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Wood+Partners Inc. Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Hilton Head Island, SC – Wood+Partners Inc. (WPi), a landscape architecture and land planning firm is celebrating 20 years in business. Founded by Perry L. Wood, FASLA, and Edward G. Evans, Jr., ASLA, on Hilton Head Island in 1988, the firm also has offices in Atlanta, GA and Tallahassee, FL.

Perry L. Wood, FASLA, co-founder of Wood+Partners Inc.


Known for expertise in creating high end mixed-use residential communities and resorts, WPi expanded into public sector projects with urban planning and streetscape design, university master planning, park and recreation projects when Mark L. Baker, ASLA, joined the firm in 1998, bringing with him expertise in these fields. At that time, Baker became a partner, co-owner and Sr. Vice President. Prior to moving back to Hilton Head to join WPi, Baker was Vice President and Director of Land Planning at LS3P in Charleston.

WPi expanded into urban planning and streetscape design, university master planning, park and recreation projects when Mark Baker, ASLA, joined the firm in 1998.

Wood and Baker were colleagues at the University of Georgia and worked together at Edward Pinckney/Associates for an extended period and maintained their friendship through the years after going their separate ways. The two families vacationed together, with both men discussing the potential of forming a partnership one day. In 1998 the opportunity was presented to make their vision into reality.

The firm continued to grow and in 2005 Wood+Partners opened an office in Tallahassee, FL to better serve clients throughout Southeastern coastal states of Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Louisiana. J. David Malcolm, ASLA, moved to Tallahassee from Hilton head to assist with opening this office and became office director. Malcolm has been involved in a broad variety of project types ranging from resorts and communities to new town centers, parks and urban design. Kristen Mansfield, LEED AP and project planner, also moved from Hilton Head to join the Tallahassee office. In addition, several staff members who joined the firm’s Tallahassee office grew up in the area and were pleased to be able to return to their hometown and join the WPi team.

In January 2007, WPi acquired the Atlanta landscape architecture firm, Altamira Design and Common Sense, Inc., founded by Harry Housen, ASLA, who remains as Partner-in-Charge of the Atlanta office. Housen and Baker were classmates at the University of Georgia’s School of Environmental Design. Baker, Housen and Wood all graduated with bachelor of landscape architecture degrees from UGA.

Harry Housen, ASLA Housen is a member of the Urban Land Institute, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council

“What started out in the spring of 1988 as a highly focused small land planning practice has steadily grown over the years,” said Wood, President and CEO. “We are all very proud of our 20 year milestone and grateful to our clients and staff.”

Greenwood Development Corporation became WPi’s first client for planning work in Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove in 1988. WPi has continued its relationship with Greenwood Development throughout the years and recently began a study of the Palmetto Dunes Resort Core to evaluate highest and best use and to help polish the jewel. WPi has been fortunate to have had many other significant Clients over the years including the Sea Pines Company, International Paper Realty, the Disney Company, Crescent Resources, Reed Development, Reynolds Plantation, CSX Realty, Marriott Vacation Club, the SC States Ports Authority, numerous Cities and Counties and many others.

The foundation of WPi’s land planning practice on Hilton Head Island led to a strong environmental preservation ethic focused on good stewardship and sustainability. These essential tenants together with a widely sought after Lowcountry look and feel established in the early Sea Pines years by Charles Frasier, often taken for granted on Hilton Head Island, have given the firm the opportunity to export its services throughout the Southeast, the Caribbean and South America. The firm’s long standing goal of expanding into new and exciting geographic regions has worked well and WPi has or is currently working in thirteen states from Virginia to Louisiana and continues to explore additional opportunities in South America.

Service to the profession and local community are also strong focuses for the firm. Wood is active in the local community and is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and a member of ULI’s South Carolina District Council. He chaired the Town of Hilton Head’s Committee to Define Island Character and a committee of the Corridor Review Board. Wood and Baker served together on the Town of Hilton Head’s Bridge to the Beach Steering Committee and are members of The Greater Island Committee. Baker also was a member of the Town’s Disaster Relief Committee, serves on the Board of Trustees for the Community Foundation of the Low country and is current Chairman of the SC Landscape Architectural Advisory Committee. Ed Evans served as both chairman and vice chairman of the Jasper County Planning Commission and was chairman of the Jasper County Appeals Board.

David Malcolm serves on the Government Affairs Committee of the Florida Chapter of ASLA, and is a member of the Urban Design Commission (UDC) in Tallahassee, the Los Robles Green Architecture Review Board and is a board member of Keep Tallahassee / Leon County Green. Housen is a member of the Urban Land Institute, a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, served on the board of directors of The Nexus Contemporary Arts Center in Atlanta and is past chair of the Legislative Affairs Committee of the Georgia Chapter of ASLA.

“We look forward to a future of steady growth with the development of our staff and client base,” said Wood, adding that the firm’s goals of continued geographic and disciplinary diversification pose exciting opportunities for the future.

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November 22, 2019, 12:22 pm PDT

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