Elizabeth Kennedy ASLA

Principal, Elizabeth Kennedy Landscape Architect, PLLC

Elizabeth J Kennedy heads EKLA, the longest-surviving Black-owned and woman-run firm in the country. Its longevity reflects her tenacity and belief in the importance of service—to her clients, community, profession, and the process of design. The work she directs quietly challenges mainstream assumptions about the aspirations and needs of underrepresented voices, with projects that exemplify landscape architecture’s potential for a broader critical understanding of place and identity. She is a sought-after conference panelist and awards juror whose insight on diversity, equity, and inclusion informs her perspective on urban design, community revitalization, cultural preservation, and green infrastructure.