Land Planning & Design Associates, Inc.

Making Places for People Since 1971, LPDA is a landscape architecture, planning, and consulting firm capable of providing services for both public and private clients. LPDA is a Virginia SBE incorporated business with regional offices located in Charlottesville and Sterling, Virginia. The firm is led by three multi-talented principals with over 50 years of combined experience and offers highly experienced staff including ten landscape architects and land planners.


We believe in providing an honest, straight forward and comprehensive service for our clients which is rooted in an understanding of their objectives and results in the creation of enduring places which are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.


We balance the goals of the site and user in a way that optimizes benefits while minimizing impacts and cost. We employ a straight forward process that includes and honest documentation of client needs and objectives which are then reconciled with site features, local requirements and appropriate design context.

Market & Economics

We educate ourselves and integrate an understanding our client’s market. This includes their business and financial objectives as well as the end users desires and needs. Our effort to understand the project market involves interviewing the client, performing bench marking studies and well as performing market studies and market analysis when appropriate. Our diligence confirms client objectives, documents user needs, and identifies service gaps and unique design opportunities.


Client, site and community needs are carefully documented and organized so that specific program objectives can be developed and prioritized in a way that best meet the needs of the client, community and user.


Accomplishment of the design program and ultimate functionality creates the foundation of our designs. Artful compositions of color, texture and materials summarize and express social, natural and historical context, while accommodating human needs and program.

Constructability, Maintainability & Cost Control

The art and craft of our work is applied during the design and construction phase to ensure built environments that have timeless aesthetic qualities, built with enduring construction methods and materials. We use durable commonly available materials and straight forward detailing to ensure ease of construction and ease of maintenance. We develop a palette of materials and construction details specific to each project. Our process insures that materials are available, enduring, and sustainable and the methods of construction are efficient and effective.


We believe that true sustainability involves social, economic and environmental responsibility. Our approach is holistic, we leave the environment in a better condition, provide the context for social equity and incorporate sound fiscal practices. These principles are incorporated into our programming, design, construction and maintenance aspects of our projects.

Land Planning & Design Associates, Inc. ensures nondiscrimination in all programs and activities in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. If you need more information or special assistance for persons with disabilities or limited English proficiency, contact Deniece DeLong at our Charlottesville office at 434-296-2108.