Department Design Office is a landscape, architecture, and urban design studio. We are radically pragmatic designers, which means we are committed to making thoughtful and dynamic environments that are equally informed by function and implementation. We are advocates for the communities we work in, and we aspire to design processes that generate and sustain transformative spaces. 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 and environmental migration; including collaborating on The Dimensions of Citizenship at the Venice Biennale with Keller Easterling. She has contributed to various exhibitions including City of 7 Billion at Yale School of Architecture, Tomorrows: Urban Fictions for Possible Futures at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, and The Other Architect at the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Recently, she was the program director for a seminar, “Imagining the Landscape of Retreat,” with the Radcliffe Institute as well as lead researcher with Harvard Graduate School of Design, RSE Landscape, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation on coastal retreat in Captiva Island, Florida. 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. She also holds a Master of Design Studies in Urbanism, Landscape, and Ecology from Harvard Graduate School of Design where her research focused on rethinking private property and land trusts on developed barrier islands of the eastern seaboard.

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 Florida state licensed stormwater contractor. Isaac has been working on issues of sea level rise for over a decade. His mitigation and adaptation plan for Miami Beach has been published in the Miami Herald and Vanity Fair. He collaborated with Eve Mosher on the High Water Line and organized a student competition with AIA Miami, UMiami, and FIU called “Miami Resiliency: Adapting Residence for Climate Change.” 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 stormwater management at 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 is currently a Master of Landscape Architecture II and Master of Design Studies dual-degree candidate at Harvard Graduate School of Design where his research focuses on coastal risk and the impacts of development.