Deb Mitchell


"This profession gave me the tools to help make where we live a better place."

Debra Mitchell (1949-2015) was an award-winning designer, a respected leader within the landscape architecture profession, and a consummate colleague and collaborator. She passed away in Dallas, Texas on April 5, 2015 after a brief illness. Her leadership, mentorship and unflagging dedication to her firm, profession and community will be profoundly missed.

Deb began her distinguished 40-year professional career after receiving her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign (UIUC) in 1975. She joined SmithGroupJJR in 1989, where she served as a national design leader and had a significant impact on the firm’s practice and on the numerous projects, clients, and staff that she touched. A deeply committed advocate for the landscape architecture profession, Deb served as President of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), and as President and Board member for the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF). She provided valued leadership in numerous other roles in both organizations. Wanting her support for landscape architecture and its ideals to continue in perpetuity, Deb set up the Debra Lee Mitchell Trust to benefit UIUC and the JJR/Roy Fund, which supports the work of the LAF. These bequests represent an ongoing legacy that perfectly reflects Deb’s generous spirit and her lifelong commitment to advancing the landscape architecture profession through education, research and a sustainable ethos. Learn more about her remarkable career in the links below.

Green Infrastructure, Landscape Architecture, Park Planning & Design, Public & Government Facilities, Sustainable Design, Urban Design

Fellow, American Society of Landscape Architects (1992); President, American Society of Landscape Architects (1992-93); President, Landscape Architecture Foundation (2000-01)

Professional Credentials
American Society of Landscape Architects, Fellow (FASLA), LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Professional Landscape Architect (PLA)