Mr. Alderson, the founder and Principal of the firm, is the design leader.  He will be involved from conceptual development to construction documentation and will help to incorporate the clients’ goals and expectations throughout the whole design process. Mr. Alderson brings a wealth of design and construction experience to the team.  Project experience includes:  the creation of an 85 Acre Meadow Garden for Longwood Gardens including bridges, boardwalks and pavilions; the design of an elevated ADA walk way for Chanticleer Gardens; the design of bike corrals for the University of Pennsylvania; and the design a Healing Garden and Landscape for Lancaster General Health.  Mr. Alderson has won several significant design competitions including Reimagine Broad Street, the Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia.

Mr. Alderson has a BA from the University of Reading, United Kingdom, and holds a Master of Landscape Architecture with Certificate in Urban Design from the University of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Alderson, who has taught at Temple University, is a registered Landscape Architect in Connecticut, Delaware, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia  and is  a member of the Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Boards.




Landscape Architect

Mr. Forrester is responsible for development of design concepts and production of drawing sets, as well as project coordination with outside consultants.  He brings a diverse background to the team in art, construction, and agriculture.  Mr. Forrester holds a BS in Landscape Architecture from Temple University.  Working with the Olin Partnership, he documented the Bethel Performing Arts Center in Bethel, NY, helped develop and manage the master planning and permitting of the Mill River Park and Greenway in Stamford Connecticut.  During his nine years at Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects he has been involved in the design and construction adminstration of various projects including the Ann B. Barhsinger Cancer Institute and Reading Hospital.  Jesse is a registered Landscape Architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania




Senior Landscape Designer

Mr. Pugliese brings a wealth of design build experience to the project team, having worked for six years for a landscape design build firm and fifteen years at Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects, Inc.  While at the design build firm Mr. Pugliese participated in several significant projects at the Morris Arboretum including the restoration of the historic Spring House and master planning for the Fernery.  Mr. Pugliese received a BA from Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.  He also received a Certificate of Merit in Ornamental Horticulture from Longwood Gardens.  In addition to his efforts to share his experience and expertise as an adjunct faculty member at Temple University Mr. Pugliese has been an active volunteer designer/ project leader with the Community Design Collaborative.  Since 1998 Mr. Pugliese has worked on significant public and non-profit projects throughout the region.  




Landscape Architect


Ms. Herman contributes to the development of design concepts, graphic presentations, and construction documents.  She holds a Bachelor in Landscape Architecture from Philadelphia University as well as a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she attended under an Enhanced Graduate Teaching Assistant Scholarship.  In the past, she has worked as an intern for the Philadelphia Streets Department updating the City’s GIS files and the West Ward Neighborhood Partnership.  She has also taught a course focusing on sustainable panting design at Philadelphia University.  She has worked at Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects, Inc. for five years and is a registered Landscape Architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.


Sara Gray

Landscape Designer

Ms. Gray is a recent graduate of the Pennsylvania State University where she holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a BA in Geography.  Joining the firm in June 2014, Sara is responsible for assisting in the development of graphic presentations and construction documents. While in school, Sara worked as an intern for PennTerra Engineering where she gained experience preparing CAD base files for new projects, editing technical and presentation drawings, and performing site inventory.  In addition, she was an Outdoor School Counselor at the Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center where she helped to engage children in a safe and positive outdoor learning experience.