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College of Environment and Design

Brad Davis


Curriculum Vitae


Phone: 706-542-4704
Street address: 101 Denmark Hall
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Personal Interests

Ecological planting design, native plants, therapeutic gardens, plein air drawing and painting, rural landscape preservation.




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Biographical Information

Brad E. Davis is the MLA Program Coordinator and the Dan B. Franklin Distinguished Professor for the College of Environment and Design. He is a licensed landscape architect with practice experience in South Florida and East Tennessee, where he designed residential fine gardens with a heavy emphasis on planting design, urban redevelopment projects, parks, and greenway trails. Noteworthy public projects include the Sailfish fountain downtown entrance to Stuart, Florida; The World’s Fair Park Greenway expansion to the Tennessee River in Knoxville, Tennessee, the Ayres Hall Quad restoration on the campus of the University of Tennessee, and numerous private residences.

Davis teaches design studios on community masterplanning and conservation neighborhood design, healing gardens and health design, summer travel study courses in plein air drawing and watercolor, and the CED’s annual East and West Coast field trips to visit professional offices and see iconic works of landscape architecture. In the summer of 2012 he taught on the UGA Cortona, Italy campus. While he teaches a wide range of courses, he is consistently found teaching plant community and identification courses. Davis enjoys igniting a passion for plants knowledge and better more ecological planting design in the next generation of landscape architects.

His scholarship looks at the intersection of ecological planting design and aesthetics and use of native plants in various contexts. Native plants are often viewed as messy and undesirable in human-dominated landscapes. Davis’ research seeks to develop design strategies to overcome negative perceptions and introduce individual native species with greater cultural appeal. He is currently testing unique native mixes of perennial grasses and forbs for use in urban green infrastructure projects and more rural sites. His work includes extensive teaching and research in the area of healing gardens and use of gardens and green spaces as part of health care settings.

When not teaching in the CED, Davis can be found tending his own experimental garden and small farm, spending time with family, or standing at an easel painting the landscape.


Masters of Landscape Architecture, 2002, Louisiana State University - Thesis: Healing the Whole Person: A Post Occupancy Evaluation of the Rooftop Therapy Park
Bachelors of Science (Biology), 1998, East Tennessee State University Minor in Vocal Performance (Chamber Choir, Men’s Choir, Opera)


Davis, B. E., and Nichols, D. Oh, the Places We'll Go! (to photograph plants in designs)
Circle Gallery, October 13-December 17, 2021

Selected Publications

Dunlap, S., Davis, B., and Calabria, J. 2022. Hypernatural Piedmont Prairies: A Screening Process for Optimum Placement. Native Plants Journal, 23(3) 324-336 

Davis, B. E., and Nichols, D. 2021. Plants in design: A guide to southern landscape plants. University of Georgia Press 

Davis, B.E., Chappell, M.R., and Schwevens, J.D. 2012. Using native plants in traditional design contexts: Smilax smalli provides an example. Native Plants Journal, 13(1), 27-34 

Davis, B. E. 2011. “Rooftop hospital gardens for physical therapy: a post occupancy evaluation.” Health Environments Research and Design Journal, 4(3), 14-43 

Mention in Publications

2014. Marcus, Clare. C. and Sachs, N. Therapeutic Landscapes: An Evidence Based Approach to designing Healing Gardens and Restorative Outdoor Spaces. 222-223. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. Hoboken, NJ.


American Society of Landscape Architects

Sigma Lambda Alpha National Honor Society of Landscape Architects

Honors and Awards

2022 . Distinguished Faculty Excellence Award, College of Environment and Design 

2022 . Georgia ASLA Merit Award in Communications 

2012 . Dean’s Award for Teaching Innovation, College of Environment and Design

2012 . University of Georgia Teaching Award

2012,’14,’15 . University of Georgia Office of Career Development Recognition 

2009 . University of Georgia Leadership in Service-Learning Award

2004 . East Tennessee ASLA Service Award 

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