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Thomas Brown

William Matthew Whitaker

PLA, ASLA, CLARB

Matt is the founding principal of WMWA. In 2013, after spending twelve years working at award winning firms in Virginia and Washington, DC, Matt returned to the region where he was raised to start the firm.

When Matt was 17, his high school art teacher told him he should study landscape architecture. Landscape architecture is his third profession after working as a butcher during undergrad and managing production of cutting edge drug delivery polymers after. His bachelor’s degree in biology/chemistry from the University of Alabama in Huntsville focused on plant ecology. Matt again focused on ecology and plant communities while earning his Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia’s School of Environmental Design. This lifelong interest in ecology and natural systems heavily influences his work as a landscape architect.

Matt loves the outdoors, good food, and is fascinated by plants. Apples, in a roundabout way, brought Matt to Chattanooga after a Thanksgiving with his friend Tom Burford. Tom, world renowned apple and fruit expert, told Matt to go to Chattanooga and start a firm. When Tom Burford tells you to do something, you do it. While Tom introduces Matt as the only Burford approved orchard designer in North America, Matt heavily consults with Tom when any orchard design is happening.

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Michael Strok

PLA, ISA CERTIFIED ARBORIST, LEED AP BD+C

Michael began his road to the profession as most landscape architects do; he found refuge in the woodlands and creeks of his childhood environment. Growing up in the South lends an advantage of pleasant weather and a unique land vernacular in which to explore. He attended the University of Georgia to cultivate his relationship with the environment and explore a field that satisfies both sides of his brain - the creative and the scientific.

Michael is a landscape architect with experience in urban design, environmental consultation, land planning and arborist consultation. He focuses on urban forestry and stormwater management with specialties in environmental planning and tree preservation. Michael views individual site ecology as an asset, revealing design opportunities while serving as the basis for economic responsibility and the longevity of each built project.

Michael spends his much of his time outdoors playing team sports, tending his garden and exploring his surroundings with his dog Jackson. He has practiced in three states and traveled to other parts of the world to gain experience and perspective applicable to design and life in the South.

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Thomas Brown

PLA, CLARB, LEED AP ND

Thomas is a landscape architect who enjoys conceptual design and storytelling, as well as how people interact with spaces. His work focuses on initial design development, graphic representation, and planning. He believes design solutions should be simple and feel inevitable, and is opposed to pretentious designer rhetoric. Bryant Park and Olympic National are his favorite designed and natural landscapes.

Thomas came into landscape architecture in high school. He originally considered a career in horticulture as he spent two years working on a tree farm, but was tempted to pursue a design degree after taking an architectural drafting course. On a college visit, he found the perfect marriage of his passions in landscape architecture.

Thomas attended the University of Georgia, where he earned his degree, met his wife Brandi, and mastered the sport of foosball. He enjoys spending time at the playground with his two sons (his best built work), watching baseball, eating cereal, listening to jazz music, or going on walks with Brandi and their puggle Charlie. God and family are the most important things in his life and all that he lives for.

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Wes Ryals

PROJECT MANAGER

Growing up in the diverse environment of the Georgia Piedmont, Wes’ upbringing instilled a deep and steadfast desire to preserve, protect, and heal landscapes. His work frequently explores the intricate relationships between architecture and the landscape. From a nationally recognized cultural landscape study on Wormsloe Plantation in Savannah to extensive site planning of properties throughout the Southeast, his work fosters a convergence of past experiences with history and landscape architecture to examine the interwoven layers of ecology, cultural history, and historical land use practices through the lens of environmental history.