Michael Houston, RLA, AICP

Michael Houston, RLA, AICP

Senior Planning Associate


  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University, 1981


  • Registered Landscape Architect, State of Florida
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)


  • American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)
  • Association of Eminent Domain Professionals
  • Urban Land Institute


Sustainable Practices, Urban Design, Affordable Housing,
Comprehensive Planning, and Urban Codes, Redevelopment
Planning and Financing, and Planning Administration


HJA Design Studio, LLC (HJA) – 2010 to Present Stuart, Florida
Founder, President

With thirty years of experience in the broad field of Landscape Architecture, Mr. Houston founded HJA Design Studio, LLC (HJA) with the goal of providing the firm’s clients with a level of design and planning expertise comparable to the best Landscape Architectural firms in the U.S. The firm’s projects are as diverse as Martin County’s first planned corporate and marine commerce park to Cairo Egypt’s newest and most sophisticated new town located within view of the Great Pyramids. The firm is driven to help its clients achieve their vision with creativity and a focus on sustainable development principles with a collaborative approach to problem solving.

Houston Cuozzo Group, Inc. (HCG) – 1993 to 2010 Stuart, Florida
Co-Founder, Principal

Michael co-founded Houston Cuozzo Group along with Don Cuozzo in late 1993. Over sixteen years, the firm became one of the leading planning and design firms in southeast Florida. The firm’s clients included some of the largest homebuilders in the U.S., as well as boutique developers and local governments. The firm won numerous awards for both planning and design work and was considered a leader in sustainable community design.


Gezira Sports Club, 6th October City, Egypt Gezira – Sporting Club
New Giza, 6th October City, Egypt New – Giza Real Estate Development
Martin County Capital Projects – Martin County BOCC
Vero Beach Hotel & Club – Heaton Companies
Liberty Medical Corporate Campus – Liberty Medical, Inc.
SR 76 / Cove Road, Martin County, FL – Martin County Board of County Commissioners
Leighton Park, Palm City, FL – Martin County Parks Department
Big Mound Park, Indiantown, FL – Martin County Parks Department
Sandsprit Park – Martin County Parks Department
Jensen Beach – CRA Martin County BOCC
36th Street / Indian Street Bridge Corridor – Plan Martin County BOCC

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