PEOPLE

 
 
 
 
 
 

It’s not enough to possess an uncanny knowledge-base of materials, details and plants. We recognize that a strong determinant of our success is closely linked to the quality of the people situated at the core of what we do.

 
 

 
 
 

Mac Carbonell
Principal, Design Director

Several of the oldest trees on record grow on the grounds of Mac's childhood home, a historic farm & farmhouse situated at the bend of Brandywine Creek in Pennsylvania. All that was there nurtured his lifelong passion for, and evolving relationship with Nature.

Raised by a family of architects and horticulturists, he gained a deep appreciation for the arts and botany in his early life.

He received a BA in Photography at Yale and an MFA at the School of Visual Arts. 

As principal, Mac is Verdant's creative leader, consistently exploring and reinventing the thread between art, landscape and horticultural relationships, while relentlessly pushing the boundaries of conventional norms. Mac initiates and guides the creative process of each project, driven by an aesthetic of strict form and spatial planning and a refined framework highlighting the transportative qualities of plants in the landscape.

 

 
 

 

Guillaume Proust
Project Manager & Designer

As Project Manager and Designer at Verdant, Guillaume seamlessly blends an aesthetic approach with a rigorous technical expertise. He is an integral part in the collaborative process as designs move from vision to realization.

After graduating from the National School of Landscape Architecture in France, Guillaume worked as a landscape architect in France, the United Kingdom, Turkey and Canada before joining Verdant’s team in 2013. Overseas, he developed his expertise in site and social analysis by working on urban public projects including plazas, parks and waterfronts.

Since 2011, he has been working on a broad range of residential projects in both New York and California as a designer and project manager. He has honed his skills on a diverse range of site conditions and eco systems, often testing his design visions in situ.  

Inga Nielsen
Senior Project Manager

Raised in the North of Germany, Inga spend her formative years in France, Belgium and England, before eventually making the move over the big pond into "the new world" in 2006. Inga has been the design lead and project manager for a substantial array of high end residential and commercial projects within the architecture industry in New York City and the North-East before succumbing to her passion for landscapes and plants and joining Verdant in 2014.

During her time in Brussels, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design at the Ecole Superieure des Arts Plastiques. She received her second degree in Interior and Spatial Design at London’s Chelsea College of Art and Design. In 2014, she obtained a Certificate in Horticulture at the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens.

As a Senior Project Manager, Inga is responsible for coordinating and steering Verdant’s projects towards completion while assuring a strong balance between the strategic and creative realization of each project.

 

 

Tina DeSanto
Lead Horticulturist

Tina’s deep understanding of plants and horticulture stems from her passion for natural systems. Outside of work, through adventurous recreational activities, she frequently engages with nature. Her experiences outdoors—intertwined with its milieu—reinforce her passion and is a source of inspiration to her life.

With her family roots entrenched in and around New York City, her pilgrimage involves re-introducing nature to the urban fabric. While working at Verdant, she devotes part of her time to acquiring new knowledge about plants, and how they enrich the day-to-day experiences of its inhabitants.

 

 

Marissa Ringel
Installation

Marissa's perspective on ecology and the built environment comes from living her life between Nova Scotia and New York City. She graduated from the University of California Santa Cruz with honors in Anthropology (B.A.) and History of Art and Visual Culture (B.A.). Marissa is a certified permaculturist and is co/founder of Solace Natural Design.

Gabriel Gourd
Installation

Gabriel is a seasoned builder with more than 10 years of construction experience. Classical elements and ancient concepts inspire and inform his work; his operational philosophy centers around making creative use of raw materials (clay, straw, wood, sand, stone) and reclaimed/up-cycled building supplies. Gabriel is co/founder of Solace Natural Design.

 

 

Richard Weir
Installation

Richard has a substantial background in gardening, having trained and worked for many years  in London before arriving in New York. 

 

 
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Craig Trachtenberg

Design / Installation

Craig has worked with many high profile clients throughout New York and is now furthering his skills in horticulture and design at Verdant.