Student Spotlight on Keely McDonald

September 27, 2017

Keely McDonald is a second-year graduate student working towards her Master of Landscape Architecture from UGA’s College of Environment and Design. McDonald is from Colorado and obtained her bachelor’s degree in environmental horticulture from Colorado State University. She came to UGA to further her education after working for a landscape management and consulting firm in Washington, D.C.

McDonald started her work as a graduate assistant at Archway in January of 2017. So far she has completed two projects in Spalding County: one for the city of Griffin to develop planting plans for roadway medians, and another for monument signs at an eco-industrial park. Currently, she is working alongside fellow graduate assistant Kiley Aguar on a memorial plaza and garden for Americus, GA in Sumter County and on a master plan for the city of Whigham, GA in Grady County. The latter includes a public park design, streetscape design and planting plans for two plaza gardens.

She has enjoyed the real world experience and working hands on with the many communities in the Archway portfolio.

“My future goals include becoming a licensed landscape architect and working on innovative and sustainable landscape design,” McDonald said. “Ultimately I would like to teach, but I plan to gain as much experience in the field as I can before pursuing teaching.”

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