Downtown Spotlight: DVI Chair Chris Flagg Receives ASLA Council of Fellows Designation

Chris Flagg is a true Downtown champion. His firm, FLAGG Design Studio, LLC, specializes in community planning, urban design and campus master planning and is situated in the heart of Downtown. He chairs DVI’s board of directors and has served on multiple committees including the Executive, “Great Streets,” Advocacy and Green committees over the past six years. Chris also serves on the board of the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and is a member of the Office of Economic Development’s Downtown Development Review Board. His professional involvement in Downtown development includes the redevelopment of Laura Street, lead designer on Friendship Fountain, the Laura Street Façade Improvement Grant Program, the Downtown Arts District Activation Guidebook and the redevelopment plans for the Southbank Riverwalk replacement.

If you think that’s an impressive list, you’re not alone. This summer, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) elevated Chris Flagg—one of only 33 nominees—to the prestigious ASLA Council of Fellows for 2013. Fellowship is among the highest honors the ASLA bestows on members, and the designation is awarded in recognition of sustained, exceptional accomplishments based on works, leadership and management, knowledge and service. Flagg 
is the sole landscape architect in the state of Florida to receive the Fellowship this year. From ASLA:

“Christopher D. Flagg received his nomination, for Service, from the Florida Chapter. Over the course of his diverse career, he has acted at the local, state, and regional levels to make significant improvements to the quality of community life within Florida. Most specifically, his long-term affiliations with nonprofit organizations have promoted the development of Jacksonville—including its historic neighborhoods—as vibrant, livable, and visually appealing places.”

An expert in his field and a guiding voice at DVI, Chris is always pushing us to think bigger, create better and work harder to implement a vision to achieve Downtown’s full potential. Here are just a couple samples from Chris’s portfolio.

View Chris’s full portfolio here. His watercolor illustrations are currently on display at the Wells Fargo Building’s second floor art gallery.