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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 five is based in the Lehigh Valley, and offers design services nationally. Omnes is an LGBTQ+ Business Enterprise (LGBTBE) certified by the NGLCC, as well as a federally recognized Small Business Entity (SBE). Omnes’ certification as a Women-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) is pending.

About

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.

About

Emily Hahn Van Wagoner

Senior Landscape Designer
ehvw@omnes.studio

Emily Hahn Van Wagoner is an experienced designer whose work is informed by art and a passion for uncovering and celebrating the unique history, nuance, and heritage of places. With a devotion to process and detail, Emily’s approach is one of continuous learning and exploration. Her experience covers diverse typologies from post-industrial landscapes to civic parks and waterfronts. She has also managed the landscape design 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 of Landscape Architecture from the Pennsylvania State University.

About

Sara Harmon

Landscape Designer
sh@omnes.studio

Sara Harmon is a passionate landscape designer whose practice is rooted in a desire to bring light into the lives of others. A plant and history nerd, she revels in the details that bring spaces to life. Her experience ranges from small-scale courtyards to a regional vision for the future of Appalachia under the Green New Deal, and she has worked on public and private projects through all phases of design on both coasts. Sara believes a designer’s most important contribution is the creation of beautiful, functional spaces that help address socio-economic issues while providing moments of joy to those who experience them. She holds a BA in Landscape Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania.

About

Makio Yamamoto

Landscape Designer
mry@omnes.studio

Makio Yamamoto is a landscape designer from Providence, Rhode Island. He wishes to tackle issues of our shared climate future through his work and hopes to discover the appropriate role for designers in this emerging context. Through his commitment to fieldwork as a methodology of design, he has spent much time trying to understand the relationship between economics, politics, and ecology on the banks of the Mississippi River, and in Kigali, Rwanda. This includes academic work and research, as well as professional experience with public memorial projects. He hopes to continue unearthing vital, yet previously silenced narratives as his work unfolds. He holds a BS in Architecture with a minor in Landscape Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.

About

Sheila M. Fuentes

Editor & Researcher
smf@omnes.studio

Sheila M. Fuentes is an editor, writer, and researcher with a perspective centered in history and lived experiences of landscape. She participates in all of Omnes’ planning and publication projects, informing the studio’s work through skilled research, community engagement, and analysis. Sheila comes from a background in academic publishing and non-profit development, having earned and managed major grant awards for national education programs from a diversity of government agencies and private foundations. Prior to joining 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, The City University of New York.

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