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Robert McGinnis Landscape Architects (RMLA) is founded on the belief that deep research and site interpretation are necessary to support responsible resource management, healthy communities, and the design of sustainable and compelling new landscape interventions. We—in collaboration with our clients—are creative change agents integrating heritage values within design processes challenged by rapid urbanization, resource scarcity, declining infrastructure, and climate change.

RMLA is a small studio offering design, planning, and heritage conservation services to governmental, institutional, and private clients throughout the United States and abroad. RMLA is focused on research-driven projects requiring collaborations with planners, architects, engineers, historians, anthropologists, archaeologists, ecologists, tourism specialists, materials conservators, and horticulturists. The studio specializes in addressing design challenges situated at the intersection of community and landscape history with the interpretation and management of significant places. Complementing and informing the heritage conservation practice is the firm’s expertise involving urban design, landscape architecture, resource management, and landscape interpretive planning and exhibit design. RMLA seeks out opportunities to collaborate on the design of new interventions within highly sensitive places including institutional and educational landscapes, campuses, civic and public spaces, parks and open space systems, memorials and monuments, and heritage museums.

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ROBERT MCGINNIS PLA FASLA

A Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a licensed landscape architect, and award-winning designer, Rob has over thirty years of research, planning, and design experience focusing on landscape architecture, urban design, planning, and cultural landscape stewardship and interpretation.

Rob has completed over 150 projects throughout the US and abroad including plans involving 44 National Historic Landmarks and six World Heritage sites. He has led and contributed to projects for the grounds of the Washington Monument, Jamestown Island, the Historic Grounds of the University of Virginia, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Grand Canyon Village, The Ahwahnee Hotel Historic District in Yosemite Valley, and Cades Cove in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Rob’s professional practice career includes senior leadership positions within design and multidisciplinary firms including OCULUS, EDAW|AECOM, John Milner Associates, and Land & Community Associates—an early leader in the advancement of cultural landscape analysis and planning.

Over the past thirty years Rob has held adjunct teaching appointments within the University of Virginia School of Architecture and the James Madison University studio art program. He has served as a visiting critic, juror, and lecturer at major universities including the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, University of Maryland, University of California-Davis, Cornell University, and the University of Guam. Most recently, Rob held an appointment as a Distinguished Fellow in the UVA Center for Cultural Landscapes, a pan-University center producing research and new models of innovative cultural landscape stewardship in the region, the nation, and around the globe.

HERITAGE TOURISM LANDSCAPES
Rob’s National Park Service project experience spans the US and includes over 60 National Park Service sites representing 15% of the units administered by the National Park Service. Rob’s cultural heritage tourism project experience in the United States includes the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail; the Plain Sects landscapes of Pennsylvania; Nicodemus, a landscape associated with late nineteenth-century African-American settlement in Kansas; multiple Spanish-Colonial sites in central Texas; the Old Spanish, El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, Oregon, California, Mormon, and Pony Express National Historic Trails in seven western states; and traditional cultural properties important to American Indian tribes in the Black Hills and Badlands of South Dakota and the Grand Canyon and Petrified Forest in Arizona. His geotourism experience includes analysis of cultural landscapes along 300 kilometers of the Mediterranean coast of Libya; the historic urban design heritage of Georgetown, Guyana; the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan, China; and coastal sites on Ambergris Caye, Belize, providing recreational access to the second-longest barrier reef in the world.

 

MODERN DESIGNED LANDSCAPES
Rob has undertaken preservation planning and prepared design recommendations for some of the most important designed landscapes representing mid-twentieth-century Modern landscape architecture in the US. He has led master planning projects at Washington Dulles International Airport and Jefferson National Expansion Memorial—the Gateway Arch site in St. Louis—both Eero Saarinen and Dan Kiley collaborations. This specialized experience includes planning recommendations for Richard Neutra’s Painted Desert Community Complex located in Petrified Forest National Park and his Rice House located in Richmond, Virginia. He served as the project manager for the restoration of the Dan Kiley-designed landscape of the East Building of the National Gallery of Art as well as the design of a new sculpture terrace on the roof of the East Building. He also served as the project director for the Landscape Heritage Plan for the University of California, Davis—a campus significant in part owing to numerous surviving landscapes planned and designed by Lawrence Halprin, Thomas Church, and Theodore Osmundson. Rob assisted on the historical assessment of a plaza designed by John Ormsbee Simonds and Lester Collins—the location of the proposed Eisenhower Memorial in Washington, DC.

