Don Raines, Landscape & Urban Designer
Don Raines Jr. is a landscape and urban designer who has dedicated his career to advancing best practices in design, achieving both bold and sustainable outcomes. His vision, creativity and depth of design excellence have allowed him to achieve thought-provoking and significant project goals. Don is a multi-disciplinary designer who continually challenges himself in a wide variety of projects. Always fostering a collaborative environment, Don brings a holistic and meaningful approach to every idea. His unique ability to recognize inconsistencies, deficiencies and concerns within the physical environment fosters proactive problem-solving and responsive design. As a pioneering advocate for landscape urbanism, Don is continually exploring ideas that integrate green infrastructure into the built environment, creating public spaces that aesthetically balance goals to improve both urban and natural systems. Don’s optimistic passion is rooted in his life experiences, his academic foundation and his personal dedication to improving community that has been part of his DNA from the beginning.
Don grew up locally in Garland, Texas where his family was actively involved with their city and community, instilling in him a sense of civic obligation and a commitment to quality of life. Don continues to engage with his community through volunteering and appointed positions in several committees and boards. Known as a founder for the Downtown Dallas Residents Council (DDRC), Don established DDRC in order to create a ‘sense of community’ with fellow pioneering downtown residents.
Don graduated from the highly acclaimed Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), with a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Landscape Architecture, dedicating his time to exploring and understanding design from a variety of perspectives. Working as an apprentice to Brad Goldberg, a Dallas sculptor, gave Don hands-on experience in understanding approaching design holistically and with the environment at the forefront of every concept.
Don’s twenty-five years of professional experience has been highlighted with substantial planning and design projects, ranging from his key role in planning a 2,800-acre city in Dubai, to his role as a preliminary design architect for Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Don had a critical role in the design development for the Trinity Lakes Park and the co-authoring of the Trinity River Corridor Design Guidelines. Don joined the Ash + Lime team in 2015, due in large part to his pioneering spirit and designer perspective. He provides visionary capabilities and quality design recommendations to achieve far reaching objectives and value.