Taylor McNamee - Landscape Architect

Works at McElhanney - Calgary
Years of experience: 13

Last updated: April, 2022

Career Journey



2009 - 2014

Career Milestone 1

2015 - 2022

Career Milestone 2

2022 - Present

Career Milestone 3


Future Ambitions

Utah State University
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

McGowan Russell Group
Winnipeg, MB
Intern Landscape Architect

L.A. West (Calgary) Inc.
Calgary, AB
Landscape Architect

Calgary, AB
Landscape Architect

To sustain my passion in the field of landscape architecture.

Question and Answers

After graduation, what was the first position you had? How did that shape where you are now as a Landscape Architect?

Following my graduation from Utah State University, I moved to Toronto to join a golf course construction company as a labourer, where I gained invaluable experience in the construction side of landscape architecture.

What is something that surprised you at the start of your career? or What is something that surprises you about being a Landscape Architect?

I was surprised to learn how little I knew and how much information I continue to learn on a daily basis.

What are some of your roles and responsibilities?

The role of a landscape architect means wearing many different hats for different situations, all to ultimately ensure a project will be appreciated in the public realm.

What does a typical day look like for you?

Staying on top of emails seems to be the typical work day in most professions these days. In my case it's to ensure the execution of projects from conception to construction completion.

What skills do you feel are important to have as a Landscape Architect?

Communication skills - to portray your design visually and verbally.

What are you passionate about as a Landscape Architect?

Bringing people together to enjoy public spaces in whichever capacity the opportunities of the sites present themselves.

Tell us about some of the exciting projects you have been a part of.

This is a hard one to summarize in few sentences. The most rewarding projects always seem to be the ones where you notice the most people enjoying the space.

Describe something that you have found challenging as a AALA?. How did you overcome this?

Accepting the design limitations out of your control - whether a tight budget, client preferences, municipality requirements, or site specific limitations.

What advice would you give a new Landscape Architect?

Take interest in a wide range of projects and gain knowledge wherever opportunities are presented.

What are your future goals?

To sustain my passion in the field of landscape architecture.

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