City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Lora is honored and proud to serve as the President of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. She is a native of North Carolina, born in Winston-Salem, and earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University where she was fortunate enough to be awarded a scholarship to study landscape architecture abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. Lora has been a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects since college and has served on the NCASLA Executive Committee ever since being elected to the role of Treasurer in 2014. While practicing landscape architecture in the private sector after college, she realized her true passion was for public service and returned to college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned a Master of City and Regional Planning. Afterward, Lora quickly found the perfect role to match her talents and passion in the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department and has worked as a landscape architect and engineering supervisor there for the past eight years. She works on parks and park facilities of all sizes from design through construction and loves that each day brings new and different challenges to overcome! Lora is licensed to practice landscape architecture in North Carolina and South Carolina and lives in Cary with her husband and three daughters.
The first 20 years of my career in Landscape Architecture/Land Planning were based in Virginia, where I served as the VA-ASLA Chapter President from 2008-2009. In 2012, my wife and I moved "a little further south and a little closer to the water" to serve as the Campus L.A. at East Carolina University. I'm now back in private practice, but very grateful to have served the State of North Carolina for four years.
During my tenure in Virginia, I worked for Draper Aden Associates in both their Richmond and Blacksburg offices. I now serve as Draper Aden Associates' Site Development & Infrastructure Team Leader and Office Manager for our Triangle/Cary office. I'm also pleased to currently serve as the President-Elect of the NCASLA Chapter.
When I'm not in the Triangle, I enjoy family time in Chocowinity, NC. Life in small town Eastern NC is slow; so watching boys play baseball, sailing, boating, fishing, or anything else we do on the water seems to last longer.
Elizabeth has practiced landscape architecture for eleven years, with the last ten 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.
Brian is Director of Landscape Architecture for Timmons Group in Raleigh. He has practiced landscape architecture in North Carolina for over 30 years, specializing in public projects including parks, universities and other public spaces. Brian attended West Virginia University and also studied at the Academy of Building Arts in Amsterdam. He has served NCASLA in several roles including president and is currently Trustee. Brian also served on the NC Board of Landscape Architects for 10 years, 6 of those as chair.
Brian's passion for Landscape Architecture stems from the intersection of art and environment. He finds inspiration in nature, culture and context and strives for design solutions that protect the integrity of the environment, promote community health and create a memorable experience.
Brian is originally from Ohio but got to North Carolina as quick as he could.
Augustine CM Wong is a registered landscape architect and urban designer with over twenty-eight years of work experience in the US and abroad. He obtained his undergraduate degrees in Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design from the University of Minnesota where he was also the ASLA Student Chapter President. At the University of Washington, he received his master degree in Urban Planning and graduate certificate in Urban Design. He is on the US Transportation Research Board Landscape and Environmental Design Committee since 2010 and has reviewed numerous technical research papers on landscape and environmental design. He is also on the writing committee for the national Landscape Architecture Registration Examination since 2010. As an educator, he has taught at the University of Washington, University of Minnesota, University of North Carolina Charlotte, and a guest lecturer at several universities in Malaysia.
A frequent conference speaker he has presented at several state and national conferences in US on community engagement, green infrastructure planning and tools in design. He has remarkable hand sketching skills which help visualize design options instantly. In addition to his current position as the Awards Chair, he was Past President of NCASLA, Charlotte Section Chair, executive board at Wisconsin Chapter of ASLA and Minnesota Chapter of ASLA. A former soccer player, he is a certified US Soccer Federation Referee. A native of Malaysia, he speaks several Southeast Asian languages and enjoys cooking Malaysian cuisine.
Currently Mike is a Project Manager at Landworks Design Group in Charlotte NC and has been a member of the ASLA since 1996. He is licensed in both North and South Carolina. He received his BLA from the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 1996. He has been in the Charlotte Region for 22 years working on projects through out both North and South Carolina.
