Dean’s Advisory Council

bob hughes



Bob Hughes, Chair (BLA ’77) is a founding partner, president and principal of HGOR. Since the firm’s establishment in 1992, the practice has sought to create great places – producing sound returns on investment and yielding a stewardship ethic for future generations. He has spent thirty-seven years of his thirty-nine year career working out of Atlanta, completing projects in twenty-three states and six countries. Throughout his career, Bob has become a recognized leader in innovative and sustainable design. He works closely with clients to develop powerful ideas into resolute realities. Bob’s demonstrated ability to understand and build consensus around a comprehensive vision has led HGOR and its clients to receive more than eighty professional awards for planning and design, including twenty-three state, regional and national ASLA awards.  Bob is married to Mary, has four children and four grandchildren and resides in Atlanta, GA, where HGOR continues to have a major presence in shaping the city and region.


leo alvarez




Leo Alvarez, Design Principal and Inaugural National Urban Design Discipline Leader for Perkins + Will, has been practicing landscape architecture, urban design and architecture for over 30 years. He has successfully completed a wide variety of project types including urban design plans, new community designs, transportation facilities, educational environments, healthcare facilities, commercial projects and historic preservation efforts. His projects have been published and reviewed in a number of venues and he has received design awards for his creative and built work. In addition to his accomplishments in the professional practice arena, Mr. Alvarez has been actively involved in academia for over 17 years with Florida International University and the University of Georgia.


steve cannon





Steve Cannon is the Executive Director of the Gwinnett Heritage & Cultural Center and has more than 18 years of experience and leadership in the environmental protection, environmental education, and public health profession. Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for Rockdale Water Resources. Steve has served as two-term president of the Georgia Water Wise Council, committee chair of the American Water Works Association, Georgia Water and Pollution Control Association, and Water Environment Federation, board member of the American Public Works Association, and past president of the Buford North Gwinnett Rotary Club.


ed castro





Ed Castro (BLA ‘88) is President and CEO of one of Atlanta’s leading Landscape Design/Build & Maintenance firms, Ed Castro Landscape. Ed constantly strives to be the recognized leader in residential garden design, construction, and maintenance. Partnering environmental responsibility and architectural beauty, Ed Castro works with multiple prominent high end residential builders in the Atlanta area. A sampling of his other projects include: City of Roswell Planting and Maintenance, City of Alpharetta Planting and Maintenance, Cabbage Town Park Construction, Candler Park Renovation, and Chastain Park Design Development Standards. Ed Castro has supported three schools’ “Partner in Education” Program. In addition, he currently supports over a dozen of the non-profit organizations in Atlanta committed to improving quality of life.


mike collins




Michael L. Collins, AIA, LEED AP, is a Principal and President of Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, an Atlanta based architecture firm that provides design services to the recreational, hospitality, religious, educational and healthcare markets. His passion for good design contributes to the built environment in positive ways that have a lasting impact on how people live, work, learn and play. CCCA has evolved into an award-winning firm of over sixty dedicated professionals. Much of Mike’s work over 30 years of practice has focused on the advancement of higher education and K-12 planning and design for classroom buildings, dining halls, libraries, performing arts venues, student commons and athletic facilities. Since 1992, that work has included multiple projects for The University System of Georgia Board of Regents, that has ranged from site studies and renovations to new academic buildings and campuses throughout the state. A 1983 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Mike is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the United States Green Building Council and a board member of the Fulton County Education Foundation. He is also a LEED accredited architect and a founding member of CCCA.


ann frierson




Ann Frierson (AB ’65) is a true friend to the College of Environment and Design. As the former President of the Garden Club of America, a long-time member of the board of the State Botanical Garden, and former member of the board of the Center for Plant Conservation, she is a passionate advocate for landscape architecture, historic preservation and sustainable planning and design.


