Unknown Studio

Team

Founded by Claire Agre and Nick Glase, Unknown Studio brings a combined 35 years of experience in the realization of significant projects internationally. We collaborate with public stakeholders, political leaders, universities, cultural institutions, artists, architects, and developers to create enduring projects that strengthen place and unite communities.

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Claire Agre RLA ASLA

Claire Agre, Principal and Co-founder, brings humor, passion, and conceptual clarity to projects of all scales and typologies. Claire moved home to Baltimore after 20-years abroad and afield, north, east and south. Most recently and prior to founding Unknown Studio, Claire was Principal-in-Charge at West 8 New York. She continues to partner with West 8 on select design projects ongoing.  

With a background in painting and field ecology, she has led design and implementation for a diverse portfolio of projects, including the Master Plan and Hills phase of Governors Island Park and Public Spaces, Miami Beach Soundscape Park, the 1000-acre, 40-year Master Plan for Longwood Gardens and its award-winning Main Fountain Garden Revitalization, Duke University Sculpture Park Vision Plan, and the winning entry for Changing Course—an interdisciplinary, international design competition seeking solutions for the disappearing Lower Mississippi Delta. Most recently Claire led the design team responsible for Phase 1 of the Houston Botanic Garden, a collection garden founded on ideals of diversity and resilience, slated to open on Sims Bayou in 2020.

Claire holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University. She is a licensed Landscape Architect in Maryland, North Carolina, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania. A clear and compelling speaker, she has lectured and taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia and the Rhode Island School of Design.

 
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Nick Glase RLA RA ASLA AIA

Nick Glase, Principal and co-founder, has a passion for both systems thinking and fine-grain detail, thriving at multiple scales of design. Throughout Nick’s practice, he has specialized in public realm, institutional, and ecological projects. He is a Registered Landscape Architect and a Licensed Architect, bringing extensive knowledge and experience to his engagement with clients and stakeholders, from concept design through construction and maintenance.

Nick’s prior experience includes leadership roles at the landscape architecture offices of SCAPE, West 8, and Reed Hilderbrand. Major landscape projects under his leadership include Town Branch Commons in Lexington, KY; the United States Golf Association Headquarters in Liberty Corners, NJ; Tomorrowland at Disney Shanghai; Yale University’s Science Hill Campus; Miami Beach Square and District Plan; and the Pete V. Domenici Courthouse in Albuquerque, NM. Early in his career as a practicing architect, he was a co-founding architect at ProjectFrog, now an industry leader in high-performance prefab buildings.  

Nick earned a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, where he graduated with the college’s top awards for design and research. Nick has served as a Visiting Critic and guest juror at Cornell University, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Ohio State’s Knowlton School of Architecture, Columbia University, Rhode Island School of Design, and California College of the Arts.

He is active in the ASLA and AIA, and currently holds licenses in Landscape Architecture in Maryland, New York, and Delaware, and is licensed to practice Architecture in California with reciprocity applied for in Maryland.

 
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Margaret Baldwin ASLA

Meg Baldwin is a dedicated student and practitioner of landscape architecture. She considers designing landscapes to be a privilege and a responsibility, bringing rigor and passion to projects that reveal connections between systems and stories over time and between scales. Meg engages with a diversity of landscape media and systems, from bedrock to soil particle, groundcover to woody specimen, riparian watershed to urban infrastructure, or avian flyway to multi-modal connection point. While she celebrates the role of the generalist, she is often seduced by the particular.  

Prior to joining Unknown Studio, Meg managed campus landscape design projects in Washington, DC (Whittle School and Studios), and Chestertown, MD (Semans Griswold Environmental Center). With Claude Cormier + Associés, she gained diverse experience working on public art installations (18 Nuances de Gai and Balade pour la Paix), community masterplans (Vaughan Metropolitan Center), and urban design projects (Lakeshore East, Calgary Curtis Block, and the Well).

She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from George Washington University. Meg’s perspective is shaped by her extensive travel, including time spent living abroad as a coastal ecology intern in the Seychelles, an English teacher in Rome, a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa, and a landscape designer in Montréal. She returned home to Baltimore in 2017, eager to settle in and build community with engaged, creative citizens.