Stephen L. Carter, FASLA has devoted his career to public service with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for the past 37-years. In his role as a Landscape Architect / Planner for the Mobile District, US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), he was honored in 1995 as the USACE’s Landscape Architect of the Year for his service to the Corps of Engineers. As a strong believer in sustainable and resilient landscapes, Carter has been dedicated to improving and managing environmental restorations and flood control on public properties, including the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Study.
Carter became the lead Landscape Architect for the Engineering Division, Mobile District, with responsibility for a wide range of projects that included preparation of Integrated Natural Resource Management Plans within the district. These studies represented a new emphasis on sustainability by the Corps of Engineers and a desire to maintain ecosystem viability of US Army properties. Prior to working for the Corps of Engineers (COE) Stephen was employed with the City of Chicago in the Department of Housing as a liaison to citizens needing housing and rehabilitation services.
Stephen is a Veteran of the Vietnam war where he worked as a Military Intelligence Analyst. He has been a member of ASLA at both the state and national level for over 40 years and has been credited for his role in assisting the Society in its charge to increase diversity among its membership, especially African American recruits. Stephen has continually contributed energy to embrace younger professionals and educate diverse communities about the merits of landscape architecture. From 1979 - 1981 Stephen chaired the National ASLA Education and Professional Development Committee of Blacks along with co-chairs Dreck Wilson and Elon Mickels. Stephen has served on landscape architecture program Advisory Boards of Ohio State University, North Carolina A&T State University, and Auburn University. He also served on the ASLA Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB) from 1995 - 2000. Stephen holds a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) from the University of Illinois - 1975.