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LandDesign’s Hot with Five Summer Promotions

By: Brianna Meurer

We are pleased to announce the promotions of Marci Bonner, Katie Pavlechko, Joe Giangrandi and Khristine Giangrandi to Associates in the Washington DC office, and Mark Kime to Associate in the Charlotte office. “Their individual contributions to this office and the firm cover all of the creative technical, project management, internal and external focus of an Associate here at LandDesign,” said Stephanie Pankiewicz, LandDesign Partner.


Marci began her career with LandDesign on Valentine’s Day of 2005 after graduating from the University of Maryland with a Landscape Architecture degree. As a project manager, she provides guidance to less-experienced colleagues while also producing illustrative and technical drawings.  Besides performing all aspects of a project’s scope from master planning to as-built drawings, she has a passion for planting design and project theming. Fun Fact: Marci brings her pug, Molly, to work on Wednesdays.  When Molly is not taking naps, she protect the office from dogs, toddlers, mailmen and any other lifeform passing by on the street.


Since joining LandDesign in August 2010, Katie has been involved in many projects at different stages of design, with a focus on project visioning, site and master planning, and project entitlement. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture. She is dedicated to promoting sustainable growth and development in the Washington, DC metro region, and is a Young Leader with the Urban Land Institute, a group of real estate experts focused on progressive market-oriented development. Fun Fact: A 2013 vacation to Iceland inspired her and her fiancé to start their collection of kitschy plates from around the globe.


Joe Giangrandi made the transition over to LandDesign in December 2010 after starting his career in South Carolina. He graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture in 2005. Joe is a strong designer in all aspects of design and has been the main driver and director of his StudioDesign³ movie creations. Fun Fact: In his spare time, he enjoys body boarding, rock scrambling, hiking and playing the guitar.


Khristine Giangrandi, married to Joe, joined LandDesign in March of 2011. She is a Clemson University graduate with a Bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture. She enjoys conceptual design and collaborating with a team to transform the concept into 3D graphics. Khristine believes that understanding the tiny, minutia details of a project inform the overall big-picture design, and makes you a well-rounded designer. Fun Fact: She has a guilty pleasure for competition shows such as Project Runway and Face Off.



Mark Kime, Charlotte, NC.

Mark Kime moved to Charlotte and joined LandDesign in 2001 shortly after receiving a Landscape Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He holds a great deal of experience in the Charlotte region working hand in hand with the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, as well as many of the surrounding jurisdictions in both North and South Carolina. He is married with two kids and enjoys spending the weekends outdoors. Fun Fact: You can always find him jamming out to rock music such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Kings of Leon.


This is an exciting time for LandDesign and we’re thrilled these opportunities present themselves through the dedication and perseverance of our employees. So next time you see these folks walking the streets, give them a high five for their hard work and spark up a conversation with them – they have a lot of wisdom to share. Congratulations!