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

Founding principal, Christian Preus (pronounced Proyce), is a landscape architect and urban designer with a passion for creating memorable places. He graduated with Honors from Mississippi State University in Landscape Architecture in 2002. Christian has worked on projects all over the country, varying in scale and size.

Christian serves as a Board Member for the Mississippi Heritage Trust, and on the Advisory Board for the Department of Landscape Architecture at Mississippi State University. He and his wife Brooke live in Fairhope, Alabama with their three children, Braden, Madeline-Hart, and William. They are members of Eastern Shore Presbyterian Church and are actively involved in Young Life.

Cory Gallo, PLA – Director of Planning

Cory Gallo is a landscape architect and campus planner with 15 years of specialized experience in sustainable site and urban design, campus master planning, and community development, which he utilizes to focus on creating economically, environmentally and equitably sustainable communities. He holds a bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University, and masters degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan.

With extensive experience in campus planning for major research institutions throughout the country, Cory plays an integral role on CPLA’s campus planning and design efforts.

Oliver Preus, PLA – Director of Design

Oliver Preus is a landscape architect for CPLA with several years of 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 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.