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July 15, 2019

We are pleased to announce that Michael Boucher has been elevated to the ASLA Council of Fellows. Election to the ASLA Council of Fellows is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members and is based on their works, leadership, management, knowledge, and service. ASLA will formally recognize its 2019 Fellows for their exceptional contributions to the landscape architecture profession and society at large at the ASLA 2019 Conference on Landscape Architecture, November 15-18, San Diego. Congratulations Michael! 

BSLA Fellows Class Of 2019

Five Alumni Elevated to ASLA Council of Fellows

May 20, 2020

Construction has commenced on the Veterans Plaza at Bates College. The space is designed to be contemplative but also large enough to hold small gatherings to honor the service and sacrifice of Bates veterans. 

May 26, 2020

Michael joined BAC Landscape Architecture Dean, Maria Bellalta and landscape architect Dan Gordon to determine Harvard Graduate School of Design’s 2020 ASLA Student Awards. The jury reviewed the work of six students and was pleased to issue three awards.

May 5, 2020

Michael is a guest reviewer this week for the University of Maine at Augusta Bachelor of Architecture final thesis reviews. 

April 29, 2020

Michael was one of five jurors reviewing designs of students in John Ronan’s Illinois Institute of Technology architecture studio. The group focused on the daunting task of designing a ‘cemetery for the unclaimed’, located on the south branch of the Chicago River.

February 18, 2020

MBLA is commencing work on a new headquarters and museum for the American Quarter Horse Association in Fort Worth, Texas with Gluckman Tang Architects and Kendall Heaton Associates. 

February 13, 2020

We are pleased to announce that Jeff Pelletier has been named an Associate Principal. Jeff has contributed a great deal to the success of the office over the past sixteen years and we look forward to his continued dedication and leadership in this new role.


We are pleased to announce that Erin Vickers has been named an Associate of the firm. Erin coordinates our large-scale projects and manages our internal business operations.

January 29, 2020

Phase 1 of Portland Foreside Development, a 10-acre mixed-use waterfront development in downtown Portland, received unanimous approval from the Portland Planning Board and Historic Preservation Board.

January 3, 2020

Completed Projects         

ArtLab at Harvard University Allston, Massachusetts

Motorland Arundel, Maine

Construction Underway   

Private Residence Boulder, Colorado

Center for Human Ecology at College of the Atlantic Bar Harbor, Maine

Private Residence Southport Island, Maine

Maine Medical Center Expansion at St. John Street Portland, Maine

November 8, 2019

Next week, Michael and Jeff are attending the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Conference in San Diego, California November 15 - 18. On Sunday, Michael will be formally inducted into the Council of Fellows. 

September 16, 2019

Michael is again an associate level member of the Josep Lluís Sert Council for the 2019 - 2020 school year. The Council is a community of annual leadership donors who are committed to supporting the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, its students, and the future of design education. Sert Council members play an integral role in helping to advance the GSD's preeminent status and provide essential funding to support the students, faculty and degree programs. 

June 20, 2019

mbla extends congratulations to Qianyu Li for her recent professional registration as a Maine Licensed Landscape Architect.

February 25, 2019

ArtLab is undergoing final preparations to host faculty, artists and students in an interdisciplinary laboratory devoted to creativity, innovation, collaboration, and connection. Read The Harvard Gazette for more information including the grand opening celebration this fall. 

November 6, 2018

Virgnia Commonwealth University's Markel Center at the Institute for Contemporary Art, is now a certified LEED Gold building and the recipient of several prestigious awards. 

2018 Architizer Project of the Year

2018 Architizer A+ Award Winner,

Concepts – Plus-Architecture + Engineering Category 

2018 Golden Hammer Award Winner, Best Placemaking

October 24, 2018

 Qianyu led a morning site workshop at Casco Bay High School in Portland kicking-off the Freshman Expeditionary class. The class commenced investigation of the Morrill's Corner neighborhood in Portland with the findings from the ‘The Case for Growth: Growing Portland - Not Whether But How', a collaboration between Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, Portland Society for Architecture, the Muskie School for Public Service at the University of Southern Maine and Creative Portland to start the conversation on why the Portland region needs to grow, what that growth could look like and how to ensure a vision for Portland that includes everyone. 

