Soulful Designer Brings Valuable Experience to McCullough

These photos are from our project Plant Power at San Diego State University.

Please join us in welcoming Johanna Mall, the latest addition to our growing team of talented designers. As a Junior Associate, her experience in civic development, education, sports and recreation and inventive approach to planting design brings clients more value to every McCullough project.


Meet Johanna Mall, ASLA

Johanna is an artsy, creative and bubbly designer, raised by immigrant parents and fluent in three languages. Her upbringing and travel adventures give her an acute awareness of the importance of culturally diverse experiences. Her passion for design stems from her fascination with how urban and folk traditions influence landscape design. The cultural integration between her Mexican, German and American roots, gives her a unique perspective to connect people and places with an element of empathy for the spaces she designs. She strives to apply “genius loci” to capture “the spirit of place” by designing places with a unique, vernacular cultural identity that people feel connected to.

Specialties that Johanna brings to McCullough’s projects:

• Civic development
• Creative approach to planting design
• Education / Sports & Recreation

Education: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Certifications/Awards: Sigma Lambda Alpha – Landscape Architecture

Johanna is a consummate rock climber, both indoors and out nearly every day. When she’s not climbing, she’s playing guitar or tending to her abundant collection of houseplants. You can also find her casually head-banging in mosh pits at punk rock shows on Friday nights.

"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to grow professionally and creatively through their fearless approach to design and excited to add even more soul to the grit and style that is McCullough."
— Johanna Mall, ASLA

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The time has come again for the annual SMPS San Diego Golf Tournament! Throw on your safari suit and join us Friday, June 28th for a day of golf at the Vineyard at Escondido Golf Club followed by a great banquet dinner. We hear there will also be appearances by some exotic, wild animals!

We’ll be golfing and serving refreshments at our beverage hole as Chui sponsors. Make sure you stop by to say hi!

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