Bernice specializes in the detailed design of private residences. She has a distinct appreciation for her clients’ goals and priorities that provide the foundation for her designs. She carefully merges these goals with an understanding of and inspiration from the site’s context and a commitment to developing resilient solutions. With over fifteen years of experience, Bernice has developed and executed landscapes that are of enduring quality and celebrate the uniqueness of their surroundings.
She has practiced with leading design firms in the United States and Asia including EDSA Orient, Douglas Hoerr Landscape Architecture, and Pressley Associates. Most recently she was an Associate at Stephen Stimson Associates on Cape Cod from 2005 through 2012. While at SSA, she collaborated with clients, architects, engineers and contractors on award winning private residences and institutions in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, and Michigan.
In 2012 she founded Bernice Wahler Landscapes to specialize on the detail design of private residences. These have been primarily for coastal sites where Bernice has a strong understanding of the regulations and approval process required in the development of these properties. She prides herself on listening and collaborating with clients, architects, engineers, regulatory agencies, and contractors in the realization of these projects.
With a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree from The Boston Architectural College, Sandra’s career is inspired by the fusion of organic and built elements within the landscape. Because of her cross disciplinary experience, Sandra has the ability to conceptualize both interior and exterior space, blurring the lines between interior and exterior living. Sandra brings her 12 years of experience to the BWL's drafting table, where she continues to dazzle with her impromptu sketches and ideas.
Certificate, Interior Design, Ashton Art Institute, 1989
Museum School of Fine Arts 1990
B. Arch., Architecture, Boston Architectural College, 1996
M.L.A., Landscape Architecture, Harvard University, 1999
The School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Instructed for 3 years as visiting faculty member and under continuing education.
Boston Architectural College
Thesis panel critic for 2 years.
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Thesis panel critic for 3 yrs.
HONORS and AWARDS
Grant Winner along with Michael J Tyrrell:
The Fort Point Cultural Coalition: Necco Building Shutters Project-June 2007
Grant Winner along with Michael Tyrrell:
Mobius: Floating Green House on Fort Point Channel Project-Jan. 2001
New England Foundation for the Arts, Homeless Memorial- May 2000
Emma Gilder sleeve Lane, Harvard University-May 1999
Grant Winner Boston Foundation for the Arts:
Floating Sculpture in the Children’s Museum –Oct. 1998
Honorable Mention with Michael Tyrrell:
The Van Allen Institute: Greenport International Waterfront Design Competition, Nov. 1996
2nd Place Winner for Boston Society of Architects:
Re-design of the Northern Avenue Bridge-Jan.1996
BAC Thesis Project, May
Svana Rún Hermannsdóttir
Svana joined Bernice Wahler Landscapes full time in Winter of 2019 after working as a co-op for two years. She studied Architecture and Community Planning at the University of Rhode Island where she graduated Spring of 2018. In addition, Svana had a degree from the Commercial School of Iceland graduating in 2013 with a Commercial Diploma, taking a biology and environmental science track.
Svana is born and raised in Reykjavík, Iceland. Aside from her upbringing in Iceland, she has been influenced by the thoughtful minimalistic design she has encountered during her travels through Europe; observant of the powerful impact landscape architecture can make.
Mariko McNamara is a native of Cape Cod, born and raised in Falmouth. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Physics at Smith College. After working in advertising, she went on to study at the Conway School of Landscape Design, where she earned her MS in Ecological Design in June of 2016.
She is an artist and an environmentalist. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, doing yoga, and traveling. After many years of living in Boston and Western Massachusetts, she is happy to call the Cape home again.
Pamela is an experienced marketing coordinator in the landscape design industry. Before coming to Bernice Wahler Landscapes, she spent several years at E.J. Jaxtimer Builders Inc. and Stephen Stimson Associates, performing both marketing and administrative duties.
She is a Massachusetts native and currently lives in Sandwich with her dog, Piper.