Senior Landscape Architect

As Senior Landscape Architect, Mack Cain provides planning, design, and implementation services on a broad range of development projects including commercial, recreational, residential, and resort projects. Mack Cain has experience in urban planning, landscape architecture, and site design. Mack Cain has extensive experience in Parks and Trails design having completed projects throughout the southeast and Caribbean. His parks are uniquely designed to fit the natural conditions of the land rather than impose the design on the land He also has extensive experience in historic preservation, restoration and renovation projects having won several national awards on his work.


  • 1997 – Present JJG acquired by Jacobs Engineering, Atlanta, GA
  • 1991 – 1997 Tunnell Spangler & Associates, Atlanta, GA
  • 1976 – 1991 Robert Marvin & Associates, Walterboro, SC


  • Managing The Design Professional – Summer School, Harvard University, 1984.
  • Post Graduate Studies, Accounting, University of South Carolina, 1981.
  • Spanish Language Training School, Brigham Young University, 1976.
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, University of Georgia, 1975.


  • LEED® Accredited Professional.
  • Registered Landscape Architect CLARB.
  • Registered Landscape Architect, Alabama (441), 1998.
  • Registered Landscape Architect, Florida (1040), 1985.
  • Registered Landscape Architect, Georgia (1070), 1997.
  • Registered Landscape Architect, South Carolina (256), 1980.
  • Registered Landscape Architect, Tennessee (628), 1999.



Specific Projects – Historic and Cultural

Drayton Hall, Charleston, SC – (Project Manager)

Mack was lead designer for Robert Marvin & Assoc. to design a parking lot and small visitor center location in 1982. The parking lot was carefully interwoven into the woodlands to avoid tree removal and exposure to view.

Middleton Inn – Middleton Gardens, SC – (Project Assistant)

Mack was a new landscape architect for Robert Marvin when they collaborated with Clarke and Menifee to design the Middleton Inn. He was a draftsperson and project assistant to David Varnell.

Ft. Granger Preservation Master Plan, Franklin, TN (Project Manager)

Ft. Granger was part of the famous Battle of Franklin and played a pivotal roll in the battle. As part of an overall recreation master plan for the city of Franklin, the park was master planned to be preserved and interpreted as a tourist attraction and part of the Battle of Franklin Park.

Atlanta History Center Grounds, Atlanta, GA. (Project Manager)

Master plan and first phase renovations of the grounds of the history center that included 3 period structures and the historic Swan House Gardens.

S. Car. Governor’s Mansion Grounds, Columbia, SC (Project Manager)

Mack was lead designer and project manager for the 1988 renovation of the Governor’s Mansion grounds and historic gardens. The project included development of a wedding garden in honor of the first lady.

Awarded the AAN National Grand Award by First Lady Barbara Bush 1990

Lace House Expansion, Mansion Grounds, SC (Project Manager)

The Historic 1835 Lace house needed to expand the basement to better serve the Governors functions. A porch expansion and entertainment patio was designed onto the house to fit with the historic architecture. The design the S. Carolina Chapter AIA Award for Historic Preservation.

Trinity Episcopal Church (1790) Columbia, SC (Project Manager)

Expansion of the historic Trinity Church in Columbia included the renovation of the historic cemetery, grounds and adding a new courtyard for the expansion. The design fit with the historic nature of the structure and blended harmoniously with the historic feature of the grounds.

Cotton Row Historic District, Augusta, GA (Project Manager)

Upgrade of the old river front district as a cultural, recreational and commercial center. The first phase after the master plan was to develop a streetscape that fit the historic vernacular of the area. The streetscape was designed to fit with the old cotton factor building along the street and lead down to the new waterfront.

Augusta National Clubhouse Augusta, GA (Project Manager)

The ANGC clubhouse was originally the Redd Mansion (1825) and part of the historic Berckman’s nursery. He house was historic as well as the historic plants on the grounds. The renovation had to fit the vernacular of the golf club an respect the historic nature of the house and grounds. ASLA National Centennial Award – 2000

S. Car. Vietnam Memorial & Park, Columbia, SC (Volunteer Designer)

Mack was asked to design the park for the new Vietnam Memorial Park for the State of South Carolina. He provided his services as a donation to the state and fallen veterans. The monument was designed by a local architect and placed on the site by the landscape architect to fit the overall design.

Piedmont Park Visitors Center, Atlanta, GA (Project Manager)

Renovation plans for the old bathhouse and grounds as a new visitor center for Piedmont Park in Atlanta. The design included development of an entrance gate and event lawn that were part of the original Olmstead Brothers master plan but had not been constructed.

Beaufort Waterfront Park – Beaufort, SC (Project Assistant)

Mack was project assistant to David Varnell and Robert Marvin for the design and implementation of the Waterfront Park and downtown master plan in historic Beaufort, South Carolina.

Seaborn Goodall House Restoration, Screven Co. GA (Senior Thesis)

The only surviving house of Jacksonborough, Georgia was a rare 1815 salt box frontier structure. It was purchased by the local DAR for restoration and preservation. Mack Cain chose the project for his Senior Thesis at the University of Georgia. The plans included a complete restoration of the house and grounds. In-depth research of the architecture and plantation style gardens was part of the thesis. The plans also included getting the house and grounds on the National Register of Historic Places.