Urban Design+Planning

About Us

About CPLA

Christian Preus Landscape Architecture, PLLC is an award winning, Landscape Architecture, Campus Planning and Urban Design firm licensed in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, with offices in Fairhope, Alabama, and Ocean Springs, Mississippi. 

As a progressive firm with over a decade of consulting experience, CPLA has had the privilege of designing some of the most premiere projects across the Southeast that emphasize both urban and sustainable design practices.

CPLA's most notable works include the site designs for the MGM Minor League Baseball Stadium in Biloxi, the Mississippi GRAMMY Museum in Cleveland, and Florence Gardens, an Award winning traditional neighborhood development in Gulfport. The firm has worked on countless campus, park and neighborhood master plans.

CPLA is currently working on projects such as Dudy Noble Field on the Mississippi State University campus, the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience in Meridian, the Mississippi Aquarium in Gulfport, and a site restoration plan for the Charnley-Norwood Residence—a fully restored Frank Lloyd Wright / Louis K. Sullivan designed home in Ocean Springs. Their design for Lighthouse Park in Pascagoula, Mississippi recently received the Honor Award from the Mississippi Chapter of The American Society of Landscape Architects.

CPLA has two major areas of expertise that are valuable to developers, academic institutions and cities.

PLANNING: Our planning abilities allow us to study not just the project site, but also the context and how program elements relate and affect the surrounding community. We evaluate the circulation, the structure of architecture and the placement of each building, and the organization of the landscape and open space. This holds true in any of our campus, park or neighborhood plans.

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE: With growing demands for clean water, and on site stormwater retention, our knowledge of low impact development strategies has proven valuable for developers and cities. These practices allow for on site storage to be broken up in smaller scaled systems that create more usable land for development or active open space. By utilizing the landscape as a living system, we are able to work with engineers and naturalize the process of stormwater facilities in urban settings.

Christian Preus, PLA – Founding Principal

CPLA Founding Principal, Christian Preus (Proyce), PLA, ASLA, created the company after establishing himself as a key consultant across the Mississippi Coast during the recovery process following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Christian has been associated with the planning and design of premier projects in Mississippi and Alabama.

Christian’s work has been acknowledged by the Mississippi Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Mississippi Municipal League, Mississippi State University, and The Sun Herald for planning, design, and environmental excellence. Because of Christian’s continued success he was named the 2016 Young Alumnus of the Year by the Mississippi State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Oliver Preus, PLA, ASLA, Director of Design

Oliver Preus is a landscape architect for CPLA with extensive experience in comprehensive and site-level planning projects in Mississippi and Alabama. He has a bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University, and a masters degree in Community Planning from Auburn University. As a landscape architect for CPLA, Oliver has managed the production of graphics and construction drawings for a wide variety of projects ranging from small private gardens to large master-planned communities.

Brooke Preus, Director of Marketing

Brooke Ballard Preus is the Director of Marketing for Christian Preus Landscape Architecture. She has been with the firm since it’s inception and has played an integral part in the branding, development, and growth of CPLA.

Brooke holds both a Bachelors and a Masters degree from Mississippi State University.

James Hugh, Urban Designer

James Hugh is an experienced designer with over three years of professional experience working on projects of all sizes from the residential scale to planned developments. After studying at Mississippi State University, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and Landscape Contracting as well as a minor in business management. James has received an ASLA National Honor Award in 2017 as well as an ASLA Award of Excellence in 2019 for his help in constructing MSU’s innovative community garden.

James has generated construction documents, pattern books, and outline plans on projects for major universities, local municipalities, and developers in the surrounding region as well as high quality renderings to aid in conveying a project’s final outcome to the client.

Robert “Bob” A. Decker, Senior Estimator

Bob is a Senior Estimator Professional with more than 15 years experience in estimating and project cost control in commercial construction. With sound experience in all aspects of purchasing, contracting, and estimating, Bob brings valued experience to the CPLA team. Bob prepares hard bid estimates and budget proposals for CPLA projects.

Patricia Hughes, LEED AP

Patricia’s background in construction and development, coupled with being a LEED AP enable her to contribute to the continued success of CPLA. Prior to joining CPLA, Hughes was in the architecture, real estate, development, and construction industry. As a licensed contractor, she has intimate knowledge of construction and has chaired several architectural review committees.

She has valuable experience in mixed-use developments, traditional neighborhood developments, commercial, retail, and residential housing.