LandDesign is excited to welcome David Pearson back with his rich design expertise and natural affinity to lead teams in the exploration between the social and ecological benefit of landscape architecture to every project. David brings over 20 years of professional and academic experience. David’s career has been split nearly equally between academia and private consulting. As a former professor at Auburn and Clemson Universities, he understands the historic and contemporary role of design and its intersection between research, theory, and construction.
Professionally, David has always been drawn to the design of urban, public spaces and the role of green infrastructure in successful community building. David grew up a horticulture enthusiast, tending to the garden of his family home in Alabama and spending summers working in an azalea nursery. His love for plants inspired him to pursue a career in landscape architecture and be part of a profession that shapes the future of cities, public spaces, and natural ecologies.
With his return to LandDesign, David is most excited to collaborate with young professionals across the firm to ignite creative approaches to improving the quality of life within the communities we serve. LandDesign Principal and Director of Parks, Greenways, and Open Space Beth Poovey says, “David is a valuable resource not only to our growing open space and active transportation studio, but across the firm as a design mentor and with office roots in western North Carolina.”
David believes that meaningful design is cultivated through community partnerships, which is represented in his previous work, including Bell Tower Green in Salisbury, NC, the Riverside Drive Development Plan in Asheville, NC and Railroad Park in Birmingham, AL. At LandDesign, David will lead conversations about meaningful landscape design in public spaces and contribute to the development of the firm’s young design staff.