Tess is an urban planner and designer working at the intersection of landscape architecture, history, and cartography. She holds a Master’s in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

She previously worked as a project manager on Michael Bierut’s team at Pentagram Design. She received a BA with honors in History from Yale University, where she specialized in historiography and 19th century German militarism.

Her work at M.I.T. ranged from urban design projects to historical geography papers. She’s interested in ecological urbanism, and the theoretical intersections between ecology, landsacpe aesthetics, and history in the context of the design and implementation of projects on postindustrial sites. For her thesis project, she wrote a history of development at what today is called “Suffolk Downs,” in East Boston, and explored explored potential futures of neighboring sites.