MILITARY LANDSCAPES
Over the past several years Rob has led over 50 military landscape projects resulting in studies, plans, and designs for over 80 US Civil War, French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, and WWII battlefields, earthworks, fortifications, and military installations. His military landscape experience includes projects at Antietam, Gettysburg, Chickamauga, Valley Forge, the Presidio of San Francisco, Fort Monroe, Fort McHenry, Pearl Harbor, and North Field on Tinian—the location of the loading of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan.

PROJECT EXPERIENCE

The following list of selected projects represents the experience of RMLA principal Rob McGinnis while serving in management and project leadership positions with other firms.

ANACOSTIA PARK, NATIONAL CAPITAL PARKS—EAST, Washington, District of Columbia

  • Management Plan and Environmental Assessment; lead environmental planner: VHB; principal-in-charge for management alternatives, OCULUS, 2016


PRESIDIO OF SAN FRANCISCO
, San Francisco, California

  • Presidio Parklands Competition; lead landscape architects: CMG Landscape Architecture; consulting preservation landscape architect, OCULUS, 2014


EVERGLADES NATIONAL PARK
, Homestead, Florida

  • Flamingo Developed Area Master Plan; contract administration, consulting cultural landscape specialist, AECOM, 2011


YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK
, California

  • The Ahwahnee Hotel National Historic Landmark Historic District Cultural Landscape Report; architects: Architectural Resources Group; project director, AECOM, 2010


ECHO PARK LAKE, Los Angeles, California

  • Lake Rehabilitation Cultural Resources Treatment Plan; engineers: Black & Veatch; project director, AECOM, 2010


GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK
, Tennessee

  • Cades Cove Cultural Landscape Report; principal-in-charge, OCULUS/JMA, 2005

 

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, South Dakota

  • Cedar Pass Developed Area Cultural Landscape Report, Environmental Assessment, Value Analysis; architects: BVH; principal-in-charge of cultural landscape report, OCULUS/JMA, 2005


INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE
, Indiana

  • Good Fellow Youth Camp Cultural Landscape Report; architects: BVH; principal-in-charge, JMA, 2005


GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
, Arizona

  • Grand Canyon Village National Historic Landmark District Cultural Landscape Report, principal-in-charge and project manager, OCULUS/JMA, 2005
  • Desert View Cultural Landscape Inventory and Treatment Recommendations; project manager, OCULUS/JMA, 2005
  • Indian Garden Cultural Landscape Report; principal-in-charge, OCULUS/JMA, 2005
  • North Rim Developed Area Cultural Landscape Report; principal-in-charge, OCULUS/JMA, 2005

PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK, Arizona

  • Painted Desert Community Complex Cultural Landscape Report; principal-in-charge, JMA, 2005
  • Painted Desert Inn Landscape Treatment Plan; architects: SMP; principal-in-charge of landscape architecture, JMA, 2005


WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK
, South Dakota

  • Cultural Landscape Report; architects: BVH; principal-in-charge, OCULUS/JMA, 2005


TALLGRASS PRAIRIE NATIONAL PRESERVE
, Kansas

  • Cultural Landscape Report; architects: BVH; principal-in-charge, OCULUS/JMA, 2004


POCAHONTAS STATE PARK
, Chesterfield, Virginia

  • Heritage Center Schematic Design; architects: FPW and SMP; project manager for landscape architecture, OCULUS, 1999


BELMONT GOLF COURSE
, County of Henrico, Virginia

  • Maintenance Facility Siting Study; architects: FPW; principal-in-charge for site design, WMDC, 1996


COVE CREEK LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALL PARK
, Albemarle County, Virginia

  • Site Design; principal-in-charge, WMDC, 1996


KESWICK ESTATE
, Albemarle County, Virginia

  • Pavilion II Swim and Tennis Club Concept Design; principal-in-charge, RMLA, 1995


NISSAN PAVILION AMPHITHEATER
, Prince William County, Virginia

  • Site Development Construction Documentation; landscape architects: OCULUS; consulting landscape architect, RMLA, 1994


BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY
, Roanoke County, Virginia

  • Virginia Mountain Country Center Feasibility Study; architects: DASA; principal/lead designer for site master planning, RMLA, 1993

GEORGE MASON’S GUNSTON HALL, Mason Neck, Virginia

  • Site Master Plan; architects: Glave & Holmes; consulting landscape architect, OCULUS, 2016
  • Visitor Center Renovations; architects: Glave & Holmes; consulting landscape architect, 2016

 

PRESIDENT WILLIAM JEFFERSON CLINTON BIRTHPLACE HOME NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, Hope, Arkansas

  • Cultural Landscape Report and Environmental Assessment; architects: BVH; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 2014

 

PATERSON GREAT FALLS NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, Paterson, New Jersey

