Jeffrey Carbo (BLA 1985) the LSU College of Art & Design 2024 Commencement Speaker

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LSU alum Jeff Carbo thanks his family for their support of his alma mater at the Carbo Landscape Architecture Recruitment Center ribbon cutting ceremony, 2019.

Jeffrey Carbo, PLA, FASLA, is a longtime supporter of the LSU College of the Art & Design, serving as chair of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture Professional Advisory Board. Former Founding Principal at Carbo Landscape Architecture and current Director of CarboGoodWorks, Jeff has over thirty-eight years of experience in professional practice. The range and scope of his experience includes environmental conservation, historical and cultural context of local and regional projects, and attention to detail, expressed as art, in the numerous gardens and places he has helped create.

He received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from LSU in 1985, and remembers the time fondly.

“I had the good fortune to be taught by true legends in the field of landscape architecture. It was a special time where incredibly selfless professors lived for their work with students, and we also had extensive travel experiences with them,” he said, remembering his time at LSU. “A bonus was meeting [my wife] Wendy!”

In his role as former principal of Carbo LA, he provided leadership in client relations, conceptual design, budget development, design critique, project management, and construction observation. Jeff served as multi-discipline team leader, with hands-on skills in quality assurance and details. He holds professional licensure as a registered Landscape Architect in the State of Louisiana. He is also registered in the states of Mississippi, Arkansas, Texas, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He holds professional certification by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB). CLARB certification is earned in part through meeting or exceeding professional experience requirements. He is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Landscape Architecture’s professional society. Jeff has been a member in the local chapter for a number of years and served as President of the Louisiana Chapter of ASLA for the year 2000. Jeff has overseen over 100 ASLA national and state award-winning projects in his career. Currently, Jeff is the founder and director of CarboGoodWorks, where he and his staff provide pro-bono design services and assistance to entities who serve others and improve the quality of life for those they serve.

In 2005, the American Society of Landscape Architects elected Jeff to its Class of Fellows and in 2007, the LSU College of Art & Design named him its ‘Distinguished Alumni Award’ recipient. In 2011, Jeff was inducted into the LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction, the highest honor given to LSU graduates. In 2019, Jeff, his wife Wendy (LSU HS&E ’88) , and son William, created the LSU Carbo Landscape Architecture Recruitment Center at the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, to attract and retain the very best students to the program. 

“Love your craft, and then it will not feel like work,” Carbo said to LSU students and future landscape architects. “Find your happiness …. there is more joy in life with kindness and giving.”

Wendy and Jeff Carbo“Jeff Carbo has been dedicated to the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture for many years, and we are very grateful,” said Alkis Tsolakis, professor of architecture and former Dean of the College of Art & Design.

Carbo is the 2024 LSU College of Art & Design Diploma Ceremony commencement speaker.

Watch the ceremony live on Friday, May 17 at 8 a.m.