Dani Alexander is founding principal of Studio AKA. Her work is imbued with the belief that putting people in touch with nature brings about a deep sense of well-being. She is passionate about transforming the public realm to be more equitable, resilient, and compelling.
Before founding Studio AKA, Danielle worked at Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architects, Verzone Woods Architects, and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. While at Reed Hilderbrand, Dani contributed to the implementation of multiple projects set forth in Harvard University’s Allston Institutional Master Plan. She was also on the design team for the American Museum of Natural History’s Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, contributing to the design and preliminary construction documentation. For the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Dani helped to develop a planting design for a tricky ravine site, as well as re-imagined access in a site of difficult topography and flooding. In all of these projects, she enjoyed collaborative relationships with architects, engineers, naturalists, and stakeholders.
Dani’s commitment to communicating the impacts of design, climate change, and resilience efforts is additionally supported through volunteering, teaching, and writing. As a trained Climate Reality Leader through Former Vice President Al Gore's Climate Reality Project, she works to communicate the impacts of climate change on landscape and public health. She manages the Shifting Latitudes project, a communications platform covering these issues. She served as adjunct faculty at the Boston Architectural College, teaching in both the Architecture and Practice Departments, and has sat on numerous student design juries.
Dani’s writing has appeared in various print and digital publications. Most recently, she has written about how the design of Buffalo Bayou Park successfully withstood multiple hurricanes and is a model for urban stormwater management. She is the Urban Wild Writer in Residence for Freshkills Park, and her essay on the former landfill’s transformation is set to appear this November in Urban Omnibus, a publication of The Architectural League of New York.
Dani earned her Bachelor of Arts at Harvard University and her Master of Landscape Architecture from University of Virginia, where she was a William R. Kenan Fellow and editor of the design publication lunch.