David Tuch, RLA|
President & Landscape Architect
Phone: 253-6856 x202
Favorite Species: Oxydendrum arboreum
Common Name: Sourwood
Place of Origin: New Jersey, "The Garden State"
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David holds degrees in Horticulture, Landscape Architecture, and Conservation Ecology & Sustainable Development. He is also a Certified National Charrette Institute Planner. David began his professional career working for a multidisciplinary firm in Portland, Oregon, within a context of progressive ecological design and planning. He helped lead-up the environmental arm of a landscape architecture and engineering firm in Charlotte NC before joining Equinox. David serves as the manager of the Environmental Design group and in 2011 took on additional leadership responsibilities by stepping in as President of Equinox. He feels that Equinox success is attributed to the blending of the firm’s unique skills, personal touch, and exceptional staff that make up the Equinox team.|
David works from a belief that through smart planning and design it is possible to create a more sustainable pattern of land development, balance growth and the protection of the region’s quality of life, create livable communities, and help conserve the regions natural resources. David’s work includes land planning for low impact development, mixed use development and conservation based development. He planned the first conservation subdivision in Buncombe County has a featured project in the North Carolina Low Impact Development Guidebook, and has managed several award winning projects. David’s focus over the years has been on sustainable community design, greenway planning and design, stormwater design, ecological restoration, and global climate change. As an expert in the field of sustainable design and planning, he has given presentations throughout the southeast and authored published papers and numerous articles.
David is active in the community and most recently has served as the Chairman for the WNC Green Building Council’s Green Development Guidelines and Certification, on the Board of Directors for the Botanical Gardens at Asheville (2009-2011), and on the Mountain Green Conference Steering Committee (2007-2011). Some of his more notable involvement includes serving as a member of the Asheville Greenway Commission (2002-2008), an advisory board member for the Asheville Parks, Recreation, Cultural Arts and Greenway Master Plan (2008), and the City of Asheville Steep Slope Advisory Committee (2007). David also provided input and served as a reviewer of the Wildlife Resource Commissions Wildlife Friendly Development Certification program and participated in the Land-of-Sky Linking Lands & Communities Initiative. He is currently serving on the Haywood Community College LID Advisory Board.
When not working, David enjoys spending time with his wife and two boys, which often include such activities as watching Asheville Tourist Baseball games, playing soccer, going bike riding, traveling, spending time exploring the great outdoors, or in the summer hanging out with his friends at the neighborhood pool.