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Designing Spaces for Human Use

Maxian + Horst is a Landscape Architectural firm that specializes in the design of outdoor spaces for human activity. We are an established firm that provides these services directly to clients such as schools, colleges, architects and municipalities. A complete personalized service with an emphasis on thorough background research and a sound implementation process is tailored to your individual needs. Maxian + Horst is skilled at facilitating and involving the various constituencies (i.e., Athletic Directors, coaches and community members).
Further, it is our policy, and the cornerstone of our success, to maintain continuous and thorough communication between a partner and you. We believe that this is essential if your program needs and requirements are to be realized in the constructed project.

Maxian + Horst has over 38 years experience in working with clients to obtain site plan and subdivision approval for projects ranging from housing to healthcare to commercial to industrial projects.

Our People - Allan Maxian

Allan Maxian was the project manager for athletic facilities development at Cato-Meridian Central School District, Fulton City School District and design development at Fabius-Pompey Central Schools.

Professional Affiliations Registered Landcape Architect in the State of New York. Registration #762.


1977 - Master of Science in Ecology, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York

1972 - Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York

Professional Skills

Team Leadership - Allan has extensive experience and unique skills as a lead consultant and team coordinator in the evaluation analysis and design of site facilities projects. Allan believes that as a team leader he is directly and at all times accountable to the client.

Construction Process - Allan brings to our clients over 30 years of experience in the development and construction of site facilities. This experience provides the basis for Maxian + Horst’s unique ability to design and detail projects that are efficient and cost effective to construct while providing for minimal maintenance costs for the future.

Creative Problem Solving - Allan brings to each project the philosophy that each client’s goals, program and site is unique. Further that each project’s development criteria should be met with creative solutions that will exceed the goals and expectations of the client’s project.

Environmental Philosophy - Allan did his graduate research on the visual analysis of a forest landscape. He has maintained in his professional practice this concern with the aesthetic perceptual relationship between people and their visual environment. This philosophy is brought to each project developed and designed by Maxian + Horst.

Our People - Terry Horst

Ms. Terry Horst is usually the Project Developer Partner on any given project. Terry has 26 years of experience in the development of project packages. She is directly responsible for the development of project documents from the planning stage to the final design stage.

Professional Affiliations

Registered Landscape Architect in the State of New York, Registration #001359 Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, Certification #2849 Sigma Lambda Alpha Landscape Architecture National Honor Society since 1986 Board of Directors, Baltimore Woods Nature Center, Marcellus, New York


1987 - Bachelor of Landscape Architecture,SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York 1986 - SUNY ESF Off Campus Study in Cork, Ireland 1980 - Associate of Applied Science in Environmental Conservation, SUNY Morrisville, Morrisville, New York

Professional Skills

Construction Project Management Education - Terry has managed several large and small scale projects since 1999 in the Firm’s ongoing commitment to the Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District. These projects have included new and expanded athletic fields and complexes; capital improvement projects; roadway, parking and plaza design; traffic and pedestrian flow; and a landscape master plan.

Site Plan Approval - Terry has successfully achieved approval of site plan review projects for commercial and private clients by the Town of DeWitt, Town of Pompey, Town of Skaneateles and City of Syracuse as well as a number of other municipalities in New York State.

Recreation Master Planning - In concert with the Town of LaGrange, Terry developed a town-wide Recreation Master Plan currently being adopted for implementation. The plan covers various community recreation needs generated by the significant growth of this municipality.

Residential Subdivision Design - In both Massachusetts and New York State, Terry has designed and developed subdivision plans blending the subdivision with the surrounding environment in an aesthetic and sound manner.

Environmental Philosophy - Overall, Terry has combined her education in environmental conservation and skills in landscape architecture to competently design sites that harmonize with the environment. Terry has become a specialist in Stormwater Management and Stormwater Pollution Prevention Planning and considers this expertise to be essential to environmental protection. Her dedication to environmental concerns results in skilled and creative solutions for clients in the private and public sectors.

As partners, Mr. Maxian and Ms. Horst are involved in the detailed development of every project. We feel in this manner that each brins to a project their individual experience and design philosophies which provide the client a broader range of planning expertise. A partner is designated the Managing and Contact Partner and at all times is available and accountable to your representatives.
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