is concerned with the development, enhancement, and preservation
of our environment and natural land resources. Landscape Architecture
is the profession that applies artistic and scientific principles
to research, planning, design, and management of both the natural
and built environments.
applies creative and technical skills and scientific, cultural and
in the planned arrangement of natural and constructed
elements on the land with a concern for the stewardship and conservation
of the natural environment, constructed and human resources. Project
results serve useful, safe, aesthetic and functional purposes for the
clients. MCO’s staff holds a special commitment to improving our
community and quality of life through providing the best of design for
development and environmental protection.
MCO's staff is involved in the design and planning of residential and
commercial subdivisions, industrial and commercial developments, urban
plazas and street-scapes, recreational facilities and waterfront areas,
the restoration of devastated land areas, the preservation and renovation
of historic sites. The function of landscape architecture is to investigate,
select and allocate land and water resources for appropriate uses; formulate
graphic and written criteria for planning and land construction programs;
prepare, review and analyze existing and proposed land use developments
for environmental assessment and impact. MCO collaborates with individual
developers, industrial and commercial directors, government agency representatives,
civic groups and other professionals to prepare plans and implement projects
that respect and balance the needs of the environment with the needs
for economical expansion and growth.
MCO focuses on the physical design and arrangement of built and natural
elements on a land parcel and involves the knowledge and understanding
matters (utility infrastructure, zoning and building codes and ADAAS, circulation
patterns, integration of man-made objects with the site's natural features:
topography, vegetarian, drainage, etc.) to produce site developments that
minimize both environmental impact and project cost, and adds value
to the site.
Environmental and Reclamation Planning:
MCO provides plans for the creative enhancement and improvement of the environment.
MCO is experienced in wetland protection and mitigation, the transformation
of landfills, mining sites, polluted wastelands, etc. into protected reserves.
Scenic beauty is also an important function and consideration in reclamation
Industrial and Municipal Environmental Compliance:
MCO’s staff provides assistance to industrial clients in the economical
prevention and reduction of potential pollutant discharges to the land, water,
and air with plant facility construction, and employee training (EPA, ADPC&E,
Land Development Planning:
MCO is concerned with both large-scale, multi-acre parcels of undeveloped land
and smaller scale sites in urban and rural areas; it bridges between policy
planning and individual development projects and involves knowledge of real
estate economics and development regulation processes.
Ecological Planning and Design:
MCO is concerned with interpretation, analysis, and formulation of design policies,
guidelines and plans to ensure the quality of the environment, including
but not limited to, analytical evaluations of the land and focusing on the
suitability of a site for development.
Urban and Town Planning:
MCO’s staff is aware and deals with zoning techniques and regulations,
master plans, concept plans, land-use studies, and other methods to set the
layout and organization of growth areas; including the design and development
mostly of open public spaces such as plazas, street-scapes, parks, and public
MCO’s staff actively participates in the design and management of land
and water resources. This includes natural and water-wetland surveys, visual
and analytical analysis, reclamation and protective zone management, by preparing
environmental impact studies and assessments.
MCO’s staff provides research, preservation, maintenance, and conservation
plans, renovation and expansion designs of parks, gardens, grounds, waterfronts,
wetlands, and site structures, buildings, etc.
Park and Recreation Planning:
MCO’s staff designs for the creation or redesigning of parks and recreational
areas in cities, suburban areas and rural areas, natural areas and refuge systems.
is trained and competent to:
opportunities and constraints of sites
a sites relationship to surrounding environments
understand social and humanistic approaches to design and planning
analyze, synthesize, and communicate on design issues with clients
and the public
technical assistance in environmental regulations, compliance, and
issues involving land, water, and air
· Manage projects
generally and technically