Tony Catchot


"My combination of private and public experience allows me to deftly move from one side of the table to the other for mutual gain."

Tony’s life and 30-year professional career have taken him to a lot of places. And as he sees it, his wide-ranging travels and experiences have had a significant influence on his work as a planner, designer and landscape architect. “My early years were spent in and around New Orleans – a very diverse and culturally rich city,” explains Tony. “I was also fortunate to have lived and travelled in the great cities of Europe through my middle school and high school years. After a short stint pursuing a medical degree, I discovered the College of Design at LSU and knew I had found my place in life.”

Tony’s diverse project portfolio is particularly deep in higher education campus planning and design, with clients including Auburn, University of Wisconsin, Air Force Academy, Baylor, Florida State, LSU, University of Michigan, OSU, and UNLV. Back for his second stint at SmithGroupJJR after a decade as a planner at the University of Michigan, the amount of ground Tony has covered is clearly of benefit to his clients. “My combination of private and public experience is unique and allows me to deftly move from one side of the table to the other for mutual gain,” he says. This lifelong fusion of movement and perspective is also how he begins and ends each day. “I have the year-round luxury of walking the 30 minutes to and from work. It’s a necessary ritual that helps me stay mindful of what’s important in life.  As I like to say about my walks: I leave with problems and arrive with solutions.”

Campus Planning, Landscape Architecture, University Design

Professional Credentials
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Professional Landscape Architect (PLA)

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