partner, RLA, LEED AP

AT THE OFFICE: Chris Barkley joined HDLA in 2012 and has since become an integral part of the design and management team within the firm. Chris is responsible for coordinating the team's daily work efforts, building client relationships, managing consultants, and implementation of plans and construction. A strong work ethic and unique mix of design talent, management and organization skills make him a key asset to each project team. Chris believes in the power of design and that great design infuses our built environment with nature, art, and technology in a way that encourages human interaction and creates a better quality of life for all.  

Chris brings extensive experience working on corporate, institutional, mixed-use, urban design and parks projects throughout the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Asia. Projects of note are Centennial Park, Gulch Crossing, Vanderbilt Engineering and Science Building, AMP Bus Rapid Transit, and Bellevue Library.

Prior to joining HDLA, Chris worked on Two Arts Plaza, Savoye Squared, Glory Park, Pearl River New Town and Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi during his tenure at MESA Design Group and Rockwall Heritage Park (2012 Texas ASLA Merit Award Recipient) and Scenic Point Park during his tenure at la terra studio. 

OUTSIDE THE OFFICE: Chris enjoys spending time with the three leading ladies in his life; his wife, Kearra and his two beautiful daughters Harper and Amelia. When not chasing kids, Chris can be found avidly following his beloved Kentucky Wildcats. 


University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
College of Agriculture 
Bachelor of Science Landscape Architecture with Honors, 2006 (Cum Laude)


TN License #1019
C.L.A.R.B. Certified


Metro Tree Advisory Committee’s George Cate Award – Bellevue Library, 2015
TXALSA Merit Award - Rockwall Heritage Park, 2012
TXASLA Communications Merit Award - (Park)ing Day, 2011

Office: 615.327.4447 Ext: 105
Direct: 615.953.8745