Project Description

Sarah McColley

Sarah McColley


Sarah joined TSW in 2013 as a planner and landscape designer specializing in urban design. Sarah combines her background in landscape architecture and planning to manage projects in downtown master planning, transit-oriented design, parks and parks systems analysis and design, GIS analysis, design guidelines and zoning updates, and research. Sarah uses visualization tools to create graphics and compelling reports that effectively and creatively communicate ideas. Throughout the planning process, she focuses on inclusive and interactive community engagement techniques to ensure that meaningful input informs design decisions. In 2019, she was a lecturer at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Graduate School of City and Regional Planning, teaching a Visualization for Planning course. She also volunteers her design and analysis capabilities for initiatives at Noble Clay Fitness, a non-profit seeking to reduce Atlanta’s equity gap in fitness and health.

During her previous employment with AECOM, Sarah worked on multiple parks and recreation master plan projects and urban streetscape design projects. She also worked at the Atlanta Regional Commission and updated the region’s green space GIS inventory at the city and county levels, and she illustrated the PLAN 2040 Development Guide.

Since joining TSW, Sarah has worked on a variety of master planning and landscape architecture projects, including the 2020 Decatur Strategic Plan update; Sandy Springs North End Design; Make East Lake MARTA Yours (East Lake MARTA LCI Study); Sumter, SC Downtown Master Plan; MARTA Makeover (2015 GPA Outstanding Planning Process Award); Cultivate Lake City: Downtown Lake City Master Plan; the Gulf Shores Public Beach Master Plan; many LCI projects; and the Colonial Homes II Redevelopment.


  • 2013 Master of City and Regional Planning, Specializations in Urban Design and Land + Community Development, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2011 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Honor Graduate, Ball State University

Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute of Certified Planners
  • Member, American Planning Association
  • Member, American Society of Landscape Architects

When I’m not at the office, you’ll find me…at CrossFit, getting lost in a book, painting, or with my friends.