Picture: Student-era Mario and urban agriculture director, family-man Mario

Mario Cambardella was a graduate assistant with Archway while working on his master’s degrees in landscape architecture and environmental planning and design from the College of Environment and Design at UGA. During his time working with Archway, Cambardella worked on a number of projects across the state, including a playground design in Sumter County, a Rail with Trail project in Hart County and the historic fire house restoration project in Pulaski County.

“I look back at my Archway Partnership experience as an extremely valuable piece of my graduate education. Service learning enabled me to pursue my passions of landscape architecture and environmental planning and gain exposure to the complexity of issues faced developing in the built environment,” said Cambardella.

After graduating from UGA, Cambardella was the co-founder and CEO of Urban Agriculture, a firm that specialized in planning, design, and construction management of farms for commercial, municipal, and residential clients. Mario was named as the City of Atlanta’s first urban agriculture director in 2015.

Cambardella sees the value of urban agriculture as part of a bigger picture. “It’s about more than just lettuce. It’s the eyes on the street; it’s the kids coming to play and learn; it’s all these forces for good that create growth and cultural understanding. What’s coming out of the ground has so much value.”

“Through Archway I had the opportunity to develop strong relationships within communities across the state that still serve me today. I am deeply grateful and honored to my mentors at Archway. In particular, Matt Bishop, for whom I have the privilege of sharing a 40 under 40 distinction with.” Bishop is a former Archway operations coordinator and is now the director of the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership. He was honored with the designation in 2013.

To see the full article: https://www.georgiatrend.com/2019/10/01/2019-40-under-40/