Charles McDowell

Charles McDowell

Kansas City, MO, US



As a designer, my interest lies in urban ecology and how people interact with their local environmental and cultural conditions. I want to study and understand how people view and perceive natural systems within urban environments. Through design, culturally and environmentally sensitive systems can be managed in a way that embraces the conditions to directly expose and reveal the significance and importance of those systems to the user.

I received a Masters of Landscape Architecture degree from Kansas State University in 2011. I am interested in ecology and the functionality of natural systems so, along with a Master of Landscape Architecture degree, I completed additional coursework with an emphasis in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences. My education in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences has helped me gain knowledge of overall human environmental impacts, effects of pollution on soil, the effects that urbanization has on stream ecosystems, stream classification, and stream surveying. Through these experiences, I have developed a specific interest in urban stream systems and hope to learn more about the science and functionality of those systems in order to create design strategies for managing urban stream systems.

Travels and a variety of experiences while traveling have influenced me significantly over the last few years. In the spring of 2010 I studied abroad in Orvieto, Italy and had the opportunity to travel all around Italy as well as visit Ireland and Switzerland. I very much enjoy photography and would consider myself an amateur photographer. The ability to travel around Europe presented me numerous exciting settings for a great photograph. During the summer of 2010 I worked for Bighorn National Forest in Sheridan, Wyoming as a landscape architecture intern. I was exposed to a variety of projects including a scenic overlook, a vision for a campground, a long term vegetation management plan, and a highway realignment and revegetation project.

I am an avid soccer fan having played competitively, coached youth teams, and refereed. I love to play outside, whether it is on a field playing pretty much any kind of sport, or down in the Ozarks fly fishing and hiking.



Confluence, Kansas City, MO, US, Landscape Architect-In-Training

Mar 2012 - Aug 2012

BNIM Architects, Kansas City, MO, US, Landscape Architect

Nov 2011 - Mar 2012

Bighorn National Forest, Landscape Architect Intern

May 2010 - Aug 2010


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, US, Masters, Sustainable Systems

Aug 2012 - current

Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, US, Masters, Landscape Architecture

Aug 2006 - May 2011

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