Neal Kessler

Specialist

"When I started at SmithGroupJJR, I fell in love with campuses and their complex, interwoven systems."

College campuses are inspirational places for many, even more so for—and because of—Neal. "When I started at SmithGroupJJR, I fell in love with campuses and their complex, interwoven systems," he says. "It was a client type I immediately understood. We could have a truly intellectual exchange around the importance of open space, pedestrian connections, and myriad other pieces." As co-leader of the Campus Practice, Neal blends his deep knowledge of campus trends with campus metrics. His considerable design work for the University of Michigan includes the Ross School of Business, which folded in several pioneering sustainable features. The same Michigan campus defined the career of Carl Johnson, Neal's mentor and one of the Js in SmithGroupJJR. "The land was important to him. He respected, protected and enhanced it again and again." With milestones like the University of Connecticut's Sustainable Design Guidelines to his credit, Neal carries this dedication and legacy forward.

Specialty
Campus Planning, Landscape Architecture, University Design, Urban Design

Recognition
Kansas State University College of Architecture and Design Alumni Honoree

Professional Credentials
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Professional Landscape Architect (PLA)

Contact
E Neal.Kessler@smithgroupjjr.com
P 734.693.1622
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