As we gather to celebrate the Randall’s Island Park Alliance’s Anniversary, we could not be more proud to honor Rick Parisi for his outstanding commitment to providing New Yorkers with a big, beautiful backyard at Randall’s Island Park.


Rick A. Parisi, RLA, FASLA, CLARB, is the Managing Principal of MPFP, an internationally renowned landscape architecture and urban design firm that is recognized as one of the foremost pioneers exploring the social and physical dynamics that shape our urban spaces and global landscapes. Under Mr. Parisi’s leadership, the firm plays an instrumental role in challenging traditional perceptions of spatial design in the urban, institutional, healthcare, workplace, playground and residential environments.

The Randall’s Island Master Plan and Icahn Stadium Track and Field Center have been considered the most rewarding public private partnership projects in Rick’s career. In addition he was the lead designer and Team leader for the Randall’s Island Field Development Project – one of the most ambitious field production projects ever undertaken in the United States. The team was able to develop over 65 playing fields – comprising the largest complex of playing fields in the city and over half of all the premier fields in Manhattan.

Rick’s award-winning landscapes throughout the world facilitate discovery, illuminate natural phenomena and enhance social relationships. He designs urban experiences that are grounded in sharing spaces, and are engaging and appreciated by adults and children alike. He brings this philosophy and passionate creativity to each endeavor, demonstrating a commitment to progressive, well-informed and aesthetically functional design.

During Rick’s 30 year career, he has designed and managed many notable projects in the US and around the world including the New York Wheel, Battery Park City World Financial Center, The USTA at Flushing Meadows, Fordham University at Lincoln Center, Yerba Buena Gardens in San Francisco, The Yards in Washington DC, The Cyber City Hub in Gurgaon India and several projects in Japan, Israel and India.

Rick and his wife Margaret Kittinger, a partner at Beyer Blinder Belle Architects reside in Old Greenwich, CT. His son, Andre, is a student at the University of Vermont.