Ross Nadeau

Sustainability; working on highly used public spaces (ie: Anaheim Convention Center, Disneyland Resort); the careful execution of all the small details.

Ross, a LEED Accredited Professional, has 24 years of experience in retail, commercial, residential, corporate, institutional, resort and entertainment landscape design and construction throughout the US. His primary responsibilities at SWA today encompass construction observation and design control. The strong relationships he establishes with clients, contractors, the design team, and governing agencies allow him to resolve constructability issues in the field, “in even the most tense and stressful situations.” But his most integral role, as he sees it, is quality control. Says Ross: “I push the limits of the building materials—and the skills of the craftsmen—to new levels.”

Inspired By

Isamu Noguchi’s sensitive use of water and stone; master builder Frank Lloyd Wright, who worshipped the environment; Antonio Gaudi’s experiments with new building techniques; Alexander Calder, a sculptor on a grand scale; the writer Joseph Campbell: “When you follow your bliss... doors will open where you would not have thought there would be doors; and where there wouldn't be a door for anyone else.”


Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo


Accredited Professional, LEED; Member, California Parks and Recreation Society


2005 ASLA Southern California Chapter Merit Award: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California.

1999 ASLA Southern California Chapter Quality of Life Centennial Design Award/Merit Award: John Wayne Airport, Orange County, California.

1989 California Council of Landscape Architects Honor Award: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch, Scottsdale, Arizona.

Dream project

“I enjoy projects that are heavily used by the public. I also have always been intrigued with space travel and the cosmos. To be part of the design team for the first Space Port—a terminal for public space travel—would truly be a dream project.”
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