October 15, 2018

​Michael is attending the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting and Expo in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania October 19-22. 

October 2, 2018

Learn more about our Canal Plaza project! Consigli produced this short video documenting the construction process. 

September 25, 2018

MBLA has been selected to design a Veterans' Recognition on Bates College campus. The project will recognize the service and sacrifice of members of the Bates community who are military veterans and invite reflection on the broader implications of war. For more information please read letters from the President, Clayton Spencer on May 17, 2018 and September 25, 2018

July 30, 2018

mbla recently commenced work on four land planning projects ranging from siting large scale sculptures to expanding an outdoor education program. 

Chewonki Foundation 


Family Lands | Conceptual Master Plan


Private Land | Estate, Retreat and Sculpture Park

New Hampshire

Private Land Development


June 27, 2018

Shortlisted Designs have been revealed for University College Dublin’s Future Campus project. The competition focuses on enlivening and enhancing the University’s extensive campus, creating a highly-visible and welcoming entrance precinct, as well as a charismatic new architectural addition, the Centre for Creative Design. The jury will meet in July 2018 to interview the shortlist and select the winner, who is expected to be announced in August 2018.

MBLA is teamed with John Ronan Architects, RKD Architects, CLUAA, BSM Landscape, Arup, Transsolar and Pritchard Themis

June 25, 2018

MBLA is working on circulation and planting designs for the second phase of the Maine Medical Center campus expansion which includes a parking garage and integrated employee transit. The site plan was recently submitted to the city Planning Board for review. 

May 17, 2018

The new residence hall, recently named the Graham Shimmield Residence Hall, at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences won a design Citation Award at last night's AIA Maine Design Awards celebration. Congrats to Scott Simons Architects and the entire project team. 

May 10, 2018

Gretchen is a guest reviewer today at University of Maine Augusta for the BArch Final Thesis presentations. 

April 19, 2018

MBLA is teamed with John Ronan Architects for the University College Dublin's Future Campus competition. We have been selected as one of six finalists (out of 98 entrants) to compete to design an Entrance Precinct Masterplan and a new Centre for Creative Design. 

April 16, 2018

MBLA is commencing work at the College of the Atlantic with GO Logic and Susan T. Rodriguez. The new Center for Human Ecology will become an integral part of the campus academic center. For more information please check out Susan T. Rodriguez's news post

April 12, 2018

The Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia will hold a grand opening on Saturday, April 21st. The project was featured yesterday on Architectural Record and for more imagery visit architect Steven Holl's website here

January 3, 2018

Completed Projects         

Bigelow Dormitory at Bigelow Laboratory East Boothbay, Maine

Canal Plaza Portland, Maine

Dunes House East Hampton, New York

Private Residence Bellport, New York

Construction Underway   

Big Sky Residence Big Sky, Montana

Institute for Contemporary Art Richmond, Virginia

North Fork Residence East Marion, New York

Private Residence Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Private Residence Delaplane, Virginia

Private Residence Truckee, California

Shinnecock Residence Southampton, New York

December 6, 2017

MBLA recently completed a Concept Planning Study of the Calhoun Corridor District on the University of Cincinnati campus. The overall concept plan of this eight acre site creates a cohesive district and framework for future projects including new buildings, building renovations and site improvements. 

December 4, 2017

Maine Home + Design recently published an article Purposeful & Enduring, a profile on Michael Boucher highlighting recent work of Michael Boucher Landscape Architecture. 

