Michelle Madonna

Michelle Madonna

New York, NY, US


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I am a licensed landscape architect with a passion for horticulture and garden design.  My work experience includes high end residential design in the Hamptons, the North Shore of Long Island and the Los Angeles area.  


Michelle Madonna Design, Los Angeles, CA, US, Landscape Designer

Garden designer for private residences.

Designed and maintained edible gardens for grades K-12.

Pioneered projects for Woolly Pockets edible wall gardens for public schools and charter schools. Assisted in fundraising.

Collaborated with teachers and the autism class of an elementary school and assisted in garden plantings and teaching children how to garden.

Aug 2010 - Dec 2012

Araiys Design, Southampton, NY, US, Landscape Designer

Accelerated in the field of residential landscape architecture, with a focus on beach homes and the use of native plants in the landscape, specializing in planting plans and garden design.

Collaborated with Senior Landscape Architect and the principal of the firm.

Prepared conceptual drawings and construction drawings for all projects including LEED projects. Completed site plans, schematic design, elevation sketches, grading and drainage plans, lighting and planting plans, layout plans and construction detail sheets.

Prepared client presentations.

Managed projects during construction and communicated with clients and contractors.

Sep 2009 - Jul 2010

The Laurel Group, Huntington, NY, US, Landscape Designer

Prepared rendered concept drawings and sketches, site plans, grading and drainage plans, planting plans, layout plans and construction detail sheets.

Developed writing skills through the creation and completion of detailed contracts and budgets.

Completed building permit applications and project bids.

Managed projects through communication with sub-contractors, design and production staff.

Jun 2007 - Sep 2009


SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, US, Bachelors, Landscape Architecture

Landscape Architecture.

Studies included design studio's, ecology and natural processes, grading and drainage coursework, digital graphics, AutoCad and Adobe creative suite coursework. Studies also include history of Landscape Architecture and a study abroad program.

I studied abroad for one semester in Cinque Terre, Italy and did an independent study on the spirit of place.

Graduated Magna Cum Laude.

Sep 2004 - Jun 2007

SUNY Farmingdale, Farmingdale, NY, US, Ornamental Horticulture

Ornamental Horticulture with an emphasis on Landscape Design. I received my Associate in Applied Science in Ornamental Horticulture with final a GPA of 3.9.

Studies included horticultural course work, botany, entomology, soil science, plant identification courses and landscape design courses.

Sep 2002 - Jun 2004


Undergraduate Certificate of Merit, Award

Certificate of Merit awarded by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Based on all-round high standard of work and thought, outstanding performance, and exceptional professional promise, these certificates are awarded to the very top students. They are the highest honors ASLA can bestow on graduates.


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