Joseph W. Furr, ASLA
Joseph W. Furr, ASLA, is the managing member of Joseph Furr Design Studio, LLC, a landscape architectural and land planning firm located in downtown Baton Rouge. Joey obtained a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from LSU in 1986 and has remained in Baton Rouge throughout his career. He served as a Teaching Assistant in advanced graphics, a guest lecturer and project juror many times at Louisiana State University. From 1986 to 1987 he worked for the Caplinger Group, Ltd., a landscape architecture and planning firm in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he worked on numerous golf course community master plans and large-scale waterfront projects as a project team member. From 1987 to 1996 he was a principal at Reich Associates Landscape Architects and Land Planners (RA) in Baton Rouge. While at RA, he was the Principal in Charge of three of the firm’s ASLA award-winning projects: The East Baton Rouge Urban Forest Management Plan, the 1995 – 2010 LA State Parks Plan and the renovation of the St. Aloysius Church Gardens. Other notable projects he managed as PIC while at Reich Associates include the City Park/University Lakes Management Plan as well as Master Plans for Episcopal High School, University United Methodist Church and Camp Istrouma.
In 1996 Joey founded JFDS in order to focus on site master planning and detail design. Since then he has led the firm to become an industry leader in the Gulf States region in parks and recreation master planning and design. He has designed over fifty parks, recreation and sports projects including the best-class student recreation complex, and the varsity softball and tennis facilities at Louisiana State University. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his public recreational work. He also has instant credibility with clients who only want to work with professionals that have a deep knowledge of the programming, maintenance and myriad details involved with creating exceptional parks and sports facilities. The functionality of the designs are key and their integration within a natural context is seamless.
Joey has had a great impact on the Baton Rouge landscape and understands the needs of urban design and recreation projects through first-hand experience with downtown projects including North Boulevard Town Square, one of the most important landscape architecture projects in the city. A catalytic project in the redevelopment of downtown, it has received more than a dozen awards of local, state and national significance. His work is well represented through projects with the East Baton Rouge Recreation Commission, East Baton Rouge Parish, local school and church communities, and private commercial projects.
His influence can also be observed throughout the Gulf Coast states in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Florida, particularly in the realm of public parks and athletic venues. Joey is uniquely skilled at creating public landscapes that successfully blend diverse activities and user-groups within the natural context. By leading the process, he often broadens the reach of landscape architecture beyond what his clients originally understand it to be, builds consensus, and expands opportunities for outdoor enjoyment. Much of his success lies in how the landscapes foster and inspire appreciation for activities in the landscape. What is exceptional about Joey’s body of work is the results he achieves at a wide range of scales, from beautifully resolved design details to elegant strategies for programmed uses and planning for large-scale projects that are sensitive to the natural environment and the functionality of forms.
Joseph “Joey” Furr has a contagious passion for landscape architecture. Over the past 34 years of practice he has knit together an impressive body of work. His passion has buoyed his dedication to creating works of exceptional quality and that same passion is transferred to clients, allied professionals and with whomever he works. However, it is the users and the quality of their experiences that are paramount in his design philosophy and evident in his completed work. As the Principal at both firms, he has been recognized with numerous awards from international, national, regional, and local organizations for his work, ranging from large-scale natural resource planning to intimate private landscapes. This includes 24 awards from the State’s professional association, Louisiana Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. His belief that pubic landscapes are for all, not just some, is evident in his artistry. Joey’s work has been instrumental in transforming important public spaces from under-utilized urban spaces into platforms for vibrant public enjoyment.
Louisiana State University
CLARB Certified Landscape Architect
American Society of Landscape Architects
American Planning Association
Sports Turf Managers Association