jr. landscape architect
Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Rutgers University ‘15
Mr. Aretakis, a Jr. Landscape Architect, joined the firm in June of 2017. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, NJ. He is involved with a variety of projects phases ranging from concept development to construction documentation and administration. His work includes public and private projects.
Mr. Aretakis contributes a range of technical, visual, and administrative skills to the firm. He has developed various construction documents including demolition plans, tree protection plans, layout plans, materials plans, grading plans, and planting plans. In addition, he has produced sections, elevations, and details for walls, rooftop systems, and green infrastructure systems. Aside from construction documentation, Mr. Aretakis has performed sizing calculations for green infrastructure designs including rain gardens, permeable pavement, and subsurface storage systems. He also provides construction administration services for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation’s Community Parks Initiative, focusing on Jesse Owens Playground and Ten Eyck Playground, both located in Brooklyn, NY. In addition to his technical and administrative services, Mr. Aretakis develops conceptual graphics for proposals, masterplans, and feasibility studies. These graphics include illustrative plans and sections as well as analytical maps and diagrams.
Currently Mr. Aretakis is involved in development of the masterplan for Highbridge Park in Manhattan, one of New York City’s five anchor parks. The anchor parks program seeks to facilitate new community inspired improvements in a substantial park in each borough. The masterplan for the 130-acre park documents existing and historic conditions of the open space and presents and analysis and set of recommendations for the rich urban woodland. He is also involved with Phase III of Tree Planting along the Belt Parkway Mill Basin in the Borough of Brooklyn. The project involves a naturalistic planting along the Robert Moses parkway as well as invasive plant removal and wetland restoration at the adjacent natural areas. The project provides restitution for trees removed during the recent expansion and bridge replacement along the parkway.
Prior to joining MKW + Associates, Mr. Aretakis worked as a Junior Landscape Architect at a large multi discipline engineering firm. His work included the design of spray parks and green infrastructure systems. Aside from landscape architecture projects, Mr. Aretakis assisted on various civil engineering and environmental projects. He was also involved in graphic design work including the production of 2D and 3D renderings as well as the development of the landscape architecture group’s work sample.
As a student at Rutgers University, Mr. Aretakis was the recipient of the NJASLA Student Merit Award in 2015.