Stephen W. Hackney Landscape Architecture is a collaborative team of designers with a passion for crafting thoughtful outdoor spaces timelessly reflecting the beauty and authenticity of place. With an instinct for graceful simplicity, SWH creates gardens firmly rooted in tradition incorporating modern sensibilities to honor each client’s unique vision.

Building on the legacy of classical landscapes, SWH creates spaces that offer the luxury of home while evoking a sense of permanence in the land. The work of SWH can be seen in their native South and throughout North America.

Stephen W. Hackney, PLA, ASLA


Stephen Hackney founded SWH Landscape Architecture in 2011 and serves as managing principal. For over twenty years he has been crafting thoughtful landscapes throughout the region for clients both residential and commercial. His passion for designing environments of distinction has allowed Stephen to build an extensive body of work and as a result of his leadership, SWH has attracted a diverse and talented team. Stephen received his Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky, graduating with distinction. 

Ryan Ball, ASLA

Landscape Architect

Ryan spent his childhood in East Tennessee roaming gardens and mountains, which naturally led him to study landscape architecture. He earned a Bachelor’s of Plant Science from the University of Tennessee and a Master’s of Landscape Architecture from the University of Massachusetts, graduating with honors. Ryan developed a passion for traditional design, collaborating on some of the finest properties in New England and throughout the South before joining SWH. He draws inspiration from the many places he has lived and traveled, each with a unique landscape and architectural vernacular that informs his design sensibilities as well as his exacting attention to detail. Ryan spends his weekends with his wife and two young daughters exploring the outdoors. 

James Calitri, PLA, ASLA

Landscape Architect

James has built his expertise over the course of an extensive and impressive career. Prior to joining SWH, James worked for a Ft. Lauderdale-based firm where he contributed his design acumen to luxury and boutique resorts throughout the world. Renowned for his ability to convey complex and innovative ideas through illustrative drawings and graphics, he excels at all facets of project management and design. James is a native of Lexington and earned his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from the University of Kentucky. When he isn’t drawing his next masterpiece, he spends time with his wife and two boys and explores the region’s waterways in his kayak looking for the best places to fish.

Braden T. Meadows, ASLA


Braden Meadows is an associate with SWH Landscape Architecture. He received his Bachelors and Master’s of Landscape Architecture with distinction from the University of Georgia and is pursuing a Juris Doctorate from the UGA School of Law. He has project experience in high-end residential, commercial, and community planning projects across the southeast. With his design-oriented business acumen, he is helping to lead business development as SWH expands its footprint across the Southeast. When not working at SWH, you might find him leading fly-fishing trips as a professional guide.

Sherri Carr

Sherri supports the team in general operations, and is in charge of marketing, project management, and customer relations. She completed her Bachelor’s of Marketing at Mississippi State University and is a passionate traveler who spends her leisure time hiking, biking, and kayaking with her active family.