Donald S. Leighton, RLA, ASLA
Senior Vice President
Don has over 40 years of practical experience as a landscape architect and has built an extensive reputation throughout New England. He possesses the unique ability to creatively unite the many aspects of a project. He has successfully completed many large scale planning projects that entailed a public opinion and consensus building process. His ability to share his vision through clear graphic communication is truly inspiring, and he is a master of building public support for community projects.
Don has been especially successful at working with state and local environmental agencies as well as developers to arrive at solutions that protect the interest of all. He also enjoys working with the intricate detailing of a design — whether it be stonework, paving patterns, or shade structures and creating a sense of place that weaves both form and function together.
Don graduated from RISD in 1978 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture. He is a member of the ASLA, former Co-Chairman of the Barrington Conservation Commission; he served on the town’s County Road Improvement Committee, and was an active member of the Barrington Preservation Society as a member of the Barrington Land Trust. He was a member of the Veteran’s Memorial Auditorium Board in Providence and has served as Chairman of its Facilities Committee from 1994 to 2009. He is currently a member of the Gilbert Stuart Museum in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Don is a CLARB certified landscape architect, licensed in Rhode Island, Maine, New York, and Massachusetts.