Macdara O’Nidh


0161 359 5684

I began my career in horticulture before studying landscape architecture in Leeds and Copenhagen. After graduating, I worked in China for five years and then London, before settling in Manchester.

Since joining LDA Design, I’ve primarily worked on transforming Newcastle City Centre public realm to create a vibrant and greener city which is inclusive and people centred. It’s a real privilege to work in a city such as Newcastle with a visionary and committed client team.

In my spare time I like to go hill walking. I live in Manchester and often head to the Peak District, but I’m also lucky to have hiked in China, the Hindu Kush, the Alps, Pyrenees and much of Ireland.


As a landscape architect, who inspires you?

I’m inspired by modernist landscape architects such as Dan Kiley, Garrett Eckbo and Hideo Sasaki and often revisit their works for inspiration.

I love the view from ...

The Inagh Valley in Connemara on the west coast of Ireland. The valley is composed of a lake, peatland, forest and Derryclare Mountain one of the Twelve Bens. The dark surface of the lake reflects this landscape and open sky to create a spectacular view.

The last book I read was ...

'On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous' by Ocean Vuong which is a story about the young American-Vietnamese writer whose family carries the trauma from their experiences during the Vietnam War.

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