News

Mahan Rykiel Associates was named to the Top 100 MBEs in the Mid Atlantic region. (read more)
September 2014

Mark Pelusi joins Mahan Rykiel as Associate Principal. (read more)
July 2014

Tom McGilloway begins work on the Lancaster Revitalization Plan.
June 2014
MRA is working with the Lancaster City Alliance and stakeholders on a new plan. (read more)

Children’s Inn at NIH Play Park wins a Maryland ASLA Honor Award
May 2014
The Play and Playground News Center ran a story about Mahan Rykiel’s design award. (read more)

Mahan Rykiel wins 2 MD ASLA awards and Catherine Mahan is first recipient of “Award of Excellence”
April 2014
MRA won design awards for the Children’s Inn Play Garden at NIH and Druid Hill Lake plan. Founder, Catherine Mahan, received a lifetime achievement award. (read more)

Transportation Awards
March 2014
MRA recently won four awards in the transportation sector. (read more)

Terry Burns presented the first annual Founder’s Fund Presentation.
January 2014
Terry presented his findings from his travels to Chicago and Wisconsin to study the Prairie School as part of his scholarship winnings given from our Founder, Catherine Mahan.  Here is his presentation.

Inner Arbor Introduces Design Team for Symphony Woods.
November 2013
Scott Rykiel was introduced as part of the multi-disciplinary design team for this Columbia park project which includes Martha Schwartz. (read more)

Skyline Plaza opens in Frankfurt.
August 2013
MRA designed a large rooftop garden for this retail center. Read more about this unique space on WAN.

MRA continues  to grow with 5 new hires
August 2013
Read about our talented new staff in the CityBizList People section.

MRA employees to help build Exeter Community Garden
June 2013
MRA employees have provided pro-bono design help on this community garden and it will be built this weekend. (read more)

Six Promotions to Mahan Rykiel staff
April 2013

Six employees were promoted to the positions of Associate, Senior Associate and
Associate Principal. (read more) 

Catherine Mahan, FASLA, announces first recipient of the “Founder’s Travel Fund”.
April 2013
Terry Burns was selected to receive the award to travel to sites to study the evolution of Prairie School design principles to more modern projects. (read more)

Pierce’s Park wins Honor Award from the MD/Potomac Chapter of ASLA.
March 2013
MRA is pleased to announce that Pierce’s Park will be the recipient of an Honor Award at an award’s ceremony to be held on May 10th at the Historic Savage Mill. (read more)

Ryan Maters joins Mahan Rykiel as Business Development Director.
December 2012
Ryan joins Mahan Rykiel as Business Development Director. (read more)

Tom McGilloway speaks at NJ Downtown Revitalization and Management Institute Conference.
July 2012
Tom’s interactive presentation discussed affordable methods to improve properties and storefronts to enhance the streetscape and downtown area. (presentation)

Pierce’s Park Grand Opening
May 2012
World Architecture News coverage of the opening of Pierce’s Park in the Inner Harbor. (read more)

Lydia Kimball featured in ASLA’s Land
April 2012
Lydia Kimball is featured on Land as part of their Campus Planning and Design Professional Practice Network. (read more)

Catherine Mahan featured in The Baltimore Sun Business Q&A
April 2012
Catherine reflected on her 30 year career with Baltimore Sun, business reporter, Lorraine Mirabella. (read more)

MRA staff speaking at Maryland Recreation and Parks Conference
April 2012
Steve Kelly and Tom McGilloway will be speaking on April 4th on “Can Old Parks Learn New Tricks?” (read more)

Tom McGilloway speaking at National Main Street Conference
April 2012
Tom will be speaking on April 3rd on ” The Public Realm and Forgotten Space as a Framework for Revitalization” (read more)

MRA New Leadership Announced
March 2012
MRA new leadership e-blast. (read more)

Ronald Reagan Statue Unveiled
November 3, 2011
MRA designed the site for the new Ronald Reagan statue at Reagan National Airport. (read more)

James Rouse Community Service Day
October 29, 2011
MRA created design concepts pro bono for five Baltimore parks to be improved during the annual James Rouse Community Service Day on Oct 29th. (read more)

Brooks Robinson Statue Dedication
October 2011
Hundreds on hand for the unveiling of the Joe Sheppard Statue for Hall of Famer, Brooks Robinson. MRA designed the plaza and pedestal for the statue. (read more)

Towson University Gateway
October 2011
Heidi Thomas, designer for the Towson Gateway from MRA, was quoted in a recent article in the Towson Times. (read more)

Willow Tunnels Constructed at Pierce’s Park
August 2011
Bonnie Gale, nationally renowned willow artist, will be constructing  live willow tunnels at Mahan Rykiel’s newly designed waterfront children’s park. (read more)

Landscape Design Trends in
Healthcare Design
July 2011

Lydia Kimball authored a feature on landscape design trends in Healthcare Design magazine. (read more)

Video of new North Laurel Skatepark
July 2011
The new skatepark proves to be very popular as kids try it out before the scheduled open. MRA master planned this park in North Laurel. (see video)

Plans for Symphony Woods unveiled to Columbia Association
June 2011
MRA’s plan for a wooded section of Columbia was discussed at a recent meeting. This development was part of James Rouse’s original vision for Columbia. (read more)

New Urban Network features Baltimore Downtown Open Space Plan
June 2011
MRA’s plan to revitalize some of Baltimore’s Open Space is discussed in this article. (read more)

