Immediate Past President
American Society of Landscape Architects
In 1965, Dr. Charles A. Fountain, professor of horticulture at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University, saw the need for effective design, planning, and management of the environment and pursued the master of landscape architecture degree at the University of California at Berkeley. One of his goals was to facilitate a program in landscape architecture at a historically black college or university. Such a program was established in 1976 at NCA&TSU.
In 1989, after some coaxing from Dr. Fountain, I joined the Program as its coordinator. The landscape architecture program received its initial accreditation in 1993 and just completed its fourth accreditation visit. The student population is diverse both ethnically and in age. We have a faculty of three, an office manager, and 60 students. At present, for me, this is the perfect job. I have no doubts that I pursued the right path.
I was born in Morganza, Louisiana, and grew up in New Orleans. I received a BLA from Louisiana State University in 1975 and an MLA from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1982. Before moving to Greensboro in 1989, I was a vice president at EDSA in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and a member of that firm from 1975 until 1989, except for a three-year absence (1980-1983). My major focus was residential communities. I’ve completed summer internships at EDSA in 1973; Schanalbach/Braun Partnership, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1974; and Charles Caplinger Planners, New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1981.
I served as Florida Chapter secretary and North Carolina Chapter president and trustee. I’ve been a member and chair of the Council on Education for ASLA, CELA regional director, a member of CLARB’s Subject Matter Expert Committee for the LARE, a LARE grader, and member on a number of Community Assistance Teams. I am a past member and vice chair of the North Carolina Board of Landscape Architects.
I became a Fellow in 1995 and I am a registered Landscape Architect in Florida and North Carolina.