Profile

The relationship between the natural environment and the built landscape has long fascinated Renée Byers. Her desire to create sophisticated and welcoming landscapes for private residences led to the establishment of her namesake firm in 1998. Since then—inspired by the land, architecture, and her clients’ needs—Renée Byers Landscape Architect, P.C. has built evocative environments across the northeast.

Whether for an estate, an intimate garden, or something in between, the firm’s portfolio exemplifies flexible artistry and imagination. Underpinned by technical skill and thorough approaches to regulatory approvals, the essence of a place emerges. Earth is moved. Stairs and water cascade. Walls are functional objects of beauty. Paths and vistas are private or majestic or both.

Sensible solutions root every endeavor and the integration of captivating details and elements—stonework, land grading, lighting, swimming pools, metal and woodwork, planters and furnishings—make logical connections to the architecture and complete a composition. Patience for the long view, collaboration, and meticulous planning shape the complexities of landscape and intended purpose for happy and elegant outcomes.

The unpretentious grace and sense of discovery found in the touchstone landscapes of Renée Byers ascends from love of the land and context, technical dexterity, a listening ear, and discipline. For this, Renée and her talented team have received numerous accolades from clients, peers, in the media, and from the American Society of Landscape Architects.

People

People

Renée Byers

Principal

Landscape Architect Renée Byers is originally from Des Moines, Iowa. Down-to-earth and energetic, she thrives on her work and rapport with colleagues and clients. Although a longtime resident of the greater New York area, Renée’s early experience of place is rooted in the combination of being raised in a midwestern city and exposure to the surrounding natural environment by family who farmed the Iowa countryside.

Educated in Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Renée combined her passions for architecture, art, and horticulture. Additional studies in architectural history while in southern France established the classical traditions and painterly influences found in her landscape compositions today. Renée’s early career began in New York City, where she ultimately became a project landscape architect leading teams on large-scale projects across the country.

Long-enamored of the iconic residential architecture and dramatic settings in Westchester and Fairfield Counties, Renée subsequently established her own firm to focus on residential landscapes. She saw potential in the region’s steep, rocky sites that were under-appreciated and oft neglected. She likewise enjoys challenging terrain regardless of location and uses topography, plantings, and architectural elements to create expressive, cohesive experiences. Timeless rules of proportion are employed to create gardens that look planned and natural at the same time and are beckoning, sustainable places. From master site planning, to lighting design, to designing custom furniture, Renée’s broad experience and personal attention furthers the field of Landscape Architecture in ways indispensable to collaborating architects, design professionals, and her residential clients. Renée, along with her accomplished studio team, nurture relationships just as they care for the land.

Renée is a registered Landscape Architect in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). In Norfolk, CT, she has served as a director on the Doolittle Lake Company board and the Chair of its Environmental and Architectural Review Committee. In Bronxville, NY she served on the Bronxville Design Review Committee and has consulted for the Bronxville Historical Conservancy. Renée is also a frequent lecturer at the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and for The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF).


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Christopher Wojick

Associate

A Connecticut native and the son of a prominent golf course consultant/superintendent, Chris grew up with an innate passion for landscape design and land stewardship. His project management experience, can-do attitude, and deft production of design documents, from conceptual renderings through construction drawings, are vital contributions to RBLA. He holds a B.S. in Landscape Architecture and an A.S. in Ornamental Horticulture, both from the University of Connecticut.


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Kevin Costello

Landscape Designer

Trained as an architect, Kevin applies his specialized skill set to creating connections between house and garden. Previous experience in a Boston-based architecture and interiors practice inspired him to expand his focus to landscape design. At RBLA, Kevin’s joy in the creative process aligns perfectly with the design goals and philosophies of the firm. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.


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Elizabeth Garrett

Landscape Designer & Office Manager

Prior to pursuing studies in landscape design, Liz enjoyed a successful career in retail, both as a merchandise buyer and then as a garden furnishings store owner. For RBLA, she wears multiple hats, merging expertise in horticulture and garden design with adroit project, vendor, and contractor management. Liz holds a B.A. from Duke University and a Certificate in Landscape Design from the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden.

Renée Byers

Principal

Landscape Architect Renée Byers is originally from Des Moines, Iowa. Down-to-earth and energetic, she thrives on her work and rapport with colleagues and clients. Although a longtime resident of the greater New York area, Renée’s early experience of place is rooted in the combination of being raised in a midwestern city and exposure to the surrounding natural environment by family who farmed the Iowa countryside.

