Rebecca Hill Named "Top 20 Under 40"

"Believing that increasing green space in urban settings is crucial to improving the lives of city dwellers, Rebecca Hill earned a master's degree in landscape architecture with a focus on neighborhood planning from the University of California, Berkeley. Upon graduation, Hill received the Geraldine Knight Traveling Fellowship to study neighborhood planning in former communist countries. Her early work included a position at Hargreaves Associates in New York City, where she worked on the University of Cincinnati master plan, among others. Hill joined dlandstudio in 2004 and has helped manage some of the firm's most complicated projects, including a Brooklyn Queens Expressway project in Carroll Gardens that provided two blocks of the BQE with park space that would come to be known as BQGREEN. Hill gathered data demonstrating the negative effects of the highway on residents' health and economic status and convinced community groups and local politicians that a new park could help with some of the issues. Her volunteer work includes school painting and planting projects with New York Cares, and she is currently one exam away from obtaining her landscape architecture license."