At Birchwood Design Group, a WBE certified business in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, our mission is to weave the goals and aspirations of our clients into viable solutions by delivering comprehensive planning and design services. Founded by Kris M. Bradner, RLA and Arthur J. Eddy, ASLA, LEED AP, Birchwood Design Group’s designers provide creative, engaging and sustainable landscape architecture while fostering the growth and achievement of our employees.
Our strengths lie in our team approach to projects and our foresight regarding implementation and construction. By cultivating an atmosphere of collaboration with consultants, clients and user groups and approaching each project with pragmatism and innovation as guiding values, Birchwood Design Group is able to create landscapes of lasting value and beauty which reconcile the needs and aspirations of owners, stakeholders and users.
Kris M. Bradner
Ms. Bradner is a registered landscape architect in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Maryland with over eighteen years of experience as a professional landscape architect, project manager and mentor. A New England native and URI graduate, Kris returned to Rhode Island after spending ten years practicing landscape architecture in Baltimore, Maryland.
Kris began her professional career working for Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc., a mid-sized woman-owned design firm in Baltimore, MD where she honed her skills as a designer on project types ranging from residential landscapes and small urban design projects to larger scale commercial and transportation work. She moved on to work in a large multi-disciplinary engineering and planning firm, KCI Technologies, Inc., in Hunt Valley, MD where she learned the ropes of project organization from proposals and interviews to budgets, value engineering and construction administration. She learned the value of organization and documentation.
Kris also understands the significance of managing staff from both a production and human resources standpoint. She continues to earn loyalty and respect from her peers and staff through her ability to positively lead staff through various project types and deadlines.
On a personal note:
- My favorite moments are the quiet ones spent with my husband of almost 15 years, our 9-year old son and our 6-year old daughter listening to them learn to read or tell a funny story or just a good old snuggle.
- I am an avid reader of purely fiction where I can leave the present and go into another world for a while and more recently non-fiction business related material.
- I take great pride in volunteering in our local elementary school helping first graders from around the city catch up with reading skills and doing gardening projects with them.
- My favorite places to be when I’m not in my back-yard garden puttering are on a family hike, the beach or an urban park with nooks and crannies to explore.
Arthur J. Eddy
Mr. Eddy is a registered landscape architect in the State of Rhode Island with over nine years of experience as a professional landscape architect, project manager and business administrator.
Prior to embarking on a career in landscape architecture, Arthur accumulated eight years of business management experience at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. He received numerous awards as an area manager for exceptional bench marks in customer service, employee development and profitability.
Arthur also gained construction experience in his work with a stone mason, John Manchester, and later as a designer with William Warner Architects, on the design detailing and construction oversight of large scale commercial and transportation projects. He learned the importance of attention to detail and an understanding of building techniques and sequences, allowing him to bring projects to successful completion.
Arthur’s ability to see design through the eyes of a builder, from the ground up, is the foundation of his design approach. This starting point encompasses problem solving from adhering to client budgets, to ensuring constructability. Arthur feels that the success of a project is dependent on a combination of figuring out what a client wants, designing what the client needs, and encompassing aesthetic desires and sustainability.
Embracing environmental sustainability, Arthur became certified in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) in 2008. This extended knowledge base demonstrates his sense that collaboration between landscape, architecture and engineering can result in holistic solutions that benefit both client and environment.
On a personal note:
- I am a proud father to three wonderful children, lucky husband to one amazing wife, and companion to one small dog.
- In my spare time, I like running, cooking, coaching wrestling, fishing, camping and spending time with my family.
- I am an avid collector of hot sauce with close to 100 different types with various ranges of heat from all over the world (no duplicates).
- I am a rabid Philadelphia Eagles fan which is more of a curse than a blessing.
- I am heavily influenced by the big box stores for continually reminding me of what is right from wrong and how landscape architecture is not just about plants but, about culture, history, and people who in a whole create place.
