2018 NCASLA Candidate Bios

 President Elect – (One Candidate)

Kevin T. Barnes, PLA, ASLA

The first 20 years of Kevin's career in Landscape Architecture/Land Planning were based in Virginia, where he served as the VA-ASLA Chapter President from 2008-2009.  In 2009, Virginia switched from a Title Act state to a Practice Act state with the passage of SB940 in the General Assembly and signing by Governor Tim Kaine.  Kevin played an instrumental part in the passage and signing of this legislation receiving a Distinguished Service Award from the VA-ASLA.

During his second year at Virginia Tech and first year in the Landscape Architecture program (1987), Kevin's parents moved to Midlothian, Virginia where he began working breaks out at Watkins Nurseries.  He recounts: "I vividly remember pulling up in my 1980 Subaru Hatchback to pull out my newly purchased portfolio full of work from my first year of studio.  John Watkins pulled up beside my hatchback in his Ford Explorer with his House of Delegates tag to introduce himself and then ask if that was my portfolio.  I proudly exclaimed, 'Yes it is.  I can’t wait to show you some of my work.'  John politely told me to place the portfolio back in the hatchback, he proclaimed 'they were going to show me what Landscape Architecture was all about.'  In the 4 years I spent working at Watkins Nurseries, they did just that."  Those early days of working in the fields with nursery stock, on installation crews as a laborer, and eventually as a foreman on installation crews have always and will continue to be one of his most valuable assets.  By the way, SB940 was sponsored by a then State Senator John Watkins.

In 2012, Kevin moved his family "a little further south and a little closer to the water" to serve as the Campus L.A. at East Carolina University.  He is now back in private practice, but very grateful to have served the State of North Carolina for four years.  During his tenure in Virginia, he worked for Draper Aden Associates in both their Richmond and Blacksburg offices.  In January of this year, Draper Aden Associates opened an office in Raleigh on NC State's Centennial Campus, where he serves as a Sr. Project Manager/Landscape Architect.

Treasurer – (One Candidate)

Elizabeth Frere, PLA, ASLA

Elizabeth has practiced landscape architecture for ten years, with the last nine years working in various roles within the Facilities Management department at UNC Charlotte. In her current role as a Project Manager in Capital Projects she oversees the Advanced Planning (AP) efforts with the design teams and University customers, manages the schematic, design development, and construction document phases of projects that include real property acquisitions, new construction or rehabilitation of existing facilities, and repairs and renovations. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University and a Master of Urban Design from University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is licensed to practice landscape architecture in North Carolina, is a member of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and is an active member in her Neighborhood Association’s Land Use Committee. Elizabeth is a natural leader and fights hard for her beliefs and for what is in the best interest of her customers. She is at her best in a group environment and is extremely proactive in getting full involvement of all team members to derive the best results possible. Elizabeth values inclusion, accountability and collaboration, always striving for consensus design. Experience with keeping meticulous records of all decisions throughout her project’s design phases, including budget & funding tracking, cash flows, invoice processing, and contract execution uniquely prepares Elizabeth for the NCASLA Treasurer Role.

Member At Large - Awards (Two Candidates)

Dan Lambert, PLA, ASLA

Dan Lambert is a Principal Landscape Architect with over 20 years of professional experience in traditional landscape architecture, site planning, urban design, land use and regional planning, park planning and design and a focus on the design of inclusive play parks. He has completed project work in 17 different states and the Bahamas and has award winning built works including the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Savannah’s Playground, an inclusive play park in Myrtle Beach, SC. His professional background includes time with several multi-disciplinary firms with focuses ranging from environmental planning to transportation planning, to civil engineering and survey. He is a regular speaker at conferences with topics that have included inclusive play, urban design, creative stormwater solutions, and revitalizing small town downtowns. Presently he lives and works in Charlotte with McAdams where he designs and manages both private sector and public sector projects of varying scales, sites, and budgets. In his free time Dan rehabs old furniture, reads, and spends quality time with his wife and their three Labrador Retrievers.

Augustine Wong, PLA, ASLA

Prior to becoming NCASLA Chapter President in 2010, Auggie was the Charlotte Section Chair from 2007 to 2008. He served on the national Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards Examination Writing Committee from 2008-2014, 2018 and he was on the Cut-Score Committee in 2017. He currently serves on the US Transportation Research Board Landscape and Environmental Design Committee in Washington DC. While working in the Midwest, he served on the Executive Board for Minnesota Chapter ASLA as Director of Awards and Programming, and on the Wisconsin Chapter ASLA as Member-at-Large. He started CMW Design Strategies in Charlotte in 2010 after working for multinational firms. CMW Design Strategies provides landscape architecture, urban design, land planning and transportation enhancement services. A talented designer with great sketching ability, he has participated in numerous design charrettes as a member of the Minnesota Design Team helping communities around the state with their planning and urban design challenges. In North Carolina, he has assisted in numerous design charrettes sponsored by NCASLA.  He obtained his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Minnesota and Masters in Urban Planning/Urban Design from the University of Washington. He was adjunct assistant professor at University of Minnesota and has taught at University of Washington, Marquette University and University of North Carolina Charlotte. A frequent speaker, he has lectured at several universities in Malaysia and presented at state and national conferences. 

