About The Firm

Edgewater Design was founded in 1989, a WBE and SBE firm, specializing in Landscape Architecture, works on a wide range of site projects including Civic and Institutional; Academic; Commercial; Corporate; Public and Private Residential. Having almost all of our design projects built, our experience gives us the knowledge of construction costs, the latest construction techniques and materials, and meeting time schedules. Our professional staff can provide the latest design and technological information to accommodate the types of site improvements required for any project. Our approach to design will always be to meet the client’s project requirements and goals.

Founding Principal Jan Saltiel Rafel, ASLA, LEED AP  is a registered Landscape Architect in New Jersey and New York.  Ms. Rafel started her career in New York City working on parks, corporate and residential estate landscaping and has continued to work on all sectors of landscape architectural design and planning.  Her approach to projects is based on the integration of various disciplines of horticulture, architecture and engineering.  This practical experience has given her a clear understanding of the design and construction process.


We strongly believe in the desire to protect and enhance landscapes and help shape a positive affect on climate, clean air and water, and an improved quality of life. Whether we are designing in an urban, suburban or rural setting, well designed landscapes promote biodiversity with a mix of native species and ecologically appropriate non-native species. Our projects offer creative challenges; that combine a local sense of place with a global respect for sustainability; that deliver long-term benefits for a wide range of community interests; and that improve the relationship between people and their environment.


Port Authority of New York & New Jersey SBE - Small Business Enterprise DBE - Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (for Federal Funded Projects) WBE - Woman Owned Business Enterprise New York City, New York State & New Jersey - New York City Schools Construction Authority Prequalified & WBE - NJ Schools Construction Corporation State of New Jersey, Division of Property Management & Construction New Jersey Commerce & Economic Growth Commission SBE - Small Business Enterprise, Category I & IV LEED AP