Glenn LaRue Smith

Founding Partner, Design Director

Glenn LaRue Smith, FASLA is Co-Founder and Design Director of PUSH studio in Washington, DC.   He has built an urbanism-centered career inspired by the intersection of landscape and architecture for over forty years.  As managing creative partner at PUSH studio, he leads design efforts for cultural landscape, urban design, and monument / memorial design projects. Smith has served as Chairman of graduate landscape architecture programs at Morgan State University and Florida A&M University (HBCUs), as well as teaching positions at City College of New York, Rutgers University, Columbia University, and The University of Michigan.  He continues to serve on design competition juries and design panels, including the 2022 Docomomo Modernism in America Awards Jury. 

He is founder and former President, 2019-2021, of the Black Landscape Architects Network (BlackLAN), a nonprofit organization established to support to Black students and professionals internationally.  He was honored with the 2022 Distinguished Fellow of Landscape Architecture Award by Mississippi State University, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. During Spring 2022 he was a Mellon Fellow in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, researching Black landscape architects, 1889-1965.  Smith is also a 2020 recipient of the ASLA Outstanding Service Award.

Smith holds an MLA degree from The University of Michigan and a BLA degree from Mississippi State University. He is also a 1997 Loeb Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD).