Mahan Rykiel Continues Participation in 9 State and Local Minority Business Enterprise Programs

MRA President Jingpeng Gu comments, “Good landscape architecture and planning offer harmony, harmony amongst people, people with nature, and harmony within the individual. We believe beautiful places create beautiful people – our diversity is without a doubt what drives that insight.”

Chief Financial Officer Cathy Snellinger reflects, “Mahan Rykiel has supported women in the workplace since its founding under Catherine Mahan. For me, being able to go from a part-time position at the firm’s inception, to being an owner today, has everything to do with the firm’s family-friendly environment. I was able to give the company my best while also being a mom.”

Certifications include:

  • Maryland – DBE, Woman-Owned
    • 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

As a landscape architecture, urban design, and planning firm, having a diversity of people, backgrounds and ideas has been key to Mahan Rykiel Associate’s (MRA) success. A diverse perspective provides an edge when tackling issues of community identity, economic development, and ecological stewardship.

Of MRA’s staff of 33 employees, 47% are minority. Over the past 36 years, Mahan Rykiel has had the opportunity to work on high profile, projects such as the Woodrow Wilson Bridge – Rosalie Island Park, the Purple Line, environmental mitigation on the Inter County Connector, MGM at National Harbor, Delaware Scenic Byways, and numerous campus/academic projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Research and discovery guide the design of our myriad projects from public parks, civic plazas, state infrastructure, downtown and neighborhood plans, academic institutions, corporate campuses, mixed-use housing, private residences, healthcare facilities, hotels, to commercial centers.

To bolster diversity in the industry, MRA participates in career fairs and programs 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 historically black public university in Baltimore, Maryland; Project Birdland, a stem education curriculum written and developed by Mahan Rykiel for children in Baltimore City Schools; the Baltimore YouthWorks program; 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.

How can we collaborate?
For teaming opportunities contact:
Cynthia Fraser, Marketing Director

Mahan Rykiel Leadership Team

Peng Gu, Associate Principal
Vice President
Planning Director
Mark Pelusi
Operations Director
Matt Renauld
Design Director
Steve Kelly, Principal

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