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College of Environment and Design

Donnie Longenecker


Curriculum Vitae


Phone: 706-542-4702
Street address: 151 Jackson Street Building
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Personal Interests

All UGA Sports - Go Dawgs!
Playing Golf
Working with his wife to completely spoil their 3 Cats and 2 German Shepherds.




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Biographical Information

Donnie Longenecker is a landscape architect, entrepreneur and educator. During his time as lecturer at CED he has taught almost every course in the BLA curricula. Over the last few years, his design studios have focused on helping organizations and municipalities with big dreams and small budgets. He also teaches professional practice and construction documentation. In addition to his responsibilities as Senior Lecturer, he is also Coordinator for CED Continuing Education Programs. Each year, the Landscape Short Course and Georgia LARE Review provide continuing education and exam prep for over 150 registered and aspiring landscape architects.


BLA, University of Georgia 1990
MLA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1997

Contribution Outside of CED

When he is not teaching or hosting a continuing education event, Donnie's firm, DTC, works on a variety of projects: everything from residential site planning to master planning and due diligence for development projects. Donnie also serves on the ASLA LARE Review Subcommittee, which keeps him up to date with the latest news on the Landscape Architecture Registration Exam (LARE). 

Research Interest

Donnie’s research interests include the implementation of technology into landscape architectural practice, the economics of land development, how to successfully run a landscape architecture business, and how to best help young landscape architects get started on their career path. 


CDC Hop Grant:  Dooly County/Vienna, Georgia (Spring 2020/Fall 2021)

Dooly County/Vienna, Georgia (Spring 2020/Fall 2021)

Work on the UGA College of Public Health’s CDC High Obesity Program (HOP) grant continued despite the COVID pandemic.   Dooly County and the city of Vienna, Georgia were the second of five counties studied by the College of Environment and Design students.  

The project began with students learning about important health issues affecting all communities and how improvements in design can have a positive effect on community health.  Utilizing this knowledge, the students developed a master plan for improving the health of Vienna, Georgia.  First, they located places residents of Vienna visit on a daily basis.  Next, they conducted an inventory and analysis of all the routes people travel to get to these destinations.  Finally, they suggested design improvements which could be made to streets, bike lanes and sidewalks to encourage people to walk and ride a bike to these everyday destinations.  

Citizens of Vienna were asked to pick their favorite design improvements.  Students then designed pop up demonstration projects using the principles of tactical urbanism.  The demonstration projects are to give residents an opportunity to try out the proposed improvements and determine how well it works for them.

You can read about the final design and interventions here.

CFIT Playground/Park Master Plan (Summer 2020)

CFIT Master Plan

The Center for Innovative Teaching (CFIT) is located in Winder, Georgia.  Its mission is to provide access to un

ique and flexible creative spaces to inspire and support innovations in teaching and learning. 

Armed with a master plan produced by the multidisciplinary team of the Sustainable Design Collaborative of Atlanta (SDCA,) the Senior Capstone Studio (LAND 4900)  generated 25 different master plan concepts for an area which was programmed for a playground, water feature, sport courts, and food trucks.   

After presentation and review by the CFIT team, a final concept was assembled from favorable parts from each of the 25 designs.  Landscape Architecture Students then prepared illustrative drawings and three dimensional Sketch Up models of the site to help “sell the dream” of what could exist at CFIT.  The students completed the project by working with various contractors and vendors to develop a preliminary development budget.  This link will take you to the final project presentation. 

LAND 1500  (Summer 2020)


Land 1500 provides UGA Students with an opportunity to understand what the profession of Landscape Architecture is all about.  This summer, the LAND 1500 studio learned about design and design thinking by designing an imaginary  new residence for UGA's mascot, Que (aka UGA X.) 

Students learned about how to manipulate the environment to achieve different design objectives. First, they thought of all the things that Que would like to do and experience in and around his new home.  Using these activties and experiences, they developed a design program for Que's house and surrounding property.  Once the program was in place, they set about designing a floor plan for Que's house that would achieve these objectives.

After developing the floor plan, they conducted a site analysis of a fictitious piece of real estate along the Savannah River to determine where to best locate the house and other activities to minimize environmental disturbance while taking advantage of the natural surroundings.   The site plan portion of the project was adapted from the Discover Landscape Architecture Activity Books published by the American Society of Landscape Architects. 

The images above are some of the design solutions proposed by the class.  In the words of one student, "I used to think landscape architecture would be the boring part of architecture, but it's quickly become my favorite, partly because of how smoothly things can go from brain to paper to reality. I definitely think like a designer when I drive around and reconstruct places I see using my imagination, so in that regard, I suppose that mission is accomplished...."

CDC HOP Grant:  Taliaferro County, GA  (Fall 2019)

Taliaferro Trail Network Master Plan 

The UGA College of Public Health is participating in the CDC’s High Obesity Program (HOP) Grant project.  Five rural counties in Georgia will be provided with assistance to increase access to healthier food and exercise.  The UGA CED partnered with the UGA College of Public Health on the HOP Grant program.  Landscape Architecture students utilize their design skills to develop plans which intend to increase opportunities for exercise in these communities and set policies in motion to encourage a healthier pattern of land development. 

Taliaferro County was the first county addressed by the partnership.  Students traveled to Taliaferro County, met with residents to learn their needs, wants and complaints about the local environment.  An extensive site analysis was performed using Geographic Information System (GIS) Software.  The analysis was then combined with community feedback to arrive at a master plan which addressed many of the areas of concern.

A portion of the master plan was adopted in to the latest update of the Taliaferro County Comprehensive Plan.

Master plan for Hutcheson Ferry Park
 Hutcheson Ferry Park Master Plan (Spring 2019)

A few years ago, the city of Chattahoochee Hills Parks Commission asked the design studio to develop some ideas for Hutcheson Ferry Park.  We revisited the project at the request of the city in spring of 2019.   Students developed a master plan and program for the park using a data driven design process.  A market analysis was conducted to determine what activities were preferred by people who live five to thirty minutes away from the park.  Our analysis indicated a preference for activities that could be used to raise funds for site development.  You can read the whole report by clicking here. The town later adopted the master plan as a part of their overall development ordinance. 


Richmond Hill Book CoverRichmond Hill Mixed Use Center Master Plan (Fall 2018)

The city of Richmond Hill, Georgia was looking for some ideas on how to develop an outparcel located at the intersection of two of the city's most travelled roads.  The City Government and the Downtown Development authority partnered with the LAND 4050 studio to develop four different concepts and development pro formas for the site. The project was featured in theUGA Today Newsletter and on a local Television Newscast.



East Georgia College Master Plan

East Georgia State College Master Plan (Summer 2017)

In 2016, East Georgia State College asked the College of Environment and Design to help develop a long range master plan for the campus. Three different undergraduate and graduate design studios participated in this effort, which culminated in a campus master plan being developed by the Summer 2017 LAND 4900 studio. The East Georgia Master Plan Report details the efforts and makes reccomendations for future development. Click here to read the report.

image of master planRepurposing West Rock Corporate HQ (Fall 2017)

West Rockis one of the largest paper product manufacturers in the world. They recently decided to move their corporate offices out of Norcross, Georgia to a new location. The Fall Semester LAND 4050 class worked in conjunction with the City of Norcrossto reinvision the site so it would be more attractive to potential developers. You can read more about the project and process here
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