Magdalena Smietanko

Magdalena Smietanko

Port Washington, NY, US



I joined the industry in 1997, with Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. I started building my career in design-build company after which I was recommended to join design studio in Laguna Hills, California, where core of the design work was focused on “high end” residential projects. After being with the company for two years, I received a promotion to a senior designer. My responsibilities were widen from working on design and construction drawings to managing and mentoring team of designers. From 2006 to 2009 I joined the planning firm, where I was involved in creating urban and regional master plans, environmental and feasibility analysis, such as: social, environmental, cultural and visual studies. In 2009 a design-build company from Long Island, NY brought me to the East Coast, where I continue working in the field, closest to my heart – multi acres estates.

 My combined,  experience  from Southern California and the East Coast (Hamptons and North Shore of Long Island, where I currently reside), helped me to acquire pretty broad range of skills in creating conceptual design and abilities to turn it into a digital or hand drawn presentations. I have very strong technical knowledge in preparing construction documentation, such as: grading and drainage, planting, irrigation, lighting, layout plans, construction details, and any necessary plans needed to support and convey conceptual design. I created and maintained great relationship with clients, regulatory agencies, municipalities, and companies involved in the project.

 I’m proficient working in Auto Cad, Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design, and creating hand-drawn sketches as well. My Photoshop skills are also being utilized to create company’s advertisement and promotional brochures. I worked with Hamptons Magazine, Dan’s Paper and others.

 On the personal note, I would like to keep my goals focused on self-improvement and creative type of attitude.

I also love to travel a lot, which helps me to keep an open mind to any innovations, new trends and ideas. Finding world being the biggest source of inspiration traveling will be always big part of my life.


The Laurel Group, Huntington, NY, US, Designer

- Leading and managing design process from beginning stages of collecting necessary information for appropriate project development, through design phase, preparing construction documentation, estimating and contract formatting in the timely fashion.
- Creating projects for “high end” residential estates addressing recreational, social and sport activities by implementing customized elements such as: pools, spas, out-door kitchens, patios and decks, overhead structures, out-door fireplaces, water features, “theme” gardens, sport courts, entry ways and gates.
- Coordinating with local authorities with regards to project approval and submission of pertinent forms and applications.
- Collaborating with vendors, in-house crews and sales staff by providing all necessary plans and documentation essential in the construction phase of the project.
- Providing knowledge and expertise to cooperate with other design team members and sales staff to successfully meet deadlines and accomplish all goals achieving the highest client’s expectations.
- Developing company advertisement for magazines and local newspapers, brochures, invitations for company professional and social events created to reach out to the wider spectrum of clientele

Mar 2009 - current

Phillips Brandt Reddick (PBR), Newport Beach, CA, US, Designer

- Involved in planning of high, medium, low density residential and mixed-use projects including: golf courses, parks, convents, equestrian centers, spas, RV parks, vineyards.
- Engaged in adopting limited and special land use, such as: landfill into commercial and retail development.
- Assisted in planning and designing entertainment centers and recreational areas such as: hotels, casinos, amphitheaters, and amusement parks.
- Prepared circulation and mobility studies, as well as conceptual land use plans, master plans, fuel modification zone plans, master landscape plans, site and grading plans, and wild life habitat and other environmental analysis.
- Designed and prepared graphic presentations of strategic project details such as: community main and secondary entry layouts, landscape design for model homes, monuments and signage, entire project and street cross sections.
- Responsible for project research and on-going coordination with consulting firms, involved in the process, essential to achieve project objectives in the high quality in timely fashion.
- Prepared graphic presentations and visualization of different projects ideas and concepts in small and big format.

Jun 2006 - Mar 2009

Landshape Inc., Laguna Hills, CA, US, Senior Designer

- Performed a design work for large scale “high end” residential projects to obtain the highest client satisfaction with a respect for the natural environment and local laws.
- Participated, managed, and supervised a process of creating construction documents including: grading and drainage, planting, irrigation, lighting and construction details.
- Prepared and supervised creating of graphic presentations and visualizations of projects.
- Successfully supervised and led design team in landscape architecture firm to obtain the most efficient and well coordinated group.
- Conducted constant research for new products and technologies that improved team work environment, as well as spectrum of resources offered by the company.
- Responsible for project presentation, client and vendor relation and project supervision during construction phase.
- Actively involved in recruiting, supervising and training new team members.

Nov 1998 - Jun 2006

The George Phillip Group, Orange, CA, US, Designer

- Conducted a design of the single family residential projects under supervision of the landscape architect
- Prepared construction documents and graphic presentations.
- Coordinated process of preparing construction documentation with construction work progress.

Sep 1997 - Nov 1998


University of Agriculture, Warsaw, PL, Masters, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning

Masters Degree Recognized in USA, appropriate documentation can be delivered upon request

Oct 1992 - Jun 1997

Areas of Specialization