David Driapsa is the President/CEO of David J Driapsa Historical Landscape Architecture, a planning, design, and heritage management firm delivering expertise and leadership in historic preservation.

National in scope and at the forefront of his profession, David Driapsa provides expertise in forensic investigation, archival and site research, cultural landscape reports, historic treatment recommendations and the associated planning, design and construction administration.

David manages the recording of significant historic landscapes to National Registry guidelines for preservation, rehabilitation and restoration and to Historic American Landscapes Survey standards for mitigation. His strength lies in his ability to work with a client to quickly identify a vision for complex projects and serve as a leader in implementing this vision.

David has earned a national reputation as an expert in historic preservation through more than two decades of historical landscape architecture practice and leadership. He founded the Historic American Landscapes Survey in Florida; he is the past national coordinator and chair in the ASLA partnership with the National Park Service and Library of Congress to establish the Historic American Landscapes Survey; past chair of the ASLA Historic Preservation Professional Practice Network, and a frequent guest speaker on historic landscape preservation issues.

In 2015, David was elevated to the prestigious ASLA Council of Fellows in recognition of his national contributions to historic landscape preservation.

David has led the recording of many significant 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 Olmsted Brothers’ “lost village” of Boca Grande; historic landscapes in Voyageurs National Park; and the winter estate of inventor Thomas Edison.

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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


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