Founding Partner, 1981

Robby Layton, Ph.D.

Principal Emeritus | FASLA | PLA | CPRP

The arc of Rob’s career is built upon a portfolio of some of Colorado’s best-loved and award-winning parks, and proceeds to more than a decade of applying the lessons learned from designing great parks to the task of creating great park systems. For the past four years he has devoted himself to exploring the science behind the factors that affect citizen satisfaction and use related to public greenspace. Now, having completed his Ph.D., he is applying his under-standing of the deeper issues and outcomes associated with public greenspace in the evolving urban environment to the practical application of making cities healthier and more sustainable. 

Rob is an Adjunct Faculty Member at North Carolina State University College of Design, and at the College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado, Denver.


Doctorate of Design, North Carolina State University - Raleigh, North Carolina

Masters of Landscape Architecture, University of Colorado - Denver

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Texas Tech University - Lubbock, Texas

Bachelor of Parks Administration and Landscape Architecture, Texas Tech University - Lubbock, Texas


Registered Landscape Architect

Certified Parks and Recreation Professional

CLARB-Certified Architect




Over 75 system-wide plans in over 20 states


Award-winning designs for parks, open space, campuses and other environments 


Project Management for nearly $100 million worth of built works, including public and private parks, campuses, residential, and commercial facilities


Current Operating Board and Teaching Faculty Member for GP Red, a 501C-3 organization dedicated to research in the field of Parks, Recreation, and Community Health

Landscape Architecture Accrediting Board, Roster of Visiting Evaluators (LAAB ROVE)

Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects

Presenter at seminars and sessions across the country on numerous topics

Historic Resources Advisory Committee, University of Colorado at Boulder

Master Gardener, Boulder County, CSU Extension Service

Juror for various awards programs

Chairman, Historic Boulder Landscape Committee, 1997-1999

Graduate, Leadership Boulder XX – Class of 2001


Close to Home: Parks and Recreation Business, November 2016

Potential Measures for Linking Park and Trail Systems to Public Health; Journal of Park and Recreation Administration, 2016, with Schultz, C.L., Edwards, M.B., Bocarro, J.N., Moore, R.L., Tepperberg, S., Baility, A., and Floyd, M.F.

What Really Matters? The Role of Environmental Characteristics of Nearby Greenspace in Opinions of Park System Adequacy and Predicting Visits to Parks: Dissertation, 2016

Cost Analysis for Improving Park Facilities to Promote Park-Based Physical Activity: North Carolina Cooperative Extension, 2015, with Floyd, M., Suau, L.J., Maddock, J.E., and Bitsura-Meszaros, K.

Changing Perceptions of Urban Parks and Play: Athletic Business, January 2015, with Penbrooke, Teresa.

Alexandria, Virginia Gets Serious About Park and Play Space Improvements: Optimizing Play, Creativity, Socialization, and Nature Appreciation: ArcNews, 2012

NFL Puts GIS Into Play To Analyze Youth Football Programs; ArcNews, Vol. 30 No. 2, Summer 2008

Life Imitates Art: Fossil Creek Park Unearths Mammoth Bones; Unveils Destination Playground in Fort Collins; Landscape Architect & Specifier News, September 2004

The Great Outdoors; American School & Univ. Magazine, Nov. 2001

The Complexities of Ballfield Design; Parks & Recreation, August 1999

Safe Passage; Landscape Architect and Specifier News, June 1999

Greenwood Village Uses Nature’s Own Devices to Control Flood Damage; Land and Water, Jan./Feb. 1999

Crafting Consensus on Controversial Parks; Parks & Recreation Magazine, August 1997

New Urbanism Without Nostalgia; Landscape Architect and Specifier News, July 1997