  • General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement; cultural resources specialist, AECOM, 2011

 

MAYMONT ESTATE AND PARK, Richmond, Virginia

  • Children’s Farm Precinct Study; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 2011
  • Site Master Planning Services; project director, AECOM, 2008

 

LINCHESTER MILL, Caroline County, Maryland

  • Site Master Plan; project director, AECOM, 2007

 

COLONIAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, Virginia

  • Jamestown Island, Glasshouse Point, and Neck of Land Cultural Landscape Report; principal-in-charge and project manager, OCULUS/JMA, 2005

 

GRANT-KOHRS RANCH NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, Deer Lodge, Montana

  • Cultural Landscape Report Part I; principal-in-charge, OCULUS/JMA, 2005

 

INDEPENDENCE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Deshler-Morris/Bringhurst Site Cultural Landscape Treatment Plan; project director, JMA, 2005
  • Independence Square Landscape Restoration; project director, JMA, 2005
  • Second National Bank Accessible Site Design; architects: SMP; landscape architect, JMA, 1999

 

MOUNT VERNON—GEORGE WASHINGTON’S ESTATE AND GARDEN, Mount Vernon, Virginia

  • Cultural Landscape Report; principal-in-charge, OCULUS/JMA, 2003

 

OATLANDS—A National Trust for Historic Preservation Property, Loudoun County, Virginia

  • Master Plan; architects: JMA; principal-in-charge for landscape analysis and landscape master planning, OCULUS, 2003

 

HUNTLEY HISTORIC SITE, Fairfax County, Virginia

  • Cultural Landscape Report, principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 2003

 

HISTORIC BLENHEIM, Fairfax City, Virginia

  • Master Plan; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 2003

ROSE HILL / MUSEUM OF THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY, Winchester, Virginia

  • Cultural Landscape Documentation; architects: JMA; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 2003

 

WILLA CATHER HOUSE, Red Cloud, Nebraska

  • Historic Structure Report; architects: BVH; project landscape architect for landscape documentation and treatment, JMA, 2000

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON’S BOYHOOD HOME—FERRY FARM, Stafford County, Virginia

  • Special Resource Study; project manager for cultural landscape documentation, OCULUS, 2000

 

NICODEMUS NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, Nicodemus, Kansas

  • Cultural Landscape Report; architects: BVH; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 2000

 

COURTHOUSE DISTRICT, Hanover, Virginia

  • Design Guidelines; planners: McKinney & Company; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 1999

 

HAMPTON NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, Towson, Maryland

  • Agricultural Landscape History; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 1999

 

TAGGART HALL, Romney, West Virginia

  • Site Design; architects: JMA; principal-in-charge for landscape architecture, OCULUS, 1998

 

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON NATIONAL MONUMENT, Hardy, Virginia

  • General Management Plan; lead planners: JMA/Watson; project manager for viewshed analysis, OCULUS, 1997

 

GEORGE WASHINGTON BIRTHPLACE NATIONAL MONUMENT, Westmoreland County, Virginia

  • Cultural Landscape Report; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 1997

 

SAN ANTONIO MISSIONS NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, Texas

  • Rancho de las Cabras Cultural Landscape Report; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 1997
  • Mission Concepcion and Mission San Jose Cultural Landscape Reports; project landscape architect, LCA, 1993

 

GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, San Francisco, California

  • Adolph Sutro Historic District Cultural Landscape Report; project manager and project landscape architect, LCA, 1993

 

CHESAPEAKE AND OHIO CANAL NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, Williamsport, Maryland

  • Williamsport Turning Basin Cultural Landscape Report; project manager and project landscape architect, LCA, 1993

 

MONTPELIER—a National Trust for Historic Preservation property, Orange County, Virginia

Historic American Buildings Survey Documentation; architects: DASA; consultant for landscape documentation, RMLA, 1985

JEFFERSON NATIONAL EXPANSION MEMORIAL, St. Louis, Missouri and East St. Louis, Illinois

  • Revitalization Plan / Value Analysis; lead landscape architects: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates; consulting preservation landscape architect, OCULUS, 2012
  • Landscape Preservation Maintenance Plan; project director, AECOM, 2010
  • Emerald Ash Borer Strategy Environmental Assessment; project director, AECOM, 2010
  • Framing a Modern Masterpiece: The City/The Arch/The River 2015International Design Competition Technical Advisory Group (2010); consulting landscape architect representing the National Park Service, AECOM, 2009
  • General Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement; project manager, AECOM, 2009

EISENHOWER MEMORIAL, Washington, District of Columbia

  • Federal Office Building (FOB) 6 Determination of Eligibility for Listing on the National Register of Historic Places; consulting landscape architect, AECOM, 2011

