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Welcome to DC+A Ricardo!


David Conner + Associates (DC+A) is excited to announce the addition of Ricardo Leon to the team! Ricardo is an exceptional artist and illustrator with over 30 years of architectural experience in Florida and South America. He has the ability to communicate design concepts quickly, clearly, and beautifully with graphic and visualization experience in retail, entertainment, resort, and multifamily projects. His illustrative skills will further enhance DC+A’s ability to quickly respond to our clients graphic needs.

Wendy Bell Joins DC+A!

Wendy Bell HeadshotDavid Conner + Associates (DC+A) is pleased to announce that Wendy Bell has joined our team as a Project Manager. Wendy is a LEED Accredited licensed Landscape Architect.  Wendy will continue to enhance DC+A’s capabilities in real estate development, university campus planning and design, and public parks and streetscape design.  As a LEED Accredited professional, Wendy further expands DC+A’s expertise in the creation of integrated sustainable site development solutions.

Prior to joining DC+A Wendy’s experience has included residential gardens in Charleston, South Carolina, Public Parks and Streets in Portland, Oregon, and Academic Institutions in New York City.  Her last assignment prior to joining DC+A was project manager for T-Kartor, Inc. mapping New York City for the new WalkNYC pedestrian wayfinding effort. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia College of Environment + Design.


No Shave November

November has come to a close, but our beards live on!

Taylor, John, and Tony participated in this year’s #NoShaveNovember for David Conner + Associates. The goal of No-Shave November is to grow cancer awareness by embracing our hair, which many cancer patients lose, and letting it grow wild. Then, donate the money saved in razor blades to the No-Shave Organization, which uses those donations for cancer education and prevention, helping cancer patients fight the battle.

Although they achieved various degrees of beard success (sorry Taylor), they were able to save more than expected, and to make their success even better, David Conner generously doubled the amount!

For more information on No-Shave November or how you can help go to And make sure you #letitgrow for cancer awareness!

UF’s Heavener Hall Approaching Completion

Cast Bronze GatewayFriday, the University of Florida will officially dedicate the new Heavener Hall building. We at David Conner + Associates (DC+A) are very proud to be a part of the Heavener Hall School of Business project  as part of the SchenkleShultz/RAMSA architectural team. Our work emphasizes the building’s important location within the Historic District of the campus. We collaborated with the architectural team and the University on the design of a new Gateway at University Avenue and 13th Street, an outdoor courtyard framed by Heavener and Bryan Hall, an outdoor dining café/courtyard entry, and all other landscape design surrounding the building. As UF’s Heavener Hall approaches completion we decided to give a little insight on the construction and our design influences.

First is our Sketchup Model of the entry gateway. Followed by the in progress photo of the gateway as of October 29th, 2014.

Heavener School of Business

Heavener Gateway

The seal of the University will sit in front of this cast iron, stone, and brick entrance into the University of Florida Campus.  The angular shape of the pilasters are reflecting the Heavener Hall structure as well as the historic brick and limestone buildings throughout the campus.

DC+A also took inspiration from the historic wall of University Avenue in the design for the lower walls of the entry gateway.

University Avenue

The inspiration for the lower walls can be seen on the historic University Avenue.


Heavener entry gateway wall

We also wanted to include a sneak peak of the courtyard.

Heavener Courtyard

We look forward to the #heavenerhome dedication on Friday and of course, GO GATORS!



PK Yonge Middle and High School Wins Design Award

PK Yonge Middle and High School

We are proud to announce that the our University of Florida/P.K. Yonge Developmental Research Middle-High School project won an Outstanding Project Award from Learning By Design Magazine.

The PK Yonge Team

SchenkelShultz Architecture – Architect

Moses & Associates, Inc. – MEP Engineer

Walter P Moore Associates Inc. – Structural Engineer

Causseaux, Hewett & Walpole, Inc. – Civil Engineer

David Conner + Associates – Landscape Architect

Ramski & Company – Interior Designer

Siebein Associates Inc. – Acoustical Designer


Below is an except from the award page in Leaning By Design:

“The P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School is affiliated with the University of Florida’s College of Education. In order to align with the school’s mission and vision, P.K. Yonge embarked on a phased replacement of its existing facilities that will transform the facilities into a modern campus and a student focused 21st century learning environment.

