For over twenty-five years, our designers have taken clients' outdoor spaces and transformed them into beautiful extensions of homes and offices. Our goal is to create for our clients a space which evokes the emotion they desire by utilizing our experience and vision.
Established in 1992, the ECLLD team is an exciting collaboration of talented, educated and experienced professionals led by Evan C. Lai. Our team has experts with advanced degrees and experience in landscape architecture, landscape design, horticulture, lighting, and irrigation. We design, install and maintain gardens throughout the New York City metro area.
Our clientele knows that we will advocate for them to the Department of Buildings, Landmarks, and if necessary the Board, in order to create for them a unique, exciting garden that surpasses their expectations.
Evan C. Lai: President / Designer
Evan has been designing gardens in New York City for more than twenty years at the helm of ECLLD. Evan always loved art and nature. Growing up in the San Francisco bay area, Evan's parents fueled his passion for art, architecture and the environment at museums and on trips to national parks.
Evan graduated from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, CA with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. Evan has traveled extensively in Europe surveying its most renowned gardens.
Gabriel Farrell: Project Manager / Designer
Gabriel's involvement with gardens and the improvement of space spans 18 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Horticulture from the University of Maine where he studied the principles of design and advanced plant and soil sciences. He plied his trade on the coast of Maine for over 10 years, ranging from historic restoration in Acadia National Park, to high-end residential and commercial, including gardens designed by Fletcher Steele and Fredrick Law Olmsted.
He then earned a Masters in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and has since worked on a wide range of projects in the NYC metro area from high-end residential to boutique retail, corporate and new development.
Gabriel's work is fueled by a passion for the innovation and practical improvement of outdoor spaces on all scales.
Justin Willard: Project Manager
Justin has been working as a landscape-design project manager for the past two years and has a Bachelors Degree in Architecture from Miami University of Ohio. He is coming to ECLLD after working at a design firm in East Hampton, NY, where his love for landscape and the natural environment blossomed. Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, Justin's love of architecture and design first began with a passion for drawing and painting. He continues to take classes and create his own oil and watercolor paintings in his free time.
Renee Lai: Director of Administration / HR
Renee has been working with her brother for nearly a decade. She handles all of our billing and human-resources needs, and assists our clients with any questions they may have.
Jon Horowitz: Manager of Operations
Jon joined ECLLD after nearly a decade spent coordinating non-profit events. He has worked in Special Events at Seattle University, Donor Relations at Stanford University, and as the Crew Coordinator for the Out of the Darkness Overnight Walk 2011 in NYC. From building forts and taking hikes in the woods of Connecticut as a child to running up and down the soccer fields of the city, Jon has a deep appreciation for the outdoors.