Brian McCormack, ASLA
Nez Perce
Principal Landscape Architect
 
In 1993, Brian went on a 6-month road trip in his Volkswagen Westfalia van visiting national parks, historical sites and Indian Reservations throughout the western United States. During his travels, he observed many Indian Tribes were starting to build interesting new projects on their reservations. He noticed many of these early tribal projects lacked landscape design and proper site planning. As an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe of Idaho, Brian thought he could bring a unique design perspective to their projects. At the end of his journey, Brian returned to Portland, Oregon in 1994 where he established McCormack Landscape Architecture (MLA). In 1997, he relocated his office to the Nez Perce Indian Reservation at Lapwai, Idaho to be closer to his family and tribe.
 
Brian has designed many landscape projects where sensitivity and personal understanding of Native American cultural values and beliefs were instrumental to the overall project concept. His experience in the United States includes landscape designs for cultural centers, tribal museums, resort hotels, recreational facilities, master-planned residential communities, commercial projects, and single-family residential landscapes. Additionally, he brings to his profession international experience in Japan, Mexico, and Tahiti where he designed several recreational facilities and destination resorts. As the owner of MLA, Brian is responsible for the firm's overall day-to-day management and business operations.

In recent years, Brian has been invited to speak at universities, national conferences and educational sessions. His presentations on Native American landscape architecture, indigenous plant design, sacred sites, and culturally appropriate site planning have been attended by local, tribal and government leaders from throughout the United States.