Carolyn Kelley

Design Expertise

  • Public Open Space Design, including streetscapes, parks, and campuses.
  • Environmental Restoration, including streams and riparian areas
  • Sustainable Landscape Design
  • Xeriscape Planting Design with native and naturalized plants
  • Collaborative design, including neighborhood  & community issues


Master of Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois, 1984
Bachelor of Arts, with honors, Swarthmore College,  1975


(1993- Present)   Principal, CKLA, Austin, Texas
(1988 – 1992)  Project Landscape Architect, Town Lake Park, Austin, Texas
(1985 – 1988)  Landscape Architect, Parks & Recreation Department, Austin, Texas
(1981-1984) Research Assistant, Illinois Streams Information Inventory, Urbana, IL
(1978-1981) Grower, Casa Verde Wholesale Nursery, San Antonio TX
(1976-1978) Grower, Parks & Recreation Department, San Antonio, TX
Registered Professional Landscape Architect:  Texas #1407


American Society of Landscape Architects


2008 Award of Excellence, Institutional / Intensive Green Roof, from Green Roofs for Healthy Cities, for the Austin City Hall and Public Plaza
2007 Certificate of Achievement, from City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, for Lauren’s Trail in the Zilker Botanical Garden
1990 Design Award of Excellence, from City of Austin Design Commission, for the Zilker Botanical Garden Butterfly Garden and Trail
Award, from American City and County Magazine, for the Town Lake Park Wildflower Trail
Pride of the City Award, City of Austin Employee Appreciation program
Edward L. Ryerson Traveling Fellowship in Landscape Architecture