Inspired by the beauty of the natural and the built, Wright Ostermier Landscape Architects see potential. We value the interconnection of landscapes and the many ways people live within them.

Our values shape the approach of each WOLA project: careful understanding of site, authentic client engagement, and thoughtful, beautifully detailed design work. We listen to our clients: our designs respond to context, character, and history to develop imaginative solutions for a broad range of projects.

From campus master plans to fine residential landscapes, diligent research and analysis informs our work as we develop design solutions which best serve our clients and realize vision.


Our history & perspective

Founding principals Emily Wright and Kathryn Ostermier met in 2009 as Master of Landscape Architecture students: they share a love of the unique character of regional New England landscapes. They joined entrepreneurial forces early, establishing a design-build firm during graduate school. Emily and Kathryn occasionally had small rented machinery hanging out of the back of a Mazda hatchback as they moved from project to project, learning about best business practices, establishing a client base, and growing a business together.

In the ensuing years, each gained experience at award-winning design firms in the New England area, developing expertise in forward-thinking design as well as local and national project management. They share a commitment to listening to their clients and collaborating with architects, builders, and engineers.

Emily is from rural Kentucky while Kathryn grew up in the metropolis of Los Angeles. Inspired by their formative years in the beauty of pastoral bluegrass farmlands and by a previous career in experimental film funding and contemporary art, Emily and Kathryn’s unique perspectives and backgrounds bring value and imagination to WOLA projects.

WOLA is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) with offices in the Boston and Northampton areas. Our strategic locations allow us to serve clients efficiently and with care throughout New England and beyond.


Emily wright, RLA & ASLA

Emily Wright is a founding principal at WOLA. Over the past eight years, Emily has developed an expertise in site design and project management, overseeing a range of institutional projects. With a focus on campus master planning and site design for both public and academic institutions, Emily manages interdisciplinary teams and works closely with owner’s agents to ensure that client expectations are met.

Emily received a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky at Lexington, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Emily has been honored for design excellence by the American Society of Landscape Architects. She is a licensed landscape architect and a lecturer at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


Kathryn Ostermier, RLA & Asla

Kathryn Ostermier is a founding principal at WOLA. She developed her design and project management skills at one of the leading award-winning landscape architecture firms in the greater Boston area. Kathryn brings a collaborative approach to project management and is experienced in the design, detailing, and construction administration of fine landscapes. She has also developed an expertise in site plan review, environmental, and historic permitting.

Kathryn received a Bachelor of Arts from Smith College in Art History and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is a licensed landscape architect and has been honored for design excellence by the American Society of Landscape Architects.



WOLA is committed to working collaboratively: our expertise adds value to project teams which best serve our clients, and we know that the strongest work is created in concert with architects, engineers, and builders.

We research and analyze to understand each site; we listen to our clients and respect their time and resources. From fine residential gardens to campus master planning and implementation, our process is rooted in our breadth of experience and knowledge of best practice.


OUR design services

  • Landscape analysis

  • Site feasibility studies

  • Land planning

  • Conceptual & schematic design

  • Programming

  • Project coordination

  • Construction documents & technical drawings

  • Construction phase services

  • Local and state permitting including land use, historic, and environmental


  • Residential landscape design

  • Higher education & corporate campus master planning

  • Municipal design including streetscapes, parks, and playgrounds

  • Healthcare, cultural, and institutional site design

  • Neighborhood preservation & design guidelines