About DDA

In 2006, David L. Dahlquist Associates, LLC formed with the mission of serving the people and organizations that create, manage, and enjoy America’s public landscapes and byways.  Wayshowing—effective communication of travel information—is a primary focus.

Between 1999 and 2006, David led a team of six landscape architects and graphic designers for Shive-Hattery, Inc., Des Moines, Iowa, which served clients throughout the Midwest and delivered successful projects including scenic byway studies, park and recreation development plans, and various wayshowing and visitor communication projects.

From 1992 through 1999, David served as President of David L. Dahlquist Associates, Inc. which managed, planned, designed, and implemented a number of successful public communication projects including scenic byways, trails, parks and tourism projects.

David served as consulting Director of the America’s HistoricForest, a national project in Des Moines, Iowa planned to integrate history, education, and the environment through the media of trees and forests.  As an associate of George Butler Associates, Inc. (GBA) of Kansas City, for seven years, David directed the planning and landscape architectural work of that firm, including numerous projects which earned state and national recognition.

Prior to joining GBA, David was a principal of The Design Collaborative at Ames, Iowa, and a landscape architect for the City of Dubuque, Iowa.  He was also an assistant professor for the Iowa State University Department of Landscape Architecture and served as Project Director for the Recreation, Tourism, and Leisure Committee of the Iowa Legislature.
David is a past president of the National Association of Recreation Resource Planners.  He’s completed to the Heritage Tourism Institute certification program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.