Philip Adiutori

Principal + Design Director

Philip is a landscape architect with 20 years experience designing and building hospitality projects, rural estates, and private escapes around the world. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA, Philip received his bachelor of landscape architecture from Penn State University and his Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Leading the MÀKIA team, Philip strives to create timeless designs that work with natural systems and have “room” to evolve, while never losing site of the importance of aesthetic and the role of art in our craft. Philip’s goal is to ensure we are consistently delivering beautifully detailed projects for our clients, on schedule and on budget.

Prior to MÀKIA, Philip was a partner and design director at VIDA landscape architects + planners (2010-2017). Previously, Philip was a senior associate with EDSA Los Angeles from 2002-2007 where he managed large hospitality and private estate projects and assumed a primary role in educating the firm on sustainable design principles





Registered Landscape Architect, n.5147 (California, USA)


2012 • University of Cambridge, UK

Masters – Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment

Thesis Title – “Improving public participation in landscape planning: A new method of Anonymous Landscape Photography Survey on trial.”

Awarded jointly by the department of Architecture and Engineering, The Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment course was an extremely rewarding experience and provided Philip the forum to complete research focused on exploring alternative ways to visualize our landscapes to create new ways of perceiving our environment, while also improving the democratic process of land-use planning

2002 • The Pennsylvania State University, State College PA, USA

Scholar, Shreyer Honors College

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, High Distinction

ASLA Student Award of Honor  (2002)

School of Arts and Architecture Creative Achievement Award (2002)

The Golumbic Scholarship for Design  (2001)

John O. Simmonds Scholarship for Creative Achievement (2002)


Savelli, Serena. ‘Crafted between the walls’

Architettura del Paesaggio n33 (Dicember 2016)

Goldfard, Brad ‘Out of the Ruins’.

Architectural Digest. (November 2013)

Attlee, Helena ‘Italy’s Private Gardens: An Inside View.

Frances Lincoln. (2010)

Kurlander, Caren ‘A Michael Keaton Production’.

Western Interiors & Design. (February-March 2008)

Zaza, Maria Cristina ‘Con Vista Sul Silenzio’

Gardenia n.306 (Ottobre 2009)


American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

Cambridge Alumni Association, University of Cambridge, UK

Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, UK


Washington University in St. Louis Dept. of Architecture – Guest juror

Florence Italy (Fall 2016)

Washington State University Dept. of Interior Design – Guest lecturer

Florence Italy (Fall 2015)

Washington State University Dept. of Interior Design – Guest lecturer

Florence Italy (Fall 2014)

Sede di Roma, Penn State University – Guest juror

Rome Italy (2007-2011)

Penn State University – Guest lecturer

State College Pennsylvania USA (Spring 2004)


English mother tongue

Fluent in Italian

Professional Experience prior to MÀKIA

2010-2016 • Partner + Design Director – VIDA landscape architects + planners

Founded the Florence Italy studio of VIDA landscape architects + planners with my partners and good friends, Ana Maria Pinto and Matthew Flynn

Selected project list:

Villa Serarmonio, Arezzo, Italy (2015-2016)

Concept design for 10-room luxury guesthouse

Private Escape, Costa Smeralda, Sardinia, Italy (2015-2016)

Full service landscape arch. for 2 ha retreat

Civitella Bennazzone, Perugia, Italy (2015)

Master plan + architectural studies for 50 ha. rural development

Villa la barca, Pineta di Roccamare, Tuscany, Italy (2014-2015)

Full service landscape arch. for 1 ha retreat

St. Regis Palazzo San Clemente, Venice, Italy (2013-2014)

Master plan for 7-hectare island and resort

Sidewalk Cafe, Island of Guam, USA (2013)

Concept Design – Construction Documents

Antognolla Four Seasons Resort, Perugia, Italy (2011-2014)

Master plan + Const. Docs. for 570 ha. resort.

Villa Agostini, Florence, Italy (2012)

11 Ha. master plan for new olive grove + luxury apts.

Giardino Cavagnari Florence, Italy (2012)

Full service landscape arch. for intimate private retreat

Center City Arts Campus Erie, Pennsylvania USA (2011-2012)

Master plan for 2-hectare wellness campus

Giardino Bacci Florence, Italy (2012)

Full service landscape arch. for private garden

Santa Eurasia, Perugia, Italy(2011)

Full service landscape architecture. for 5 Ha private escape

2008 -2010 • Partner – FormaTerra landscape architects + planners

Founded the Florence Italy collaboration of FormaTerra landscape architects with Marco Battaggia.

Selected project list:

Domaine Chantecler, Aix en Provence, France (2011)

Master Plan for private estate

Sultan Villa, Kuwait City, Kuwait (2009-2010)

Concept design for private residence

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino, Italy (2007-2009)

Detailed design + construction admin

Monticello Resort, Il Borro, Italy (2008)

2002 -2007 • Senior Associate – EDSA landscape architects + planners

Following graduation, Philip started his professional career in the Santa Monica, California office of EDSA landscape architects + planners under the leadership of Principal, Richard Centolella. During his 5 years at EDSA, he had the opportunity to work alongside an extremely talented Team of designers on a variety of international projects. Philip was eventually made Senior Associate and was responsible for managing design teams on several luxury hospitality and private estate projects. Philip also took a leadership role in beginning a company-wide initiative to improve the integration of sustainable design principles in the firm’s projects.

Selected project list:

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino, Italy (2005-2007)

(Lead designer+project manager)

Keaton Residence, Pacific Palisades, CA USA (2006-2007)

(Lead designer+project manager)

Private Residence, Malibu, CA USA (2006-2007)

(Lead designer+project manager)

Pololu Eco Ranch, North Kahala, Hawaii USA (2006-2007)

(Team designer)

La Quinta Resort, La Quinta, CA USA (2005-2006)

(Lead designer+project manager)

The Ritz Carlton, Rancho Mirage, CA USA (2005-2006)

(Lead designer+project manager)

Grand Wailea Resort, Maui Hawaii USA (2004-2005)

(Team designer)

Private Residence, Los Angeles, CA USA (2006-2007)

(Lead designer+project manager)

Turning Stone Resort, Verona, NY USA  (2001-2004)

(Design staff)

Tejon Ranch community, Lebec, CA USA (2001-2002)

(Design staff)

2001 • Intern – EDSA landscape architects + planners

Philip’s first exposure to the professional activity of landscape architecture came during a summer internship he completed in the Ft. Lauderdale studio and headquarters of EDSA. Working under Principals Doug Coolman and Doug Smith, Philip was given a tremendous amount of opportunity to participate on numerous large residential planning and hospitality projects.

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