Mission Statement and History
Crosby | Schlessinger | Smallridge is a nationally-recognized urban design, planning and landscape architecture firm with a practice centered on the intersection of open space, land use and transportation. Our focus is on urban projects – transit systems, parks, streetscapes and revitalization plans – the public environment that shapes urban life and connects people to their communities and natural resources. We strongly believe that collaboration with community residents and other stakeholders results in both a better design and a plan that has much stronger community support – support that is crucial to the implementation of any project. By integrating the political, physical, economic and cultural goals of every project, we have developed a strong history of moving from creative ideas to built projects.
Deneen Crosby, Carole Schlessinger, and Skip Smallridge, the three partners, founded the firm in 2003, and are responsible for Landscape Architecture, Planning, and Urban Design, respectively. The partners began collaborating on projects at Wallace Floyd Design Group in 1982, and were principals and directors of the Planning, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture departments. The principals of the firm have worked together for over thirty years and bring personal focus, deep technical expertise, creativity, and seasoned judgment to ensure that the potential of every project is realized.