We mourn the passing of Jon Benson, a well-respected leader in his profession, founder of the landscape architecture firm jB+a, and, most recently, the Client Service Leader for the Atlanta office of Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc.
Jon was a dynamic leader among his peers. His genuine, caring, and passionate nature was deeply rooted in his planning and landscape architecture practice. His professional experience was diverse, his projects varied and his designs innovative. Nothing captured his passion for landscape architecture more than the ultimate fulfillment of observing people using the spaces that he designed in both expected and unexpected ways.
In 1999, downstairs in his basement office, Jon’s desire to start a planning and landscape architecture practice was born. He set out to surround himself with talented, creative design professionals that excelled at the highest level of client service. Jon made sure that each jB+a client received quality service and a more livable, maintainable and sustainable project long past his time. It was his foresight, toward the end of his life’s journey, to leave his company in caring, capable hands, with the ability to carry on these standards.
It was his career experiences and leadership that uniquely positioned jB+a for success, providing clients across the southeastern United States with responsive service and a lasting impact on the community’s he served. That spirit now lives on through the team at Barge, Waggoner, Sumner and Cannon, Inc.
Jon was the winner of an international design competition for the Wilmington 1898 Memorial. Other notable projects include: The National Rose Garden – Washington, DC; Atlanta University Streetscape – Atlanta, Georgia; Olympic Whitewater Venue – Ducktown, Tennessee; One Buckhead Loop – Atlanta, Georgia; Lithonia Lighting Corporate Headquarters – Conyers, Georgia; Dallas Downtown Streetscapes – Dallas, Georgia; Woodruff Library Plaza – Atlanta, Georgia.
Jon’s legacy to the profession and to the larger community will continue to be served through the Benson Family Graduate Student Support Fund. Donations may be sent in memory of Jon directly to Ms. Jennifer Messer at 285 S. Jackson Street, Athens GA. 30602 and are payable to the "UGA Foundation".