Erik VangsnesS, RLA

pROJECT  manager

University of Massachusetts, Amherst –
Bachelor of science in Landscape Architecture




Erik has over eleven years of experience in project design and management, client administration, development of construction drawings, and construction administration.  His involvement in WDA Design Group’s site design projects extends from preliminary client meetings to schematic design to construction documentation and administration.  Erik is also responsible for presenting project designs and obtaining approvals from municipalities throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Erik’s broad experience enables him to lend his expertise to a diverse range of project types.  He is currently the project manager for the re-development and re-purposing of the Nathan Fisher House property in Westborough MA into two separate, yet interconnected commercial developments.  The project includes the restoration of a National Register of Historic Places building, as well as the creation of a pedestrian-scaled, shared commercial campus surrounding the structure on multiple lots offering human wellness, retail, and restaurant uses.   Erik’s current work also includes the expansion of the Hospital for Large Animals at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at TUFTS University in Grafton MA, and the schematic design for a 21-lot subdivision in Westborough MA.  He is part of the design team for a healing garden located at the Charles J. Faris Recovery Center in Westborough MA; the James F. Peebles Elementary School in Bourne MA; the Holbrook PK-12 School in Holbrook MA; the South Main Street Streetscape in Providence RI; and the Butler Farm Bark Park in Millbury MA.  Erik is also providing construction administration services for the West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School in West Bridgewater MA.  His portfolio of past projects includes new tennis courts and pedestrian walkways at Nichols College in Dudley MA; site planning and permitting for a hotel, commercial space, and residential units for the Riverbridge Mixed-Use Village in Berlin MA; the landscape design for the Apponaug Circulator in Warwick RI; site design for the Freeman-Kennedy School in Norfolk, MA; design and construction administration for Sherwood Park in Barrington RI; and the landscape design for the Knowles Street Affordable Housing project in Providence RI.

Erik has been involved with projects that have received awards from the University of Massachusetts, the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.  He has been a guest lecturer on roadway design and grading in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Rhode Island.  Prior to joining WDA Design Group, Erik served as construction administrator with Shearon Golf Management in Limerick, PA.  He worked in all aspects of golf course layout and construction, managed field crews, and implemented field design modifications.

Erik lives in southeastern Massachusetts with his wife and son.  He is an avid golfer and golf course design historian, travelling throughout the United States and Scotland to experience the world’s greatest courses.  During the winter months, Erik enjoys skiing with his friends at scenic resorts in Vermont and New Hampshire.  Erik also enjoys taking road trips with his family to visit and photograph the historic covered bridges of New England.