Jeff Allen

Principal Landscape Architect, RLA, ICAA, LALF

Upon graduating from the University of Georgia, School of Environmental Design, Jeff Allen principal of   J A L A, LLC has worked for firms in Atlanta and New York before opening his own practice in September of 2000.  Inspired by beautiful gardens of historic residences and parks, Jeff began to develop his practice as a classical residential garden designer.

Jeff continues to study his craft through books, lectures and tours in association with- LALH, Library of Landscape History; ICAA, Institute of Classical Architecture and Art, Southern Garden History Society, and The Cultural Landscape Foundation and is happy to share his insights to garden clubs.  He is  currently serving on the Forsyth County Historic Regional Commission, and vice-president of the board of NCIAA. Jeff is a registered landscape architect in Georgia and North Carolina.

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Chris Stidham

Raised in Maryland, Chris’ love for nature and the outdoors took him out west to explore the Mountains of Oregon. Chris’ interest in plants and design eventually led him on a journey to return to school at the University of Florida, where he obtained a degree in landscape architecture in 2014. Upon graduation Chris relocated to North Carolina to begin his career in landscape architecture.

After working for large firms in Charlotte and Winston Salem, Chris was excited to get back to his roots and focus on Design Driven work, with the aim to create Projects that reflect the character of place and that are infused with the personality of the client. It is with this aim that good design can reconnect people with nature and beauty while creating places of art, inspiration and reflection.

Liza Taylor

Growing up in South Georgia, helping grow gardens and raise orphaned baby goats and cows on her family’s farm, Liza was raised to love and appreciate the land. At the University of Georgia, where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Engineering, her knowledge and respect for natural resources and the environment grew. Following her undergraduate education, Liza worked as a structural designer and became a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional.

Liza missed the natural resource engineering experience from her college years, and wanted a more artistic, innovative approach to design. This prompted her decision to return to the University of Georgia to obtain her Master of Landscape Architecture. In graduate school, her research focused on energy in food production landscapes and ecological restoration. She continues to be interested in designing landscapes that heal the land and reconnect people to it.

Liza resides in Winston-Salem with her husband and their dog. She has been an associate at JALA since August 2014.