About Us

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We utilize our design vision, imagination, and creative skills to produce the finest outdoor spaces for every client.
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"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like, design is how well it works." ...Steve Jobs, Apple, Inc.

Morello & Associates, Design & Planning Group is located in Knoxville, Tennessee. We are a full-service, award-winning, professional Landscape Architecture, Land Planning, Site Engineering, and Design/Build firm serving Tennessee and much of the Southeastern Region.

The firm was founded by Jake Morello, a registered professional Landscape Architect since 1973. He received his professional degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University, College of Environmental Design. With more than forty years of design and planning experience, Jake has served as the elected Chairperson of the American Society of Landscape Architects, East Tennessee Chapter. During his career, he has distinguished himself by receiving numerous Landscape Architectural Design and Land Planning awards for projects located in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

As a consultant within the Architectural Design Branch of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in Knoxville, Jake provided site planning and design services for the TVA's Economic and Community Development Office. His work on Charles E. Krutch Park in Downtown Knoxville was essential in facilitating the design and construction of the park. He also provided site master planning, pedestrian and vehicular circulation proposals, and infrastructure analyses for the Knoxville World's Fair, and has served as Design Juror and Guest Speaker for the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Tennessee.

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A golf course with trees and water in the background.

It doesn't matter which type of project we are designing, the principles are the same, whether it be curvilinear, organic shapes of swimming pools, the free-form arrangement of fairways, traps, and greens for golf courses.

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