 

WASHINGTON MONUMENT GROUNDS, Washington, District of Columbia

  • Cultural Landscape Report; project director, JMA, 2005

 

MONUMENT TERRACE, Lynchburg, Virginia

  • Renovation Plan and Implementation; lead engineers: VERSAR; project manager, OCULUS/JMA, 2005

NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART EAST BUILDING AND CONNECTING LINK, Washington, District of Columbia

  • East Building Renovation / Level 6 Sculpture Terrace / Restoration of Grounds; architects: Hartman-Cox; project manager and project landscape architect for landscape architecture, OCULUS, 2016
  • Concept Design for the Constitution Avenue Triangle Renovation; architects: Hartman-Cox; landscape architect, OCULUS, 2014
  • Facilities Master Plan Update; architects: Hartman-Cox; project manager for landscape, OCULUS, 2012

VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Richmond, Virginia

  • Robinson House Building and Site Renovations; architects: Glave & Holmes; project manager and project landscape architect for landscape, OCULUS, 2015

VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE, Lexington, Virginia

  • Corps Physical Training Facility New Facility Design; architects: HKS; principal-in-charge for landscape architecture, OCULUS, 2014

 

UNITED STATES NAVAL ACADEMY, Annapolis, Maryland

  • Bancroft Hall Courtyards Landscape Rehabilitation; architects: HKS; project manager and project landscape architect, OCULUS, 2013

 

VIRGINIA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Roanoke, Virginia

  • Center for Science, Math, and Health Professionals; architects: CJMW; project director for landscape architecture, AECOM, 2011

 

US DEPARTMENT OF STATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS SECURITY TRAINING CENTER, Queen Anne’s County, Maryland

  • Environmental Assessment; cultural resources specialist, AECOM, 2010

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA—DAVIS, Davis, California

  • Landscape Heritage Plan; project director, AECOM, 2009

 

KAPPA SIGMA FRATERNITY NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS, Albemarle County, Virginia

  • New Facility and Campus Design; architects: Glave & Holmes; principal-in-charge, JMA, 2004

 

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY, Columbus, Ohio

  • Historic Building Survey and Preservation Management Plan; lead historical landscape architect, JMA, 2004

CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL, Louisville, Kentucky

  • Cloister Garden and Landscape Improvements; architects: JMA; project manager/lead landscape architect, OCULUS, 2001

 

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA, Charlottesville, Virginia

  • University Hospital Chiller Plant Design; architects: HOK; project director for landscape architecture, AECOM, 2011
  • Garrett Hall Rehabilitation; architects: Architectural Resources Group / Frazier Associates; project director for landscape architecture, AECOM, 2010
  • Old Cabell Hall Accessibility Improvements; architects: Frazier & Associates; project director for schematic landscape design, AECOM, 2010
  • University Art Museum Terrace Rehabilitation; project director, AECOM, 2010
  • Varsity Hall Relocation; architects: Train & Partners; principal landscape architect, JMA, 2005
  • 9th/10th Street Entry Design Concepts; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 2001
  • Garrett Hall Precinct Study; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 2000
  • McCormick Road Houses Site Improvements; project manager and lead designer, OCULUS, 1999
  • Kerchof Hall Safety Improvements; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 1998
  • Main Hospital Entrance Design Concepts; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 1998
  • Urology Clinic Site Design; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 1997
  • Dawson’s Row Multi-Cultural Center; project manager and project landscape architect, OCULUS, 1996
  • McCormick Road Houses Precinct Study; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 1996

 

BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Weyers Cave, Virginia

  • Business Technology Center; architects: FPW; principal-in-charge of landscape architecture, RMLA, 1994
  • Campus Master Plan; architects: FPW; principal-in-charge of landscape planning, RMLA, 1994

FORT MONROE, Hampton, Virginia

  • Open-End Design Services Contract; lead landscape architects: WPL; consulting landscape architect, on-going
  • Waterfront Parks Master Plan; lead landscape architects: WPL; consulting landscape architect, OCULUS, 2016

 

PEARL HARBOR AND OTHER NAVY REGION HAWAII INSTALLATIONS, Oahu and Kauai, Hawaii

  • Historic Asset Management Plan (HAMP) and Cultural Landscape Reports; project manager for cultural landscape reports, HAMP team member, AECOM, 201

 

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Quantico, Virginia

  • Cultural Resource Studies and Investigations; contract administrator, AECOM, 2006-2011

 

NORTH FIELD NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK, Tinian, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

