I am a landscape designer with a passion for horticulture and a love for teaching children how to grow edible gardens. My work experience includes the Hamptons, the North Shore of Long Island and the Los Angeles area.
I am in the process of getting licensed as a landscape architect and have completed Section I and Section II of the LARE.
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.
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.
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.
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, US, Bachelors, Landscape Architecture
Landscape Architecture. Studies in 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.
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.
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.