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Congrats to Max for Passing LARE

Congratulations to Max Geise for passing all of his Landscape Architecture Registration Exam! Max joined Pashek + MTR in 2017 and has since worked on numerous park, trail, and national cemetery projects as well as contributed his knowledge of GIS.

“Off the Shelf and Into Action” Promo Video

Watch authors and planners Denny Puko and Jim Pashek discuss how the implementable planning approach came to be and how planners can make plans more engaging and achievable.

Visit https://www.offtheshelfandintoaction.com/ to watch the introduction video and to purchase your copy of Off the Shelf and Into Action!

The book is available in paperback and is priced at $30, plus shipping and handling. Proceeds from the book sales will be donated to the APA Pennsylvania Chapter for scholarships and training.  

Jim Pashek Co-writes Groundbreaking Community Planning Book

After successfully introducing and growing Implementable Comprehensive Planning in Pennsylvania, we are excited to announce that Denny Puko and Jim Pashek are releasing a guide to their groundbreaking approach!

“Off the Shelf and Into Action, How to Create an Implementable Comprehensive Plan” is a 127-page book that describes the five keys to creating an Implementable Plan  . Additionally, it includes case studies and successful examples of the approach in PA communities. According to Pashek, Off the Shelf and Into Action is “the culmination to date of our thoughts as we rolled up our sleeves and engaged in the sometimes messy work of helping communities address their concerns.”

The book will be available in paperback and is priced at $30, plus shipping and handling. Proceeds from the book sales will be donated to the APA Pennsylvania Chapter for scholarships and training. “We didn’t write the book to make money,” said Puko. “We wrote it to provoke new and different thinking about planning.”

Purchase the book at https://www.offtheshelfandintoaction.com/ .


Welcome Nick Sisco!

We are excited to announce that Nick Sisco will be joining Pashek + MTR as a community planner! Nick will join Adriana Bowman, Jenni Easton, Elaine Kramer, and Jim Pashek in advancing the firm’s work in community planning.

Inspired by Ian McHarg and as both an outdoor thrill-seeker (climbing and whitewater kayaking) and passionate urbanite, Nick envisions communities that can balance both the built and natural environments while meeting the needs of all residents (human or otherwise). He specializes in GIS analysis, cartography, and graphic design. He believes that complex concepts and data can be easily translated through minimalist design aesthetics. 

Nick has over five years in the planning profession in the public, private, and federal sectors. He has conducted planning efforts in communities across the US and in Germany. He has a breadth of experience in the fields of green infrastructure and resiliency planning.  

Nick holds a Master of Community Planning degree from the University of Cincinnati; a Bachelor of Science degree, Major: Geology and Environmental Science, Minor: Geography, from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and a GIS Certificate recognized by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.  He holds certification through the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and is currently pursuing his Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) certification. 

When not at work, you can find Nick climbing at Seneca Rocks, WV, kayaking the Lower Youghiogheny River, or at a concert near you.  

Heather Cuyler Receives the 2021 PRPS Distinguished Member Award

The Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society awards are presented annually to those individuals who have demonstrated professional leadership, contributions having a lasting value to the parks and recreation profession, and a commitment to the advancement of the Society. The winner of the 2021 PRPS Distinguished Member Award in honor of Robert D. Griffith, from Pashek + MTR, Heather Cuyler.

The Distinguished Member Award is named in honor of Robert D. Griffith, the longtime Executive Director of PRPS, and seeks to recognize those professionals who have consistently contributed to the advancement of the Society, affiliated organizations and the parks and recreation profession.

Heather began her career as a part-time Director and quickly became the first ever full-time Director of Parks and Recreation in Marshall Township. Over the next 20 years, her passion for our field has guided her career, both professionally and as a volunteer.   Her efforts and significant achievements as an advocate, volunteer and professional have advanced public recreation and parks and have had tremendous impact on the quality of life in her region and across the state.  She has been involved with the Moraine Preservation Fund for more than 20 years, is the co-founder of the Recreation Alliance of North Pittsburgh and is now a Recreation Planner for Pashek + MTR. Heather is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional, Certified Playground Safety Inspector, & Certified Pool Operator.

Heather is deeply committed to PRPS having served on numerous Annual Conference Committees, and the Membership, Governmental Affairs, and Recognition and Awards Committees, as well as holding leadership positions throughout her very active years in District One.  As her nominator stated in her application for this award, “Heather has consistently contributed to the advancement of the Society, affiliated organizations, and our profession in countless ways, and been a champion for parks, trails, greenways, and open space preservation throughout the Commonwealth”.  Certainly, appropriate words befitting a Distinguished Member.

