KAA is proud to announce that celebrated landscape architect, Michael McGowan, has joined our landscape architecture practice as a Senior Project Manager.

As Senior Project Manager, Mr. McGowan will lead project teams, simultaneously supervising and coordinating the design, development and delivery of projects under the direction of KAA's Director of Landscape, Jerry Williams.

Mr. McGowan is a California-licensed landscape architect with more than 12 years of professional experience, responsible for the design and management of large-scale mixed-use projects, high-profile private residences, urban public spaces and demonstration gardens.

Throughout his career, Michael has worked on a wide range of public and private projects, including urban revitalization developments such as Hollywood Park, the Eastern Columbia Building and Confluence Park. Furthermore, he is an expert in sustainable design and has held project manager roles on several prominent LEED-guided, innovative sustainable projects - such as The Village of Santa Monica and Guadalupe Gardens, a recycled water demonstration garden in Santa Clara County, for which he received a Merit Award from the Northern California Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

"KAA’s Landscape Design practice is an extremely integral part of our creative business and we are thrilled to welcome such a talented and accomplished designer," said Grant Kirkpatrick, Founder and Principal of KAA. "We are confident that Michael’s expertise will be a great asset to the firm and our clients."

"I have long admired KAA’s creative vision, integrated approach to design, and wealth of talent... I am honored to be a part of this team." - Michael McGowan

Prior to joining KAA, Michael held positions as Studio Director at LRM Landscape Architecture and Associate with Mia Lehrer + Associates. Additionally, he served as a faculty member at the University of Southern California School of Landscape Studies where he instructed in sustainable construction methodology and the reclamation of degraded urban sites.

Michael McGowan is a Registered Landscape Architect and a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He received his Masters of Landscape Architecture with honors from California State Polytechnic University in 2000 and his bachelor’s degree with honors from Salisbury State University in 1997.

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Our design philosophy is predicated on deep, meaningful connections between the house and the land. Southern California is blessed with a nurturing environment that provides extraordinary opportunities for true indoor-outdoor living. The homes we design fulfill that promise with beauty and joy.


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The Mediterranean in Southern California

Architecture inspired by great traditions of the Mediterranean region has a long, rich history in California. The fruits of this long lineage flavor the character of our cities and dot the surrounding hillsides. At KAA Design, we have often found the Mediterranean architectures to be a perfect fit for our clients wishing to build here.

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