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New England’s Premier Landscape Architectural Firm

From concept through completion, The MacDowell Company offers the total package of landscape design and construction services. We are capable of designing and installing any element found in the modern landscape, including: walls, terraces, driveways, fencing and structures, pools, recreation courts, play equipment, outdoor kitchens, fire features, all varieties of landscape plantings, irrigation systems, landscape lighting and much more.

Our History

For more than 50 years The MacDowell Company has been designing and constructing major landscape projects in the New England area. Our attention to site design and architectural detail enables us to fulfill the most specific and diverse needs of our clients. Our highly skilled staff of masonry and landscape artisans ensures the long-term quality of each specific project. As testament to our high standard of work, we are honored to have been the recipient of numerous awards and commendations.

As landscape architects and craftsmen who design and construct unique settings, we take great pride in our ability to maximize the potential of the land, while paying the utmost attention to detail. The MacDowell Company team is unsurpassed in our ability to design and install all aspects of any landscape project. Whether it is a small terrace and garden or a large scale, multifaceted site development, The MacDowell Company team will assist you in achieving your vision for your property and home. Each project The MacDowell Company designs and constructs reflects a commitment to excellence in design, quality and craftsmanship.

Left to Right: Lance S. MacDowell, Brian S. MacDowell, Roy S. MacDowell, Jr., Bruce S. MacDowell, Jr., Bruce S. MacDowell Sr., Clayton S. MacDowell

Leadership Team

Bruce S. MacDowell Junior is the owner of The MacDowell Company. The MacDowell Company is a multi-generational family business dating back to the 1960s so Bruce was introduced to the industry at an early age. Outside of his schooling Bruce spent nearly all of his teenage years and early twenties working under his father and uncles to develop his masonry and horticulture skills and knowledge. Bruce was fortunate to have a great deal of early experience assisting with the installation of some of the largest and finest residential projects in New England.

Though Bruce now has over 25 years of concentrated experience in the industry, he strives to continue to learn and further his expertise. As the owner of the company that bears his family name, it is imperative to Bruce that he maintain the high standards of client care, design and craftsmanship that The MacDowell Company has become well recognized for.

Bruce believes that establishing a strong, trusting relationship with each client is at the heart of a successful project. He understands that The MacDowell Company is being entrusted to improve a family’s home so he personally takes great care to ensure that each project is met with a high level of integrity and attention.

Bruce graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. Bruce has received additional training in design and landscape management through The University of Massachusetts and Harvard programs.

Outside of his architecture and construction endeavors, Bruce enjoys traveling and has spent time in many countries throughout the world. Bruce enjoys playing guitar, backpacking and fishing, along with many other outdoor activities.

Roy founded The MacDowell Company in 1965 and through his dedicated, hands-on approach, grew the company to become a leader in the landscape architecture and construction industries. From the beginning, Roy’s approach has been based on a very clear commitment to excellence in design, craftsmanship and the highest standards in all phases of every project. For more than fifty years he has perfected his knowledge of materials, site selection, design and construction.

Roy is a central figure in the company’s client relations, design and project management. He focuses on providing and upholding high quality customer care and ensures that the design and construction product meets the most meticulous standards. Roy’s direction and involvement has been the hallmark of the firm’s success.

Outside of The MacDowell Company, Roy has served as both President of the Board of Trustees of The Rivers School in Weston, MA, and as a Trustee of the Children’s Hospital Boston Trust Board. He was a board member of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) New England. Roy is a past board member of Babson College, where he studied as an undergraduate, Sterling Bank, the Charles River Museum of Industry and the Waltham Boys & Girls Club.

Serving as both a Senior Project Manager and the Field Operations Manager, Clayton is central in all aspects of design implementation and construction operations. With 20 years of professional experience, Clayton melds his keen attention to detail with generations of family industry knowledge and expertise to ensure the success of each project.

As a Senior Project Manager, Clayton facilitates pre-construction coordination between clients, landscape architects and contractors. He actively continues to manage construction implementation, project budgets and schedules throughout the project installation. These and many other aspects of Clayton’s role as a project management are vital to the success of all facets of each project.

