Bernice Wahler

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.


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Mariko McNamara

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.


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Svana Rún Hermannsdóttir

Svana is currently a co-op at Bernice Wahler Landscapes, a position she started in the summer of 2016. She is an international student studying Landscape Architecture and Community Planning at the University of Rhode Island. Svana graduated from the Commercial School of Iceland in 2013 with a Commercial Diploma, taking a biology and environmental science track.

Svana was born and raised in Reykjavík, Iceland. She has been influenced by the thoughtful urban planning and urban design she has encountered during her travels through Europe; observant of the powerful impact landscape architecture can make.

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Pamela Shepard

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.