People Matter: Mandy Rogers
Mandy Rogers is our sweet and spunky project assistant who keeps our Dallas office running! With a background in landscape architecture, she found herself at home surrounded by tracing paper and supporting designers. When she’s not herding LandDesigners across the firm, you can find Mandy spending time with her son, a paintbrush in hand or picking out plants for the office.
Keep reading to get to know LandDesigner, Mandy Rogers.
Q: What drew you to landscape architecture?
I’m an artist at heart, so I was initially drawn to landscape architecture by the art of blending design and creativity with nature – it grew into a love for the community. I’ve seen good design reinforce and strengthen a community in a way that transcends the division we often feel today. And isn’t this what art is all about – telling a story that encourages a universal response?
Q: Favorite LandDesign project?
Asana Deep Ellum, which is located in my old neighborhood. It feels a lot like home and gives me a sense of pride to see how well the design integrates with the culture.
Q: What LandDesign value resonates with you the most?
The culture. LandDesign really values their people and in turn this creates a passionate and community-loving work environment! It really is the place you want to be.
Q: What LandDesign office would you like to visit?
Definitely our Washington, DC office! I’ve heard so many great things about the office and would love to meet the team. Seeing the sights and history would, of course, be a huge plus!
Q: Favorite trend happening in the industry?
The revitalization of small city downtowns. Suburban town centers that were seemingly abandoned are now making a comeback in the industry. Many smaller, outlying cities have taken note and are making efforts to celebrate their community centers. The result is exciting, giving residents a sense of pride and identity for their town!
Q: What’s a secret passion you have?
Houseplants! I seriously can’t get enough of them. Current count is 15 at home and four in the office… Plus I’m in the process of attempting to propagate three more and on the lookout for a nerve plant. You may lovingly refer to me as the ‘Crazy Plant Lady’.
Q: Fill in the blank. “This All Matters.”
Sounds like I didn’t answer the question, so let me explain. One of my favorite scenes in the movie ‘You’ve Got Mail’ begins with Joe visiting Kathleen to ask if they can be friends after his mega chain of bookstores causes her family-owned bookshop to go under. His response: “It wasn’t personal.” Kathleen replies with one of my all-time favorite quotes, “What is that supposed to mean? I am so sick of that. All that means is that it wasn’t personal to you. But it was personal to me. It’s personal to a lot of people. And what’s so wrong with being personal, anyway? Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal.” Everything is personal to someone, so tread lightly and remember you don’t know what road they are walking. This All Matters, because everything matters to someone.
Q: What Scooby-Doo character are you?
Velma for sure. A little socially awkward and apart from the enticement of solving the latest puzzle, I would prefer to be reading a book. Not to mention my go-to Mary Jane shoes are nearly an exact match to Velma’s. I guess it’s as the saying goes, “If the shoe fits…”
Q: What’s your go-to karaoke song?
In the event that you could actually get me to sing in public (which currently only my kiddo has the ability to do) I imagine ‘Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha’ by the legend, Sam Cooke, would be pretty high up on the list. It’s my son’s favorite song to dance to.
Q: Dogs or cats?
Definitely Pups. (I’m not against kitties though, just allergic to them.)