Unique Design & Innovative Process

Altamanu Inc. is a MBE/WBE/DBE Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Planning Firm based in Chicago, IL. 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.

Our Leadership

Josephine Bellalta, ASLA, PLA

Principal
Ms. Josephine Bellalta Founded Altamanu Inc. in 2000 and is recognized locally and nationally for her work on the planning and design of schools, parks, streets and community environments. Josephine has worked on multiple school projects for The Chicago Board of Education/CPS, the Public Building Commission and various school districts.  Josephine has received ASLA awards for the design of parks and innovative streetscape and public space design. Her latest projects have included innovative storm water solutions, the use of storm water tanks, Silva Cells, demonstration swales, rain gardens and green roofs.

John Mac Manus, ASLA

Principal
Mr. John Mac Manus has worked on the planning and design of parks, schools, public spaces and associated projects for the past 25 years. He is at home working on large or small-scale projects and has received local, regional and national recognition for his work.  While at the Chicago Park District John led the physical design teams for the Lincoln Park Framework plan and many local parks in the Chicago system.  John led the planning and urban design teams for the relocation of Lake Shore Drive, the Museum Forecourt; the Plan for Northerly Island;  and the reconstruction of Lake Shore Drive in Jackson Park. John assisted in the development of the planning processes for regional urban parks in St. Louis Missouri, Denver Colorado, and Norfolk Virginia.