Carson McElheney is principal at Carson McElheney Landscape Architecture & Design, establishing the firm in 2011. He has developed a body of work that respects the regional vernacular, preserves historical accuracy, and is both smart and sensitive to today’s modern lifestyles. With a love and an appreciation for classical architecture, he crafts elegant landscapes ranging from courtyard gardens to large estates, plantations and gentlemen farms. His work is influenced by the work of both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson for their respect of the natural landscape as well as the partnership of Gertrude Jekyll and Sir Edwin Lutyens for their harmonious garden rooms and exquisite hardscape designs. With his wife Susan Joy and two children, he shares his time in the historic neighborhood of Haynes Manor and the family’s farm in Georgia where he grows acres of winter wheat, sunflowers, and corn. Carson also tends an expansive potager garden.
Jon HartRLA, ASLA
Jon Hart is Senior Landscape Architect at CMLA. Jon brings a vast knowledge of large scale master planning to the firm. His experience with the built environment, intricate details and construction management create a balance and proper function for each and every project. A native to Monroe, Louisiana he enjoys world travel which inspire his designs and is an avid fly fishing enthusiast. Jon graduated from LSU's school of Landscape Architecture, he is a member of ASLA and is a registered Landscape Architect in Georgia and Louisiana.
Joan Piccalo is a Senior Landscape Architect at CMLA. Growing up with a father in construction management and a mother who loved art, she developed a passion for bringing an idea to life through design & construction. Her talent and appreciation for art, natural beauty, and engineering made landscape architecture a perfect fit. Originally from the Southeast, Joan spent many years in resort planning and estate design, and her travels have taken her to Europe, Asia, Africa, and much of the Caribbean. Joan graduated from University of Georgia’s College of Environment & Design in 1996, and has been a registered landscape architect in Georgia since 2000.
Thomas Brame is a Landscape Architect at CMLA. A native of Charlottesville, Thomas grew up with a love for the natural world inspired by his grandfather, a farmer and conservationist. After graduating from the University of Georgia school of Landscape Architecture, he apprenticed with a traditional craftsman and gained an appreciation for historical architecture and traditional construction. Since then he has worked in the Atlanta area and enjoys the challenge and opportunities present in each project. He enjoys spending time with his wife Helen and kids tending their home garden and exploring the Georgia piedmont region.
Katie is a Landscape Designer with CMLA. After graduating from University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture in 2018, Katie was excited to return to her native Atlanta to pursue her passion of designing outdoor spaces that can having meaningful impact on a families lifestyle. Instilled by her parents, Katie grew up with a love of travel and deep appreciation of beauty in landscapes. Working at CLMA, Katie enjoys collaborating with clients to transform their outdoor spaces; she especially looks forward to the opportunity to design a kitchen garden. When she is not walking through plant nurseries for inspiration, Katie is dreaming of her next travel destination, in the barre studio, or spending time with her cat, Duck.
Anna Testa is a Garden Designer at CMLA, joining the firm in the summer of 2016. While studying horticulture at the University of Georgia, Anna was involved in local gardening and farm projects throughout college. After graduating, she pursued nursery management in Atlanta. Her love for gardening developed at a young age as she learned from her mother, who is an avid gardener, as well. Anna has been influenced by the cottage-garden styles of Rosemary Verey and Gertrude Jekyll. Her favorite gardens include large drifts of perennial mixes and elements that bring year round interest. She also has a passion for nature photography. She is a certified plant professional through the Georgia Green Industry Association.
Lauren Thatch is Senior Project Manager at CMLA. A Mississippi native, he grew up in the industry and has experience from New Mexico to Atlanta. Lauren's passion for building beautiful gardens is displayed through his keen understanding of the firm's plans and he is a wonderful asset to the team. His love of organic farming and sustainable agriculture has benefited small detailed gardens to large plantations and farms. As a proud member of CMLA he enjoys the opportunity to work closely with our clients.