Allison is a licensed landscape architect who has been practicing in New England for over fifteen years. While working for the National Park Service, she authored two publications, Cultural Landscape Report for Springfield Armory and Cultural Landscape Report for Harpers Ferry Armory and Potomac Riverfront. Allison was also a co-instructor for the Cultural Landscape Report Studio for Peacefield in the spring of 2010, in collaboration with Adams National Historical Park. Allison is an avid photographer, using film and digital formats to explore landscapes near and far, and has exhibited her work in Cambridge and Watertown. She holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts in art history from Mount Holyoke College.