  • Cultural Landscape Report; project director, AECOM, 2010

UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY, West Point, New York

  • Historic Housing Areas Landscape Assessment; consulting landscape architect, AECOM, 2006
  • Redoubts 1 and 2 Landscape Treatment Recommendations; project manager and historical landscape architect, OCULUS, 2000

 

FORT BELVOIR, Virginia

  • Main Parade Ground Section 110 Review; project landscape architect, JMA, 2005

 

WATERVLIET ARSENAL, Watervliet, New York

  • Historic Housing Area Rehabilitation; project landscape architect, JMA, 2005

 

PRESIDIO OF SAN FRANCISCO, San Francisco, California

  • Cultural Landscape Report; project manager and project landscape architect, LCA, 1993

FREDERICKSBURG AND SPOTSYLVANIA NATIONAL MILITARY PARK, Fredericksburg, Virginia

  • General Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement; cultural resources specialist, AECOM, 2011
  • Sunken Road, Salem Church, and Chancellor House Site Cultural Landscape Assessments; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 2003

 

FORT McHENRY, Baltimore, Maryland

  • Earthworks Management Plan; project director, AECOM, 2010

 

APPOMATTOX COURT HOUSE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, Appomattox, Virginia

  • Cultural Landscape Report; principal, JMA, 2005

 

CHICKAMAUGA AND CHATTANOOGA NATIONAL MILITARY PARK, Walker County and Catoosa County, Georgia

  • Chickamauga Battlefield Cultural Landscape Report; principal-in-charge, OCULUS/JMA, 2005

 

PETERSBURG NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD, Dinwiddie County, Virginia

  • Five Forks Battlefield Visitor Center Cultural Landscape Assessment and Treatment Recommendations; project director, JMA, 2005
  • General Management Plan; principal-in-charge of related lands battlefield documentation, OCULUS, 1996

 

ANTIETAM, CHICKAMAUGA & CHATTANOOGA, GETTYSBURG, MINUTE MAN, SHILOH, VALLEY FORGE, AND VICKSBURG NATIONAL PARK UNITS

  • Military Park Theme Study, project manager and lead cultural landscape specialist, OCULUS, 2004

 

WILSON’S CREEK NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD, Republic, Missouri

  • Cultural Landscape Report; principal, OCULUS, 2004

 

VALLEY FORGE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

  • Cultural Landscape Report; principal, OCULUS, 2003
  • Cultural Landscape Inventories of Four Component Landscapes; principal, OCULUS, 2001

 

WASHITA BATTLEFIELD NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE, Cheyenne, Oklahoma

  • Cultural Landscape Report Part II; architects: SMP; principal-in-charge, OCULUS/JMA, 2003

 

BRANDY STATION BATTLEFIELD, Brandy Station, Virginia

  • Interpretive Plan and Implementation; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 2003

 

COUNTY OF FREDERICK, Virginia

  • Star Fort Management and Interpretation Plan; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 2000

 

MAYFIELD AND CANNON BRANCH HISTORIC SITES, Manassas Museum System, Manassas, Virginia

  • Phase One Site Development; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 2000
  • Master Plan; project manager, OCULUS, 1996

FORT GRISWOLD BATTLEFIELD STATE PARK, Groton, Connecticut

  • Resource Management Plan; lead planners: JMA; principal-in-charge of historic landscape services, OCULUS, 2000

 

RICHMOND NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD PARK, Henrico County, Virginia

  • Glendale and Malvern Hill Civil War Battlefields Cultural Landscape Report and Archeological Investigations; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 2000
  • Glendale and Malvern Hill Civil War Battlefields Landscape Management Plan; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 1994

 

ANTIETAM NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD, Sharpsburg, Maryland

  • Mumma House and Barn Rehabilitation; architects: JMA; principal-in-charge for site design, OCULUS, 2000
  • Operations Center; architects: JMA; principal-in-charge for site design, OCULUS, 2000

 

COUNTY OF HAMPSHIRE, West Virginia

  • Fort Edwards Management Plan; lead planners: JMA; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 1999
  • Fort Mill Ridge Civil War Park Management Plan; planners: JMA; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 1999

 

COUNTY OF HANOVER, Virginia

  • Gaines’ Mill and Cold Harbor Small Area Plans; lead planners: McKinney & Company; principal-in-charge of battlefield preservation and planning, OCULUS, 1999

 

COUNTY OF FAUQUIER, Virginia

  • Cedar Run Dam Cultural Landscape Assessment; planners: JMA; project manager, OCULUS, 1999

 

CITY OF WINCHESTER AND FREDERICK COUNTY, Virginia

  • Kernstown Battlefield Management Plan: principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 1997

 

