How does SS&A define Landscape Architecture?

Landscape architecture encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management, and stewardship of the natural and built environments.


DESIGN – Site Analysis; Land Planning; Due Diligence Consulting including creative solutions for tree preservation or mitigation of recompense when necessary; and Detailed Site Design including but not limited to Grading, Plant Selection, Hardscape Detailing.

CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION & PROJECT MANAGEMENT – SS&A has years of relevant construction experience and our valuable expertise greatly benefits our client base. While some of our clients have existing relationships with contractors, they require our expertise to ensure a seamless delivery while meeting schedule constraints and focusing on the subtle aesthetics of the design concept. Services include: Preconstruction budgeting, cost estimating and value engineering, tree mitigation and relocation, development consulting and due diligence, rehabilitation of existing sites, and subsequent maintenance advice.

INSTALLATION – When requested by our clients who prefer a “design build” delivery, SS&A refers installation requests to A&C Development, Inc. (a separate company owned by SS&A management) to provide competitive installation proposals. This separation delineates clearer contractual and professional responsibilities (Traditional Design / BID / Build methodology) while allowing you the benefits of our strong network of Atlanta’s top contractors. At the same time, the strategic partnership allows SS&A Management the ability to shepherd projects through completion, while providing cost savings often found in pure design build methodologies. This blended approach equates to better efficiency, better value & a shortened project life cycle.









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Georgia Registered Landscape Architect – Chris Sears, LA001340

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional – We are now proud to announce the ability to offer services from an Accredited Professional. (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) LEED Professional Accreditation distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to successfully steward the LEED certification process. LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED APs) have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles and the LEED Rating System.

LEVEL II Certified Design Professional – Georgia Soil And Water Conservation Commission- Erosion and Sediment Protection plans

Georgia Commercial General Contractors License – Chris Sears, GCQA005078



With over 20 years of industry experience in the Atlanta market, Chris Sears, President of Sears Smith and Associates, has a passion for creating enjoyable places, building client relationships, and enhancing the beautiful landscapes of Atlanta.

His earliest industry experiences include humble beginnings working on landscape construction crews, as a nurseryman, working in forestry and even as a survey technician.   Chris began his career in Atlanta with Pollock and Associates, where he gained experience working on projects for developers, homebuilders, and large residential estates. In 2001, Chris moved to a Project Management role for ValleyCrest, the largest landscape contractor in the nation. This move allowed him to gain valuable management and construction experience on large multi-million dollar commercial projects.  With continued success at the firm, he was promoted to a business development role, then ultimately went on to create and lead their Design-Build Department.

While exceeding all corporate goals and expectations, Chris had a vision to provide superior service to his clients and decided, in late 2005, to devote all of his efforts to starting SS&A.

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University

“Our success is measured by our satisfied clients.  Many others fail to remember that without these clients, there is no successful business.  We listen to our clients, and work tirelessly to ensure we achieve the goals they have for their property”

– Chris Sears


Strategic Partner: A&C Development, Ranked in Top 25 Landscape Contractors (2014-2016)


We believe strongly in giving back to our community, and enjoy seeing how our involvement personally enriches us as much or even more than those we are assisting. Whether providing pro bono park design work, providing our labor, or financial resources, SSA urges our associates to give back to the community. A few organization we enjoy being a part of:

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