Smith Planning Group


Smith Planning Group was founded in 1989 in Athens, Georgia. Our team spans key disciplines including architecture, landscape architecture, master planning, and civil engineering. Our work is collaborative and we are committed to integrated and sustainable design solutions such as adaptive reuse and conservation development. SPG has built a reputation for outstanding design and community involvement. Our design process is focused on research and collaboration which allows us to design spaces that foster a sense of place. We welcome opportunities that offer complex and creative challenges. We work within specialized practice groups with complementary expertise to meet these challenges. For over 29 years, Smith Planning Group has had the privilege of working with a distinguished collection of clients in both public and private sectors such as universities, municipalities, non-profit groups, and private developers. We also work with residential clients in landscape architecture and engineering.






Charles R. (Bob) Smith, PLA, ASLA

Founder, Managing Principal

Bob draws upon his 33 years of experience in planning and design to create spaces of lasting value. As an expert in site design and development, Bob prepares plans that are environmentally sensitive, ecologically sustainable, and economically successful. Bob is responsible for a wide range of domestic and international projects including town planning, urban design, mixed-use developments, and campus planning. He uses this experience during the community design process to develop consensus and public approval. Bob is a registered professional landscape architect licensed to practice in several states.  He currently serves as Chairman of the American Society of Landscape Architects Housing and Community Design Professional Practice Network.



Ed Lane, P.E. , M. ASCE


Ed Lane has over a decade of experience in the design and management of civil engineering projects. He has worked in various engineering roles which has enabled him to develop extensive knowledge in a range of assignments and related fields. As an expert in environmental engineering and design, he has garnered noted experience in the design and implementation of viable engineering solutions. Ed has served as civil engineering project manager on large and complex projects. Ed is licensed in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida.


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