Katie Lloyd currently serves on the NCASLA Executive Committee as a Member-At-Large responsible of Communications. With a background in both Fine Arts (BFA, Winthrop University) and Landscape Architecture (MLA, Clemson University), Katie is a professional Landscape Architect and currently works as a Planner at the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, helping to plan and implement greenway projects across the County. Prior to joining Mecklenburg County, she worked in the private sector, consulting on planning and design for completes streets, greenways/trails, and tactical urbanism projects. In addition to a passion for placemaking and active transportation, Katie has devoted much of her artistic and academic career to agricultural systems and food access, resulting in a graduate thesis focused on family farming and numerous food-targeted public art projects. She lives and works in Charlotte with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.
Associate Member-at-Large Membership 2019 - 2020
Robert Minert, Associate ASLA
Robert Minert is a graduate of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree. He lives in Raleigh with his fiancé, beagle, and tabby. Robert has a passion for the outdoors, sports, and quality time with his family & friends. He is currently a project designer for Pabst Design Group, PA.
Stephanie Kelly is a PLA at HagerSmith Design, with over 14 years of experience. Her desire to become a landscape architect was born from her passion for the environment and sustainability. Last year, she decided to return to NCSU part-time, in order to pursue a dual-masters degree. The first is a Post-Professional Masters of Landscape Architecture, with a focus on an interdisciplinary approach to ecosystem service and resilient design strategies, particularly for coastal regions. The second is a Masters of Climate Change and Society, from the Marine, Earth & Atmosphere Department. Next summer, she will embark on a resilient and ecosystem service tour of Europe, where she plans to examine some of the sustainable developments, municipal efforts, initiatives, policies and conceptual frameworks that are happening there.
As part of her extensive volunteer service, Stephanie has served in many roles. Most recently, she was a founding board member of the NC-US Green Building Council’s Coastal Branch and a past chair. She currently serves as the NCASLA Coastal Section Chair and on the USGBC Carolinas MLAB. Through her volunteer work, Stephanie likes to focus on community engagement, through education and outreach events. This past year, she developed and orchestrated a statewide NCASLA Introduction to Sustainable SITES event series and helped to organize a NCASLA Design Blitz with Wake County Public Schools. As a Wilmington resident, Stephanie loves spending time at the beach with her husband, whenever she can find time away from the books!
Josh Karrick is a Landscape Architect with over 20 years of experience and is now based in Asheville, NC. He has recently served as the Mountain Section Chair for the last two years and serves as the regional office manager for Bell Engineering. Josh has a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky and is also a Certified Planner. In addition to serving on the NC ASLA Board, Josh has served on the Kentucky ASLA Executive Committee in a variety of roles including; President and Sponsorship Chair and on the Kentucky APA Board as Professional Development Officer and Section Chair.
My goal in with position is to engage the local membership with professional and product educational opportunities that also allow for networking and social events that will promote the profession.
Hollie Colony is an Associate and Studio Manager at Urban Design Partners. She graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and has been practicing in Charlotte, NC since 2010. Hollie is a licensed landscape architect whose planning and design experience includes adaptive re-use, residential and multi-family design, and urban infill projects. In her spare time, Hollie enjoys traveling, going to concerts, being actively involved in the local Purdue Alumni Association, and spending time with her husband, Eric, and their two dogs, Jax and Remy.
Blake Hall was born and raised Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, before following in his father’s footsteps by attending Virginia Tech. He received his bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture in the spring of 2003. After graduating, he joined Timmons Group in Richmond, Virginia. In 2007, Timmons Group opened an office in Raleigh, North Carolina. Blake returned to NC to begin and grow the office. Blake resides in Cary, North Carolina, with his wife Kim and three children, Carson (10), Cooper (8) and Adalyn (5). Blake has been living and practicing Landscape Architecture in the triangle region for the past 12 years. He is a licensed landscape architect in NC, SC, and VA as well as a licensed engineer in NC. He currently manages Timmons Group’s Public Land Development practice in Raleigh, focusing on municipal and economic development projects.