About

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.

The Staff:  

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.

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.

Joseph Blau: Project Manager

After graduating from Cornell University with a B.S. in Landscape Architecture, Joseph quickly launched his career in NYC working on interior installations. He joined ECLLD in 2016.

Weston Cleveland: Project Manager

Weston attended The University of Georgia in his home state, where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture. After gaining experience on a variety of projects, he moved to NYC in 2018 and joined the ECLLD team. He brings a keen eye for detail and strong organizational skills to the role, as well as a sense of humor and contagious enthusiasm.