Who We Are

2007 marked 20 years of business for Grimball Cotterill & Associates.  In 1987, Morgan and Mark left Kentucky for South Carolina with ambitions to open their own design firm.  Since the early days, clients have appreciated the accessibility and innovative solutions of GCA, and the firm has enjoyed an ever-expanding client base and steady business growth.  With a high degree of repeat business and word-of-mouth referrals, the partners have remained committed to providing individual attention in a small studio environment.

Morgan GrimballMorgan Grimball, ASLA, a Greenville, SC native, earned a BA in business administration from Presbyterian College in 1974. He earned a Master’s in landscape architecture from the University of GA, and trained in the Walterboro office of Robert Marvin. Morgan has strong construction management skills and a deep knowledge of plant material. He has served on the executive committee of the SC Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the board of The Family Shelter, and currently serves on the Richland County Transportation Study Committee.

Mark CotterillMark Cotterill, ASLA, grew up in Lexington, KY and earned a Bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from UK in 1982. A talented visual artist, Mark’s strengths are in design and visual communication. He is also skilled at troubleshooting unique site challenges. Mark has served on the board of the Columbia Community Design Center and on the Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission.

Emily JonesEmily Freeman Jones, ASLA, a Virginia native, graduated with an anthropology degree from Bard College in upstate New York in 1984. She earned a Master’s in landscape architecture from North Carolina State University in 1991. Emily joined GCA in 2001. Her role is managing design, production and marketing. She is a LEED-Accredited Professional and a member of the Columbia Tree and Appearance Commission.


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