Celebrating the career of Lee R. McLaren

Legacy Practitioner – Lee R. McLaren, FASLA
2008, By Jon Byers, ASLA

Lee R. McLaren earned his bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture in 1968 from the University of Georgia and embarked on a journey that would help shape the future of landscape architecture in North Carolina.

In 1970, Lee became North Carolina’s 28th registered landscape architect and in 1974 co-founded DPR.  For over 40 years Lee R. McLaren has been one of the strongest advocates for advancing the interests of landscape architects in all facets of the profession. His decades of service have helped pave the way as the profession gained respect in the Charlotte region and across the state.  Lee was practicing ‘environmental preservation’, ‘sustainability’ and ‘stewardship’ long before those words were commonly spoken.

At the 2007 ASLA Annual Meeting, Lee was recognized for his outstanding achievements and service when he was inducted into ASLA’s Council of Fellows, the highest honor awarded by ASLA.  This honor is bestowed upon only those individuals who have demonstrated sustained accomplishments in the profession…

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