Evans + Lighter Landscape Architecture creates significant, thought-provoking, and elegant environments. We specialize in ecological systems design with a focus on integrating stormwater into the landscape. Our designs are guided by principles of sustainability while remaining true to historical context and community. We aim to lift the human spirit, and celebrate our ties with the earth and the living systems which thrive upon it.


Joe Evans -  Principal, LEED AP

Joe Evans specializes in ecological systems design and contributes technical and management expertise to sustainable development, renewable energy technologies, and regenerative landscape design. As a Horticulturist, LEED AP BD+C, and a Certified Permaculturalist, he is a consultant, designer and project manager to projects with a focus on sustainability. Joe's interdisciplinary background in fine arts provides a unique contribution to teams that are exploring opportunities to advance and innovate standard practice.

Joe creates large scale ecological installation art, some of which has been featured recently in New Orleans at the Contemporary Arts Center, Art for Art's Sake, DesCours, Colton Studios and Prospect 1. He has been funded by a grant from the Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation for his work in developing innovative stormwater strategies and was a Creative Alliance of New Orleans resident artist at the Colton Studios. He was recently honored as one of Gambit Weekly's 40 under 40 and is a Fellow of Loyola University's Institute of Environmental Communications.

Joe has served as the Board President of Groundwork New Orleans, a regional branch of Groundwork USA supported by the Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Program and the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program. Is a member of the  Horizon Initiative Water Committee, the New Orleans Water Collaborative,and has served on the board of the New Orleans Healing Center. In addition he has served as an expert for the AIA's Center for Communities by Design, Sustainable Design Assessment Teams, and serves as a consultant to many local urban farming initiatives. 

 He lives with his wife and son in New Orleans where he and his family enjoy good food, rich culture, and the great outdoors.

Barney Lighter- Principal Landscape Architect

Barney Lighter is a talented designer and experienced landscape architect with 25 years experience earned at top firms in Louisiana and Texas, placing him in the elite of New Orleans’ landscape architects.  As Landscape Architect and Design principal, Barney is responsible for developing creative initiatives and generating ideas that form the foundation of the firm's designs. He is involved throughout all phases of each project to ensure that the project's design vision remains strong and consistent at every level of detail and construction. His close attention to detail and sensitivity to program integration play equally important roles in the creative development of any design.  Barney supports an integrated design approach, bringing creative solutions to projects from concept to completion.  His work has influenced our public parks, zoos, recreational facilities, golf courses, and some of New Orleans' and the greater region's streetscapes and memorials. He is exceptionally skilled in the integration of stormwater systems and interactive spaces.

Several projects with which Barney was involved at previous firms have won ASLA awards, including the Baytown Wetlands Mitigation Project in Baytown, Texas; Lakeshore East Park in downtown Chicago, Illinois; and a FedEx Technology Campus in Collierville, Tennessee.  Barney was the designer and detailer at Torre/Design Consortium/NBBJ, for all eight fountains at The University Medical Center, the recipient of an AIA New Orleans Honor Award.

Barney holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. The father of two children and one grand-daughter, he resides with his wife in Uptown New Orleans.

Evans + Lighter landscape architecture is the recipient of several local  awards including an Award of Excellence in Historic Restoration and an AIA New Orleans Award of Merit with Studio/WTA for the Lakeview Residence at 566 Emerald Street and an AIA New Orleans Honor Award with Lee Ledbetter & Associates for Stormwater Design and Retention for the Joan Mitchell Center Artists' Studio Building.