Welcome Adriana!

Adriana Bowman, Planner
Adriana Bowman, Planner

We are pleased to welcome Adriana Bowman as a planner at Pashek + MTR.  Adriana will join Jenni Easton, Elaine Kramer, and Jim Pashek in advancing the firm’s work in community planning. 

Adriana has a passion for policy, urban planning, research, and sustainable economic and community development. These areas of interest have taken her from her own backyard to countries around the world as she has immersed herself in local cultures and languages and assessed and synthesized information to develop programs that can be analyzed and quantified. Adriana brings creativity, technical skills and knowledge of planning processes and policy to all her projects.

Her internships with the City of Pittsburgh and the non-profit Regional Industrial Development Corporation (RIDC) have contributed to her skills in research, analysis, and community development. She has collected and analyzed data for improving housing and zoning policy and interviewed residents and stakeholders to collect crucial perspectives. Adriana’s presentation skills center on crystalizing findings and translating those into policies for helping places become more sustainable, equitable and enjoyable.

Adriana holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of South Carolina and will be receiving her Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Urban Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh in May of 2021.

Welcome Lucy!

We are pleased to welcome our new summer intern Lucy Rummler! Lucy is an MLA student at Penn State University. She enjoys working on design projects that involve ecological restoration, pedestrian and bike infrastructure planning, and planting design. 

Lucy is excited to learn about the design process at Pashek + MTR and explore Pittsburgh this summer. Her undergraduate program and past work experiences have centered on plant ecology research, and she loves that landscape architecture allows her to combine this background with a design approach. Her master’s capstone project, which she is also working on this summer, is a flood resiliency project in Conway, South Carolina. She is also a volunteer for ClearWater Conservancy’s watershed cleanup, Centred Outdoors, and stream buffer monitoring programs.

Pashek + MTR is Hiring a Planner and a Landscape Designer

Pashek + MTR is an award-winning landscape architecture and planning firm committed to a holistic, sustainable practice. Our work spans the public and private sectors, including education, healthcare, parks and recreation, botanic gardens, and community planning.  We are a highly collaborative group of skilled landscape architects, designers, and planners located in a walkable and bikeable urban neighborhood.

Landscape Designer

We are seeking a passionate and energetic landscape designer with 1-5 years of experience interested in working on a wide variety of project types and sizes in all design phases from master planning to construction documents and construction administration.  The position will entail working collaboratively within our office as well as with clients, project stakeholders, and other consultants.  The ideal candidate should share our values and want to learn and grow in responsibility within our tight-knit firm.  Learn more about us by visiting www.pashekmtr.com.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture
  • Strong design sensibility
  • Great hand and digital graphics
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Knowledge of grading design, planting design, materials, and technical aspects of Landscape Architecture
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD 2018 or newer, Adobe Design Suite, and Microsoft Office is a must
  • Proficiency in Arcview and Sketchup is a plus

Pashek + MTR offers a flexible, causal work environment, health benefits, and competitive salary. Please submit your resume, references, portfolio and writing samples in pdf format to sthompson@pashekmtr.com.  

Planner

We are seeking a passionate and energetic planner interested in working on a wide variety of community planning projects, such as comprehensive planning, corridor planning, and recreation and open space planning. The position will entail working collaboratively within our office as well as with clients, project stakeholders, and other consultants.  The ideal candidate should share our values and want to learn and grow in responsibility within our tight-knit firm.  Learn more about us by visiting www.pashekmtr.com.

Requirements:

  • Possess knowledge of community comprehensive planning process. Familiarity with the Pennsylvania Municipal Planning Code is a plus.
  • Possess understanding of Subdivision and Lands Development ordinances and zoning ordinances.
  • Possess knowledge of urban design concepts.
  • Ability to apply principles of sustainability in all forms of planning
  • Have strong research and analytical skills
  • Have strong writing and communication skills, and ability to present complex information in clear, understandable ways
  • Ability to conduct research
  • Ability to facilitate public outreach and meetings
  • Make recommendations to governing bodies
  • Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software
  • Have demonstrated experience with Adobe Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign)
  • Have demonstrated experience ArcGIS or another GIS

Pashek + MTR offers a flexible, casual work environment, health benefits, and competitive salary. Please submit your resume, references, portfolio and writing samples in pdf format to sthompson@pashekmtr.com.