Living Architecture Monitor features Mercy Green Roof
March 2011
The healthcare edition of the international magazine dedicated to green roof design features MRA’s design. (read more)

Open Space Plan Transformative for Baltimore
February 25, 2011
Baltimore Sun sees Open Space Plan as “transformative for the Downtown Business District.” (read more)

Downtown Baltimore Open Space Master Plan unveiled by the Mayor and Downtown Partnership
February 25, 2011
Mahan Rykiel and its team are proud to have completed the study to create more open spaces for Baltimore. The full report was revealed at a press conference. (read full report)

MRA Greens the ICC
February 2011
Ken Schmidt, JoAnn Trach Tongson and Bob LaRoche attended the ribbon cutting for the ICC. (read more)

MRA featured in Health Spaces #5
December 2010
Nine healthcare projects designed by Mahan Rykiel are featured in this new book showcasing the best healthcare architecture in the country. MRA was invited as one of two landscape architectural firms to participate in this book. (read more)

MRA Green Roof Design Featured on World Architecture News
December 3, 2010
The three green roofs at the new Mercy Medical Center Replacement Tower are featured in World Architecture News. (read more)

Scott Rykiel and Joe Burkhardt to speak at ASLA Annual Meeting on Sept 10th.
September 2010
MRA staff will discuss two urban spaces they designed in an Education Session entitled, “If They Re-Build It, They Will Come”. Read more about their lecture at the ASLA link under “Fri-B8″. (read more)

Lydia Kimball published in ASLA’s “Healthcare Professional Practice Summer Newsletter”.
August 2010
Lydia Kimball authored a story on the Mercy Medical Center Roof Gardens, which was published in the “ASLA Healthcare and Therapeutic Network Summer Newsletter”. (read more)

MRA working with Downtown Partnership of Baltimore and Project for Public Spaces on Baltimore Downtown Open Space Master Plan
August 10, 2010
Bmoremedia features our new interactive tool on their website. PPS developed this website that lets anyone become an urban planner by telling us their favorite and least favorite places around town using an interactive map. Please check out their link and give us your thoughts to help inform the new Open Space Master Plan. (read more)

MRA’s design of a new Inner Harbor Park featured in Baltimore Sun.
July 13, 2010
Pierce’s Park, a new $2 million waterfront park designed for families, will open in the Fall of 2011. Mahan Rykiel is working with the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore on this project. (read more)

MRA awarded Baltimore Downtown Open Space Master Plan
June 14, 2010
Mahan Rykiel is pleased to announce the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore awarded the Downtown Open Space Master Plan to our firm. (read more)

Two MRA projects honored at Northern Virginia AIA Awards.
June 2010
Xinjiang Conference Center won a Merit Award for Little Architects and the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center received an Award of Excellence for The Smith Group at the June 8th award ceremony. MRA was the landscape architect for these projects. (read more)

Pierce’s Park featured in Baltimore Community Foundation newsletter.
June 2010
MRA is proud to be designing a new waterfront park to honor Pierce Flanigan. (read more)

Atherton Market, an MRA retail repositioning project, was featured on Fox News.
May 20, 2010
Atherton Market was featured on Fox News in Charlotte, North Carolina. MRA is currently working on the site design for this existing retail center. (see video)

Mahan Rykiel’s design for children’s therapeutic garden showcased in Healthcare Design
April 2010
Catherine Mahan, FASLA was interviewed in the April 2010 Healthcare Design Architectural Showcase on the landscape design for the state of the art therapeutic garden at the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s new Outpatient Center. (read more)

JoAnn Trach Tongson, RLA, LEED AP elected to MD USGBC Board
February 22, 2010
JoAnn Trach Tongson, an Associate Principal at MRA, was elected to the Maryland Chapter of the US Green Building Council Board, one of the first landscape architects to serve. She will serve on their Membership Committee.

MRA’s Design Reaches New Heights
January 2010
Mahan Rykiel completed design work on the Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building. (read more)

Mahan Rykiel Wins America’s Transportation Award for Second Year
September 9, 2009
Mahan Rykiel is pleased to announce that an MRA project has won a national award. (read more)

Mahan Rykiel Launches 25th Anniversary Book!
August 25, 2009
Mahan Rykiel is pleased to announce the publication of our 25th Anniversary book which showcases our diverse practice.
(see excerpt)

Mahan Rykiel Named “Baltimore’s Best”
July 30, 2009
Mahan Rykiel Associates is pleased to announce that Baltimore Magazine has named the firm, “Baltimore’s Best Landscape Architect”. The August issue of Baltimore Magazine states, “if you want to reinvent an outdoor space by a big-name Baltimore firm with international awards, head straight to Mahan Rykiel Associates”. This is the third time the firm has been honored with this distinction.

MRA Wins City Sand Sculpting Contest
June 29, 2009
The Baltimore Architecture Foundation held their annual “City Sand” sculpture contest on June 27th at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Baltimore Architecture Foundation video (video)

Bob Gorman interviewed for article in the Baltimore Business Journal.
May 14, 2009
Bob Gorman, Principal at Mahan Rykiel, was interviewed by the BBJ on repositioning retail. In the article,
“Properties spruce up curb appeal with tighter budgets”, Bob discussed an MRA project in South Carolina where a landscape makeover resulted in a significant increase in sales.