CHESTERFIELD, HANOVER, AND HENRICO COUNTIES, Virginia

  • Documenting Richmond’s Civil War Battlefields; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 1996

 

FORT C. F. SMITH, Arlington County, Virginia

  • Landscape Management Recommendations; lead planners: JMA; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 1995

 

MONOCACY NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD, Frederick County, Maryland

  • Bush Creek Tract Cultural Landscape Assessment, project landscape architect, LCA, 1993

 

FISHER’S HILL CIVIL WAR SITE, Shenandoah County, Virginia

  • Site Access and Interpretation Plan; project manager, LCA, 1993

 

PAMPLIN HISTORICAL PARK AND THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE CIVIL WAR SOLDIER, Petersburg, Virginia

  • Design services; lead landscape architect, JMA, 2003-2005
  • Master planning and design services; principal-in-charge, OCULUS, 1994-2003

OLD SPANISH, EL CAMINO REAL, CALIFORNIA PIONEER, OREGAON PIONEER, MORMON PIONEER, AND PONY EXPRESS TRAILS; Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming, Utah and California

  • National Historic Trails Inventory; principal responsible for overseeing all aspects of the cultural landscape analysis of over 1,000 miles of high value segments, AECOM, 2011

 

CITY OF DANVILLE, Virginia

  • Piedmont Drive / Robertson Bridge Streetscape; project director for landscape, AECOM, 2010

 

SELMA TO MONTGOMERY NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL, Alabama

  • Protection Plan for US 80; project advisor, AECOM, 2010

 

WASHINGTON DULLES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Dulles, Virginia

  • Dulles Rail (Silver Line) Assessment of Effects; consulting preservation planner, AECOM, 2010
  • Phases I Landscape Renovation / Parking Bowl; project manager and project landscape architect, OCULUS, 2006
  • Landscape Master Plan; project manager and project landscape architect, OCULUS, 2006

 

INTERSTATE 81, Rockbridge County, Virginia

  • Truck Climbing Lanes; project director for landscape architecture, AECOM, 2010

 

DELAWARE WATER GAP NATIONAL RECREATION AREA, New Jersey

  • Old Mine Road Cultural Landscape Inventory; principal-in-charge, JMA, 2004

CHICAMAUGA CHATTANOOGA NATIONAL MILITARY PARK, Walker County and Catoosa County, Georgia

  • Traffic Impact Study and Subarea Transportation Plan; lead engineers: DWA; project director for landscape, JMA, 2003

 

GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK, Tennessee

  • Cades Cove Development Concept/Transportation Plan; lead planners: HNTB; project manager for landscape, OCULUS, 2002

 

COUNTY OF HANOVER, Virginia

  • Rural Point Road Parkway Planning; lead planners: McKinney & Company; project manager for landscape, OCULUS, 1998

 

TOWN OF ORANGE, Virginia

  • Orange Transportation Center / Train Station Rehabilitation; architects: FPW/JMA; principal-in-charge of landscape architecture, OCULUS, 1995

 

TOWN OF CULPEPER, Virginia

  • Culpeper Depot Rehabilitation; architects: FPW/JMA; principal-in-charge of landscape architecture, OCULUS, 1995

 

ROUTE 23 RELOCATION, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

  • Plain Sect Cultural Landscape Analysis; cultural landscape specialist, LCA, 1992

GANZI TIBETAN AUTONOMOUS PREFECTURE, Sichuan, People’s Republic of China

  • Community-Based Tourism Plan; cultural landscape specialist and landscape architect, 2009

 

AL BIRDI COASTAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECT, Libya

  • Resort Siting and Feasibility Study; project director responsible for overseeing research on historic features and sites within 300 km coastline study area, AECOM, 2008

 

BLACKWATER COMPONENT, Eastern Shore, Maryland

  • Harriet Tubman Sites Special Resource Study Cultural Landscape Documentation; project director, JMA, 2005

 

STORIES OF THE CHESAPEAKE HERITAGE AREA, Eastern Shore, Maryland

  • Cultural and Scenic Landscape Assessment; principal-in-charge, JMA, 2004

 

GEORGETOWN, Guyana

  • Urban Design Charrette; cultural landscape specialist supporting a team of cultural tourism experts for Conservation International and US/ICOMOS, 2004

PERRYVILLE CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELD, Perryville, Kentucky

  • Comprehensive Master Interpretive and Management Plan; lead planners: JMA/Watson; principal-in-charge for landscape preservation and visitor facilities planning, OCULUS, 2003

 

SHENANDOAH VALLEY BATTLEFIELDS NATIONAL HISTORIC DISTRICT, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia

  • Management Plan / Environmental Impact Statement; project manager responsible for cultural landscape analysis and management concepts, OCULUS, 2000

