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Meet Michael D’Angelo of Michael D’Angelo Landscape Architecture (MDLA)

Today we’d like to introduce you to Michael D’Angelo.

Michael, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve been connected to the outdoors since I was a young boy. From camping and hiking with the Boy Scouts to working at the local country club (as first a caddie and then on the grounds crew), I spent a lot of time outside. During college I discovered landscape architecture as a major and the rest is history.

After college at the University of Rhode Island, I spent a year at a firm in D.C. and then headed to Boston where I worked for 8 years at a well-known firm downtown. MDLA was founded in the fall of 2014. We’ve had an amazing four years of growth and built some really great relationships with local firms.

Has it been a smooth road?
As a young business owner, breaking into an established market like Boston was not easy. I intentionally sought clients that were “startups” themselves and gradually built a portfolio that could be used to illustrate our capabilities to a range of clients.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Michael D’Angelo Landscape Architecture (MDLA) story. Tell us more about the business.
We are a landscape architecture firm that specializes in project types that have a strong need for programmed exterior space. These projects typically include office park amenity spaces, multi-family exterior spaces, and single family site planning. We have developed a niche for urban roof top spaces, for both private residential and multi-family projects.

We are still an owner operated business, which at times can be challenging, however, it allows us to bring a level of service to our clients that most of our competitors cannot provide. Having worked in both environments, I think this is a huge advantage.

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The trend of outdoor spaces being used as a selling point by property owners, even in cold winter climates like New England, continues to increase. From lifestyle centers that offer users a place to “live, work, and play” to the tall residential buildings that dot the urban landscape with amenity decks, dog parks, pools, food truck plazas, and areas for fitness, landscape design plays an increasingly important role in the commercial real estate realm.

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