frank giuliano




Frank Giuliano (BLA ‘73, MLA ‘75) is principal in the firm of Frank Giuliano and Associates located in Westchester County, NY. He specializes in large scale residential landscape architecture, historic preservation and wetland mitigation projects. The firm’s client list includes, Donald Trump, Calvin Klein Inc., Rosie O’Donnell, Vanessa Williams, Tommy Mottola, and Many other New York Based celebrities. Historic Garden Preservation Master Plans prepared by the firm includes the James Cagney Estate; The Gimbel Estate, Gracie Mansion, New York’s Mayors residence, the 110 year old “Ansonia Hotel” roof gardens on Broadway in NYC, and the Masin Residence, an original Frederick Law Olmsted Residential design in Greenwich Ct.  Frank schedules lectures to NYC area organizations promoting and defining Landscape Architecture as a profession. Frank studied in Cortona Italy in 1973, as a recipient of the Garden Club of Georgia’s Neel Reid Fellowship.  Frank returned to Cortona in the summer of 1974, as a translator, and assistant to the director of the program to the University of Georgia program.


bob grese



Bob Grese (BLA ’78) is a professor of Landscape Architecture in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. He serves as Director of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum in Ann Arbor, MI. His teaching and research involve ecologically-based landscape design and management that respects the cultural and natural history of a region. Bob is particularly interested in the restoration and on-going management of urban wilds and the role such lands can play in re-connecting children and families with nature.


marian hill




Marian Hill is a member of the Peachtree Garden Club and was instrumental in guiding the Neel Reid Scholarship funds with the CED. In 2011 she became the 39th president of The Garden Club of America. In her acceptance speech, Marian characterized GCA’s clubs as “America’s conduit by which horticulture, conservation, landscape design, flower shows, historic preservation, and scholarship concepts have evolved within this country throughout the past 98 years.”  She and her husband Ben reside in Atlanta, GA.


dale jaeger



Dale Jaeger (MLA ’82) has over 30 years of experience in the design and planning of landscape architecture and preservation projects and is well-versed in multi-disciplinary team management. Dale’s special interests include cultural landscapes, downtown and roadway streetscapes and enhancement plans, and pedestrian/bikeway trails and greenways. Since establishing The Jaeger Company in 1984, Dale served as the firm’s Principal Landscape Architect and Preservation Planner. With the sale of the firm in 2014, Dale continues to work within the framework of the new firm, WLA Studio.


rob jaeger




Rob Jaeger, MAI (MLA ’80) established Metro Appraisals in 1988 after earning his MAI designation. He entered the appraisal business in Atlanta in 1980. Since 1995, Robert has focused his career on commercial and residential appraisals for Institutional, Governmental and Mortgage Company clients. Rob and his wife D.G. (who is a member of the Advisory Council) reside in Gainesville and they have one daughter, Garland. Outside of the office Rob enjoys snow skiing, traveling and painting.


nancy long



Nancy Long (BLA ‘74) and her husband Nimrod (MLA ‘78), married in 1977 and began the firm Nimrod Long and Associates in 1978 in Birmingham, AL.  Previously Nancy had worked for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources as an assistant resource planner. Nancy is a board member of the Cahaba River Society and has been an active member and former president of the Little Garden Club of Birmingham, Garden Club of America, a non-profit organization founded in 1928. The Little Garden Club is active in promoting education and awareness locally in the areas of horticulture, conservation and civic improvement, and most recently established the Louise Agee Wrinkle Native Plant Internship in partnership with the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.


michelle michael



Michelle Michael (MHP ‘94) is the Senior Planner in the Town of Wake Forest, NC, responsible for the historic preservation component of the town plan and unified development ordinance and is the staff liaison to the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC). Michelle is on the board of the Wake Forest Downtown Board as a member of the planning staff and serves on the Organization Committee and Design Review Committee for that board. She is involved with the Wake Forest Historical Museum, Capital Area Preservation, Preservation NC, and other local preservation planners and agencies to further local historic preservation goals.


