With one in five Americans in the 65+ age bracket by the year 2030, a tsunami of retiring Boomers is impacting the aging services industry like never before. Brad Smith Associates, Inc. is a mold-breaking exterior planning and design firm, serving the aging services industry through the process we call PLACE-Creation. Our approach focuses on cultivating a deep sense of community while providing an enhanced level of well-being for residents, their families, and those who work in a variety of senior living environments.  

Our Director of Imaginality™, Scott Girard, has deep roots within the Disney organization.  His experiences there have shaped our understanding of the pivotal role that landscape architects can and should play in influencing your approach to exterior design and area development.




We use an integrated project delivery approach by "owning the exterior".


Scott’s old boss, Walt Disney, used to insist that everything outside the walls of the building should be the domain of the landscape architect. Today, we still embrace the wisdom of this approach.  By considering ourselves as “set-designers”, our outdoor spaces are the stage on which meaningful interactions occur. 

Our proprietary LandEconics software can help you make informed decisions that will push dollars to your bottom line.  We use it to analyze the business case for sustainability and the management of your landscapes as Living Assets.

Our focus on PLACE-Creation™ combines the qualities of Planning, Lifestyle, Aesthetics, Community and Economics into a cohesive approach that yields places where people enjoy being.  

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Our Values fuel our efforts

Building a team of passionate and talented leaders

Leveraging our strengths and skills in the planning, design, and management of land

Bringing incremental value to our clients' projects

Fostering a warm nurturing, and fun work environment

Firm Leadership

Smith_Photo_graphic2.jpgBrad Smith

Founder & Chairman

Brad is the guiding visionary of Brad Smith Associates, Inc. and has been creating memorable places for his clients since 1982. Brad knows the practical aspects of planning, project implementation, and on-going maintenance. His foundational understanding, coupled with strong design abilities and a high level of integrity have yielded numerous innovative, creative, and highly successful projects for his company’s clients.

His passion is planning and his "big-picture" focus, coupled with his "what-if" questioning causes the team to maximize project potential and achieve exceptional results. Brad's perspective is action-oriented -- he is a navigator and his "Let's get going" outlook serves him and his firm well, resulting in creative solutions and goals being met.

Brad is a good communicator. His use of humor, metaphor, and relational skills serve him well whether he is facilitating public forums, leading a multi-disciplinary design charrette, or simply involved in a client meeting.

Girard_Photo_graphic.jpgScott Girard

Director of Imaginality™

Scott brings an incredible operational skill set and tremendous expertise to our team, having served with the world-renowned Walt Disney “Imagineering” group as Head of Landscape Architecture & Horticulture Worldwide, and subsequently was honored to serve as General Manager of Operations for Disney’s Horticulture at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.

He will tell you that when Disney went to a zero-based budgeting scenario, he quickly realized that certain design changes could have greatly impacted the bottom line significantly. This led to the crafting of the LandEconics program, a software tool that can help to optimize landscapes for long-term economic performance.

In his role as Director of Imaginality, Scott shares his expertise as the coach and mentor for our planning and design staff. He maintains a keen eye toward constructability and ongoing maintenance considerations – while not compromising creativity one bit.

A former member of the Curriculum Advisory Council for the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Florida, Scott has also served on the State Technical Committee for Agribusiness for the Florida Department of Education’s CTE Program

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Company Background

Your project is the center of our attention. You have a vision and a sense of something special in mind for your property when you engage Brad Smith Associates. Our role is to unearth your hopes and preferences. Feeding your thoughts into our studio cultivates our collective imagination and experience to produce a design that blows you away with beauty and function while being on budget. Joy for our team is making the invisible visible and creating memorable places where a true sense of belonging is honored.

 By title and training we’re landscape architects. We’re called upon to produce things like master site plans, landscape designs, and construction details; but these are just the physical deliverables of our profession.

In fact, we deliver on your dreams to our high standards. It takes a studio team designing, debating, and deliberating what’s best for your property to meet your criteria. Interviews with you, walking your land, common sense, and decades of a diversity of experience and many disciplines combined with the tools of our profession spark lively possibilities. At the end of the day, we’ve been entrusted with a small piece of God’s green earth and are called upon to be good stewards.