November 22, 2017

MBLA is working with Barkow Leibinger and Sasaki on plans for ArtLab, a new hub of arts innovation on Harvard's campus in Allston. The project was recently highlighted in The Harvard Gazette and Harvard Magazine

November 13, 2017

Gretchen has joined the ARCHITALX board. ARCHITALX is an annual lecture series held in April that brings architects, landscape architects and designers from across the globe fostering evocative and creative dialogue in the community here in Maine.  

November 8, 2017

Erin is attending the ABX and Greenbuild conference in Boston, Massachusetts. 

October 18, 2017

Michael is attending the American Society of Landscape Architects Annual Meeting and Expo in Los Angeles, California. 

September 19, 2017

Portland's Canal Plaza is undergoing a renovation to bring new life to the under-utilized space. The newly designed 17,000-square-foot plaza will feature a central, single-story retail building, along with new granite paving, seating and trees. Completion is scheduled for Fall 2017. Please visit East Brown Cow's website for up-to-date information and a live project stream. 

August 15, 2017

mbla was awarded a Merit Award in Design from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects for Stone Court Villa in Paradise Valley, Arizona. 


May 22, 2017

mbla extends congratulations to Erin Vickers for her recent professional registration as a Maine Licensed Architect

May 11, 2017

Gretchen is a guest reviewer today at the University of Maine at Augusta for the Bachelor of Architecture final thesis reviews. 

May 8, 2017

mbla has recently become engaged with several projects on the University of Cincinnati campus. We are working on a planning study for the southwest corner of campus known as the Calhoun District and also recently commenced work on the renovation of Calhoun Hall. 

May 3, 2017

mbla teamed with Canal 5 Studio and submitted an entry for the Bayside Adapts Design Challenge Competition presented by the City of Portland. Portland’s Bayside neighborhood is a growing urban redevelopment district that is challenged by low topography vulnerable to flooding and aging public infrastructure. Teams were tasked with addressing ways that Bayside can continue to grow and succeed in a future with higher sea levels. All entries are posted on the City website.

May 1, 2017

Michael is honored to be a member of the newly formed University of Maine at Augusta Bachelor of Architecture Advisory Board.

April 17, 2017

Construction has commenced at Canal Plaza. Crews are working to redevelop the plaza with 17,000 square feet of granite, new trees, a feature sculptural bench and a small cafe. 

March 20, 2017

Join us at The Alamo Theater in Bucksport, Maine this Thursday, March 23, 2017. Michael is presenting "Collaboration, The Importance of Working as One" as part of the Design Norvmbega Lecture Series.

January 26, 2017

Jeff served on the jury for the 2017 New Hampshire Home Magazine Design Awards.

January 16, 2017

Michael joined the Board for the Portland Society for Architecture, a non-profit membership organization founded in 2006 to promote the progress and economic development of Greater Portland by encouraging innovation and vision in design and planning.

January 4, 2017

Completed Projects         

58 Fore Street Master Development Plan Portland, Maine

Private Residence Winchester, Massachusetts

Construction Underway   

Big Sky Residence Big Sky, Montana

Dormitory at Bigelow Lab Boothbay, Maine

Dunes House East Hampton, New York

Institute for Contemporary Art Richmond, Virginia

North Fork Residence East Marion, New York

Private Residence Bellport, New York

Private Residence Delaplane, Virginia

Private Residence Seal Harbor, Maine

Private Residence Telluride, Colorado

Private Residence Truckee, California

December 15, 2016

Jeff participated in the final architecture design reviews for the semester at the University of Maine Augusta.

November 2, 2016

Join Michael at the University of Colorado Boulder for the Environmental Design Lecture Series. He is presenting on Monday, November 14th. 

October 10, 2016

The Craft of Residential Landscapes through Personal Narratives, join Michael along with Shane Coen and Andrea Cochran on Monday, October 24th at the ASLA Annual Meeting & Expo in New Orleans.