The design of the new, three story middle–high school building creates a student-centered
learning environment that is flexible, technology-rich and provides opportunities for collaboration to occur everywhere. Each learning community includes STEM labs, open collaboration areas, learning studios, distance learning labs, teacher planning/collaboration and small group breakout spaces.

In addition to the innovative 21st century learning environment indoors, the school is situated on a site with both wooded and open terrain that provides opportunities for outdoor learning. The school has a direct connection with Tumblin Creek, which runs west to east through the campus. The design incorporates a meandering pathway and outdoor seating wall that allows students to engage with the site. The school takes advantage of
the outdoors by creating teaching opportunities through environmental classrooms, a wetlands/ stormwater education area, outdoor classrooms and a fossil dig area.”

PK Yonge Middle and High School

For the complete list of winning projects go to:

David Conner Judges the 48th Annual St. Pete City Beautification Awards

David Conner, along with Tom Levin of Ekistics Design Studio and Jim Clees of Harvard Holly Architecture, judged the 48th Annual City Beautification Awards. Congratulations to all the winners!


The three judges used the following criteria:

• Overall aesthetic appeal
• Professionalism in landscape design, color, and balance
• Quality of architectural design and placement
• Quality of landscape and building maintenance
• Treatment of parking areas
• Preservation of trees and natural amenities
• Awareness of ordinances and city code
• Determination if the property enhances appearance
of the area

The awards were as follows:

Taoist Thi Chi Society – Landscape Architectural Design

Red Mesa Cantina – Landscape Architectural Design

Robert D. Rehnke, MD Center for Surgical Excellence – Landscape Architectural Design

Three Birds Tavern – Landscape Architectural Design

Power Design – 5-Year Award

Nova 535 – 5-Year Award

St. Anthony’s Hospital – 10-Year Award

John Bowden – Home of the Year

Saturday Morning Market – Peggy Allen Award

See images from the event below!

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To view the complete slideshow go to the link below:

Fletcher Avenue Under Construction

Fletcher Avenue (between Bruce B. Downs and Nebraska) is under construction and approaching completion.  Fletcher Avenue will be transformed into the county’s first Complete Street Project to significantly improve the safety of pedestrians commonly found crossing the road.

Fletcher Rendering

The design developed by David Conner + Associates will enhance public awareness of the pedestrian nature of the road, provide increased signage and mid-block crossing opportunities, and provide low maintenance high visibility plantings through the use of a very low water usage palette of plant material including Prickly Pear Cactus, Agave, Perennial Peanut and Coontie.

Fletcher Avenue

The “Gateway” feature designed by David Conner symbolizes a pedestrian crosswalk attendant with outstretched arms, calling to drivers entering the pedestrian corridor to be aware of the pedestrian nature of the road. Mid-Block crossings provide safe havens for pedestrians to safely wait for an ideal road crossing opportunity.


We’re Hiring!

David Conner + Associates is hiring! Please see the advertisement below and apply to:

David Conner + Associates (DCA), a Planning, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design studio located in the urban center of Tampa, FL is seeking to fill several positions to satisfy our growing practice.  The firm is seeking multi-talented individuals who can contribute to projects with a variety of skill-sets including:  project management, creative design, visualization and graphics, construction plans and specifications, and construction administration.

DCA is an award winning design firm providing professional planning, landscape architecture and urban design services.   The studio members work as a team to complete a wide variety of planning and design assignments.    The firm’s work is highly diverse including Academic Institutions, Parks + Recreation, Streetscape and Pedestrian Enhancement, Commercial Development, Healthcare and Private Residential gardens throughout the Florida region.  Much of our work is in association with nationally and internationally renowned architectural design firms.  Visit to learn more.

Interested candidates should send a brief cover letter with resume and digital portfolios to No phone calls please.

Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years professional experience in a landscape architectural, planning, architectural or engineering firm. The following is a list of skills necessary for the advertised position:

  • Proficiency with AutoCAD, Photoshop and MS Office, this is required
  • Experience with Sketchup, Land F/X, Illustrator and InDesign, these are desired
  • Strong design aesthetics are absolutely required; the ability to convey concepts through hand drawings and free-hand sketches is a must
  • Knowledge of Florida Building Code and Storm Water Management Regulations is highly desired
  • Expertise with Zones 8-11 Planting Design is required
  • Experience with consultant team coordination and production of Construction Documents in association with a team is expected
  • Candidate must be organized, pay attention to detail and possess responsible problem-solving skills, these are required



Education Requirement: Bachelors or Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture
Traveling Requirement: None
Date Posted: August 27, 2014

David Conner + Associates Welcomes Tony Monk

Tony Monk Headshot

Tampa, FL, 7/29/14 – David Conner + Associates is proud to announce Walter “Tony” Monk has joined the team as a Landscape Architect and Project Manager. Tony is a licensed landscape architect in Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Michigan. Tony’s work includes projects throughout the United States and the Caribbean. He holds a LEED certification and is a member of the ASLA and a board member of Kiwanis. His broad experience includes planning in commercial development for multifamily, residential, and high end retail; as well as public works such as higher education, parks, and streets. Tony received his Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. He is proud to be a new resident of Tampa Bay and enjoys boating with his wife and fishing in the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.

Since 1997, David Conner + Associates has created some of West Florida’s most recognizable public outdoor spaces.  The firm strives to create sites that connect people in safe and walkable communities, integrate transportation for all types of vehicles and pedestrians, provide opportunities for public gathering and interaction, and encourage recreation or relaxation

David Conner + Associates Joins HOK for East County Service Center in Plant City



David Conner + Associates is pleased to announce our selection with the HOK Architectural Team as Landscape Architect for the East County Service Center, Plant City, Florida. The design of the site improvements are intended to provide a high quality public urban environment in downtown Plant City. The improvements will complete the construction of the four block county courts and public services facility.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Since the firm’s founding in 1955, they have used design to enrich people’s lives and help organizations succeed.  The firm has 1,600 employees across a network of 23 offices on three continents. HOK’s mission is to deliver exceptional design ideas and solutions for their clients through the creative blending of human need, environmental stewardship, value creation, science and art. HOK’s design solutions result from a collaborative process that encourages multidisciplinary professional teams to research alternatives, share knowledge and imagine new ways to solve the challenges of the built environment.

David Conner + Associates is an award winning landscape architectural firm located in Tampa, Florida.  The firm is known for creating beautiful outdoor landscapes that find the balance between aesthetics and sustainability.  Current and recently completed projects of the firm include the 56th Street Pedestrian Improvement Project; Lois Avenue Streetscape in Tampa, FL; Fletcher Avenue Pedestrian Corridor “Complete Street” Project in Tampa, FL; USF St. Petersburg Student Center; USF Marshall Center Plaza; Highland Recreation Center in Largo, Florida; and the North Safford Avenue Recreation Corridor in Tarpon Springs.

PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: North Safford Avenue Recreation Corridor

North Safford Avenue Recreation Corridor

The City of Tarpon Springs asked David Conner + Associates to renovate a section of the Pinellas Trail and design a fitness park for the nearby community. Located on Safford Avenue between downtown Tarpon Springs and Live Oak Boulevard, the North Safford Avenue Recreation Corridor is a safe place for walking, jogging, skating, and biking.

The park includes outdoor fitness equipment, a group exercise lawn, walking trails, and a play area. The Pinellas Trail and streetscape renovations include new sidewalks and landscape enhancements improving walkability throughout the community.

North Safford Avenue Recreation Corridor

To see more pictures of the project go HERE

Wilmot Gardens Wins FLASLA Award of Merit

Wilmot Gardens Greenhouse

David Conner + Associates (DCA) is proud to announce that the Wilmot Healing Gardens at the University of Florida has won the Award of Merit from the Florida Chapter of the America Society of Landscape Architects. Wilmot Garden’s story is the preservation of an historic garden on the UF campus and its transformation from neglect into a place for healing.  Since 2007, David Conner + Associates has assisted UF with the transformation. In 2012, DCA provided services leading to a benefactor who funded the creation of a recently completed Greenhouse facility on the garden site. This greenhouse is now home to the new UF Therapeutic Horticulture curriculum. DCA is currently working on The J W Reitz Student Union Expansion project, the Harrell Medical Education Building, Heavener Hall, Cypress Hall Single Student Housing, and the PK Yonge Middle and High School at the University of Florida.

UF Wilmot Lifestyle Track

Visit our Wilmot Gardens Projects: OSSP Greenhouse and Lifestyle Track