Hailey Mackay, Associate ASLA, Certified Arborist
Associate | Landscape & Site Design
Hailey has deep Pacific Northwest roots, reaching back to when her family homesteaded in western Washington in the late 19th century. Growing up spending time in both urban and rural environments informs Hailey’s work and her perspective on planting design, the value of establishing functional ecosystems in urban and natural areas, and the impact of built environments on human and environmental health.
With a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in oil painting from Western Washington University, Hailey brings an attention to detail and enthusiasm for tactility to every project. Hailey has a passion for exploring design at various scales — from micro to metropolitan — and how the implementation of effective planting and creative solutions can have a positive impact on everyday life. As an intern at Schulze + Grassov, an urban design firm in Copenhagen, Denmark, Hailey worked on an international, interdisciplinary team on projects in London, Copenhagen, and Berlin to design functional spaces that facilitate public life and encourage human delight.
Beyond designing landscapes professionally, Hailey is an avid gardener who loves getting into the intricate details of plants, how they grow, their needs, habits, and the nuances of how they impact the landscape, creating refreshing and delightful experiences year-round. She is particularly interested in studying the evolution of ‘novel ecosystems’ — naturally occurring combinations of native and introduced plant species that evolve their own functioning ecologies and microclimates.