MLA is a full-service landscape architectural firm located in Southport Connecticut. Our expertise is in understanding our clients and their properties so that we can provide outdoors spaces and landscapes that elevate their individual lifestyles and bring out the best features of their properties. Authenticity and individuality are guiding principles of our design work. With over 20 years of experience in outdoor construction, horticulture and environmental engineering, we collaborate with our project teams of architects, engineers and contractors to permit and execute our landscape designs. Our project execution processes are valued by our clients whose time is a precious resource.
Jessica Matteson, PLA, Principal
Jessica is a classically trained landscape architect and principal of her full-service, award-winning firm Matteson Landscape Architecture. With over 20 years of experience, Jessica is widely known in the Northeast for curating experience-driven residential and commercial outdoor spaces. Jessica masterfully blends the science of landscape with joie de vivre to create one-of-a-kind landscape experiences and is recommended by top architects, interior designers, and discerning clients.
Jessica has a Bachelor of Science in horticulture (B.S.), Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) and a minor in real estate, all from Cornell University, where she continues to do research on many aspects of the built environment. As an active alumni member of Cornell, each year Jessica spends a week in the research library reading through the latest research on the built environment and how it impacts our state of mind.
Jessica prides herself in her work and has designed a variety of elite projects ranging from the gardens of the Mandarin Oriental in Atlanta, GA to an 11 acre private estate in Connecticut. Since her work is so personal, she often stays in communication with her clients for years after a project is built as a resource for ongoing landscape improvements.
On a personal level, Jessica has traveled to over 20 countries (Japan being her favorite) to study the best in class landscapes from around the globe. Through her global travels, she has built an incredibly unique rolodex of interesting and talented vendors – from planters in Belgium to marble from Italy. She often imports these unique treasures to furnish her clients’ outdoor spaces. When she isn’t traveling or working, she is hanging out with her husband and two kids (usually at a sporting event), tending the vegetable garden or sitting around the firepit with friends.
Mary Korchinski, Landscape Designer
After a 15 year career in the Fashion Industry for brands such as Vineyard Vines, Ralph Lauren, and Calvin Klein, Mary brings her knowledge of timeless design, balance, color and texture to her work creating gardens and outdoor living spaces.
Mary joined Matteson Landscape Architecture in September 2021. She has a B.A from Loyola University in Maryland, and is completing her Landscape Design Certification from The New York Institute of Art and Design.
Jessica Matteson, RLA
After 20 years working for firms that ranged from organic design-build firms in upstate NY, to top end residential firms in Greenwich, CT, and urban design firms in Atlanta, GA, Jessica opened MLA to design landscapes according to her own philosophies of biophilia, the preciousness of time, environmental responsibility, and natural beauty.
As the primary designer, Jessica works with a trusted team to design and build residential and select commercial landscapes. Her aesthetic style is influenced by travel to more than 20 countries to study all genre of landscapes and wild places.
Jessica has a Masters of Landscape Architecture and a B.S. in horticulture, both from Cornell University. Before opening MLA she worked for Howard Design Studio and HGOR, both in Atlanta, GA; Doyle Design Associates in Greenwich, CT, and Organic Matters in the Hudson Valley of New York State.
Our team is currently working remotely and conducting client meetings either outdoors, onsite, or via Zoom.
“I have personally worked with her on twenty beautiful, creative residential projects, each one being just as nice if not better than the previous one.”
-Dinyar Wadia, Principal, Wadia Associates
New Canaan, CT
“Jessica Matteson is a consummate professional.“
-Craig Holmes, Construction Manager, Cornerstone Builders