EKLA,PLLC is an M&WBE/DBE open space management firm that believes the best solutions embody a sense of time and place, recognizing each project and client's unique needs. For 20 Years, we have worked on the basis of this ethos to provide programming, planning, design and management consulting services to public and non-profit clients. The firm's approach is simple and direct. The results are strong, feasible, cost-effective landscape design solutions that are sensitive to place and culture.



Elizabeth J Kennedy, ASLA, nycoba-noma


Elizabeth J Kennedy founded EKLA PLLC in 1994. A registered landscape architect and working principal, she is an expert in green infrastructure, landscape restoration, designing for resilience and cultural sites development and management. 

Under her direction, EKLA PLLC has received awards for excellence in design, preservation and sustainable site design from the Public Design Commission, New York Landmarks Conservancy, Preservation League of New York State, US EPA and the Mayors Office of Sustainability, the National Organization of Minority Architects, NY AIA, and Long Island AIA. She has received notable awards for her contribution to landscape architecture and professional development from the Association of Minority Entrepreneurs of New York, the NAACP’s New York Chapter and NYC’s Department of Small Business Services

Ms. Kennedy’s construction knowledge stems from hands-on experience. Between 1993 and 1994, she profitably managed the development of 77 new affordable housing units under NYC Partnership’s Housing Program, for which she implemented cost tracking and estimating procedures, prepared bids and supervised trade labor performing sitework. Before working in housing development, she managed several landscape construction crews and supervised large tree installations and specimen materials transplanting. She has since written specifications for the protection and restoration of heritage trees and living landmarks listed on the National Register of Historic Places.