David Swanson

Interview with David Swanson, landscape architect and educator

Interviewer: Yona R. Owens
Location: Raleigh, N.C.
Interview Date: Thursday, October 30, 2008

David Swanson was born in Beirut, Lebanon. His family moved back to North Carolina when he was a small boy. His first interest was in planning and city management, but eventually he settled on landscape architecture and graduated with an MLA from North Carolina State University School (now College) of Design in 1983. Swanson worked at Lewis Clarke Associates (LCA) when the first master plan for the N.C. Zoo was developed as well as during the Fayetteville Street Mall Project in Raleigh, N.C. In 1988, Swanson founded his own firm, Swanson and Associates, PA. In addition to his practice located in Carrboro, Swanson has been an adjunct professor at NCSU and is teaching site planning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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