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Robert McClendon

Robert McClendon at the UNC-CSI campus site
Robert McClendon, MLA
Sustainable Design Specialist


Room No. 336
850 NC 345, Wanchese, NC 27981

Mailing: PO Box 699
Manteo, NC 27954

Phone: 252-475-5407
Fax: 252-475-3545



Robert McClendon joined the UNC Coastal Studies Institute to provide design solutions to coastal environmental issues and to offer sustainable community design assistance. Prior to working in the field of landscape architecture and environmental design, Robert worked for municipal and higher education clients managing software development and implementation projects. Robert has knowledge and experience in all aspects of municipal and higher education operations and business processes.

MLA (Master’s degree in landscape architecture), North Carolina State University; BA in Arts Applications, North Carolina State University; Certificate of Business Computer Programming, Arkansas College of Technology.


Current Projects


  • Liaison with design/construction project teams for the CSI campus construction project.
  • Contributing author for the North Carolina Low Impact Development Guidebook.
  • Member of Currituck County Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) rewrite Technical Advisory Group.
  • Member Camden County Economic Development Commission.
  • Member Northeast Workforce Development Project Advisory Group.
  • Manteo High School created wetland project team.
  • Site design and project assistance for the Bowsertown Landfill redevelopment project in Manteo.  The landfill is undergoing a detailed assessment by Quible and Associates Engineers to determine levels of toxicity at the landfill.
  • Low Impact Development (LID) and stormwater solution recommendations for counties and municipalities in northeastern North Carolina.

 Research Interests 

  • Using Sustainable Community Design processes to assist communities with determining land use, zoning, and economic development goals and providing design assistance for environmentally sensitive sustainable development based on the goals identified by the community.
  • Promoting the use of native plants in landscape plans to manage stormwater and encourage an increase in wildlife habitat and diversity.
  • Determining how developers can use LID principles without the economic risk associated with changing development methods.
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