Landscape Design Leadership in Atlanta

Engaging the Next Generation of Landscape Designers and Landscape Architects in Atlanta

Georgia Tech, Atlanta GA

Allen Smith and Lew Oliver were excited to engage and review the work of talented graduate students at the Georgia Tech School of Architecture.  On April 5th, Allen and Lew joined Ellen Dunham-Jones to review and critique students on their current work.  The focus was reimagining an underutilized asset of Atlanta, turning a lost opportunity into an improvement for local residents and pedestrians.  Allen and Lew’s visit allowed for cross pollination of ideas and inspiration for industry veterans, practitioners, students and academics.

Such engagements bring private business to the halls of education and benefit both parties.  The students learn from practicing professionals the insights from the many job sites and environments Allen and Lew have encountered, and the students are able to share cutting edge technologies and techniques not widely adopted.  The result is a stronger foundation for both parties to design and improve the built landscape.   

Environmental preservation and cultural conservation are both very important to P. Allen Smith and Lew Oliver, who frequently partner on development projects throughout the United States.  

Mentorship is critical for knowledge transfer, forging relationships and developing new solutions.  Please consider sharing your talents with promising students in your region.  See images from the day below:

Allen, Lew Oliver and Ellen Dunham-Jones at the Georgia Tech School of Architecture.

Lew Oliver P. Allen Smith Ellen Dunham-Jones Georgia Tech Architecture


P. Allen and a student review a landscape design–Allen firmly believes in the importance of hand drawing as part of the design process.

P. Allen Smith Atlanta Landscape Design Review


Lew Oliver and Ellen Dunham-Jones review important site characteristics students considered in their design solutions.

Lew Oliver shares his design solutions with students during the critique session.

An interior shot of the Georgia Tech School of Architecture–inspired design inspires us all!

Inside perspective of a building at Georgia Tech School of Architecture