landscape Design@USA 2, Pace Publishing Ltd.
September 2007
Clarissa Rowe, Chairperson of the Board receives the Conservationist of the Year Award from The Trustees of Reservations on behalf of the Community Preservation Coalition. The Community Preservation Act provides a local-option method for cities and towns to generate substantial funds for open space protection, historic preservation, affordable housing, and recreation.
Fall 2007
Principal Nina Brown, a Milton Academy alumna, is featured in Milton Magazine, in an article entitled “Urban Landscapes”
December 2006
Providence Mayor announces that BRR has been selected as the winner of Waterfront Park Design Competition by the Waterfront Design selection Committee appointed by Mayor Cicciline. Nina Brown and Alison Richardson appeared at Mayor’s press conference announcing their winning entry.
September/October 2006
Principal Nina Brown serves on a panel about changes in East Boston, which is featured in Architecture Boston.
August 2006
Walter Baranowski of BRR talks about Trellises in the Boston Globe Magazine.
March 2006
BRR publishes a report on the Boston Common and Public Garden—Capital Needs Projects in Boston Common and the Public Garden–for the Friends of the Public Garden.
Spectacle Island, Constitution Beach, and Boarding House Park are featured in Landscape Design @ America 1, Pace Publishing Ltd.
Brown and Rowe, Inc., becomes Brown, Richardson + Rowe, Inc., to reflect Principal Alison Richardson’s many contributions to the firm.

BR publishes Bussey Brook Meadow Stewardship Plan, for The Arnold Arboretum and the Arboretum Park Conservancy, Inc.

Principal Clarissa Rowe and Emilie Stuart are published in Handbook of Water Sensitive Planning and Design—“Restoring Urban Wetland - Pond Systems”.
June 1999
The firm’s work in the field of reclamation is described in Landscape Architecture Magazine, in “Beneath the Surface", by Kim A O'Connell.
May 1998
BR submits Management of Exotic Species, Hall's Pond, Brookline, MA to The Town of Brookline Conservation Commission.
August 1997
Spectacle Island, and manufactured soils, are described in Landscape Architecture Magazine, in "Gaining Ground" by J. William Thompson.
December 1996
The firm’s work on manufactured soils is detailed in BioCycle: Journal of Composting & Recycling, in "Soil Specs for Spectacle Island", edited by David Riggle and Molly Farrell.
BR completes MDC Parkway Restoration: A Master Plan for Segments of the Alewife Brook and Mystic Valley Parkways, for the Metropolitan District Commission.

BR submits Cape Cod National Seashore Summary Management Plan, for the National Park Service, North Atlantic Region.

BR writes Special Events on the Boston Common: Budgeting for Landscape Mitigation, for the Friends of the Boston Common and Public Garden.
Alison Richardson is added as a principal of the firm.
BRR submits Soil Specifications and Installation and Composting Plan for Spectacle Island, a report on Materials Disposal System Project, for Century/Weston & Sampson Joint Venture and The Big Dig.
February 1991
BR’s work on a Cape Cod residence is featured in Custom Home, in “Water, Water Everywhere" by Boyce Thompson.
April 1983
BR writes Report on Site Furniture and Streetscape Improvements for the Manchester Riverfront Park System, for the City of Manchester Parks and Recreation Department.
November 1981
BR prepares Manchester Riverfront Park System, prepared for the City of Manchester Parks and Recreation Department.