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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?

A: U2.

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.