Eleanor McKinney  
phone: (512) 445-5202
Landscape Architect fax: (512) 445-3432


Landscape architecture is the art and science of shaping the land for people to use and enjoy. The land provides the context for the objects placed upon it, such as buildings, roads, parks, and courtyards. Understanding the relationship of these objects to the land and to each other is the work of the landscape architect.

Each project is unique – not only due to the client and desired use, but also due to the location upon the land. Each site has its own opportunities and constraints. The same objects can be placed on two different sites and different results will occur. Therefore, keen powers of observation and analysis are critical to the success of any project.

McKinney Landscape Architect strives to understand the nature of each site and the desires of the client and blend the two into a harmonious composition. The design process seeks to bring the quality of the building details and materials into the exterior environment. Artistic expression and functional parameters bear equal weight. Sustainable approaches ensure that the final product is a durable and cost effective solution that meets the client’s requirements.

With an in-depth understanding of design and construction processes, the studio strives to produce creative projects that meet the demands of owners, review agencies, other consultants, and contractor’s schedules. Establishing good relationships with all parties ensures that the project moves forward in a productive manner. Regular job site visits offer the opportunity to solve problems in a timely fashion.

Watching people use and enjoy the completed project is the best reward. Seeing initial design ideas manifested on a site, and then seeing people interacting with the design in the manner in which it was intended. These are the experiences that continue to motivate us to create landscapes that are unique and exciting.

Landscape Design

McKinney Landscape Architect is an advocate of sustainable landscape design incorporating native and adapted plant materials and efficient irrigation. These plants are naturally drought tolerant and resistant to pests and diseases. They use less water, fertilizer, and chemicals, thereby contributing to the overall health of the landscape.

Ms. McKinney has been at the forefront of the use of native plants since 1976 when she worked as a Horticulturist for the UT Rare Plant Study Center. The center experimental greenhouses were used to grow native plants, such as Mountain Laurel and Texas Sage, and introduce them to the nursery trade. From 1978 through 1985, McKinney taught organic gardening classes in Honduras, East Texas, and Austin. In 1995, she was the Project Landscape Architect for Bob Anderson on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. And in 2005, she was the Project Manager for McKinney Kelley on the new Austin City Hall. The entire landscape design used native plants celebrating the various eco-systems in Central Texas.