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TTU DoLA Distinguished Alumni




Bargainer Distinguished Alumni
Distinguished Alumni 2021




Russell Laughlin

Russell Laughlin of Fort Worth, Texas. He received a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from Texas Tech (1981) and went on to earn a MBA from Southern Methodist University, in addition to attending the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Laughlin has served for more than three decades with Hillwood, a Dallas, Texas-based company headed by Ross Perot Jr. He is currently the executive vice president of strategic devlopment and innovation, and is largely responsible for maintaining the forward-thinking vision of all things transportation, mobility, and supply chain logistics. His core job focuses on the future and redefining infrastructure needs as technology and innovation drive the next phase at AllianceTexas. Laughlin is actively involved with several professional affiliations, including leadership boards for the 35W Coalition, Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Region C Water Planning Board, and the Northern Trinity Groundwater Conservation District.

Thank you Russell for being a + difference maker for DoLA!




Tim A. Bargainer

Tim A. Bargainer is a 1992 graduate of Texas Tech University Davis College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Degree. Tim began his career at Richardson Verdoorn in Austin, Texas as a planner and landscape architect. He later became the Chief Executive Officer for Baer-Aicklen & Associates, and was one of the founding members and principal of BWM Group. Currently, Tim is Senior Vice President, Practice Leader for Planning and Landscape Architecture at Halff Associates, Inc. Tim is a licensed Professional Landscape Architect, a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and a member of the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards. 

Tim's devotion to his work has earned him numerous awards through the American Society of Landscape Architects, the American Planning Association, and others. He is a devoted TTU Davis College Alumni, and regularly works with current students to enhance their learning in the Department of Landscape Architecture. He is currently sitting on the search committee to find the new chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at TTU.

Along with his other achievements, Tim has served on the board of the Texas Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects as president elect, president, past president, secretary, and chair of the legislative committee. He has served on the City of Georgetown's Planning and Zoning Commission and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and he was nominated in 2017 and serves as the first landscape architect on the Halff Associates Board of Directors. Tim was appointed by the Texas State Governor to serve on the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners and currently sits on the board as the only landscape architecture. He has been recognized for his accomplishments and been given awards for his expertise, such as the 2004 American Trails Award of Excellence, and the Distinguished Member Award from the Texas Chapter of the ALSA. 

Along with his professional achievements, Tim enjoys life with his wife Annette, and is a proud father to their five children – Ian, Ben (TTU Rawls School of Business, '19), Kara, Abby, and Mari Lee (current TTU student, Department of Landscape Architecture). 

Thank you Tim for being a + difference maker for DoLA!




Kelly David Cook

Kelly Cook received a Bachelor of Science degree in Landscape Architecture from Texas Tech in 1988. Kelly is an award-winning designer providing planning, environmental design, and landscape architecture services throughout the Southwest. Kelly's work ranges from the long-range master planning of cities, collegiate campuses, and municipal park systems to the design of intimate residential courtyards, and the restoration and protection of fragile ecosystems.

Kelly is a Founding Partner and Principal of KDC Associates, an environmental planning and landscape architecture firm founded in 1994, at the time the firm was one of only two design-only landscape architecture firms west of the I-35 corridor in Texas.

Some 27 years later, KDC associates has represented in over 150 counties in Texas, as well as in 6 additional states, and the international market. In 2019 KDC was awarded the Texas ASLA Merit for Spring design. Kelly's firm has worked on many Texas Tech projects such as the School of Music's Master Plan and Texas Tech University Medical School Campus design.

Over the years Kelly has also mentored over a dozen high school students who went on to study landscape architecture at a higher education institution. Kelly is passionate about changing the public's mindset on water conservation in our home and cities over the next several decades and has spoken multiple times to the Texas Municipal League and others regarding water conservation issues in the state.

The whole family bleeds red and black, Kelly met his wife Carol at tech in 1986 while she pursued a degree in Marketing. They have two children who ended up meeting their spouses at Texas Tech. Elizabeth Cook Resch and her husband Patrick Resch both graduated from tech in 2017, with a Bachelor of Science in restaurant, hotel, management together they have a daughter Hayden. David Cook graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and his wife, Jennifer Cook graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Personal Financial Planning.

Thank you Kelly for being a + difference maker for DoLA!




Charles R. Eatherly

1961 and 1963 graduate of the Park Administration and Landscape Architecture Program has been recognized as our 2020 Distinguished Alumni. Charles' positive impact on our planet began as a student working with Professor Elo Urbanovsky on the first Texas State Parks Masterplan which led to a $75 million (1960s dollars) legislative action to grow and develop Texas State Parks.

After graduation Charles moved to Arizona where he has worked for 59 years as a landscape architect and park planner for Maricopa County and Arizona State Parks. While with Arizona State Parks he became the lead for park acquisitions and liaison to the Governor and legislature. In this role he led the acquisition of incredible park lands including Dead Horse Ranch and Kartchner Caverns.

Thank you Charles for being a + difference maker for our planet and for all people who venture outside!

Learn more about Charles here.