Planning + Promoting Quality of Life

Planning and Design

Our aim is to create places that INSPIRE. We combine technical planning skill with a passion for the creative to visualize and then realize the possible.

Economic Development

VALUE creation is an integral part of our planning and design approach. We find inspiration in the ask we consistently hear from our clients - help us increase private investment and attract new business.

Place Branding

We help communities share their STORY through both branding and design. Place branding requires a supporting cast: a great built environment and an authentic experience.


Revolution to TRAILvolution: Making the Overmountain Victory Trail a Reality

    Thanks to support from the National Park Service, Destination by Design (DbD) is developing a 50-mile trail master plan for a section of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail in western North Carolina to link Lenoir, Morganton, and Lake James. This plan involves traditional trail planning elements such as a site suitability analysis and preferred […]

Brownfields: How do we create useable space?

This article from the American Society of Landscape Architects informs communities how to combat the contamination from abandoned, environmentally contaminated industrial or commercial sites. From Industrial Wasteland to Community Park 01/05/2011 by Jared Green Watch an animation from ASLA’s online exhibition, Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes, that explains how to turn a toxic industrial wasteland into a vibrant local park. See […]

Brevard Speaks: Clemson Plaza @ Caldwell & Main

The Clemson Plaza @ Caldwell & Main design project is an initiative of the City of Brevard to further enhance downtown for community life, commerce, and as a gateway to the Brevard Music Center, Bracken Preserve, and other community assets.  Accordingly, the City of Brevard has retained Destination by Design to spearhead the design of […]

Appalachian Food Guide

Destination by Design has been commissioned by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) to develop a tourism map guide identifying Appalachia’s most distinctive local food destinations!  ARC is a federal economic development agency that represents a partnership of federal, state, and local governments throughout the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to be a strategic partner and […]