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Thomas R Tavella, FASLA, LEED-AP

I started this journey as an artist then quickly turned to the environment studying forestry. During my studies one of my professor said I should consider landscape architecture. After learning more about the profession there was no turning back. From that point on I have dedicated my life to the design of the public realm. Place making, healthy living through design and sustainability has been my passion. I also had the fortune of being part of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). From Chapter President, Trustee, Vice President of Communications to President of the society, this relationship has enhanced my ability to provide my clients with award-winning designs that enhance their communities and make healthier living environments.


Tom Tavella, Past President of the American Society for Landscape Architects, is a national leader in landscape architecture, with over 26 years of experience in land use planning, landscape architecture, and urban design. He has managed design teams that have prepared feasibility studies, master plans, and site plans for downtown redevelopments, housing developments, parks and plazas, office buildings, and private estates. His ability to work with civil engineers, architects, and other design professionals, as well as contractors, enables him to achieve the most realistic and aesthetic design solutions. These interdisciplinary and practical skills allow Tom to meet clients’ needs in a professional, cost-effective manner.

He has a diverse portfolio of award-winning projects from across the nation. Even before LEED and sustainable design were common practice, Tom’s projects consistently embraced these philosophies and technologies. From industrial greening projects to incorporating pervious pavements, biofiltration swales and urban rain gardens, Tom has been recognized as a leader and advocate for sustainable design and planning.

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