John is committed to bringing innovative, resilient construction technologies and sound ecological solutions to SCAPE’s built work.

John Donnelly

Technical Principal, Partner

John Donnelly, RLA, is Technical Principal and Partner at SCAPE. He leads the management, documentation and construction of the studio’s major built work projects across the U.S. In over 17 years of professional practice, John’s work has included the design, documentation and construction of award-winning urban parks; streetscapes; cultural and educational campuses; mixed-use developments master plans; recreational trails and a variety of on-structure landscapes.

As the lead for SCAPE’s Technical Team, he works across the practice to ensure design and technical excellence through an integrated and collaborative process of quality assurance, quality control and peer review. John ensures that all SCAPE projects are developed with a sound technical underpinning from the earliest project phases to documentation and construction.

John holds a Bachelor’s in Environmental Planning and Design and a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Rutgers University.


Registered Landscape Architect (RLA): Colorado, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Tennessee, Texas

CLARB Certified

Certificate in Urban Green Infrastructure


Select Awards

ASLA-NY: Merit Award – General Design, “Greenpoint Library & Environmental Education Center,” 2021

National Design Award, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2019

ASLA-NY: Merit Award – General Design, “Madison Avenue Plaza,” 2019

The Architect’s Newspaper: Best of Design, Honor Award – Unbuilt (Cultural), “Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts,” 2019

The Architect’s Newspaper: Best of Design, Honorable Mention – Unbuilt, “First Avenue Water Plaza,” 2019 

The Architect’s Newspaper: Best of Design, Honorable Mention – Unbuilt, “Tom Lee Park,” 2019

ASLA-NY: Honor Award – General Design, “First Avenue Water Plaza,” 2019

ASLA-NY: Merit Award – General Design, “New York Presbyterian & Columbia University Medical Campus,” 2018

Architect Magazine: Progressive Architecture Award, “Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center,” 2018