It is with heavy hearts we announce J. Douglas Macy passed away peacefully on November 10. Few other landscape architects have had the impact that Doug had on Portland, the State of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. We are deeply grateful for what Doug instilled in the firm, and we are committed to carrying forward with the passion and energy he brought to his life and his work.

Doug was born August 12, 1945 in Caldwell, Idaho. He graduated from Madras Union High School and received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 1971 from University of Oregon. In 1975, with former UO professor, Larry Walker, the pair purchased the firm that would become Walker Macy from UO graduate, Robert Perron. They started the firm to make positive changes and to “solve the right problem.” Doug spent the last 41 years creating a legacy for himself though his work and the many landscape architects he mentored.

Over the decades, Doug designed and created iconic spaces in Portland including: Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland State University Urban Studies Plaza, Portland Park Blocks, Vietnam Veterans of Oregon Living Memorial; in Oregon with the Willamette National Cemetery, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Opal Creek and Skamania Lodge. Doug was a member of a number of associations and boards to bring the arts and design to Portland including Portland Japanese Garden Trustee, Pacific Northwest College of Art Trustee, Portland Parks Foundation among many others.

Donations to honor Doug’s legacy and life can be made to the Aaron M. Macy Memorial Scholarship at Northern Arizona University online: or by phone: 928-523-2012.

Doug’s Celebration of Life will take place on Dec 14, 2017 at the Kridel Grand Ballroom in the Mark Building at the Portland Art Museum. The doors open 5:00 pm, and the event will start at 6:00 pm.

In Memoriam