 

COUNTY OF HANOVER, Virginia

  • Civil War Battlefield Preservation Plan; lead planners: JMA/Watson; principal-in-charge for landscape preservation, OCULUS, 1998

 

ANACOSTIA HERITAGE AREA, Prince George’s County, Maryland

  • Management Planning; lead planners: JMA/Watson; consulting landscape architect, OCULUS, 1998

 

ROANOKE VALLEY, Virginia

  • Conceptual Greenway Plan; lead planners: Greenways, Inc.; project manager for cultural landscape documentation, OCULUS, 1995

SERVICES

LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE
Within the realm of landscape architecture, RMLA provides a full range of services including detailed designs, construction documentation, and construction-phase services. RMLA specializes in sustainable site planning and landscape design for both new construction and heritage conservation projects. RMLA collaborates with a wide range of architectural, engineering, design, planning, and resources management consultants to address site conditions and program requirements.

  • Site Planning and Design
  • Grading, Drainage, and Storm Water Management Design
  • Site Structures, Furnishings, and Lighting Design
  • Vehicular Circulation Design
  • Pedestrian Circulation Design
  • Water Feature Design
  • Planting Design
  • Construction Documentation
  • Construction-Phase Services

PLANNING + URBAN DESIGN
RMLA offers design-oriented planning services including the preparation of urban design, general development, heritage conservation, landscape management, open space, and recreation plans for private landowners, non-governmental organizations, foundations, local and state governments, and Federal agencies. For this work, RMLA involves, when appropriate, specialized consultants to ensure a successful project.

  • Town and Community Planning
  • Streetscape and Civic Space Design
  • Infrastructure Planning and Design
  • Land Planning and General Development Plans
  • Landscape Management Recommendations
  • Park and Recreation Planning and Design
  • Campus Planning and Design
  • Open Space Planning and Design
  • Design Guidelines

HERITAGE CONSERVATION
RMLA has extensive experience working on projects involving a wide range of cultural landscapes across the United States including parks, battlefields, museums, civic spaces, campuses, and ethnographic and historic sites. RMLA’s heritage conservation work seeks to craft innovative design solutions that ultimately lead to greater public access, environmental sensitivity, and protection of resources. RMLA staff members fully meet requirements of the Secretary of the Interior’s Guidelines for Professional Qualifications Standards for professionals working in the field of historic preservation.

  • Landscape Preservation Planning
  • Cultural Landscape Inventories and Reports
  • Landscape Management Plans
  • Landscape Maintenance Plans
  • Research and Documentation
  • Management and Design Guidelines
  • Resource Surveys
  • National Register of Historic Places Nominations
  • Landscape Interpretive Planning
  • Landscape Exhibit Design
  • Landscape Treatment Construction Documentation
  • Design and Documentation of New Construction within Historic Sites
  • Construction-Phase Services

COLLABORATORS

RMLA principal Rob McGinnis has collaborated with the following clients and consultants on a wide range of projects across the United States.

DESIGN FIRMS

  • AECOM
  • Aeon Preservation
  • Architectural Resources Group
  • BVH Architects
  • CJMW Architecture
  • CMG Landscape Architecture
  • Cooper Robertson
  • Cunningham | Quill Architects
  • Frazier Associates
  • Gensler
  • Glave & Holmes Architecture
  • GWWO, Inc. | Architects
  • Hartman-Cox Architects
  • HKS
  • HNTB
  • Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
  • OCULUS
  • Sasaki
  • Smith Dalia Architects
  • SmithGroup JJR
  • Train Architects
  • Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.
  • Versar
  • WaterStreet Studio
  • Westlake Reed Leskosky
  • Wolf Ackerman
  • Woolpert
  • WPL
  • WRT

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES

  • Arlington County Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources, Virginia
  • Arlington Public Schools, Virginia
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • City of Charlottesville, Virginia
  • City of Fairfax, Virginia
  • City of Lynchburg, Virginia
  • City of Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Connecticut State Parks
  • County of Frederick, Virginia
  • County of Hanover, Virginia
  • Fairfax County Park Authority, Virginia
  • Fort Monroe Authority, Virginia
  • General Services Administration
  • Kentucky State Parks
  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority
  • Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
  • National Gallery of Art
  • National Park Service
  • Naval Facilities Engineering Command
  • Town of Culpeper, Virginia
  • Town of Orange, Virginia
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Virginia
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • U.S. Military Academy
  • Virginia Community College System
  • Virginia Department of Transportation
  • Virginia Division of State Parks
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORAGANIZATIONS

  • Civil War Trust
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Conservation International
  • George Mason’s Gunston Hall
  • George Washington Foundation
  • George Washington’s Mount Vernon
  • Maymont Foundation
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • The Pamplin Foundation
  • U.S. National Committee / International Council on Monuments and Sites

AWARD-WINNING PROJECT EXPERIENCE

The following list of award-wining projects represents the role of RMLA principal Rob McGinnis while serving in management and project leadership positions with other firms.

