Baltimore, MD – Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc. (MRA), a Baltimore-based landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm, announced that Jason Castillo, PLA, Matthew Fichter and Anderson Wang have joined their staff and Shane Sullivan, Jeff Dube, Amina Mohamed and Alexandria Odom are interning for the summer.
Associate Principal, Jason Castillo, PLA joins the MRA staff from Florida with 17 years of experience. The collaborative and creative nature of landscape architecture initially drew Jason to the profession and those interests continue to foster his drive to develop engaging environments. With varied and diverse experiences in community & amenity center design and commercial / mixed-use development projects, Jason joins our Mixed Use and Hospitality Studio. Jason is a graduate of the University of Florida.
Matthew Fichter joined Mahan Rykiel Associates in the late spring of 2015. He received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Pennsylvania State University in 2015 with experience in urban design, land planning, landscape architecture and site design for both the private and public sectors. He also studied abroad in Bonn, Germany, where he observed urban space, post-war industrial landscapes and sustainable design. Matthew was the Department of Landscape Architecture Student Marshal at Commencement and a recipient of the ASLA Student Award of Merit. He joins our Academic, Healthcare, & Institutional Studio.
Andersen (Zaixian) Wang, joins our Mixed Use and Hospitality Studio. Since 2006, Andersen has been studying and working on diverse landscape and urban design projects in both China and United States. Andersen received his master degree of urban planning and design from Beijing Forestry University and master of landscape architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. Andersen is particularly interested in the relationship between film and landscape. He continues exploring how to use the media of moving image to communicate the characteristics of landscape with people. Andersen is also interested in teaching and has taught multiple landscape related courses in Beijing and at RISD. He believes landscape is a projection of ourselves — we build landscapes and the landscape shapes us as well.
Shane Sullivan started in the traditional architecture program at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts but switched into the urban landscape program after his freshman year and will graduate in 2017. He studied in Berlin, Germany last semester. His initial interest in landscape architecture was due to the idea of sustainable design, but has now grown to encompass a number of different aspects including urban agriculture and biophilic design. Last summer, he interned with a landscape contracting company in Annapolis, but wanted to gain experience on the design side, so he is completing his co-op with Mahan Rykiel. He has been with MRA since January and will complete his co-op in August.
Jeff Dube is working toward his Master of Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan. Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont in Environmental Science. Jeff combines his knowledge of ecological science and design to reimagine the contemporary urban landscape so civic and ecological functions are met simultaneously in the name of resiliency and social well-being. In addition to his studies, he is active in volunteer efforts for non-profit planning and design groups.
Amina Mohamed is a dual degree Landscape Architecture and Community Planning Masters Candidate at the University of Maryland, College Park, with an interest in environmental justice and community engagement. Her past research has focused on issues of stormwater management as well as youth and adult relationships and perceptions. Amina has participated in two team competitions representing the University of Maryland, placing 1st in the Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Hines Competition and Honorable Mention in EPA’s 2015 Campus RainWorks Competition. Her current research focuses on the spatial analysis of Baltimore City’s existing parks and tree canopy distribution and future opportunities to strengthen urban ecology and accessibility within the city.
Alexandra Odom is a rising senior at Grinnell College in Iowa with a major in history, specializing in American history, world history, and American government. She spent a semester in London during her junior year. She has also worked on research projects with the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Alexandra is interested in the environmental history of various landscapes and how it can inform design. Alexandra was chosen as one of Grinnell’s three Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellows. She is part of the Baltimore Youth Works Program, and MRA is happy she is returning for a second summer. She will be assisting with research and administrative tasks during her internship.
“We are thrilled to have these new additions to our firm and they each bring unique and exceptional skills to allow us to continue to grow the practice and expand our research capabilities,” said Richard Jones, President of MRA.
Release courtesy Cynthia Fraser, Mahan Rykiel