Brother Martin School Chapel New Orleans LA

Abramson School New Orleans LA

Livingston School New Orleans LA

Medard Nelson School New Orleans LA

Gentilly Terrace School New Orleans LA

Yu Ying School Washington DC

Parkview School New Orleans LA

McMain School New Orleans LA

Sacred Heart School: Gym and St. Joseph Hall New Orleans LA

Andrew H. Wilson School New Orleans LA

L.B. Landry School New Orleans LA

Craig Elementary New Orleans LA

Hillel Center Tulane Broadway New Orleans, LA

University of Houston Cullen Entry Houston, TX

James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy Rice University Houston, TX

Grace Presbyterian Church Master Plan Houston, TX

Grace Presbyterian Church Courtyard and Fountain Houston, TX



Patton St. Residence New Orleans LA

Harmony St. Residence New Orleans LA

Bellaire St. Residence New Orleans LA

Lopez St. Residence New Orleans LA

Kabacoff Residence New Orleans LA

 Camp St. Residence New Orleans LA

Pine St. Residence New Orleans LA

Houma Residence Houma, LA

Builders of Hope New Orleans LA

HANO, Scattered Sites Renovations New Orleans LA

Holy Cross Project New Orleans LA

Project Home Again New Orleans LA

Magee Residence River Oaks Houston, TX

Prytania Street Residence New Orleans, LA

6333 Prytania Street Residence New Orleans, LA



Florida Ave. Learning Trail: Conceptual Master Plan New Orleans LA

London Ave. Canal New Orleans LA

Mirabeau Water Garden New Orleans LA

Planter’s Grove Pocket Park New Orleans LA

Lafitte Greenway Sculptures for Way-finding New Orleans LA

Basketball Arena Site Selection Houston, TX

Stadium Site Downtown Houston, TX

Downtown Ballpark Houston, TX

Downtown Gateway Studies Houston, TX

Audubon Zoo Entry New Orleans LA

The Park at Lakeshore East Chicago, IL

Laurence Square Park New Orleans LA

Norwood Thompson Park New Orleans LA

Square 26 Park New Orleans LA

Steeplechase Greenbelt Houston, TX

Bay Oaks Section 11 Park and Street Tree Clear Lake City, TX

Bay Oaks Section 12 Park and Street Tree Clear Lake City, TX

Pinebrook Landscape Reserve and Park Clear Lake City, TX

Walnut Park Webster, TX

Inwood Park Greenbelt Fairfield, TX

Brownwood Wetlands Mitigation Baytown, TX


Rainbow Hills Resort Terpang, Serpong Indonesia

Kemer Holiday Village Kemer, Turkey 

St. Joseph Hospital Parking Garage Houston, TX

St. Joseph Hospital Ambulatory Services Houston, TX

St. Joseph Hospital Campus Master Plan Houston, TX

M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Texas Medical Center Houston, TX

Bertner Ave./Moursund St. Streetscape Texas Medical Center Houston, TX



Federal Express-East Campus Collierville, TN

Metairie Small Animal Hospital Metairie, LA

Fuqua Park and Ride Facility Houston, TX

West Belt Park and Ride Facility Houston, TX

Moriarty Property-Law Office Houston, TX

RAIN CII, Chalmette, LA Chalmette LA

Chevron Chemical Port Arthur, TX

New Gold, Mesquite Mine Imperial County CA



ARC Farm Chalmette LA

Common Ground Relief Native Plants Nursery New Orleans LA

VIET: Wetland Education Center and Nursery New Orleans LA

Holly Grove Farmers Market New Orleans LA



The Greater New Orleans Water Plan:      

St. Bernard, Orleans and Jefferson Parish, LA 

Ecosystem Services Metrics New Orleans LA

Valmont St. Streetscape and "Front Yard Initiative" New Orleans LA

Keller Library New Orleans LA

Marines Forces Reserve Headquarters New Orleans LA

United States Coast Guard Integrated Support Command New Orleans LA

Federal City New Orleans LA

Downtown Houston Redevelopment Plan Houston, TX

Downtown Houston Tree Master Plan Houston, TX

City of Webster Civic Center Webster, TX

City of Webster Streetscape Webster, TX

Basketball Arena Site Selection Houston, TX

Stadium Site Downtown Houston, TX

Downtown Gateway Studies Houston, TX

Downtown Streetscape (Metro Transit Streets) Houston, TX

US 59 Freeway Redevelopment Houston, TX

University of Houston Cullen Entry Houston, TX

Harrison Ave Streetscape New Orleans, LA

Sala Avenue Streetscape Westwego, LA

Clear Lake City Boulevard Landscape Clear Lake City, TX