Title: Landscape Architect, Land Planner, Principal
Company: Alison A. Pockat, ASLA
Location: Cary, North Carolina, United States
Alison Pockat, Landscape Architect, Land Planner and Principal of Alison A. Pockat, ASLA, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership.
In preparation for her career, Ms. Pockat attended Middle Tennessee State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in 1980, and subsequently studied as a postgraduate at the University of Massachusetts until 1981. In 1983, she concluded her academic pursuits at North Carolina State University, graduating with a master’s degree in landscape architecture. As a registered landscape architect in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland, Ms. Pockat has excelled as a landscape architect, a land planner and the principal of her company Alison A. Pockat, ASLA, since 1989. In addition to her primary professional pursuits, she has found success as an author, receiving the Pinnacle Book Award for juvenile fiction in 2018.
Ms. Pockat began her professional pursuits as a library assistant from 1976 to 1980 and a farm laboratory assistant from 1977 to 1979 at Middle Tennessee State University. In 1979, she was a soil conservationist for the Soil Conservation Service with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and from 1981 to 1983 she worked as a columnist for the Murfreesboro Press. Serving as a teaching assistant at North Carolina State University from 1982 to 1983, Ms. Pockat started as a landscape architect intern with Burkhalter-Hickerson Associates from 1984 to 1985, becoming a landscape architect with McNeely Associates PA from 1985 to 1987. She continued to garner experience as a landscape architect and consultant at numerous firms and companies before beginning in her current post. From 1987 to 1989, she served as Landscape Architecture Department Head at Cogswill Hausler Associates.
In addition to her primary professional pursuits, Ms. Pockat has found success as an instructor, consultant, and author. She wrote “Adam’s Land” and “Adam’s Bubble” as well as numerous articles to professional magazines and journals, and served as a continuing education instructor at Middle Tennessee State University in 1985. She has also had her works displayed in a one-man show at the Emerys Fine Art Gallery, permanent exhibits at the Petals & Portraits Gallery, and the permanent photography collection at Middle Tennessee State University. Ms. Pockat has also been an active member of her local community, serving as the Wake County Democratic precinct chair in 2019 and participating in numerous churches. She served on the Town of Cary Greenways Commission from 1998 to 2003.
Ms. Pockat maintains memberships to numerous organizations related to her career, including the American Society of Landscape Architects, the North Carolina Chapter of ASLA, the National Trust for Historical Preservation, the National Wildlife Federation and the National Audubon Society, among others. She attributes her success to her hard work and her empathy for her clients and is particularly proud of designing an affordable housing project. As a testament to her success and stature, Ms. Pockat has been featured in the 23rd edition of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and in the coming years, she plans to continue doing site designs and aims to write another book.
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