Jessalyn L. Jarest, ASLA, PLA


Jessalyn L. Jarest founded her practice, Jessalyn Jarest Landscape Architecture (JJLA), in 2010 and has completed diverse private gardens and residential landscapes. Her work has been published in Design New England, New England Home and received a City of Cambridge Preservation Award.  A native New Englander, Jessalyn focuses on ecological solutions to stormwater management, accessibility, and sustainable garden design.  Each of her gardens evoke artful relationships between outside and inside.  

Jessalyn is a registered landscape architect with almost twenty years of experience working within the disciplines of architecture and landscape architecture. Prior to starting her own studio in Cambridge, Jessalyn worked for several award-winning landscape architecture firms in metropolitan Boston prior to starting her own studio. She also spent over 10 years teaching at the Boston Architectural College and has been a visiting critic at Northeastern, RISD, the BAC, and elsewhere.  She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Planning and Design from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. 

In addition to her own practice, Jessalyn is a founding principal of COLLAB.  COLLAB is a collaborating laboratory of five independent, women-owned landscape architecture practices working on projects throughout the Northeast.  She is currently collaborating on projects in Maine and Massachusetts.


Alex Gabriel

Design Intern

Alex is a 3rd year Master of Landscape Architecture candidate at the Boston Architectural College. She has a background and passion for urban planning and graduated from the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning Program at UMass Amherst. In Alex’s spare time, you can find her going on adventures near and far exploring green spaces and cities of all shapes and sizes. To her, there is no better way to get inspiration for a new design project than to walk around a new place taking it all in.