Charles S. McDaniel

Class Year
1979
Award Year
2011
Degree
BLA
Profession
Landscape Architect
Biography
Charles S. (Chuck) McDaniel has practiced landscape architecture, urban design and master planning for the past 34 years. Since founding the SWA Group’s Dallas office in 1983, he has been responsible for the project planning, design, detailing and management of numerous institutional, civic, corporate, mixed-use, and resort/ hospitality projects across the United States and Internationally. Chuck’s commitment to design and the restorative and expressive power of the line is evident in the thoughtful and deeply creative built works found in his extensive portfolio. His understanding of the visual and functional qualities of space and the human need for intimacy in the designed environment is inspired by his love of art, and organic forms found in nature. His remarkable range of professional accomplishments include dozens of design awards, firm leadership, mentoring of young professionals, design collaborations with allied professionals, international publication, and service to the design community through his outreach work with local high schools, universities, and communities in Texas and Oklahoma. His leadership is an example of how consistent and passionate commitment by an individual to the growth of the profession can have a lasting and positive effect at many levels. In 1979 Chuck received a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University, where he is also honored with the Distinguished Alumni designation by the University’s College of Architecture. Chuck also is a member of the TAMU Landscape Architecture Professional Advisory Board. A Registered Landscape Architect in Texas and 22 other states, he has been a guest lecturer and critic for universities and competitions throughout the United States. Chuck is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). In November Chuck will be honored by the American Society of Landscape Architects as he will be included in the 2013 Council of Fellows.
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