staff

mark stanley

Mark is project manager for select PSLA assignments. He draws on his professional experience of over 40 years to understand our client’s design intent, develop and evaluate effective design concepts, and engage with our design team to solve complex landscape problems innovatively. Mark fosters working relationships within the team, monitors our design process, participates in internal peer reviews, and oversees production progress.

To Mark each assignment is an opportunity to skillfully balance aesthetic vision, landscape stewardship and practical function. He believes that sustaining our urban landscapes as a viable legacy for future generations is one of the most important responsibilities facing landscape architects today.

Growing up on Chicago’s southwest side, Mark saw his neighborhood’s stately elm trees cut down because of the then-rampant Dutch elm disease. Without shade from the overarching cathedral-like canopy, the treeless streetscape was visually barren and its moderating microclimate completely disrupted. The drastic degradation left a lasting impression on Mark – he can still recall how pivotal the memory was as he considered pursuing his graduate school education in landscape architecture.

When it’s time to unwind, Mark especially enjoys bicycling. He has made memorable tours of the Rockies in southwestern Colorado, several regions of Italy, southern France, Holland and Belgium. When he’s not riding, you might find him on his favorite links in quest of an elusive birdie or two – mostly without success! To nourish the soul, he attends contemporary art exhibits, jazz concerts, chamber music recitals and theater performances.