PEA Group Acquires Michigan-Based Landscape Architecture Firm, Russell Design

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PEA Group, a Michigan-based leader in site design, has acquired Russell Design, a landscape architecture firm based in Northville, Michigan. The acquisition became effective on January 3, 2023.

This acquisition represents progress toward PEA Group’s strategic growth goal. The combined portfolio of work positions PEA Group as one of the most experienced firms in the Parks and Recreation market sector in southeast Michigan. Russell Design owner Marc Russell, PLA, joined PEA Group as a Senior Project Manager and is now the company’s 11th licensed landscape architect.

“Our entire team is so excited to have Marc come aboard to PEA Group,” said Jeff Smith, Vice President and Director of Landscape Architecture. “He is well respected in the community and will bring a wealth of experience to PEA Group. In addition to his impressive portfolio of work, he will bring leadership to help grow and strengthen our landscape architecture team.”

Russell Design was established in 1999 by Marc Russell, PLA, after garnering over 20 years of experience working on many successful and award-winning institutional, educational, public, and private projects throughout the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and California. Over the years, Russell Design built a name for itself through its extensive landscape architecture portfolio and long-standing community ties. Russell Design has been recognized by the Michigan Recreation and Park Association (MRPA) and the Michigan Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. The firm is licensed to practice landscape architecture in California, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, and Indiana. Some notable projects include Quirk Park, Heritage Park, and Waterford Oaks Park.

In addition to Marc, Bihui Zhuang joins PEA Group as a landscape architect from Russell Design. Marc and Bihui will operate from PEA Group’s Brighton, Michigan office.

Quirk Park's splash pad

Quirk Park’s Splash Pad

About PEA Group

Founded in 1947, PEA Group offers award-winning integrated site design services, including civil and geotechnical engineering, land surveying, landscape architecture, and more. The Michigan-based company is licensed in over 20 states. It serves various markets, including healthcare, education, commercial, industrial, parks and recreation, residential, utilities and energy, senior living, and more. With a service model based on trust, transparency, and collaboration, PEA Group strives to build long-term partnerships with clients of all sizes and needs. For more information, visit

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