Cox, Bob

After receiving his MLA from LSU in 1978, Bob Cox’s professional career evolved around environmental review and compliance along with large land use and river basin planning at the private, state and eventually the federal level. During that time he was elected chair of a national professional organization (Association of State Floodplain Managers) and had the pleasure of working with some of the more distinguish individuals from government, academia and the private sector in the field. He ended the last 16 years of his career as Chief Regional Environmental Officer for a federal agency in Denver, Colorado and “had the pleasure of working in six of our more beautiful western states.” The thing he most appreciated about his landscape architecture education from LSU is that “it prepared me with a very broad range of skills to work at any level of planning and design, emphasizing the importance of the very detailed scale in its relationship to the very large scale.”

He retired from the federal government in 2008 and now lives with his wife, Jacquelyn Monday, in Grand Junction, CO, where he spends most of his time hiking, biking, and camping. They have daughter and a son and two grandsons.

Gray, Rob

As a creatively driven landscape architect and urban planner, Rob provides design leadership across multiple facets of the built environment and public realm. Rob is a partner at Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, and leads the firm’s Kansas City office as well as business development for the firm. With unique visualization, representation, and communication skills, he enjoys inspiring community dialogue and making abstract concepts more tangible for clients. Rob is also a strong advocate for sustainability in design, and has been involved in the development of numerous complex projects that thoughtfully integrate green infrastructure in the public realm. He approaches sustainability as a key aspect of the design with innovative solutions that place strong emphasis on both the visibility and performance of sustainable practices in the built environment.

In his free time, Rob performs regularly as a classically trained bassoonist and is an avid gardener. He serves on the board of directors for the Kansas City Rose Society, stewards of the Laura Conyers Smith Municipal Rose Garden in Kansas City’s Jacob Loose Park. He and his husband, also named Rob, are proud parents to a Morkie named Robbie.

DeRoussel, James

As a student at LSU, James had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Tokyo, Japan working for Keikan-Sekkei under the direction of Tooru Miyakoda. Upon completing his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 2001, James moved to Tucson, Arizona to begin his professional career with McGann and Associates Landscape Architects. Over the following 15 years, he worked across the desert Southwest on a variety of project types including transportation, parks and recreation, green infrastructure, and sustainable storm water management.

In 2016, James returned to his native Louisiana and now works as a landscape architect for Torre Design Consortium in New Orleans, with a focus on zoo master planning and exhibit design.