Michael A. Panich, RLA

Associate Landscape Architect

Michael A. Panich, Associate, Landscape Architect at The LA Group.

“Establishing and defining a strong connection to nature has always been my objective as a landscape architect and as a steward of the land, but once I had come to know the blessing of fatherhood, the importance of that goal has become even more apparent.”


Professional Experience

Celebrating 14 years of practice in landscape architecture, Michael Panich has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience in the design field. His supplements his proficiency in general practices with a depth of horticultural knowledge and expertise in universally accessible design standards. He has applied his experience on a wide array of projects from higher education master planning and site improvement to public spaces, park, and trail development. His commitment to discovering creative design solutions to any site project has played a role in the successful development and implementation of many award-winning projects in The LA Group portfolio.

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Favorite Place

Since relocating our family to the banks of the Hudson in scenic Luzerne, we’ve been spending our fair share of free time at the beach, teaching my children to swim in the river or catching fish and frogs at the Lake. Nature is no further than out your front door when you live in the North Country. One of our favorite summer spots is Bear Slide on the north end of town – a short but steep hike is rewarded with extensive natural waterslides, fresh wading pools, and wide open, smooth rock ledges for picnicking. When we aren’t out adventuring down a newly discovered nature trail or swimming at the local swimming hole, nature usually finds its way to us with a family of deer or turkeys passing through our back yard or a black bear walking up our driveway!


Education, Registrations, and Certifications

  • MLA, 2008 – Cornell University
  • BS, 2005 – Landscape Horticulture & Design, Purdue University
  • Registered Landscape Architect: New York

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