Donald Sakuma, professor of landscape architecture at the University of Washington, joined with Frank James and David Peterson to establish one of the few landscape architecture firms in Seattle in a small brick storefront building on Capitol Hill in 1968. The impetus for doing public work was driven largely by the opportunities presented through Seattle/King County’s Forward Thrust bond issue, which funded public park development, waterfront access, and open space protection throughout the County for years.
Edward MacLeod, emigrating from The Architects Collaborative in Massachusetts, joined the firm in 1970, and Terry Reckord, then recently graduated from the University of Washington, joined the firm in 1973. Donald died in 1975, and the young firm evolved to be Edward MacLeod and Associates, and continued the tradition of public work. Terry became a partner in 1981 and MacLeod Reckord was born. Connie Fuller, then recently graduated from the University of Virginia, joined the firm in 1982.
The founders have all shared a common vision of providing design excellence in the public realm, and the highest quality of professional service to our clients. Forty nine years later we are honored to continue the tradition and thankful for the opportunity to build on the strength and reputation of the firm.