Our Roots

In 1981, Bill Larson, a design professor at Arizona State University, began G. William Larson Associates, Inc., with the goal of becoming a top land planning and landscape architecture firm in the Phoenix area.  His company’s foundation was built upon relationships with clients, community members and municipalities.  Through those relationships, G. William Larson Associates, Inc., became a leader in master planned communities through the sensitive design and development in the Scottsdale and Fountain Hills areas.  In 1986, his former student, Steven Voss, joined the company and became full owner in 1993.

Larson Voss Associate’s successes and respected reputation led to growth, which eventually meant more expansion–this time to Tempe, where the company is now located.  Eventually it became what it’s known as today–LVA Urban Design Studio.  LVA is dedicated to only the best in quality, sustainable and successful development projects that provide our communities with superior quality of life.

LVA’s team members have diverse professional backgrounds and experience, are experts in their specialized fields and have a depth of knowledge in various technical areas that has made LVA top in its field.  Its team is creative, always on the forefront with technology, strategy, design and growth, multi-faceted with its exposure to other industries, and has a constant desire to exceed client expectations.

LVA has its clients’ needs in mind at all times, creating design projects that fulfill their vision.  We also put a community’s needs at the top of our priority list, ensuring each of our projects fits a long-term, sustainable goal and creates only a positive impact on that community.  That is why LVA is trusted and respected as land planners and landscape architects–known throughout the southwest for its dedication to excellence.

Our clients include development companies, homebuilders, multi-family developers, real estate investors, healthcare organizations, business owners, schools and public agencies throughout the southwestern United States.

Their work was vital with Valley Partnership in crafting a compromise with various municipalities. They offer an understanding of the process that is extraordinarily helpful, extremely professional and a joy to work with. I would highly recommend LVA.”

– Heidi Kimball , Vice President
Sunbelt Holdings