Tanya Kelley is a designer with thirty years of experience, including projects that have been recognized for design excellence from professional organizations and civic agencies. Her projects and articles have been featured in professional, local and national publications, including the New York Times.
She received a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the City College of the City of New York and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from The Rhode Island School of Design and currently teaches in the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Rhode Island.
She is active in planning and policy in Newport, Rhode Island where she is currently a member of the Washington Square Advisory Commission, The Newport Planning Board and Critical Area Review.
Tanya is the founder and Principal of PLACEstudio Landscape Design in Newport, RI where she is currently working on the Opera House Roof Garden, Mabel's Garden at The Norman Bird Sanctuary, and The Loeb Visitor Center plaza renovation.
She frequently collaborates with Ron Henderson, FASLA of L+A Landscape Architecture where she has been project manager for planning and design projects in the United States and China - including the award-winning Master Plan for XiHaizi Model Ecological Park in Beijing, Anthracite Garden in Cambridge MA, Pawtucket Downtown Design Plan, Pawtucket, RI, City Walk and the Elmwood Avenue Enhancement Report in Providence, RI as well as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, MA. She is currently the Senior Project Manager for The Newport Spring Project which is designing the site of Newport's original town spring formerly Coffey's gas station.
Tanya was recently invited to lecture on 'Strategies for a Diverse and Vibrant Newport Harbor', at The University of Connecticut Sea Grant and she spoke about her work during Designxri, RI Design Week at the Newport Art Museum. In April 2016 Tanya was a guest lecturer at Roger Williams University, Art, Architecture and Historic Preservation School where she presented two lectures on planting strategies for architects; Native Plant Ecosystems and Trees. In January of 2015 she presented her research, Newport's Historic Beech Trees, Collection and Stewardship, to the Poetics of Plant Design Colloquium at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Tanya lives in Newport with her husband Dr. Fred Abong, (former bass-player for Throwing Muses and Belly) and her three step-children; Travis, Marcy and Elliot. She enjoys travel, photography, collage, writing, and observing nature.