bruce rado





Bruce Rado (BLA ‘71) cofounded ERDAS in 1978 with Mr. Lawrie Jordan (BLA 9173), and as Vice President, led their strategic planning, marketing, corporate direction, customer care, future products and the company’s financial oversight. ERDAS was an Atlanta-based, international company, whose acronym stands for Earth Resource Data Analysis Systems, often referred to as GIS (geographical information systems). ERDAS software transforms geospatial data into information that is useful for decision-making processes across a span of disciplines.  Bruce remains very active and supportive of the College of Environment & Design, helping with various special projects, and has a family foundation scholarship endowment which promotes graduate education in the areas of GIS study or research.


jeff rader




The Honorable Jeff Rader (AB ’81) is DeKalb County Commissioner representing 140,000 residents of District 2, which includes the City of Decatur, much of the cities of Brookhaven and Chamblee and part of Atlanta, along with communities between Emory University and Northlake Mall in unincorporated DeKalb County, GA. He is a Principal with Commons Civic Planning and Development, a non-profit devoted to enhancing the public realm and expanding the sharing economy. Rader is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Franklin College and Georgia Tech’s City and Regional Planning graduate program.


carol rhea




Carol Rhea, FAICP is a founding partner of Orion Planning & Design, and previously created and staffed Rhea Consulting. In addition to her work as a consultant, Carol has worked as a city, county, regional and state planner. Her passion is helping local governments build planning capacity, and working with small to medium-sized communities to address planning challenges. She has a history of volunteer work that includes serving as a planning commissioner, on a historic foundation board, as an in-school tutor, and in many leadership roles within APA.


sarah ross




Sarah Ross is President of the Wormsloe Foundation and Director of the Wormsloe Institute for Environmental History. She also serves on the faculty of the University of Georgia and as the Director of the UGA Center for Research and Education at Wormsloe. WIEH, in partnership with UGA-CREW, is focused on the broad study of evolving land use on the Georgia coast and the resulting cultural adaptations. She graduated from Armstrong Atlantic State University with a Master of Science in Science Education. Sarah previously served as the Director of Education for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Prior to this appointment she was the National Education Coordinator for the National Marine Sanctuary Program.


terry ryan




Terry Warriner Ryan, FASLA, has over 30 years of experience in the profession of landscape architecture, where she has practiced its art and science through sustainable site design. Her projects combine conceptual thinking with knowledge and attention to detail. She is a Partner of Jacobs/Ryan Associates, a landscape architecture firm with a broad base of clients and projects, located in Chicago, IL. Throughout her career, Terry’s work has been recognized and honored with awards. Her most recent award winning work includes the Chicago Riverwalk State Street to Michigan Avenue, the Serta International Center and Wabash Plaza Vietnam Veterans Memorial. She has had projects published in many magazines including Landscape Architecture. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (FASLA), has served as Illinois Chapter ASLA Trustee, and as member or chair of various ASLA National and Illinois Chapter Committees. She is currently the chair of the Illinois Chapter Marketing Committee.


tres small




Tres Small (MLA ‘10) lives in Athens, GA with her husband, Robert, and their three daughters. Tres is an owner of Hendershot’s, a unique Athens destination offering a full coffee menu, a bar, food, and music. At Hendershot’s, Tres handles day-to-day operations and special events, serves as art curator, and manages the office and bookkeeping. With her husband, Robert, Tres founded a real estate and management company — Piras Development — and served the company as office manager and as landlord for over twenty rental properties from 2005 to 2011. Tres is an active member of the Junior Ladies Garden Club in Athens and the Garden Club of America. She is past president of the Garden Club Council of Athens. Her interests include yoga, gardening, and travel. She is an enthusiastic supporter of Planned Parenthood and Meals on Wheels.


allen stovall




Allen Stovall (BLA ‘59) is Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture at the CED, retiring in 2004. Much of Allen’s integrated career in teaching, research, and professional practice focused on environmental education, landscape assessment, community planning, and sense of place. His projects have been recognized with awards at national and chapter levels by the AIA, ASLA, and The National Trust for Historic Preservation. He has been a longstanding leader in ASLA, including two terms as trustee. He is an ASLA fellow (1988) and was recipient of the CED’s Distinguished Alumni Medal in 1989. In retirement Allen continues to engage in community based planning and design projects locally and in the North Georgia region.