(Baltimore, MD) — Mahan Rykiel Associates, Inc. (MRA), a Baltimore-based landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm, announced that Joonyon Kim, Matthew Renauld, PLA, Fred Lippert, and Peter Clark have joined their staff. Kim relocated from Korea, Lippert from Seattle and Clark from Wisconsin to join the award-winning firm.
Joonyon Kim joins the Institutional Studio as an Associate Principal with 20 years of experience designing successful landscape architecture and urban design projects around the globe. He has an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture from Sung Kyun Kwan University in Seoul, Korea, and received a Master of Landscape Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design. Before joining Mahan Rykiel Associates, Joonyon worked at renowned design firms such as Thomas Balsley, Sasaki and Hargreaves Associates. His particular area of focus includes redevelopment and design of urban waterfronts; as well as addressing issues of post-industrial site remediation and redevelopment. Most recently, Joonyon was Director of Design at Samsung Everland where he led several projects retrofitting green infrastructures of technically complex and large scale industrial sites to make them environmentally friendly and more enjoyable work places.
Associate Principal, Matthew Renauld, PLA is a licensed landscape architect with more than 14 years of experience as a designer and project manager, and joins the Individual Studio. Matt has worked as project manager and lead designer on a broad range of project types throughout the United States and internationally that include; community planning, hotels and resorts, campus planning, large-scale master planning, urban design, downtown development, and parks and recreation projects. His work has been recognized by the Maryland Chapters of ASLA and APA with numerous awards and merits. Matt’s diverse experience has made him a team leader who specializes in generating “big picture” ideas and visions for projects of varying scales and complexity. Prior to joining Mahan Rykiel, Matt worked for more than 10 years as Vice President at EDSA Inc. and as a landscape architect at LDR International. Matt holds a Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from Pennsylvania State University where he was presented with the Department’s Excellence in Landscape Architecture Award multiple times.
Fred Lippert’s interest in landscape design and urbanism grew from his appreciation of the aesthetic values of Japan, where he worked as a U.S. Marine Corps Officer following his graduation from the US Naval Academy. Fred earned a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University where he developed a strong design sense that seeks the critical balance between the social, ecological, and artistic components of landscape design. Having enriched his education with extensive travel throughout North and Central America by rail, Fred is fascinated by the ways cultures respond to the uniqueness of place to inform their vernacular built environments. He enjoys considering a site’s natural and cultural history in concert with existing dynamic environmental processes to create nuanced designs that will evolve with time and remain relevant to its community of users. Fred previously worked at Swift Company LLC in Seattle. Fred joins Mahan Rykiel as an Associate on the Institutional Team.
Peter Clark joins MRA as a Landscape Designer after receiving his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Certificate in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his time at UW-Madison, Peter was involved in the planning of LAbash, held a secretary position with the WI-ASLA Student Chapter, and was awarded the Wisconsin ASLA State Chapter Honor Award. Prior to graduation, Peter spent part of a summer studying abroad at Peking University in Beijing, China were he gained an appreciation for the positive impact that public open space can have on urban communities. His previous work experience includes interning at EDSA in Fort Lauderdale, FL and Vandewalle Associates in Madison, WI. As a new member of the Individual Studio, Peter hopes to use his skills in both hand and digital graphics to assist project managers in all phases of the design process. He has been involved in the St Patrick’s Episcopal Day School project and the Big Alexandria project. His interests also include construction documentation and innovative storm water management practices.
“We are excited to have these new additions as they each bring unique and exceptional skills to the firm as we continue to grow the practice and expand our capabilities both here and in our overseas work,” said Richard Jones, President of MRA.