Educated in Landscape Architecture at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Renée combined her passions for architecture, art, and horticulture. Additional studies in architectural history while in southern France established the classical traditions and painterly influences found in her landscape compositions today. Renée’s early career began in New York City, where she ultimately became a project landscape architect leading teams on large-scale projects across the country.

Long-enamored of the iconic residential architecture and dramatic settings in Westchester and Fairfield Counties, Renée subsequently established her own firm to focus on residential landscapes. She saw potential in the region’s steep, rocky sites that were under-appreciated and oft neglected. She likewise enjoys challenging terrain regardless of location and uses topography, plantings, and architectural elements to create expressive, cohesive experiences. Timeless rules of proportion are employed to create gardens that look planned and natural at the same time and are beckoning, sustainable places. From master site planning, to lighting design, to designing custom furniture, Renée’s broad experience and personal attention furthers the field of Landscape Architecture in ways indispensable to collaborating architects, design professionals, and her residential clients. Renée, along with her accomplished studio team, nurture relationships just as they care for the land.

Renée is a registered Landscape Architect in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). In Norfolk, CT, she has served as a director on the Doolittle Lake Company board and the Chair of its Environmental and Architectural Review Committee. In Bronxville, NY she served on the Bronxville Design Review Committee and has consulted for the Bronxville Historical Conservancy. Renée is also a frequent lecturer at the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and for The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF).

Christopher Wojick

Associate

A Connecticut native and the son of a prominent golf course consultant/superintendent, Chris grew up with an innate passion for landscape design and land stewardship. His project management experience, can-do attitude, and deft production of design documents, from conceptual renderings through construction drawings, are vital contributions to RBLA. He holds a B.S. in Landscape Architecture and an A.S. in Ornamental Horticulture, both from the University of Connecticut.

Kevin Costello

Landscape Designer

Trained as an architect, Kevin applies his specialized skill set to creating connections between house and garden. Previous experience in a Boston-based architecture and interiors practice inspired him to expand his focus to landscape design. At RBLA, Kevin’s joy in the creative process aligns perfectly with the design goals and philosophies of the firm. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Elizabeth Garrett

Landscape Designer & Office Manager

Prior to pursuing studies in landscape design, Liz enjoyed a successful career in retail, both as a merchandise buyer and then as a garden furnishings store owner. For RBLA, she wears multiple hats, merging expertise in horticulture and garden design with adroit project, vendor, and contractor management. Liz holds a B.A. from Duke University and a Certificate in Landscape Design from the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden.

Collaborations

Recognition

Collaborations

Awards

  • At Home FC, A-List Award Winner, Landscape: Greater than 1 Acre, Riverfront Transformation, 2021 
  • At Home FC, A-List Award Finalist, Landscape: Less than 1 Acre, Wrought by Hand, 2021 
  • Luxe, RED Award Winner, Landscape Design NY Region, Collaboration & Craft, 2020 
  • At Home FC, A-List Award Finalist (Guest House Garden), Landscape: Less than 1 Acre, The Garden Came First, 2020 
  • At Home FC, A-List Award Finalist, Landscape: Greater than 1 Acre, Hudson Valley Getaway, 2020 
  • New York Cottages and Gardens, Innovation in Design Award, Garden Design, Hudson Valley Getaway, 2017  
  • Hobi Award Winner, Best Outdoor Living Environment, The Garden Came First, 2013


  • ASLA New York
  • Residential Landscape Architecture Design, Merit Award, Creekside Residence, 2021
  • Residential Landscape Architecture Design, Merit Award, Riverfront Transformation, 2020
  • Residential Landscape Architecture Design, Honor Award, Wrought by Hand, 2019
  • Residential Landscape Architecture Design, Merit Award, Village Sanctuary, 2019
  • Residential Landscape Architecture Design, Honor Award, Hudson Valley Getaway, 2018 
  • Residential Landscape Architecture Design, Merit Award, Collaboration & Craft, 2018 

Publications

  • At Home FC, November 2021 
  • New York Times, The Fix, June 22, 2021 
  • At Home FC, May/June 2021 
  • Hive Magazine, Spring 2021 
  • Luxe Magazine NY, January/February 2021 
  • Architectural Digest Pro, January 2021 
  • Luxe Magazine NY, October 2020 
  • NY Cottages and Gardens, November 2017
  • East Coast Home and Design, June 2012
  • Landscape Architecture Magazine, February 2012
  • Frieze, Charlotte. Private Paradise: Contemporary American Gardens. Monacelli Press 2011  

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