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.