David J Driapsa Historical Landscape Architecture is a leader in the development of sustainable design and planning solutions, offering project management and consulting guidance to private sector and government clients working directly with and in response to diverse ecologies and cultures, developing processes to federal standards that are portable to all locales for historic landscape preservation, rehabilitation and restoration, including Historic American Landscapes Survey recording and mitigation.

Based in Naples, Florida, national in scope, and working at the forefront of sustainability, specifically, heritage landscape preservation planning and design, David Driapsa is a Fellow-elect of the American Society of Landscape Architects recognized nationally for expertise in historical landscape architecture. He combines knowledge of cultural history with with a special focus on issues surrounding landscape planning, design and management. David engages in collaborative research, design and planning with the U.S. National Park Service addressing historic landscapes, heritage conservation, park design and cultural resource management.

Known for professional excellence, David has recorded many significant cultural landscapes, including the Mount Lebanon Shaker Village National Historic Landmark; the Spanish Colonial village of Chimayo, New Mexico; the segregated African American community of Smokey Hollow; the utopian community of the Koreshan Unity; the wilderness frontier settlement of Kettle Falls; the New Deal era state park system of Florida; the Olmsted Brothers’ “lost village” of Boca Grande; the winter estate of Thomas Edison; and others.

If I can ever be of service to you through my work as conservationist, please feel free to call me and discuss the many obtainable options.

Project histories and references are available.

Thank you for connecting.

All the best,

David Driapsa, pla, asla, clarb
David J Driapsa Historical Lan
dscape Architecture ddriapsa@naples.net
(239) 591-2321


To Whom It May Concern,

Mr. David Driapsa exhibited the highest degree of professionalism while completing the Smokey Hollow Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS).  His diligent, independent style provided me the opportunity to focus on other tasks knowing that he would meet deadlines and deliver a thorough, quality product.  Most notable, was his ability to quickly establish mutual respect and trust with former Smokey Hollow community members during the documentation of the segregated African American community that was destroyed in the 1960s.

His prior experience in the development and submission of a HALS aided to the successful incorporation of our document in the United States Library of Congress.  There was very little need for me to communicate with the National Park Service, and from a client perspective that was a relief.

We are very proud of the Smokey Hollow HALS, and are constructing a permanent exhibit which includes the measured drawings produced by Mr. Driapsa in our commemoration to the former community.


Autumn Calder, AICP
Senior Planner
Blueprint 2000 Intergovernmental Agency


Dear Mr. Driapsa:

Congradulations on your induction to the American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows.

Through your continuous hard work and dedication to the industry and Southwest Florida, you have helped make our community a wonderful place to live. Your commitment to providing valuable service, leadership, management and knowledge to the profession is admirable.

Once again, you have my congratulations for being recognized with ASLA's highest honor. I wish you continued success in your future endeavors!

Very truly yours,

Representative Kathleen Passidomo, District 106, Florida House of Representatives.





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