Remembering Lynn Wolff, FASLA

The Landscape Architectural community mourns the loss of Lynn Wolff, FASLA, President and Principal of Copley Wolff Design Group. The community has lost a thoughtful, creative, inspiring and visionary designer. Those who had the opportunity to work with Lynn have lost a dear friend and encouraging mentor.

Lynn was a local and national leader in the field for over 35 years. Her drive and passion were evident in her work; an extensive portfolio which includes the Wharf District Parks on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, MA; the Science Park at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, VT; the Columbus Playground in Columbus, IN; and the Therapy Trail at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown, MA.

Lynn contributed her time and expertise to various regional, national, and international organizations. In recent years, she was involved in the planning and design of a garden at Rosie’s Place, a women’s shelter in Boston, MA; a healing garden at the Fletcher Allen Hospital in Burlington, VT; and gardens at the Teaching Hospital in Mirebelais, Haiti. For the past eight years, Lynn regularly assembled flower arrangements at the Women’s Lunch Place, a daytime refuge in Boston for women who are experiencing homelessness or poverty. In 1999, she co-founded Peter’s FUNd Racer, a ski race that raises money for melanoma research.

Lynn served professional and civic organizations through the course of her career. This included terms as President and Trustee of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects; Commissioner on the Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC); Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), President of the Hubbard Educational Trust; and Board Member for Preservation Massachusetts. Lynn also served on national and regional councils for the Urban Land Institute and was a member of the Commonwealth Institute.

In her role as mentor, Lynn endeavored to provide designers with an atmosphere that was both nurturing and inspirational, encouraging them to develop their individual interests while also working as a team. She graciously opened many doors for young talent – a rarity in the design world. Her entrepreneurial spirit, vision, and strong leadership is reflected in the continuing success of Copley Wolff Design Group.

Lynn will be remembered for her ideas and her inspiration. She led by example through her positive attitude, sunny demeanor, good humor, and overwhelming generosity. Her friends, family, colleagues and the landscape of Boston have been forever transformed by Lynn’s spirit.

The Funeral Service will be Saturday, April 30 at 11 am at The Old South Church in Boston.

Other information is forthcoming.