Founded by Chad Watkins, Jared Acy and Troy Strunk, WAS opened its doors in 2005 in Gulf Shores, Alabama, to fulfill a need for landscape architecture and planning during the development boom that was occurring across the Southeast region. Since that time, the company has expanded to house three offices, broadened the geographic scope of its projects across the country, and multiplied its staff to accommodate this growth and to meet the unique needs of its clients in the areas of hospitality, commercial, industrial, municipal, community, and residential design. In 2015, WAS Design merged with CSA Group of Mobile, a landscape architecture firm founded in 1959 with a strong history of military planning and design, further positioning WAS to accept an even wider range of opportunities and clients. We believe that landscape architecture is about far more than just creating a beautiful space; it’s about creating a sense of place to enhance the lives of the individuals it will accommodate. With nearly 150 years of combined experience among our principals and design staff, we are guided by the highest standards of creativity and functionality in our projects, as well as of ethics and integrity in our business relationships. We honor our commitment to provide services that are timely, economical and professional, for each and every client, each and every time.

About The Team

Our team is composed of a variety of highly talented individuals. Each person brings to the table his or her own unique ideas, resulting in a portfolio of collaborative, original, effective designs.


Chad Watkins

Landscape Architect – Principal

Jared Acy

Landscape Architect – Principal

Office Manager
Angel Cowan

Landscape Architect
Lauren Commarato
James Crowe
Dan Majors
Blake Smisson

Katie Anderson

Staff Designer
William Crozier
John Halliday
Channon Toland
Skyler Wade
Van Webb