EDSA | Then and Now | Dan D'Angelo

Then & Now

Previous interns – now employees, share their perspectives, advice and insights about all things landscape architecture and their experiences with EDSA.

Dan initially joined EDSA back in 2019 as an intern while pursuing his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Connecticut. After making his way to Dallas, Texas, upon graduation, he later rejoined the team as a Designer, where he continues to work on both foreign and domestic projects across a variety of sectors. A hardworking and imaginative landscape architect, we recently spoke with Dan about his journey at EDSA thus far, and how it has impacted his view on the design industry.

Q: What does landscape architecture mean to you?

A: Landscape architecture is the perfect blend between art and science – this balance unlocks so many opportunities for creative innovation. To design meaningful spaces, we must not only consider the artistic attributes of a place, but also the psychology of user groups – what brings people to a space and how will people move about it?

Q: What has been the most rewarding thing about being a landscape architect?

A: I would say completing the design life cycle of a project after overcoming all of the ups and downs. After working through the highs and lows, witnessing the final product come to life is an amazing experience. Seeing how people interact within a space, and how they utilize the amenities you’ve designed in the way that was intended – it’s an incredible full circle moment.

Q: How did you first get into the profession of landscape architecture?

A: My father owned his own landscaping company, so I was introduced to this type of work at an early age. I also discovered my love for drawing, which made me realize that I really enjoyed being artistic. Wanting to do what my father did, but striving to find my own creative path, the profession of landscape architecture ended up being a great fit.

Q: What about landscape architecture are you the most passionate about? Have your passions shifted since becoming a full-time, practicing designer?

A: I would say that I am most passionate about making a space unique and truly one-of-a-kind. That passion developed in school and has stayed with me up until this point in my career. I look at my work on both a macro and micro scale, focusing on the intricate details of a space then envisioning the entirety of a project’s concept through a broader lens. This allows my design process to work hand in hand with surrounding environments to create something truly exceptional.

Q: When you think about your time at EDSA thus far, what’s one word that comes to mind and why?

A: The word curious comes to mind. Pushing the boundaries of innovation and always wondering if there is something better to add to a given environment. It’s important for us to design without limits to fully consider the potential a space has. When looking at the design process now, versus what design will look like 10 years from now, it is noticeably clear that landscape architecture will continue to evolve to new heights. Staying curious is necessary to push the boundaries of each project and help contribute to the innovative evolution of design.