Jay R. Hood, PLA

Technical Principal

As a Technical Principal of S&ME, Jay Hood provides direction to the company’s landscape architects and planners, encouraging collaboration and an interdisciplinary design approach to meet the challenges of complex projects.

It’s all about PEOPLE, according to Jay who has been responsible for an impressive portfolio that is noteworthy not only for its many significant high-profile projects, but also for the positive impact these built works continue to have on countless people from diverse walks of life. Whether it is a park, a school or museum, Jay believes the design of the space influences the life experiences of the end user. From a design perspective, Jay always looks for, finds, and then tells a story through his designs. One of his greatest rewards is collaborating with like-minded professionals. As projects become more complicated, Jay will work to encourage collaboration and an interdisciplinary design approach to help S&ME meet the challenges of these complex projects.

Jay received his BS in landscape architecture from Purdue University and is a Registered Landscape Architect in multiple states. He has distinguished himself for excellence in design, most recently for the landscape architectural design of the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention named ENR Southeast’s Best Project of 2018. In addition, he received the 2019 Florida ACEC Grand Award for Water & Stormwater for the PK Avenue project in Auburndale, Florida, and his Downtown Plant Street project in Winter Garden was named People’s Choice Award Winner/Great Place in Florida by the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association.