Professional Development

A Visit to Crosby Arboretum in Mississippi #ASLA2016Expo

This week Taber and Melissa are at the American Society of Landscape Architects annual conference in New Orleans.  The Expo is an opportunity for members of the profession from across the country to gather and contribute to current discourse.  

Today the SDG team toured the beautiful Crosby Arboretum in Picayune, MS.  The master plan and landscape design for the Arboretum won the ASLA Honor Award in 1985 among many other accolades for its quality of design and cultural as well as ecological services.

"The Crosby Arboretum is dedicated to educating the public about their environment. This mission is carried out by preserving, protecting, and displaying plants native to the Pearl River Drainage Basin ecosystem, providing environmental and botanical research opportunities, and offering cultural, scientific, and recreational programs. The Arboretum displays three basic habitats found in this ecosystem. They are a Savanna exhibit, a Woodland exhibit, and an Aquatic exhibit. Both drastic and subtle changes in landscape patterns can be observed within each exhibit. In addition to the 104-acre interpretive site, the Arboretum also collectively maintains 700 acres of off-site natural areas that are preserved for scientific study."

Stay tuned for more adventures from down South!

Welcome Jess and Rebecca!

Jess Wilson is one of two interns joining Searle Design Group for the Summer.  She has just completed her first year of the MLA I program at RISD.  Jess comes from a background in Architecture and received a B.S. from Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.  She is an ASLA student member.  


Rebecca Ladd is also joining Searle Design Group for a summer internship.  She has just completed her second year of the MLA I program at RISD.  Rebecca has a background in Interior Architecture and completed her undergraduate studies at University of North Carolina, Greensboro.  She is the treasurer of the RISD ASLA student chapter.  


Many important questions posed in Newport about how to handle sea level rise and increased frequency and intensity of storms on our coasts and further inland. @unionstudioarch posed an important question: elevate, move to higher ground, or let the structure fall into the ocean?

SDG is hiring a summer intern

Searle Design Group, LLC is hiring a summer intern. We are looking for a student who is enthusiastic about landscape architecture and is able to demonstrate previous experience in an office/work setting.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • excellent graphic abilities: SketchUp, AutoCAD, Adobe Creative Suite a must, video editing a plus
  • proficiency in both verbal and written communication
  • ability to meet deadlines and work efficiently
  • openness to critique and review - both giving and getting

What we can offer:

  • experience working on complex public, environmentally challenged, historic sites
  • an extremely hands-on office where you will be involved in almost every aspect of the landscape architecture business
  • the combined knowledge of 2 RISD graduates and a RISD landscape architecture professor with many years of experience
  • location on the historic East Side of Providence

To apply, please submit your resume and portfolio to

NEXT STOP: Making Transit Work for Rhode Island

Thanks Grow Smart RI and the Coalition for Transportation Choices for putting together this informative forum. We learned that 80% of Rhode Islanders live within a 10-minute walk from a transit stop but only 2.7% use transit regularly.  Great case studies on how public private partnerships were developed to improve transit choices and local economies.  Nice to see Governor Raimondo coming out to support these efforts.