Influential Landscape Architecture Firm, EDSA Announces New Leadership Positions and Enhanced Services With an Eye on the Future
EDSA, an internationally-renowned planning, landscape architecture and urban design firm, has announced the promotion of B. Scott LaMont to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Eric B. Propes as Chief Operating Officer (COO). The announcement comes as EDSA celebrates its 60th anniversary and better positions the firm to conduct business and service clients in the rapidly evolving design industry.
Douglas C. Smith, president of EDSA for the past nine years, will continue to play a vital role in the growth and expansion of EDSA. "We have come to the next exciting chapter in our history - a place where we leverage the best of our talents and focus our efforts towards greater heights as a company of excellence," said Smith. "We believe in the creativity of our people, the vision of our steadfast clients and our innate spirit for unbounded enthusiasm and freedom to imagine.
While EDSA is well-known for its work in hospitality, residential housing, urban design and entertainment venues, solutions-based design offerings in healthcare, wellness, senior living, green infrastructure and education will be expanded to meet the growing needs of communities around the globe.
"I believe in who we are as a firm. We've been fortunate to have collaborative clients that entrust us to create lasting places that reflect humanity and rise above the ordinary," said CEO LaMont. "While we are proud of our legacy, there is still more for us to achieve, and I am honored to be leading the firm and working closely with Eric and our leadership team to grow our portfolio for the next chapter in our history."
New C-Suite Appointments
CEO B. Scott LaMont, PLA is a 24-year veteran of EDSA. As CEO, his responsibilities include overseeing the 120-person firm, setting the tone of a firmwide culture, and developing a growth strategy that prioritizes excellence. Possessing a collaborative style, LaMont has a proven track record in leading teams, projects, and strategic initiatives. His global experience spans large scale planning assignments to mixed-use, residential, hospitality, and urban works that have strengthened EDSA's reputation as a design leader. LaMont holds a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Florida.
COO Eric B. Propes, PLA, a 20-year veteran of EDSA, challenges the status quo by exploring pioneering ideas and creative solutions that emphasize exceptional project outcomes. In his new position, Propes will drive operational advancement by leveraging internal processes and improving efficiencies across the design-delivery continuum. He will also be responsible for overseeing the firm's virtual design and construction team. Propes holds a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Kentucky.
Six Decades of Innovation and Influence
Since its founding in 1960, by the influential Edward D. Stone Jr., EDSA has been instrumental in expanding the scope and cementing the significance of landscape architecture and land planning in real estate development. The company's focus on environmentally-based design, cognizance of local heritage, value towards conservation, and aptitude to embrace new technologies have made it a model of innovation and holistic development for projects and clients of all types. As contemporary issues such as climate change and the coronavirus pandemic inspire industries and communities to expand and rethink natural spaces, EDSA remains the go-to resource for landscape architecture, planning, and urban design.