Who We Are

Hugh J. Collins, Jr.
Owner / Principal

Hugh has been designing and building landscapes since 1976.  He personally maintains all client interaction during conceptual design and continually reviews all projects during the implementation phases, providing creative input along the way.  Hugh received a B.S. in landscape design, cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire through the plant science department.  After practicing for several years with Ron Boucher Associates (RBA), Landscape Architects in Sudbury, MA., Hugh started his own design-build firm in Wenham, MA. in 1978.

Paul Fenner
Registered Landscape Architect

Paul Fenner, ASLA, AICP, has been a member of H.J. Collins & Associates team since 2001.  Paul has fifty years of experience on all phases of landscape design and construction with a wide range of residential, commercial, and public projects.  He is a registered landscape architect in Massachusetts, certified by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards, and a Certified Planner.  He has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, University of California at Davis, and at North Shore Community College.  He graduated with a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan and received an American Society of Landscape Architects Student Award and an honor award from the National Swimming Pool Institute.

Mark Russell
Project Manager

Mark started his working career as the owner/operator of a landscape maintenance company for several years, before joining a commercial landscape construction firm where he was a project estimator and job supervisor for over three years.  Mark ran our landscape maintenance division for a couple of years and was recognized for his superb organizational skills, knowledge of the landscape construction process and upbeat personality.  He was soon promoted and for the past several years, Mark has excelled in his current position as Project Manager, overseeing and coordinating projects at all scales.

Sarah Atwater
Landscape Designer

Sarah is a landscape designer with over 15 years of experience in landscape architecture and urban planning.  She has experience in a wide range of project types, including retail/commercial, public parks, private residential, office parks, and public housing.  She brings a growing knowledge of computer technology to our firm while preparing detailed computer-generated drawings for construction.  Sarah holds a Master of Urban Affairs degree from Boston University and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts / Amherst.  During her studies at UMASS, Sarah was awarded the ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architecture) Merit Award for Excellence.

Ann Butterworth
Office Manager

Ann has been the office manager at H.J. Collins & Associates for more than twenty years.  Prior to Ann’s work at H.J. Collins & Associates, she attended Wellesley College and worked in banking.  She is responsible for all the correspondence, recordkeeping and bookkeeping for the company.  Ann enjoys speaking with contractors and clients who may have questions about their projects.