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AT THE OFFICE: Jim Douglas co-founded HDLA (then Hodgson Douglas) in 1985 with a vision of creating a Landscape Architecture, Planning and Urban Design firm focused on the production of excellent design and personal service in a demanding field. Over the last three decades, Jim has led the firm in many exciting and innovative design projects. Jim is passionate about creating beautiful and functional spaces that meet the goals of the client and inspire the end user.  Jim’s primary design emphasis has been Campus Planning and Urban Design. Jim is an active member of the Middle Tennessee design community, having served as President of the Board for the Nashville Civic Design Center, Friends of Warner Parks Advisory Board, Metro Nashville Arts Commission - Public Art Committee, Nashville Tree Foundation Board and Green Hills YMCA Board.   

OUTSIDE THE OFFICE: Jim is an avid road cyclist, loves hiking, traveling, and never misses an “Anaconda” movie marathon.


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Master of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, 1978. 

University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 1976 (Magna Cum Laude) 

Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, 1971-1973.


Landscape Architect:  TN Lic. #387;
Landscape Architect:  KY Lic. #848


American Society of Landscape Architects
Friends of Warner Park Advisory Board of Directors 1988-present
Nashville Civic Design Center, President of the Board 2007-2010
Nashville Civic Design Center Member
Green Hills/Nashville YMCA Board of Directors 2013-present
Downtown Partnership, Committee Chair 1998
Metro Nashville Arts Commission - Public Art Committee, Board Member 2006-2010
Nashville Tree Foundation, Board Member – 2012-present

Office: 615.327.4447