Founding Partner, 1981

Robby Layton, Ph.D.

Principal | 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 the final requirements for his PhD,, he is ready to apply his understanding 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.

Education

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

Certification

Registered Landscape Architect

Certified Parks and Recreation Professional

CLARB-Certified Architect

 

Experience

COMPREHENSIVE MASTER PLANS

Over 75 system-wide plans in over 20 states

SITE PLANNING 

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

IMPLEMENTATION

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

OTHER DISTINCTIONS

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

SELECT PUBLICATIONS

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.

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