Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, LEED AP



Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 1976

professional registrations

Registered Landscape Architect: Maryland; Virginia; Louisiana; New York

Dennis Carmichael, FASLA, LEED AP, was a principal with EDAW for 30 years with a focus on placemaking in the public realm. With dozens of built projects around the country, his work in public places is characterized by the use of narrative, cultural and historical references in landscape solutions. Rather than a signature style, his approach to design is about revealing the special qualities of a given place, seeking to make the landscape visible, comprehensible and valuable. Further, his work incorporates principles of sustainability at all levels and his projects have earned Silver, Gold, and Platinum ratings from LEED.

His work in the public realm has served as a catalyst for the revitalization of many American cities. In Louisville, the West Main Street project has generated over $200 million dollars in private investment with new museums, hotels, restaurants, and residential uses lining the street. In Chattanooga, Ross’s Landing and the Tennessee Aquarium stimulated a new riverfront neighborhood with over $150 million dollars in residential, retail, and cultural uses. In Atlanta, Centennial Olympic Park has spurred a new civic heart to that city with over a billion dollars in hotel, residential, commercial, and cultural uses around the park.

Dennis has received over forty design awards and his work has been published in such magazines as Landscape Architecture, Urban Land, and Architecture. In 2006, he served as President of the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2009, he served as President of the Landscape Architecture Foundation, a national organization devoted to research and scholarship in sustainable landscapes.



Award of Excellence: Whetstone Brook Plan; Vermont ASLA; 2018

Commendation: Suitland Towne Square; Virginia ASLA; 2017

Honor Award: Whetstone Brook Plan; Potomac ASLA; 2017

ULI Award of Excellence: Dalian on the Park; Philadelphia Chapter; 2017

Merit Award: 3001 Washington Boulevard; Design Arlington Award; 2015

LEED Project of the Year: O’Neill Federal Office Building; USGBC National Capitol Region; 2014

People’s Choice Award: O’Neill Federal Office Building; AIA Chesapeake Bay Chapter; 2013

Merit Award: Wharf District Park; Boston ASLA, 2010

Green Good Design Award: U.S. Census Bureau Headquarters; Chicago Athenaeum; 2009

Charter Award: Crystal City Master Plan; CNU; 2009

Honor Award: Wharf District Award; Maryland/Potomac ASLA; 2008

Merit Award: North Shore Park; Maryland/Potomac ASLA; 2008

Merit Award: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Maryland/Potomac ASLA; 2007

Honor Award: Woodland Park; Maryland/Potomac ; 2006

Sustainability Award: U.S. Census Bureau; GSA; 2006

Executive Award: Montgomery College; APA; 2005

Rudy Bruner Silver Award: Discovery Communications Headquarters; Bruner Foundation; 2005

Charter Award: Twinbrook Commons: CNU; 2004

Honor Award: International Friendship Park: Ohio ASLA; 2004

Urban Design Award: International Friendship Park; City of Cincinnati; 2003

Merit Award: Celebration; Maryland/Potomac ASLA; 2003

Award for Excellence: Celebration, Florida; ULI; 2002

Honor Award: Coronado Springs Resort; Florida ASLA; 2001

Honor Award: North Shore Park; Pennsylvania ASLA; 2000