Department Design Office is a landscape, architecture, and urban design practice. We approach our work with radical pragmatism, which means we take both big ideas and on-the-ground implementation seriously. We are advocates for the communities we work in, and we aspire to create joyful and functional places. Department Design Office was founded in 2018 by Maggie Tsang and Isaac Stein.



Maggie Tsang is co-founder of Department Design Office and an urban designer. Maggie has worked extensively on issues of urbanism, infrastructure, and environmental systems. Recent research has been showcased in “The Dimensions of Citizenship” at the Venice Biennale and “The Other Architect” at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Prior to founding Department, she was design lead at WORK Architecture Company in New York where she led various projects, including two kitchen/greenhouse classrooms for Edible Schoolyard NYC. Maggie was born in Washington D.C. and received her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture from Yale University where she was awarded the Sonia Schimberg Prize. She also holds a Master of Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape, and Ecology from Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Isaac Stein is co-founder of Department Design Office and a registered landscape architect in Florida and Maryland. He grew up on Choctawhatchee Bay in the Florida Panhandle as the son of a stormwater contractor. Isaac has been working on issues of sea level rise for over a decade. His mitigation and adaptation work in South Florida has been published in the Miami Herald, Vanity Fair, and Next City, among others. Prior to founding Department, he was a design lead at West 8 Landscape and Urban Design in New York and Rotterdam where he worked on the North Shore Open Space Park and the Miami Beach Convention Center. Isaac received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami where he was awarded the AIA Alpha Ro Chi Medal. He also holds a Master of Landscape Architecture II and Master of Design Studies in Risk and Resilience from Harvard Graduate School of Design.