Judd Langham is from Brewton, Alabama, a small rural city in south Alabama. Growing up, Judd was always interested in playing sports, fishing, hunting, and spending weekends swimming in the many streams, rivers, and swimming holes around the area. Judd always had an interest in art and was passionate about drawing. He also spent a lot time assisting his father on the family farm. When he was not playing sports, at the farm, or in school, he was working for the family business, a landscape company that provided design, construction and maintenance services. It was during this time that he cultivated an appreciation for both design and landscapes.
In college, Judd earned a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture with an emphasis in landscape design in 2003 while attending Auburn University. He also earned a Business Minor. He remained at Auburn University to earn a Master of Landscape Architecture degree in 2007. Judd graduated magna cum laude with his graduate degree and was inducted into both Tau Sigma Delta and Sigma Lambda Alpha honor societies. While a student in the Landscape Architecture program, he served as a Research and Teaching Assistant to the Chair of the Master of Landscape Architecture Program. Judd’s graduate-level training provided a variety of hands-on experiences from outreach projects to teaching. That experience, combined with diverse research and studies in horticulture and landscape architecture, influenced his passion and interest in creative and innovative stormwater, sustainable, and green design. While in graduate school, the American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA) awarded Judd the Merit Award for best thesis project and design.
Upon graduation, Judd joined OLIN, a landscape architecture, planning, and urban design firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While at OLIN, he worked on projects across the country ranging from a 400-acre brownfield mixed-use redevelopment in Napa, California, to a variety of projects in the mid-west and along the east coast. His project experience included sustainable campus planning and design for the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Specifically, Judd worked on the following projects while at OLIN: urban design for the Napa Pipe Redevelopment Project in Napa, California; master planning for the New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York; and garden, recreational and courtyard design for the Phipps Playground at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Judd’s experience at OLIN contributed to his values and interests as a designer that later became the foundation of his own design practice.
After gaining invaluable experience at OLIN, Judd returned to his home state to reside in Birmingham, Alabama, where he worked with a local mutli-disciplinary firm, Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, for three years. While at BWSC, Judd collaborated with architects, environmental, and civil engineers within the firm on a variety of streetscape, trail, and stormwater projects throughout the southeast.
In 2010, Judd created 2D Studio, a landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm located in downtown Birmingham, AL. In 2013, Judd relocated 2D Studio to Auburn, AL. This move allowed him to work even more closely with the Master of Landscape Architecture program at Auburn University. Through his professional practice, Judd believes in creating public spaces that are sensitive to and respectful of their surrounding context and that are responsive to the client’s programmatic needs. Judd is experienced in all facets of the design process from conceptual design, design development, construction documentation, and construction administration. Since the inception of 2D Studio, Judd has managed a variety of projects of various types and scales, most notably, the Fairview Environmental Park & Stream Restoration Project, located in Montgomery, AL. The project consisted of the complete restoration of a piped and channelized urban stream that was once listed on the 303d impaired streams list due to high levels of e. coli and nutrients. The project included a 4-acre park that is 100% permeable and is comprised of a new 1-acre constructed wetland located at the center of the park and a variety of green infrastructure elements to assist in the remediation of stormwater before it enters the site. Other notable 2D Studio projects include the following: Greening America’s Capitals, Greening the Selma To Montgomery Trail: Reconnecting and Remembering, Montgomery, AL; Screws ARC Park, Montgomery, AL; Mobile Greenstreets, Mobile, AL; Fairview Ave. Streetscape Master Plan, Montgomery, AL; Pratt City Streetscape Development and Multimodal Trail, Birmingham, AL; and recently the St. Jude Civil Rights Commemorative Plaza, Montgomery, AL.
He currently serves as an invited guest juror at Auburn University for Master of Landscape Architecture design studio reviews, and he serves as a guest lecturer at both the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Auburn University. Additionally, he serves as an Adjunct Professor for the Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) Program at Auburn University and serves as a Visiting Professor for the Sustainability Program at Auburn University. Judd was awarded the Auburn University Spirit of Sustainability Award, in April 2014, for being an alumnus who is making an outstanding contribution to the field of sustainability. Specifically, the award is in honor of his work and research in the disciplines of landscape architecture and planning.
Judd Langham is a registered Landscape Architect, Planner, & Urban Designer. Judd is also a LEED Accredited Professional. Currently, Judd is a Planner for the City of Auburn, Alabama Planning Department where he assists with long-range planning and master plan initiatives, interprets and applies the city’s zoning ordinance, coordinates development design review, and provides urban design and landscape architecture expertise by way of analyses, designs, program management and the promotion of sustainable criteria. He also contributed to the design and implementation of several urban projects including Toomers Corner, Renewing Opelika Road and Mitcham Avenue streetscape improvements.
Judd currently resides in Auburn, AL with his wife, Dr. Abby Langham, Director of Assessment & Strategic Planning in Auburn University’s Division of Student Affairs and their daughter Mary Braden Elizabeth Langham.