LAMARCO MORRISON

Town of Hope Mills

SAY IT LOUD - North Carolina Exhibitor

North Carolina Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am inspired by many innovative design professionals, some whom are still living. I am inspired by African American Architects and Landscape Architects such as Perry Howard (my past professor), Everette Fly and Walter Hood.

LAMARCO MORRISON

Bio:

I first learned about architecture in High School, while taking a drafting course. Later on, I decided to major in Landscape Architecture in undergrad, and after 13 years in the profession, I decided to pursue a MS in Construction Management.

 

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I first learned about architecture in High School, while taking a drafting course. Later on, I decided to major in Landscape Architecture in undergrad, and after 13 years in the profession, I decided to pursue a MS in Construction Management.

What do you do?

I am a Parks and Recreation Director for the Town of Hope Mills, NC. I previously held the position of Parks Planner for the City of Greenville, NC where I managed the design, development and construction of park facilities and trails.

What excites you in the work you do?

I take pride in providing quality park facilities for citizens. It is rewarding watching the public enjoy spaces that I had a part in designing and building.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

I am inspired by many innovative design professionals, some whom are still living. I am inspired by African American Architects and Landscape Architects such as Perry Howard (my past professor), Everette Fly and Walter Hood.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

My role as Owner's Representative for the Sycamore Hill Gateway Plaza in Greenville. I was involved from the very early planning stages 13 years ago, and worked with the African American Community extensively to get their input, support and buy-in.

Featured Project Name: 

Sycamore Hill Gateway

 

Featured Project Location: 

Greenville, NC

 

Featured Project Completion Date: 

Fall 2020

 

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Manager & Owner's Representative

 

Featured Project Description:

Sycamore Hill Gateway is the rebirth of a local landmark to redress the leveling of a historically black neighborhood in central Greenville. The commemorative space will honor the history of Sycamore Hill Baptist Church and give room for collective healing for neighbors and the congregation. The new memorial plaza also acts as a gateway to the western entrance of Greenville’s Town Common, a large parkscape along the Tar River.

Photography Credit:

(c) Keith Isaacs 2021