UNIQUE DESIGN & INNOVATIVE PROCESS

Altamanu Inc. is a MBE/WBE/DBE Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Planning Firm. Altamanu constantly evolves to meet the changing issues of contemporary society and we seek to integrate planning, urban design, landscape design and environmental design (complete design) to create sustainable urban environments, each with its own character and recognizable identity.

From Our Clients + Quotes
  • This design is just what the committee was looking for on River Street….letting the beautiful buildings be showcased and the rest of the environment is bright, refreshing, and most of all complements the buildings…..a perfect blend of the old and the new.   Don’t let anyone change it!! — Doris Sherer – Downtown Streetscape Committee City of Batavia

LANDSCAPE AS A LIVING CANVAS

Altamanu Inc. was founded in 2000 so that principals John and Josephine could be more personally involved in their projects. They bring their varied backgrounds and experience of over 40 years of working on the planning and design of streetscapes, parks, open space and community environments in Chile, England, Ireland, Qatar, the U.S., particularly Illinois. Altamanu constantly evolves to meet the changing issues of contemporary society and seeks to integrate planning, urban + landscape + environmental design to create sustainable urban environments, each with its own character and recognizable identity.

 

Our Mission

  • To uncover and intensify the intrinsic qualities of a place by working with the visible and invisible systems that impact it, including the physical, geological, historical and political systems.
  • To develop of a sense of place and community through ecologically sound design, carefully observing the local culture, climate and environment, and following an inclusive innovative design process.
  • To use our unique understanding of the interwoven relationships of space and character, culture, systems, users, history to determine site specific solutions
 

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS

CHARTER AWARD
Congress for New Urbanism, Illinois Chapter
River Street, Batavia, IL
2013

MERIT AWARD
American Society of Landscape Architects, Illinois Chapter
Elemental Building at 1610 N Honore, Chicago
2012

CAVALCADE OF PRIDE AWARD
Design and construction of Mills Park, 2012
Village of Oak Park’s Community Design Commission

GREEN AWARD
Renovation of Taylor Park, 2012
VOP Oak Park Environment & Energy Commission

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
IPRA, IAPD, Park District of Oak Park IL, 2009

IL HONOR AWARD
ACEC, 2004

PROJECT OF THE YEAR
Jackson Park Segment of LSD Reconstruction, APWA Chicago, 2004

BEST PROJECTS
Jackson Park Segment of LSD Reconstruction, MWC, 2004

GLOBE AWARD
For Environmental Excellence, ARTBA, 2004

EXCELLENCE AWARD
Best Urban Highway, Landscape Design, FHWA 2004

IL ASLA HONOR AWARD
Connors Park, Chicago 2002

PERSON OF THE YEAR
John Mac Manus, Chicago Tribune, 1998

NATIONAL HONOR AWARD
ASLA, 1996

HONOR AWARD
Illinois Chapter of the ASLA, 1996

NATIONAL MERIT AWARD
FOR PLANNING
APA, 1996

GREENWALD CHAIR
For Urban Design Studies
University of Illinois, at Chicago, 1995

HONOR AWARD
Illinois Chapter of the A.P.A., 1993

GRAND PROJECTS CHICAGO
Chicago Chapter A.I.A., 1993

CHICAGO ARTISTS ABROAD
Grants to oversee the construction of The Chicago Garden in Osaka Japan, 1993

 

We believe in an inclusive team approach that the best solutions come from collaboration with our clients, with other disciplines and specifically with the community. We believe design is a multidisciplinary process that includes landscape architecture, urbanism and its interface with ecology.

We believe our environment is a living canvas with all of us as integral parts. The elements of the landscape become the medium by which space, views and our experience is evoked.

Each of our design solutions is unique and we enjoy working with our clients and the community to uncover and to intensify, the intrinsic qualities of a place.

 

PARKS & PARK SYSTEMS

TRANSPORTATION DESIGN

URBAN SOLUTIONS

SPACES AND ELEMENTS

INSTITUTIONAL AND EDUCATIONAL

Development of Park  Systems is an important part of our scope of work. We have worked with many cities to develop engaging park systems. Transportation Design includes roadways, bridges and streetscapes, incorporating landscape architecture and its interface with ecology. Altamanu creates Urban Design Solutions for infrastructure, downtowns and development, always with careful observation of local environment. Altamanu develops Spaces and Elements for private residences or commercial projects seeking to uncover the intrinsic qualities of their space. An important part of our work is functional and engaging community space, including an array of projects for public schools and libraries.

 


  


Lincoln Park Zoo

Maple Park

Euclid Square

Randolph Tot Lot

Mills Park

Taylor Park

Museum Forecourt

Field Park

Lincoln Park Framework

Carroll Park

Connors Park

Fred Anderson Park

Scoville Park

Grant Park Skate/BMX Park

Lake Shore Dr. Relocation

Multiple Bridges/Underpass

Batavia Streetscape

Devon Ave. Streetscape

Madison Street

Lawrence Ave.

95th Street

Addison Underbridge

Skokie Valley Trail

Stony Island Ave.

I-355 Extension
       

Elemental Building

Burnham Memorial

Logan Market

Oak Park Planters

Energy City
       
         

Buiter House

Private Residence

Cheese Market Sculpture
   
         
         


Stone Circle at Coonley

Onahan Elementary School

Warren Newport Library

Oak Park District 97

Sauganash Elementary
         
         

Altamanu Inc.

Josephine Bellalta + John Mac Manus
1700 W. Irving Park Road, Suite 202
Chicago, IL 60613

P: 773.528.7492
E: info@altamanu.com

Employment Opportunities

Altamanu Inc. is not currently hiring, but we are always enjoy seeing new resumes and portfolios. If you have an interest in joining our staff in the future, please contact: info@altamanu.com