Anthony D Lawson, PLA, ASLA
Tony Lawson is a California registered Landscape Architect with nearly 40 years of planning, design and management experience on small and large-scale planning, landscape architectural and recreation-oriented projects. He oversees the daily administration activities, business development, office quality control and maintains an active role in the design of all projects. He also promotes the office core values of client service, pro-active project management, collaboration, creative problem solving and attention to detail.
Tony is a 7th generation native, born and raised in Carlsbad. He lives here with his wife, Julie and has always believed in the value of giving back to the community through public service. His contributions have included co-chairing Carlsbad’s Street Tree Policy Committee, he was a member of Oceanside’s Downtown Master Landscape Advisory Committee, he served for more than 10 years on the Design Review Board for Carlsbad’s Redevelopment District and eight years as a Park’s and Recreation Commissioner for the City of Carlsbad. He also was active in his daughter’s schooling, serving as PTA President during her elementary years. These public service positions, working hand-in-hand with agency staff, merchants, builders, stake holders and the general public, have further afforded him special insight to the redevelopment environment of small communities and what to anticipate when trying to move creative ideas forward.
When not at work, (office or home), Tony is likely be at El Camino Country Club playing golf. While he has traveled throughout the country playing golf, his greatest fun fact was his 3rd hole-in-one when his fellow golfer dropped an ace directly after his. He says the odds are 14 million to 1 for back-to-back hole-in-ones.
Colton Baker was born and raised in north county San Diego, where he attended Junior college at MiraCosta before transferring to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo to complete his bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture in 2015. Living in San Diego, the great weather and abundance of outdoor activities available to everyone is what helped lead Colton to pursue a career in Landscape Architecture, as well as knowing he could help provide other people with opportunities to create their own outdoor experiences. Colton has been able to offer his services for ADL’s clients since 2016.
Growing up, Colton spent many years raising and showing steers and pigs for the San Diego County Fair with his local 4-H Club. His favorite past time activities include golfing, camping and fishing with friends and family. Currently, traveling to different lakes and bass fishing is what takes up most of his spare time.
John earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business-Economics from University of California, Santa Barbara where he also studied Art History. John has always had an interest in plants and naturally gravitated to spatial arrangements from a problem-solving perspective and learned how to mesh these skills and passions into a career as a landscape architect. He has been able to apply those skills to ADL’s clients since January 2018.
During John’s college years, he took the opportunity to study abroad in Australia, Thailand and New Zealand. This sparked a love for traveling and gaining firsthand knowledge of culture and its relationship to urban development. Upon graduating, John also traveled to Europe where he was able to explore much of the art and cultural centers covered in his art history studies.
When not working, you can find John either hard at work in his yard, grilling with friends or taking his Great Dane, Hank, to the dog beach. A fun fact about John is that he ran the 110-meter-high hurdles with a personal record of 15.3 seconds.
Growing up in a walkable neighborhood in Louisville, Kentucky fostered Elizabeth’s appreciation of vibrant urban spaces and the positive impacts they can have in everyday life. Beginning her college career in architecture and interiors, her passion for science and nature brought her to earn her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky. Her schooling focused heavily on master planning and urban design. UK exposed her to sustainable design practices and the construction technology necessary to implement them and enhance the natural environment.
While in school, she received a scholarship from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to take the courses for a Graduate Research Certificate in Transportation Management, where she studied people’s complex relationships between the built environment and each other and how these evolve in relation to their mode of transportation. The amazing opportunity and outdoor lifestyle brought Elizabeth to the San Diego area. She has been excited to share her skills with ADL’s clients since June 2018.
Elizabeth and her husband, Bobby, were recently married on top of Buffalo Mountain, CO as seen in her photo. In her free time, you can expect to find her camping, slacklining at her local beach, or spending time at home painting.
Holly is ADL Planning Associates office canine intern. She was brought on in 2005 at the tender age of 8 weeks during the Christmas holiday, named by Tony’s daughter. When she’s not nudging for a good petting or dog biscuit, you can find her sound asleep under Tony’s desk or in his doorway, carefully positioned to not be left behind when he leaves for the day.