Principal - Landscape Architect

Cynthia Behan provides design services for residential, commercial, institutional, open space and community planning projects. Her experience includes site planning and design for residential, commercial and institutional clients, as well as community parks and trail system planning and design. Cynthia's practice integrates community planning with design of public spaces. She brings her background in biology and ecology and understanding of plant materials into her practice at the site, neighborhood, and community scale. Cynthia particularly enjoys collaborations with other professionals and finding creative design solutions for both public and private clients.


Principal - Planning

John J. Behan, AICP, is a principal at Behan Planning and Design. After practicing as a city planner and then as a partner in a planning and design firm, Mr. Behan formed Behan Planning Associates in 1998. His work has been recognized with several national planning and conservation awards. His professional practice emphasizes turning knowledge into action and includes public involvement as integral to successful community planning. Mr. Behan's experience includes environmental reviews, comprehensive planning, waterfront revitalization, greenway and open space projects, resource conservation planning, grant writing, and economic development planning.

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Principal - Engineering

Mr. Hopkins is a licensed professional Engineer with 14 years of engineering experience as a project engineer and project manager. The scope of projects includes public and private development from residential subdivisions to commercial sites, roadway design, and municipal consulting.  His experience includes all aspects of the evolution of a project from layout of the subdivision/site, hydrologic and hydraulic design and stormwater mitigation, grading design, sewer (gravity and force main), water main distribution and service design and testing, and project permitting and entitlements. Mr. Hopkins has a strong background in construction management and administration and field representation providing engineering oversight. As a Project Manager, Mr. Hopkins, has been responsible for all aspects of projects including; proposal, contract set-up, client relations, technical design, scheduling, scope and budget management.


Senior Associate

Michael Allen began his independent planning consulting practice in 2002 with the formation of Bailliere Consulting where he was Principal until joining Behan Planning and Design. His experience includes land use planning SEQR and GEIS reviews, developing zoning codes, build out analysis and design standards. As an architect, Mr. Allen has worked for noted international firms including Skidmore Owings Merrill, P.C., Einhorn Yaffee Prescott, A/E, P.C., and preservation architects Badger & Associates. Mr. Allen also served on the Planning Commission for the Town of Dorset, VT. and has a strong personal interest in community revitalization and land use planning projects.

Rebecca.jpgRebecca Nolan

Landscape Architect Consultant

Rebecca Nolan is a licensed Landscape Architect and holds degrees from Cornell University and Harvard Graduate School of Design. Over the past 10 years, she has worked in Colorado, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island on a multitude of planning, design and construction projects. At Harvard, Rebecca was a teaching assistant for the Innovation Field Lab, a think tank housed at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government that worked alongside local municipalities, helping them become data driven and collaborative across departments. Rebecca enjoys all aspects of the design process, but especially working with local communities to help them transform public spaces.

Dianna2.jpgDianna Blanchard

Business Manager

Dianna Blanchard comes to the firm with a variety of business management experience from her time in the sports and entertainment industry. Her range of experience includes human resources, revenue and expense reporting, event planning, inventory and vendor management, and data organization. Dianna assists with the firm’s financial management including invoicing, accounts receivable/payable, and project budget tracking and reporting. She oversees human resource functions and is involved in the firms business development through contract reviewing and proposal drafting.

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