Mark Word
Principal, Owner

Mark Word’s interest in art, graphic design, and botany has led to a 15-year career designing commercial and residential landscapes. The work of his Austin-based company has been featured in national publications and is noted for its sensitivity to regional character. Mark Word Design continues to collaborate with renowned architects to develop a unique vision of the relationship between landscape and architecture. 

Sarah Carr, ASLA
Principal, Owner

Sarah spent the first four years of her career designing thoughtful urban houses, drawing on her education as an architect and hands-on construction experience.  Given to artistic leanings and a deep love of nature it now seems inevitable that Sarah’s focus would transition to landscape. For over a decade, Sarah has led the MWD design office.  Her attentive design skills coupled with a keen understanding of construction sequencing offer an invaluable source of inventive ideas and practical strategies.

Jennifer Knott, PLA
Senior Associate, Studio Manager

After receiving her Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of California Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, Jennifer began her 14-year practice in northern California, where she worked primarily on public open space projects including streetscapes, public parks and large-scale site master planning. She has also worked closely with universities to create design guidelines for long-term planning and implementation. Since moving to Austin in 2011, Jennifer has shifted her practice focus to residential design-build. She loves working closely with clients to find the perfect marriage of function and beauty for their landscape and to help them see their vision come to life. 

Genevieve Buentello
Associate, Project Manager

Genevieve’s interest in landscape is rooted in a strong connection to land as well as her passion for art and form.  With a background in fine arts and landscape architecture, she believes in exploring design through drawing and study with respect to the myriad layers of context present in every site. She brings 10 years of residential and commercial design experience to the table and encourages a collaborative process with clients and other design professionals.  She rejoices in tactile juxtapositions and has a penchant for exotic plants and animals.  Besides landscapes, Genevieve enjoys making art, nature hikes, gardens, and travel.


Brad Barco -- Landscape Designer, Estimator

Alyssa Hassell -- Landscape Designer

Leah Romero -- Landscape Designer

Alex Thompson -- Landscape Designer

William Niendorff -- Landscape Designer

Rosemary Harris -- Maintenance Manager

Pedro Acosta -- Construction Supervisor

Abel Silva  -- Foreman

Rey Servellon -- Foreman

German Zavala -- Foreman

Stephen Slaughter -- Comptroller

Erica Austin -- Office Manager

(512) 440-0013

2201 N. Lamar Blvd. 

Austin, TX 78705