National Innovator LandDesign Adds Business Development Representative, Marla Ponton, to Growing Dallas Office


Experienced in the region’s land development trends, and a professional engineer, Ponton will drive new business to expand the firm’s portfolio and its growing Dallas footprint.

DALLAS – National leader in planning, landscape architecture, and civil engineering LandDesign has announced that Marla Ponton joined the firm’s award-winning communications team in the role of business development representative. Based in LandDesign’s growing Dallas office, Ponton brings with her a multidisciplinary background, including seven-plus years of work as a professional engineer and a robust knowledge of the local real estate markets, land development, and multifamily and commercial project needs.

Combined with a passion for fostering collaborative relationships and a multidisciplinary approach to business development, Ponton’s extensive background puts her in a position to fuel further growth for the firm’s southwestern imprint, which in the past five years has recorded a surge in multifamily residential and mixed-use developments around Texas and nationwide. “Marla’s passion for relationship building and her instinct for recognizing new opportunities and partnerships make her the perfect addition to our growing Dallas office and communications team,” says Deborah Miller, the firm’s executive director of Relationships + Growth.

Prior to joining the firm, Ponton served as a collaborative partner to LandDesign, working with principal Heth Kendrick, PLA on multifamily projects in the Dallas region. “Marla’s experience as a civil engineer gives her a keen understanding of our approach to design and the diverse perspectives our planners, landscape architects and civil engineers bring to projects,” says Kendrick.

Ponton’s addition comes on the heels of several milestones for LandDesign, particularly the firm’s first-ever acquisition in its 40-year history, of the Washington, D.C.-area engineering firm BC Consultants. This move has brought LandDesign to more than 200 professionals nationally and reinforced its delivery of integrated services valued by client owners and developers.

Exceptionally active in the Dallas-Fort Worth market, LandDesign recently completed the first phase of The Realm at Castle Hills, a master-planned, 324-acre community offering office, retail, and luxury living about 25 miles northwest of Dallas. Other recent regional work includes an adaptive-reuse project that created an iconic new streetscape setting in the burgeoning Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, as well as the landscape architecture for Overland Grove, a 336-acre community underway in Forney, Texas, set to open in early March.

At LandDesign, Ponton joins a team of likeminded professionals with a unified mission to make a difference and ultimately create places that matter. “LandDesign recognizes what  truly matters, from design aspiration to energizing workplaces to unique and gratifying career paths,” says Ponton. “It feels great to have joined a firm that recognizes the value of my experience as a designer and to have guidance from my colleagues we build together on this next chapter of my career.”