Sean Lyons

Sean Lyons

Philadelphia, PA, US



I am a recent graduate in landscape architecture from the Pennsylvania State University. My interest in landscape design ranges from the largest regional systems to smaller site and community projects, fueling my desire to work in an interdisciplinary office setting.

Recent exposure to the landscape design industry in New York City and abroad has left me eager to explore dynamic ideas from a professional perspective. Utilizing skills in program analysis, 3D visualization, and GIS technology has allowed me to approach a variety of problem types with intent to expand project limitations.

I am fortunate enough to have received an education that served to stimulate creativity through a multifaceted approach, helping me to learn as a global citizen. As I embark on a career path, however, the importance of experience evolves and the chance to learn from a working office will translate my academic background into a developed professional skill set.

I love to travel and generally seek out any opportunity that will expose me to a new part of the world. I am a firm believer that culture is one of the foundations in developing a "global" mindset. In the future, I look forward to working on projects focused on design and development across an international range.



Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects, P.C., New York, NY, US, Intern

_Compiled research relevant to budget allocation, preservation strategy, and resiliency measures at various project stages. Notable efforts included a historic cemetery preservation and a Lower Manhattan pier redesign.

_Engaged with contractors, architects, and community groups to ensure design progress and direction.

_Coordinated graphic support for projects situated in both developmental and construction phases. Also assisted in expediting marketing materials and final project submittals for competition based entries.

May 2013 - Aug 2013

Tanzania National Parks (TANAPA), Kilombero Valley, Tanzania, Design and Planning

_Developed population and expansion projections for two subsistence villages using satellite imagery and field mapping techniques, and provided analysis of resource restructuring for local economic gain.

_Generated regional planning solutions to initiate ecotourism based connectivity between villages.

_Inferenced land use and population data to reestablish wildlife corridors between several protected areas with globally ranked biodiversity and endemism rates.

Jun 2012 - Jun 2012

Peter Jackson Associates, West Grove, PA, US, Intern

_ Conceptualized and aided in design of residential projects with budgets ranging from $20k - $4m.

_ Finalized a project valued at over $600k, completing interior details of a pool house to compliment the surrounding landscape also designed by Peter Jackson Associates.

_ Tailored projects through an interactive client relationship that encompassed client needs with innovative solutions, often acting as an intermediary with contractors.

May 2011 - Oct 2011

Exotic Foliage, Inc., Jamison, PA, US, Intern

_Assisted in design and construction of landscaping for both commercial and residential projects throughout the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

_Contracts included the Comcast Building, Liberty One and Two, the Marathon Restaurant Group and numerous private residences.

May 2010 - Aug 2010


The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), University Park, PA, US, Bachelors, Landscape Architecture

Aug 2009 - Dec 2013


Veronica Burns Lucas Travel Award, Scholarship

Fostering Emergent Urban Growth in Vila Autódromo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Pennsylvania - Delaware ASLA, Award

Student Merit Award / Connect 5: Strategies for Regional Development in Kilombero Valley, Tanzania


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