Maelo Maldonado Senior Landscape Architect
Maelo Maldonado joined BEI in 2022 as a Senior Landscape Architect supporting all four locations. He is committed to translating client requirements into superbly designed and built sites.
Maelo graduated from Purdue University in 1996 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Landscape Architecture. He began his career designing landscapes in the Midwest and specifically the Chicago area under some of the regions most recognized Landscape Architects.
Maelo loves landscape architecture because it provides the perfect balance of art and science. He sees landscape design as a way to put back what we take from the planet. When clients come to BEI with a problem, it is his goal to solve the problem in a practical way that marries aesthetics with usability and sound land stewardship.
Maelo believes in the importance of using technology to help clients visualize concepts. He was an AutoCAD instructor in the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Master Gardener Program for several years. He is a certified AutoCAD professional with Autodesk and 3D modeler in CAD and SketchUp, who believes technology makes this an exciting time to be involved in the industry.
Maelo is an active member of ASLA and has served in the ILASLA Executive Committee multiple times throughout his career. He is currently Chair of the ILASLA Communications Committee.
In addition to his professional achievements, Maelo is also an accomplished martial artist. He is a certified karate instructor, certified judge and certified examiner with the International Shotokan Karate Federation (ISKF). Maelo is a member of the US team and has competed in Russia, Romania, Italy, Panama, Serbia, South Africa, and all over the USA.