Member At Large – Communications (One Candidate)

Katie Lloyd, PLA, ASLA

Katie Lloyd is a professional Landscape Architect, currently working in the Capital Planning Division of the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department. With a background in both Fine Arts (BFA, Winthrop University) and Landscape Architecture (MLA, Clemson University), Katie has a passion for public engagement, community design, greenways, and public art projects. As the Charlotte Section Chair for the North Carolina chapter of ASLA (since 2015) and a member of the national Honors and Awards Advisory Committee, she is dedicated to advancing the profession through advocacy on a local and national level.

Associate Member At Large – Membership (One Candidate)

Robert Minert, Associate ASLA

Robert Minert is a 2016 graduate from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln with a Bachelor Degree in Landscape Architecture. Looking to grow his career in this incredible field, he recently moved from Nebraska to North Raleigh, North Carolina after accepting a position with Pabst Design Group, PA as a project designer.

While Robert was unable to attend the conference last week he is very interested in the field and would love the opportunity to get involved and lend a helping hand wherever he can. He knows the role would help him become a better professional within the landscape architecture profession and allow him to be more involved within the organization for years to come.

He works extremely hard each and everyday and believes that he would be a great addition to the NCASLA Executive Committee team while being able to learn new things along the way. Robert has always enjoyed taking on challenges and especially those challenges that could ultimately turn out to be great. Robert interacts and works well with others to accomplish and surpass the goal set out to achieve, while believing in communication and team work as some of the most important components to being successful. He is an open minded and flexible person who appreciates it when there is a new opportunity to learn something.

Charlotte Section Chair (Two Candidates)

Darneka Waters, ASLA

Darneka Waters, ASLA, is a Landscape Designer for Landworks Design Group, P.A. in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is an emerging professional with 10 years of collective experience in conceptual, community and infill design. She graduated with a BLA from North Carolina State University and is actively seeking licensure in North Carolina. Waters has volunteered as an academic tutor with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and as a civil rights activist concentrating on voter rights. Most recently, she participated in ASLA’s Diversity Summit to help promote inclusion and landscape architecture. Education and mentorship are some of the pay-it-forward ideals that have provided the main foundation to her continued success. She believes that the trading of those ideals and perspectives will be the vehicle to carry our discipline forward within the ever-changing American landscape.

Hollie Colony, PLA, ASLA

Hollie Colony graduated from Purdue University’s Landscape Architecture program in May 2010 and became a licensed landscape architect in 2017.  She has over eight years of work experience between her time at Carol R. Johnson and Associates in Boston, MA, Kimley-Horn and Associates in Charlotte, NC and Urban Design Partners in Charlotte, NC.  Currently she is an Associate at UDP where her responsibilities include recruiting, event planning, project manager, and helping to manage the landscape architecture group within the office.  Hollie would love the opportunity to be able to use her coordination and planning experience to assist the Charlotte section of NCASLA continue to grow, become more active within the community, as well as continue to provide educational and networking resources for the local members. 

Triangle Section – (One Candidate)

Blake Hall, PLA, ASLA

Blake Hall grew up in eastern North Carolina and followed in his father’s footsteps in attending school at Virginia Tech. He received his Bachelors’ Degree in Landscape Architecture in the spring of 2003. After graduating Blake went to work for Timmons Group in Richmond Virginia. In 2007 Timmons Group opened an Office in Raleigh North Carolina. He moved back to NC to help get this office off the ground. He currently lives in Cary with his wife Kim and three children, Carson (8), Cooper (6), and Adalyn (2), Blake has been living in and practicing Landscape Architecture in the triangle region for the past 10 years. He currently runs the public land development practice in the Raleigh office. 

Triad Section – (One Candidate)

Scott Arnold, RLA, ASLA

Scott Arnold is a registered Landscape architect in Winston-Salem who has been building and designing Gardens in the Triad area for over 25 years. He is the current Triad section chairperson and sits the Winston Salem community appearance commission.

Scott grew up with a gardening mom and grandparents who lived in iconic places; northern Virginia and southwest Virginia.

Those timeless natural and built landscapes along with working beside mom were influential in Scott’s desire to develop beautiful and timeless places.

Scott is a 1990 graduate of North Carolina State University School of horticulture and he says the benefits of that choice pay off every day in the field. Back in the 80s there was a hybrid program with the school of design that incorporated all of the junior and senior level landscape architecture design studios with the horticulture program. This program prepared students very well for a landscape architecture career.

 Scott is the owner of progressive landscape services, inc which installs and maintains gardens. As many landscape architects will tell you, follow up maintenance is critical to a gardens fruition.

Arnold landscape architecture + design PLLC was formed in 2015 and focuses on residential and small commercial projects.

Scott is married to Kristi Arnold and they have two children, Sam 10 and Drew 6.