PEOPLE

  • Runit Chhaya

    LEED AP - Principal

    Grain Collective is led by Runit Chhaya who has over a dozen years of experience in landscape architecture and urban design projects. He lives in New York City and has worked on public and private sector projects in the Northeast region of the US for the last ten years.Runit maintains involvement with every project of the firm and manages the day-to-day operations, maintains client contacts and provides quality control to ensure high excellence designs.

  • Sapna Advani

    LEED AP - director

    Ms. Advani incorporates a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach in all her work that includes research and
    analysis, strategic thinking, public stakeholder and community consultation, to create innovative concepts and design strategies that lead to the development of functional and meaningful places and processes.

  • Kate Belsky

    sr. landscape architect

    Kate Belski is a landscape architect and horticulturalist with nearly a decade of experience working on successful and innovative landscape projects in New York City. Driven by a desire to cultivate relationships between urban residents and the ecosystem that they live in her work encourages people to participate in the outdoor environment by creating a diversity of unique experiences and perspectives.

  • Andrew McHenry

    landscape architect

    Andrew McHenry has over 5 years of experience in diverse project types. He has worked locally and internationally on projects varying in size and scale from playground for School Construction Authority in New York City, to a 5 mile long bike and pedestrian corridor along
    the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Andrew has extensive experience in the coordination of small and large project teams and the design and documentation of large and small landscapes, master plans, and infrastructure projects.

  • David Sullivan

    consulting landscape designer

  • Xiang Zhao

    landscape designer

    Xiang Zhao is a Landscape Designer with a Master’s Degree from Rhode Island School of Design. He also acquired a Master Degree of Landscape Architecture from Nanjing Forestry University in China. With a background in Classical Chinese Gardens, Xiang explores an interdisciplinary design process that reveals an artistic expression in his work, both visually and tangibly. As a landscape designer at Grain Collective, he is always applying his passion, skills and knowledge to creative graphic representations, landscape designs, details and documentation.

  • Gea Ferrone

    architectural designer

  • Ziqing Chen

    landscape designer

    Ziqing received a Master of Landscape Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design, where her thesis examined the effects of climate change on urbanization patterns in Queens, NY. Ziqing completed her Bachelor of Agronomy from China Agriculture University majoring in Horticulture. Her undergraduate studies focused on the cultivation and maintenance of floral species in agricultural landscapes.

  • Daniel Zambrano

    landscape designer