Diversity in Our Practice

Certified DBE/WBE Firm

Mahan Rykiel is a certified Woman-Owned Business (WBE) in multiple states and municipalities. Since our inception in 1983, we have been Woman or Minority Owned and are committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in our practice.

Certifications include:

  • Maryland – DBE, Woman-Owned
    • Baltimore City – WBE
    • Prince George’s County – MBE
    • Howard County – MBE, Asian
  • Virginia – SWAM, WBE and SMALL
  • Delaware – DEL DOT
  • West Virginia – DBE
  • Pennsylvania– DBE
    • Pennsylvania DGS- WBE
    • City of Philadelphia – MWBE

A Diverse Staff

Internally, Mahan Rykiel Associates offers landscape architects, planners and designers the opportunity to work on award winning local, national and international projects. We recruit through a variety of channels including Linkedin, social media, company website, and leading architectural organizations to find the best talent across the country and around the globe.  Our studio environment is comprised of small, collaborative teams which are responsible for a variety of project types and demand specific skill sets. Mahan Rykiel celebrates a diverse staff of 34 employees, with 41% women, and 35% minority.

Promoting Diversity in Landscape Architecture

To help promote diversity in our industry, we participate in career fairs and programs geared toward exposing minority students to career pathways in design and landscape architecture from grade school to graduate courses. Our contributions to equity and inclusion in the profession have been recognized by the Landscape Architecture Foundation and our firm leaders regularly present on these topics at conferences, universities, and public lectures. In Baltimore, we serve on the boards of our civic institutions, promote diversity in our industry by participating in career fairs and programs like Project Birdland geared toward exposing minority students to career pathways in design and landscape architecture from grade school to graduate courses.

Some recent programs include a course taught at Morgan State University, a public historically black research university in Baltimore, Maryland; Project Birdland, a stem education curriculum and contest developed by Mahan Rykiel for children in Baltimore City; Future City Career Fairs, a project-based learning program where students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades imagine, research, design, and build cities of the future.


Landscape Design

  • Conceptual Design
  • Schematic Design
  • Design Development
  • Construction Documentation
  • Construction Administration

Master Planning


Urban Design

Strategic Planning

Stakeholder Engagement

Talks & Presentations

Public Engagement Facilitation

Interactive Workshops


Data Visualization

Scenario Planning

Design Research

Experimental Design & Prototyping

Ecological Design

Other Design Services

  • Design Strategy
  • Graphic Design
  • Environmental Graphics & Signage
  • Exhibition Design

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