Clay Lezon
Senior Designer
Clay was raised all over the South, but his family roots have always been in Tennessee. Time spent on his great-grandparent’s farm, exploring the woods and fields, fishing, making reed flute whistles and slingshots, shaped his early appreciation of landscape. He continues to be struck by agricultural landscapes and their relationship with local cultures. Clay received a Bachelor’s in English from Mississippi State University, where he happened to work on a landscape crew installing planting and irrigation. This work, conversations with coworkers majoring in landscape architecture, and beach restoration work following Hurricane Katrina combined to inspire his interest in landscape architecture.

Clay received a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture in 2015 from the University of Tennessee, where he served as President of the Student ASLA chapter. He also collaborated on various research projects, most notably an award-winning publication that offered East Tennessee communities guidelines on developing greenway trail systems.

Before joining MVVA, Clay worked at LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architecture in Boston on projects ranging from small residences to large-scale urban redevelopment. His hobbies include playing guitar, fly-fishing and reading, especially about early American history. He joined MVVA in 2018.


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