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About

Mission

All, everybody, together

Omnes is a multi-faceted design studio practicing in landscape architecture, urban design, planning, and art. Omnes literally means all, everybody, together. This simple Latin word perfectly sums up the ideology of our studio and our ability to connect the dots between people, ideas, and contexts. Our designs are not obscure or convoluted – they are tangible, beautiful, and relevant.

Landscape is a means to experience the sublime – a right due to everybody on our earth (present and future). Our work creates meaning and memory within communities while keeping land ethics at the fore. We impart thoughtfulness to everything we do through our inclusive work process and ethically constructive culture.

Established in 2019, the studio of seven is based in the Lehigh Valley, and offers design services nationally. Omnes is an LGBTQ+ Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) certified by the NGLCC. We are also seeking certifications as a Small Business Entity (SBE) and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE); these certifications are pending.

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Laura Stedenfeld

Principal
les@omnes.studio

Laura Stedenfeld is a landscape architect trained at Parsons School of Design. With an affinity toward urban landscapes, she designed and built her first public park in New York City by the age of twenty-five. Laura’s work focuses on relational space to create tangible, beautiful, and relevant places through collaborative design. She has managed significant civic and institutional master plans, and also has a breadth of design experience in built parks, plazas, streetscapes, and campuses. Laura was a founding member and leader at Land Collective, and holds fifteen years of experience with bespoke studios such as OLIN, Thomas Balsley Associates, and Ohlhausen DuBois.

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Bonnie Kirn Donahue

Associate
bkd@omnes.studio

Bonnie Kirn Donahue is an accomplished designer trained in landscape architecture. She specializes in community-based design, landscape research, and design education. Bonnie received her bachelors’s degree in Landscape Architecture at Cornell University and master’s degree in Architectural History and Theory from the University of Pennsylvania. She has extensive experience in planting design, project management, community engagement, and synthesizing urban design and landscape concepts for a wide range of audiences. Bonnie is a passionate advocate for sustainable, accessible, and thoughtfully designed places for people.

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Emily Hahn Van Wagoner

Senior Landscape Designer
ehvw@omnes.studio

Emily Hahn Van Wagoner is an experienced landscape designer whose work is informed by a love of art and a passion for uncovering and celebrating the unique history, quirks, and heritage of places. With a devotion to process and detail, Emily’s approach is one of continuous learning and exploration. Her experience prior to joining Omnes covers a diverse array of typologies ranging from post-industrial landscapes to civic parks and waterfronts, and she has managed the landscape design and public process of nationally notable and complex federal landscapes. Emily draws inspiration from all corners, and her explorations in design extend to creations in textile and other mediums. She holds a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the Pennsylvania State University.

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Jon Van Wagoner

Senior Landscape Designer
jvw@omnes.studio

Jon Van Wagoner is driven by the experience of landscape. As a designer, he is always thinking about the capacity of spaces to distill and express the character of a region, neighborhood, or specific site. Jon holds a bachelor of landscape architecture degree from the Pennsylvania State University and has managed design and planning projects throughout the country. His experience ranges from designing innovative solutions for complex landscapes over structure to leading community-based city and parks master plans with inclusive and inventive public engagement processes. With a perspective formed by much time spent in nature and travel, Jon sees every effort through the lenses of natural and cultural history, designing grounded landscapes that welcome all.

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Justin Soto

Designer
jas@omnes.studio

Justin Soto is a senior civil engineering student and architectural studies minor at Lafayette College, assisting the studio as an intern designer for the spring 2020 semester. Justin finds synergy between his engineering knowledge and eye for architectural design to bring a practical and artistic touch to the projects he works on. His experience includes work on the design of sustainable shuttle shelters in accordance with Lafayette’s masterplan, as well as redesigning pathways between the school and the City of Easton through academic projects. As his capstone project at Lafayette College, Justin is transforming a vacant site in downtown Easton to become a community center for the college.

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Michelle Woods

Landscape Designer
mmw@omnes.studio

As a designer, Michelle Woods is interested in the intersection of culture, environment, and innovative technology, as well as in the potential to create spaces that encourage conversation and discussion. An experienced landscape designer and project manager, Michelle’s work has ranged greatly in scope across fields of design: coding for interactive engagement; coordinating outreach for a public radio show and podcast focused on environmental issues; and crafting compelling graphics for print and web platforms. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech, where she was awarded a Virginia American Society of Landscape Architects Student Merit Award.

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Sheila M. Fuentes

Editor & Researcher
smf@omnes.studio

Sheila M. Fuentes is an editor, writer, and researcher with a perspective centered in history and narrative in landscape. She informs Omnes’ planning and publication work through skilled research, engagement, and communications. Sheila comes from a background in non-profit publishing and development, having earned and managed major grant awards for national education programs from a diversity of government agencies and private foundations. Prior to Omnes, she also led the launch and curation of a landscape-centered art gallery in Philadelphia’s Old City design district. She holds an MFA in Nonfiction Writing from Hunter College.