- The most influential people in my life are my parents who constantly pushed me to be the best I could be, even if it was against my will at times, but, most of all taught me to look at things differently and analyze our world through a different lens.
Timothy E. Brown
Tim is a registered Landscape Architect in Rhode Island and holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Rhode Island and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. Tim has over fifteen years of design and construction experience in the landscape industry. Prior to employment at Birchwood Design Group, he worked for landscape architecture, planning and architecture firms in Boston, San Francisco and Rhode Island. He has worked both nationally and internationally on projects ranging from master planned communities to schoolyards to large waterfront planning and infrastructure projects.
Tim believes in a world which is becoming increasingly more complex to comprehend and navigate, the power of landscape architecture lies in its ability to be a grounding force and put us in closer touch with our essential humanness. Through the making of meaningful places our conception of the realm of the possible is broadened and our understanding of the environment around us is expanded, putting us in a closer dialogue with our world.
On a personal note:
- Maybe it’s strange, but I love airports. I always get a feeling of possibility and excitement about the unknown when I’m in one.
- If I didn’t need to work I’d be a constant traveler.
- My favorite places to be are either a mountaintop, in a kayak on the water or in a city I’ve never been to before.
- I’ve only been a father and husband for a short time, but I can’t even imagine life without my incredible wife, daughter and son.
- If I wasn’t a landscape architect I’d either be a chef or a woodworker.
- Two books I return to again and again and which upon re-reading continue to reveal new ideas about how to live and ways of working are For an Architecture of Reality by Michael Benedikt and Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl.
Ashley Iannuccilli is a registered Landscape Architect in the State of Rhode Island and a LEED Accredited Professional. She holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Rhode Island and has over 8 years of experience in design and construction administration. Ms. Iannuccilli is a versatile professional with project experience in both domestic and international design inclusive of large scale international developments, public streetscapes, urban plazas, low income and affordable housing, remediation sites as well as residential landscapes.
Ashley’s professional experience began while working at a plant nursery where she gained an extensive knowledge of plant identification and best uses. During her tenure at Gates, Leighton and Associates she developed her technical skills and a strong knowledge of project management. Ashley is committed to innovative and ecologically conscious design and is dedicated to working collaboratively with professionals and clients to provide creative and valuable design solutions.
On a personal note:
- I am an avid sailor and skier and I dabble in tennis (not always with great success) but my favorite time is always spent cooking and entertaining with family and friends.
- I enjoy spending time in the garden and always enjoy a shopping trip to the nursery. My personal favorites are Sylvan Nursery in Westport, MA and Wildwood Nursery in North Kingston, RI. The nursery is a perfect place to gain motivation for a day of gardening.
- Without a doubt my favorite place in the world is Nantucket. I have gone almost every year since I was young and I’m still discovering new places to explore.
John Luca holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Rhode Island. Before becoming a part of the Birchwood Design Group team as a Landscape Designer, John worked as an intern and part-time employee for other local Landscape Architecture firms. John has experience working on a range of different projects from high-end residential and commercial to urban and academic.
Working for Birchwood Design Group has enabled John to continue to grow as a designer and a professional in the field of Landscape Architecture. John’s interests and ability in design have allowed him to make a positive contribution to the firm as well as becoming exposed to all parts of the design process.
On a personal note:
- I love everything about sports, from playing a pick-up game of basketball to watching the Patriots on Monday Night football with a bunch of friends, to going to Fenway for a Red Sox game or even a trip down to my alma-mata for a URI basketball game.
- I love all seasons of the year, (Even winter, especially if there’s going to be a White Christmas) But to me, there nothing like Rhode Island in the summer with our beaches, or a crisp Fall day amongst the gorgeous New England foliage. Spring is usually tough to find.
- I wouldn’t be where I am now without the great support from my family.
- I’m sort of a picky eater (No sushi or guacamole for me) but there aren’t many more appetizing meals in life than a good ol’ Chicken Parmesan dinner.
- I absolutely love working in the office, but I’m not afraid to get my hands dirty with a little yard work.