People Matter: Adam McGuire
Adam McGuire is a Senior Associate who leads an awesome landscape architecture design studio at LandDesign with a focus on retail repositioning, mixed use and multi-family projects in the Southeast region. Although he’s accomplished a lot since he joined our team in 2012, we’d rather talk about how cool he is! Ultimately, his passion for design and impeccable facial hair go hand-in-hand, but if you really want to get into his head…
Q: Why landscape architecture?
A: That answer has probably evolved a lot since I was mowing lawns in high school… but the ability to partner with developers to impact the design of peoples living, working and recreational spaces while at the same time being a steward of the environment (both built and natural) is such an opportunity and keeps each day exciting.
Q: Favorite LandDesign project?
A: Other than that lift station Dale [Stewart] and Robb [Klauk] did last year…
Q: Favorite trend that is happening in your industry right now?
A: Not sure if this qualifies as trend, but the surge in adaptive re-use that we are seeing throughout the country is awesome. Those projects can be some of the toughest, but also some of the most rewarding.
Q: Who is your biggest mentor at LandDesign?
A: Dale Stewart – we’ve technically never worked on a project together, but watch him get a cup of coffee (more likely re-heat it, not a trait I’ve picked up…) and you’ll watch a true gentleman interact with kindness and genuine interest in at least three other people along the way.
Q: Who would you like to collaborate with, that you haven’t with already?
A: In the firm – Mack Drzayich. Otherwise – Tony Stark.
Q: How do you eat an Oreo?
A: With my 3-year-old, preferably.
Q: On an average day, how many pigeons could you reasonably carry?
A: Are we talking alive? Probably three in each arm. Otherwise – 20-60 (depends on what species of pigeon – there’s a wide range in their weights).
Q: If you were a groupie what band would you follow?
Q: What’s the largest animal you think you could domesticate?
A: Water Buffalo – easy.
Q: How would your team describe you?
A: That’s dangerous. They’d probably only do it in secret.