September 26, 2016

mbla is part of the design team for the 10 acre waterfront property at 58 Fore Street in Portland, Maine. Conceptual designs include plans to reinvigorate the historic core of the former Portland Company site and re-engage the waterfront. The team recently submitted a Master Development Plan to the City of Portland. The press release from CPB2 can be found here and the full application is available on the

City's website

August 15, 2016

mbla, in collaboration with Canal 5 Studio, is studying various ways to improve this underused plaza in downtown Portland, Maine. The team explored opportunities for accommodating various events to better serve the diverse building occupants and draw more foot traffic from the street. The Portland Press Herald recently published this article elaborating on City support for the project. Construction is anticipated to be completed in 2017. 

July 25, 2016

mbla is immensely proud to have been a member of John Ronan Architects’ team competing for the opportunity to design the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. Ronan’s team was one of seven finalists and among those who presented designs for the Jackson Park and the Washington Park sites to the Obama Foundation Board and to the President and Mrs. Obama.

May 13, 2016

mbla is a design consultant to the team of MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects, FBM and Ekistics, who are collaborating with the Armour Group to develop a masterplan and design studies for the Queen's Marque Waterfront Development in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Currently a parking lot, this prime waterfront site is being developed into a mixed-use district including a hotel, luxury residential units, office space, commercial space and public space. Read more on The Armour Group's website

May 10, 2016

On May 9th, ground was broken to begin construction in earnest for a new 32-bed residence for students and visiting scientists at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in East Boothbay, Maine. It is expected that the new residence will be ready for occupancy in September 2017. 

May 2, 2016

House Over the Water, a residence in Surry, Maine designed by Elliott + Elliott Architecture, was awarded an AIA Maine 2016 Design Award. The awards reception is on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at 5:30 at the Fort Andross Mill in Brunswick, Maine.

April 25, 2016

The finalists for the Congress Square Redesign project will speak at a public forum on Wednesday, May 4th at the Portland Museum of Art from 5:30 - 7:30pm. The event will be free and open to the public and will include a presentation from each finalist and a question and answer session.

April 18, 2016

michael served on the jury for the 2016 Boston Society of Landscape Architects Awards Program recognizing excellence in the diverse practices of landscape architecture. Check out the 23 selected projects on the BSLA website. Congratulations to the winners!

april 4, 2016

mbla is pleased to have been named one of the four finalist design teams by the City of Portland Planning & Urban Development Department for the Congress Square Redesign project. We are leading an all local, multidisciplinary team that includes Becker Engineering, Woodard & Curran, Wright-Ryan Construction and Carol Wishcamper Consulting.

March 21, 2016

Gretchen has joined the SPACE Gallery facade committee. SPACE will be soliciting proposals from artists/architects/designers to reimagine/redesign the gallery façade.

March 14, 2016

Michael has joined the Building Committee at Wolfe's Neck Farm. This committee will help guide the planned changes to the farm proposed by the recent master planning effort. 

March 7, 2016

The Department of Landscape Architecture at The University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign is holding a charette to reflect on the 150 year history of the campus. Michael along with OLIN, Peter Walker and Partners, and site design group is leading a team of students to propose a flexible master plan for the coming fifty years in this charette titled IMAGINING THE ILLINOIS CAMPUS: 2017-2067

February 1, 2016

We recently completed preliminary design for the Telluride Forever Park. This public park is a gift to the community from the Telluride Foundation and will provide outdoor space for world-class sculpture as well as public gathering space.

January 25, 2016

ARCHITALX announced their 2016 speaker series. Michael serves as an advisor to this non-profit volunteer organization fostering evocative and creative dialogue within the design community of Maine. Jeff and Amy serve as board members.

January 6, 2016

Completed Projects


Lake Austin House Austin, Texas

Modern Texas Prefab Austin, Texas

Private Villa Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation (competition)


Construction Underway


Big Sky Residence Big Sky, Montana

Dunes House East Hampton, New York

Institute for Contemporary Art

at Virginia Commonwealth University

North Fork Residence East Marion, New York

Private Residence Bellport, New York

Private Residence Winchester, Massachusetts

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