As the Field Operations Manager, Clayton utilizes his highly developed organizational and scheduling skills to manage multiple teams of construction personnel, equipment and materials. To Clayton, it is essential that The MacDowell Company creates a collaborative environment where each team member not only works towards achieving the common goal of a successful project, but is also encouraged to pursue personal and professional growth. Whether by leading through example or by hands on instruction, Clayton is instrumental in the development and advancement of each MacDowell Company field team member.

Outside of work, Clayton enjoys music, road trips and spending time in the mountains backpacking.

Jeff is a Registered Landscape Architect with more than 20 years of experience in site planning and design, covering a diverse range of project types including commercial, institutional, and residential. His design background includes extensive work within multi-disciplinary settings, providing him with an understanding and an appreciation for developing a logical, cohesive approach to landscape design.

Jeff graduated with distinction and received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from West Virginia University in 2000. He attained professional licensure as a registered Landscape Architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 2009. For the past decade, Jeff has focused primarily on designing and developing elegant, luxurious residential properties throughout New England.

Jeff’s design philosophy is simple: approach each project as a unique, individual design challenge. Listen to the Client. Listen to the site. Add Inspiration. Rely on experience. Develop a thoughtful, practical, compelling solution.

As a Senior Landscape Architect at the MacDowell Company, Jeff is responsible for managing multiple design projects simultaneously. His wide-ranging responsibilities also include proposal writing, project permitting, and construction management and administration.

A native of New England, Jeff was born and raised in northern Vermont. As a child he became enamored with the outdoors, and early in life became an avid outdoorsman. In his free time Jeff can be found roaming around the woods, walking trails or fishing with his wife, daughters and their two dogs.

Christopher is a licensed Landscape Architect with over 20 years of diverse professional experience.  He has worked in the Washington DC and San Francisco Bay areas as well as throughout the New England region.  Christopher has experience with a wide variety of project types, ranging from mixed-use developments, institutions and memorial landscapes to historic sites, traditional Japanese gardens and residential landscapes.

Christopher is particularly interested in residential landscape design and takes great joy in creating and reinventing home environments for his clients.  He utilizes the culmination of his training and extensive experience to design thoughtful and well-detailed environments that accommodate his client’s needs and desires while considering the inherent qualities of each individual site and the surrounding architecture.

Christopher graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Ornamental Horticulture and Environmental Design from Delaware Valley College (now University) in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.  He earned his Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from The University of Virginia.  At UVA Christopher augmented the standard Landscape Architecture curriculum with a specialized study in the preservation of historic cultural landscapes.  Christopher uses his training and experience in historic landscapes to incorporate historic precedents and ideas in new design work to add a level of richness to contemporary residential landscapes.

As a Senior Landscape Architect at the MacDowell Company, Christopher is responsible for managing multiple design projects simultaneously. His wide-ranging responsibilities also include proposal writing, project permitting, and construction administration.

Christopher grew up in eastern Connecticut where his father owned a farm.  His love for exploring the forest and his love of plants, along with his grandfather’s skill in painting influenced his career path.  Outside of the office Christopher enjoys painting icons, reading history and traveling to Venice, Italy.

Joanne has over 25 years of experience providing accounting services to small businesses. She began working with The MacDowell company in 2017 and has been an instrumental part in the firms growth. Joanne oversees many back-office operations including payroll and employee benefits. She is committed to the highest level of business practices and enjoys assisting vendors and customers with any accounting questions they may have. Joanne also enjoys traveling and spending time with her family as well as the several canine companions that are often found in The MacDowell Company offices.

Kathleen has handled the administrative duties for The MacDowell Company since she joined the firm in 2005. She serves as the firm’s office manager and is responsible for communications with prospective clients, vendors, and media outlets. Originally from Maryland, Kathleen graduated summa cum laude from Goucher College with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Studio Arts and International Relations. She is also a licensed Notary Public for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.