2015

Merit Award, Richmond Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Virginia Military Institute Corps Physical Training Facility, Lexington, Virginia; architects: HKS; principal-in-charge of landscape architectural design, OCULUS

Merit Award, Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Strategic Investment Area Plan, Charlottesville, Virginia; architects: Cunningham Quill Architects; principal-in-charge of park and open space design, OCULUS

Award of Excellence in Urban Design / Master Planning, Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, Strategic Investment Area Plan, Charlottesville, Virginia; architects: Cunningham Quill Architects; principal-in-charge of park and open space design, OCULUS

 

2014
Contextual Honor Award, Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects, Strategic Investment Area Plan, Charlottesville, Virginia; architects: Cunningham Quill Architects; principal-in-charge of park and open space design, OCULUS

Grand Prize – Environmental Sustainability, American Academy of Environmental Engineers & Scientists, Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation, Los Angeles, California; engineers: Black & Veatch; project director for cultural landscape analysis and treatment guidelines, AECOM

Outstanding Redevelopment Plan Award, Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association, Strategic Investment Area Plan, Charlottesville, Virginia; architects: Cunningham Quill Architects; principal-in-charge of park and open space design, OCULUS

 

2013
Best Neighborhood Plan of 2013, City of Charlottesville Planning Commission, Strategic Investment Area Plan, Charlottesville, Virginia; architects: Cunningham Quill Architects; principal-in-charge of park and open space design, OCULUS

Parks and Recreation Award, Region 9, American Society of Civil Engineers, Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation, Los Angeles, California; engineers: Black & Veatch; project director for cultural landscape analysis and treatment guidelines, AECOM

Outstanding Civil Engineering Project, Los Angeles Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation, Los Angeles; engineers: Black & Veatch; project director for cultural landscape analysis and treatment guidelines, AECOM

Water / Environmental Best Project (Southern California), Engineering News Record, Echo Park Lake Rehabilitation, Los Angeles, California; engineers: Black & Veatch; project director for cultural landscape analysis and treatment guidelines, AECOM

2012
Preservation Honor Award, Historic Hawai‘i Foundation, Historic Asset Management Plan for US Navy Region Hawaii; planners: TEC Joint Venture; principal-in-charge and project manager for cultural landscape reports and HAMP team member, AECOM

Historic Preservation Award of Merit, Virginia Society of the American Institute of Architects, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, Garrett Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia; architects: Architectural Resources Group / Frazier Associates; principal-in-charge, landscape architecture, AECOM

Outstanding Preservation Project: The Gabriella Page Preservation Award, Preservation Virginia, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, Garrett Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia; architects: Architectural Resources Group / Frazier Associates; principal-in-charge, landscape architecture, AECOM

 

2005
Merit Award, Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Star Fort Resource Management and Interpretation Plan, Winchester, Virginia; principal-in-charge, OCULUS

Merit Award, Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Stories of the Chesapeake Heritage Area Cultural Landscape and Scenic Assessment; principal-in-charge, JMA

 

2001
Honorable Mention, Virginia Chapter of the American Planning Association, Star Fort Resource Management and Interpretation Plan, Winchester, Virginia; principal-in-charge, OCULUS

 

1993
Honor Award, American Society of Landscape Architects, Sutro Historic District Development Concept Plan / Environmental Assessment / Cultural Landscape Report, San Francisco, California; landscape architects: EDAW; project manager and lead landscape architect for cultural landscape report, LCA

Award of Excellence, California Council of American Society of Landscape Architects, Sutro Historic District Development Concept Plan / Environmental Assessment / Cultural Landscape Report, San Francisco, California; landscape architects: EDAW; project manager and lead landscape architect for cultural landscape report, LCA

Award of Excellence, The Waterfront Center, Sutro Historic District Development Concept Plan / Environmental Assessment / Cultural Landscape Report, San Francisco, California; landscape architects: EDAW; project manager and lead landscape architect for cultural landscape report, LCA

Annual Design Award in Recognition of Outstanding Achievement in Design for Preservation Projects, California Preservation Council, Presidio of San Francisco Cultural Resource Studies, San Francisco, California; architects: Architectural Resources Group; project manager and lead landscape architect for cultural landscape report, LCA