Cecil Howell is a designer, whose practice ranges from mapping, to product design, to landscape architecture. Her work is an exploration of place: how it evolves, how we connect with it, and how we can design it. Growing up in the woods of New York, her love of land is rooted in childhood walks through the forest, observing a successive ecosystem regenerating over remnant stone walls and farmlands.
Cecil approaches her work through studying how spaces are formed over time through the dynamic layering of cultural and ecological forces. Through analysis, model making, and drawing she is interested in creating narratives that tell the multi-faceted stories of a place; expanding our perspective and dialogue. This type of analysis is the point of departure for her work as a landscape architect, where she uses her research to generate creative and community-driven designs.
After 9 years of working for multiple award-winning firms, including Hargreaves, Future Green, and Margie Ruddick Landscape, Cecil created her own studio and collaborative: Object + Field, in order to expand her practice to include art, product design, and landscape architecture. Her work includes a 12-acre corporate campus in Beijing, in collaboration with the renowned artist Maya Lin, as well as a climate change resiliency study for the San Francisco Bay Area. She has received a number of awards, including the ASLA General Award of Excellence for her student work.