John Jackson

Principal / Director of Landscape Architecture & Urban Design

“What would make the community stronger?”


John Jackson is a landscape architect and urban designer who melds design expertise with the aspirations of the community. For John, empathy, intentionality, and patience are the foundation of strong relationships. His specialty, parks and public space, requires a deliberate and delicate approach to public engagement. Often, these spaces have long, complicated histories and elicit powerful emotions. With every project, John feels a personal responsibility to deliver on the promise of parks.

Since he joined the Indianapolis studio in 1993, John has assembled a team of smart, insightful, and supportive landscape architects. It’s a tight-knit team adept at transformative projects — ranging from the Riverside Regional Park Master Plan, encompassing 862 acres, to the smaller yet significant Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site Commons and Plaza.

John is a bike tourist and a recovering MAMIL (middle-aged man in Lycra). He has criss-crossed the country, riding hundreds of miles and camping along the way. John’s travels also take him to significant urban parks. Each time he visits a Central Park or Forest Park, he’s reminded of the impact of these places — on health and well-being, safety and security, and local economies. His dedication to parks extends to his decade-plus of board service with The Parks Alliance of Indianapolis.

Education & Registration
  • Bachelor of Science, Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign