About Design Farm Group NY/NJ | Who We Are

Meeka Van der Wal — Design Principal

Co-Founder and Design Principal of Design Farm, Meeka has been trained by Landscape Architects and holds a degree in Landscape Design from The New York Botanical Gardens. The school is acknowledged worldwide as a leader in horticultural excellence, scientific research, and educational programs. She is also a member and former Board Member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers.

Prior to co-founding Design Farm, Meeka was trained in advanced photography at the International Center of Photography (“ICP”) as well as studio photography and lighting at the School of Visual Arts (“SVA”). This expertise has enabled Meeka to link her visual arts background with her passion for landscape and interior design.

Meeka also spent many years in advertising and account management at Getty Images in New York City. Her corporate experience enables Meeka to manage all client, vendor and sub-contractor interactions on a professional basis. She has extensive project management, status reporting, project planning and vendor coordination experience that ensures successful interpersonal interactions though all phases of project management and execution. Her professional business background enables Meeka to establish and maintain long-lasting relationships with clients that look to Design Farm for reliable services year after year

Affiliations

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD) NY
co-founder of NY Chapter and VP 2008-2010

Education

  • BA Communications
    Rutgers University, New Brunswick NJ
  • Advanced Black + White Techniques
    International Center of Photography (ICP) New York, NY
  • Studio Photography + Lighting
    School of Visual Arts (SVA) New York, NY
  • Certificate in Landscape Design
    New York Botanical Gardens, Bronx, NY

Professional Alliances

Vincent J. Cioffi — Architect

With over 25 years in practice, Vincent has extensive experience with all aspects of architectural design for a wide array of building types including residential, commercial and medical structures and spaces. In addition to new design, Vincent specializes in historic restoration and rehabilitation projects.

Vincent’s broad technical background and proven ability to translate innovative and complex designs into constructible solutions makes his practice an invaluable alliance partner with the Design Farm Group team.

Education

  • Master of Architecture
    Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
  • Bachelor of Environmental Design
    Miami University, Oxford, Ohio

Publications

  • Interior Design Magazine
    “Design of Bank Offices in Landmark New York City Building”
  • New York Times
    Restoration of “Reservoir Keeper’s House”, Bronx, New York
  • Millennium Kitchens
    Contributor to book chronicling Manhattan kitchens

Geoffrey Dawson April — Designer

Through his work, Geoffrey has sought to define his formal tendencies, which are centered on an interest in the symbiotic relationship between line and surface. He brings a passion and enthusiasm for highly detailed spaces with strategic applications of craft, and values the use of appropriate sustainable technologies. Believing that true design and form transcends field boundaries, Geoffrey distributes his skills to architecture, landscapes, brands, and graphics. Although a native to the New York Metro Area, Geoffrey currently resides in Los Angeles.

Education

  • Masters in Architecture
    Southern California Institute of Architecture, Los Angeles, CA
  • BA Architecture
    Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA