Preston grew up in a small rural town outside of Pittsburgh where his family's home was surrounded by woods and horse farms. He developed a great appreciation and respect for the offerings of these landscapes and was intrigued by the contrast between his home and the dense urban environment of Pittsburgh. In his work as a landscape architect, he strives to incorporate and merge the qualities of both the rural and urban landscape.
Prior to joining MVVA in 2015, he spent five summers working on a horse farm and worked as an intern for the Penn State Center of Pittsburgh, a non-profit design and research center. He was also professionally employed by Group 4 Design in Jacksonville, FL, where his work focused on concepts, site design and planting plans.
Preston earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Pennsylvania State University in 2013 and received the ASLA Merit Award for Community Design/Engagement.