About Us

Our work reflects our strong commitment to produce beautiful, well-built, and responsibly engineered designs that meet our clients’ objectives. With each new commission, we strive to achieve a thorough understanding of the natural, historic, cultural and scenic assets of the settings in which we work. Our small, highly qualified staff ensures that all projects receive the complete attention of the principal-in-charge and project manager through every phase.

Recent and ongoing projects include the recreation of Monticello’s kitchen road and path, the Historic Henry County Courthouse forecourt, the Poplar Forest Parkway, and the historic James River plantations, Carter’s Grove and Brandon. Our clients include the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Garden Club of Virginia, the Corporation for Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, the City of Charlottesville, and the County of Albemarle.

Our Team

  • Will-ReileyWillIAM D. Rieley, PLA

    As the founding principal of Rieley & Associates, Will oversees all of the firm’s projects. In addition to serving for eight years on the Albemarle County Planning Commission, he taught at the University of Virginia for 20 years. His career as an educator continues through lectures at conferences and symposiums, participation in the Historic Landscape Institute (administered jointly by the University of Virginia and Monticello), and his work each year with the Garden Club of Virginia’s research fellows.

    His other interests include fly fishing (because “you always do it in beautiful places”), and the study of proportion, garden structures such as dovecotes and bathouses, and classical architecture. He is known at the office for his recitations of Gilbert and Sullivan, poetry and an occasional anecdote from P. G. Wodehouse. In his honor, Rieley & Associates always celebrates National Bow Tie Day. His dog, Gus, a lab mix, enjoys coming to work every day because it means a lunchtime walk with his boon companion.

  • Roxanne-BrouseRoxanne S. Brouse, PLA

    Roxanne graduated with a Masters degree in landscape architecture from the University of Virginia. After working with the National Park Service as the Landscape Architect for the National Capital Region in Washington, DC, she returned to Charlottesville to work at Rieley & Associates. She has been a partner since 1985. She describes herself as the firm’s factotum because on any given day she tackles assignments ranging from calculating curve data on a horizontal alignment to putting the finishing touches on a narrative for a master plan. She gets the job done. Her dog, Opal, a small, black mutt, takes her job as Rieley & Associates’ Chief of Security very seriously. Both she and Roxanne are grateful they found each other at the SPCA. Her favorite pastime is following the exploits of her beloved University of Virginia baseball team. Go Hoos!

  • Karen-KennedyKaren Kennedy, PLA, ASLA

    After earning her MLA from the University of Washington, Karen moved cross-country for a Garden Club of Virginia summer research Fellowship at Morven Park. She joined Rieley & Associates shortly thereafter, and has since served as project manager for several historic private residences throughout Virginia as well as the restoration of Thomas Jefferson’s original Kitchen Road and realignment of Mulberry Row at Monticello. She is now focused on our work at Carter’s Grove, a 475-acre historic James River plantation in transition from a museum to a private residence. From day one of her tenure here, she has been a trusted, unflappable, cheerful, and creative colleague. Her skills at absorbing and distilling complicated information and applying that knowledge to accomplish our clients’ goals are prodigious. Karen also volunteers at the PB&J Fund and serves on the board of City Schoolyard Garden, two local nonprofits that help Charlottesville youth cultivate skills for healthy living.

  • Jill-Trischman-MarksJill Trischman-Marks, PLA

    With a MLA and Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Virginia, Jill joined Rieley & Associates in 2001. Her encyclopedic knowledge of plants and diligence in tracking new cultivars ensures that she makes valuable contributions to almost all of Rieley & Associates’ projects. As an avid cyclist, she also lends her expertise to the design of trails and provides valuable information about connections to existing trails. Jill is a member of the McIntire Botanical Garden Board of Directors and a volunteer with Service Dogs of Virginia where she fosters and trains puppies. A puppy’s visit to the office means that Gus, Opal and Nova, permanent fixtures at the office, are always making new friends.

  • Jennifer-EsserJennifer Esser, PLA

    Jennifer joined Rieley & Associates in 2007 to help produce line drawings and rendered aerial perspectives for Historic Virginia Gardens.  Her experience at that time included twenty years as a private consultant for residential design, parks and roadway beautification projects. Her tenacity and analytical skills shine brightest when tackling complicated construction details for such diverse challenges as Civil War cannon carriages, Thomas Jefferson’s dovecote at Rose Hill, and the entrance gates at Carter’s Grove. In addition to her design work, Jennifer is an artist whose oil paintings hang in private collections around the country.

  • Connie LiouConnie Liou

    Connie joined Rieley & Associates in January 2016. Prior to her recent move to Virginia, she managed a law firm in Los Angeles. Along with her administrative background, she brings experience from other relevant fields, including landscape design, architectural design + build construction, and garden nursery work. In addition to holding a Bachelors’ degree in English Literature and Philosophy from Lynn University, Connie has also completed coursework in both the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture programs at UCLA Extension. Her credentials reflect the valuable skills she brings to the team; her kind, cheerful attitude and willingness to pitch in make her a welcome colleague.

Publications

  • THE PUBLIC SPIRITED BEATRIX FARRAND OF MOUNT DESERT ISLAND

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    Written by Roxanne S. Brouse The Beatrix Farrand Society Press; Copyright © by the Beatrix Farrand Society; Copyright © text by Roxanne S. Brouse

     

    • GardensHistoric Virginia Gardens:
      Preservation Work of the Garden Club of Virginia 1975-2007

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      Written by Margaret Page Bemiss, with photographs by Roger Foley, and site plans and illustrations by Rieley & Associates.

      Proceeds from book sales will contribute to future restoration and preservation efforts by the historic non-profit organization, the Garden Club of Virginia.

    • PalladaniaPalladiana, Journal of the Center for Palladian Studies in America Inc.

      “Pigeons in the Temple: Thomas Jefferson’s Pigeon-House Design” by William D. Rieley Vol 10, No. 1, Fall 2015

      www.palladiancenter.org/Fall_2015.pdf

    • VirginiaFamilyA Virginia Family and Its Plantation Houses

      Written by Elizabeth Langhorne, K. Edward Lay, and William D. Rieley University Press of Virginia; Copyright © 1987 by the Rector & Visitors of the University of Virginia.

    • garden-designTaylor’s Guide to Garden Design

      “Time-Honored Styles” and “Traditional Gardens” written by William D. Rieley Chanticleer Press, Inc.
      New York; Copyright © 1988 by Houghton Mifflin.

    • morven-parkMorven Park: A Landscape Legacy

      By Karen Kennedy Copyright © 2009 by The Garden Club of Virginia.

      Morven Park download

Our Projects