Chuck McDaniel

Managing Principal

“Explore ideas, and remember: a good idea is where you find it. Be open to the influences and creativity of the people and places around you. Deliver more than expected. Face issues and fix them. Have a little fun.”

Over the past 33 years with SWA, Chuck’s professional focus has ranged from large master-planned residential projects and office building landscape architectural design to resort planning and design. Chuck was the lead designer and Principal in charge of Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Cabo San Lucas, Latin America’s top resort since its opening in 1996. He currently has resorts under design or operating in Mexico, Bermuda, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Georgia, Florida, Arizona, Kansas, and Washington State.


Resolving complex spaces—the remnants of the site planning and architectural design processes. Creating usable, interesting, highly articulated space where there was previously none.


Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Texas A & M University (1979)


Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects (2013-Present)

Member, Urban Land Institute (2012-Present)

Board Member, Texas A & M Landscape Architecture and Urban Design Advisory Board (2005 – Resigned 2015)

Registered Landscape Architect, Texas #936

Registered in 23 States by Reciprocity

CLARB Registration #417


ULI Award of Excellence, Finalist: Las Ventanas al Paraiso, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (2003)

ASLA Texas Chapter Merit Award: Las Ventanas Plant Guide, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (2003)

ASLA Texas Chapter Merit Award: Georgia International Plaza, Atlanta, GA (2000)

ASLA National Merit Award: Las Ventanas al Paraiso (1999)

AIA Dallas Chapter, Consultant of the Year (1998)