Q&A with Anthony DePriest, Landscape Architect

by | Apr 6, 2023 | Landscape Architecture, News, North Kansas City, People

Anthony DePriest is a Landscape Architect from McClure’s North Kansas City Office. DePriest earned his Professional Landscape Architecture License in 2022. Landscape Architects are a vital part of achieving our vision of making lives better.

In honor of World Landscape Architecture Month, let us get to know Anthony!

Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

A: “I was born in Kansas City, Kansas and grew up in Olathe. After high school, I attended Kansas State University and got my Master of Landscape Architecture degree in 2018. From there I started my career with McClure.”

Q: What made you decide on a career in Landscape Architecture?

A: “Growing up, some of my passions were soccer and boy scouts, so I loved spending as much time outdoors as I could. My dad is a Land Surveyor and introduced me to the A/E/C field from a young age, and together we would design houses and neighborhoods for fun. From there, I wanted to be an Architect and went to K-State to pursue architecture. In my first year I realized that I was not great at designing buildings, but I really enjoyed designing outdoor spaces. Between my love for the outdoors and designing various outdoor spaces, I decided to try out landscape architecture.”

Q: What is your favorite part about being a Landscape Architect?

A: “I love being able to engage with the public and work with people who are not designers to come up with a plan that meets the community’s needs and something that they can be proud of.”

Q: How does your role support McClure’s vision of making lives better?

A: “Our Landscape Architecture team gets to work with developers and various communities to develop concepts and plans that balance the needs of all. I get to help with visualizing a client’s vision, and work with municipalities and communities to help move the project forward to become reality.”

Q: What has been your favorite project you have been a part of?

A: “One of my favorite projects that I have worked on was a sculpture that was part of the KCMO TIF roadway project. I got to design a public art piece that will act as an identifier to the area as that part of Kansas City grows. We worked with a local craftsman to construct three 8’ metal rings and two 4’ rammed earth retaining walls. It was one of the first projects that I was able to lead some areas of design and construction, and it was a great learning experience.”

About McClure

Founded in 1956, McClure has grown to a firm of over 250 professionals in eleven offices. With a vision of making lives better, McClure brings engineering expertise and a collaborative approach to identify the best strategies and solutions to bring our client’s vision to life. McClure’s area of expertise is in guiding its clients on making long-term capital investments in the areas of aviation, bridge, community development, construction observation, development, environmental, geotechnical, GIS, landscape architecture, MEP, structural, survey, traffic, transportation, wastewater, and water.