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DAA: Mario Nievera

Mario Nievera

Mario Nievera


Palm Beach, FL


Whether the site is a jet aviation facility in Palm Beach County, Florida, or a $20 million, 19-acre estate and garden in Southampton, New York, projects developed by acclaimed landscape designer Mario Nievera sport signature trademarks— simplicity, scale, and attention to detail. “When I create an environment that people enjoy, I know I’ve succeeded,” says Nievera. As founder and president of Mario Nievera Design Incorporated—with offices in Florida and New York—his aesthetically pleasing landscape designs delight residential, corporate, institutional, and commercial clients nationwide. Prior to launching his firm in 1996, Nievera was employed by Morgan Wheelock Incorporated, rising from staff landscape architect to principal and vice president. Nievera also cultivates a sense of environmental guardianship. Among his most rewarding projects was a re-design of planting and hardscape for Palm Beach Public Park—an appealing pocket of land featuring planting containers and extensive use of xeriscape plant material. Buildings settle easily into Nievera’s landscapes. His design solution for Portsmouth Abbey School in Rhode Island, united original and new campus buildings and incorporated a one-acre lawn with fountains and seating. Recently, his inspirational design work graced the pages of Architectural Digest, Forbes, and House Beautiful. A Wall Street Journal Online article featured Nievera among a handful of emerging landscape designer stars reputed for outstanding work on high-profile residential designs. Such recognition may well be rooted in an early eye for aesthetics. “I’ve always been obsessed with houses and how they’re situated on the land,” says Nievera, who recalls building houses from cardboard and manila folders as a youngster. “Even today, everything links to my profession. My work is also my favorite hobby.” “My experience at Purdue was sensational, and the opportunities and resources provided by my professors and the Landscape Architecture Program were extraordinary. Purdue University’s worldwide reputation for educational excellence contributed greatly to my success.”