Our ultimate goal: To thoughtfully integrate natural and built
environments in a way that makes you happy and makes us proud.


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Ryan McKnight  PLA, ASLA ryan@mcknight-la.com

 

Firm owner Ryan McKnight has served as a Landscape Architect on a wide array of projects, including state, recreational and urban parks, commercial retail and office developments, multi-family housing, university housing, private residences, corporate and educational campuses, hotels, churches and industrial facilities.

Working on various project types, locations and styles has strengthened Ryan’s design and project management skills. His ability to adapt to each unique project site’s opportunities and constraints are invaluable to his clients. Ryan’s design skills are supported by his hand drawing and rendering abilities plus his knowledge and use of current CAD software. As a young designer, he was an integral team member of Henslee-Cox Landscape Architects, a respected regional firm in practice since 1968. During this time he learned the importance of collaboration – working closely with clients and being a part of numerous multi-disciplinary design teams.

In December 2005, Ryan accepted an opportunity to become owner and principal of Henslee-Cox, and in January 2009 he renamed the firm McKnight Landscape Architects. Under his hands-on, participatory leadership, the firm has continued to provide comprehensive professional services in landscape architecture and planning.

Ryan earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Louisiana State University in 2002. He is licensed to practice in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina.


Jacob Haynes  PLA, LEED AP+  jacob@mcknight-la.com

 

Jacob enjoys the challenges that all projects bring and excels at coming up with creative problem-solving solutions.  His craftsman nature coupled with a drive for thoughtful design gives expertise to all aspects of a project, from the initial concept to the smallest detail.

Jacob’s interest in design grew while studying abroad at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. After graduating from LSU he was drawn to a large landscape architecture firm in Dallas that specialized in substantial global projects, where he was an integral team member working in conceptual design, digital 2d and 3d presentations, construction documents, and site observation.

Jacob joined McKnight Landscape Architects in 2011 and his interests in sustainability and innovative design, coupled with his comprehensive background, complements an already outstanding and successful firm. 

In his spare time, Jacob enjoys hobby woodworking, outdoor adventure sports, and raising chickens in his urban backyard. He also serves as an engineer officer in the Louisiana National Guard.  

Jacob earned a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture in 2008 from Louisiana State University. He is licensed in Texas and is a LEED Accredited Professional.


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Jenny Aucoin PLA, ASLA jenny@mcknight-la.com

 

Jenny Aucoin has practiced licensed Landscape Architecture in Louisiana and Texas. With both commercial and residential understanding, Jenny recognizes the importance of coordinating efforts of all team members in the production of a successful project from concept through construction implementation. She takes pride in offering creative design solutions while providing equal respect and dedication for projects of varying scopes.

Jenny received her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 2002 from Louisiana State University, after studying abroad and traveling. Upon graduating, she worked for three years at ClarkCondon Associates in Houston, Texas learning the importance of detail design, construction, and team building. She assisted on various size projects including parks, developments, and campus planning where she collaborated with colleagues and other design professionals. With that knowledge, she returned to Louisiana in 2005 and worked her way into the Principal Landscape Architect position at Reich Associates, a well-established firm in Baton Rouge founded in 1963. She managed the office, personnel, and projects while continuing to volunteer and help promote the profession. She served as an active member of the Louisiana Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects executive committee from 2007 to 2014.

In 2014, Jenny joined McKnight Landscape Architects with experience, fresh energy, and commitment to help expand services and continue to provide the highest quality design while satisfying client needs. While living and working in Thibodaux, she enjoys being involved in the community. She has many volunteer and professional affiliations and accomplishments including Leadership Lafourche Class of 2018.  As an active board member for Thibodaux Main Street since 2015, she is the current executive board President.


 

After earning a his bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University in 2002, Drew spent many years self-employed as a landscape designer and contractor working on large scale residential projects in north Texas.  Drew left his practice in 2006 to pursue other entrepreneurial interests before returning to landscape architecture and joining the McKnight team in 2016.

Drew is an exceedingly talented designer and is equally as skilled with the technical aspects of a project, given his construction background.

Drew is a true artist who enjoys drawing, painting, and culinary explorations. Drew is currently pursuing licensure in Louisiana and he especially enjoys drinking coffee out of small cups to make himself feel powerful.


 

Wesley Wilkerson PLA, ASLA wes@mcknight-la.com

 

With an undergraduate degree in Horticulture from Louisiana Tech University in 1992 and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Louisiana State University in 1996, Wes has over two decades of experience in landscape architecture, land planning, and site design.  Throughout the majority of his professional career, he has been associated with multi-disciplinary firms where he has gained a strong understanding of civil infrastructure needs.   During his career, he has worked on projects throughout the U.S. and now brings his blend of knowledge to the McKnight team.   He maintains licenses in Louisiana, Florida, Kansas, Mississippi, Ohio, and Texas and is a CLARB Accredited Professional.

Wes believes that future development must push toward more balance in the overall site design with creative, yet sensitive, solutions.  It has been theorized that humans are subconsciously drawn to natural environments.  Understanding how people interact with the environment and each other, where they find comfort in their surroundings, how they circulate throughout a site (by foot or by car), and understanding the functional needs of the man-made components is integral to good design and ultimately, a successful project.  Wes believes that each site, big or small, simple or complex, has an opportunity.  Finding that opportunity and translating it into a viable solution for each client is the basis for creating meaningful landscapes and experiences.

Outside of his family time, Wes enjoys the serenity and peace of hearing that early morning gobble in the woods, hearing the whistles of wing tips flying through the air, or simply just kneeling down to pull those certain plants that are out of place, otherwise known as weeds.