Jim Houghton


Jim is an integral part of L&A’s creative design team. Before joining L&A, Jim operated his own design studio for close to three decades, doing work which included magazine illustration, technical drawings, advertising and collateral design, book and text book illustration, cartoon strips and more. Jim’s responsibilities with our firm include all phases of design, schematics, artist 3D renderings, details and innovative new component designs. His years as a puppeteer serve him well when talking to kids or conducting presentations on Design Days.

He is a nationally certified playground safety inspector (CPSI) and knows the safety standards and guidelines that apply to today’s playgrounds.

Jim notes: “When I was a kid, playgrounds looked nothing like they do today. L&A literally invented much of the visual and structural iconography of the modern playground. It’s exciting to have the chance to participate in such a legendary organization, and to help develop the next generation of ‘essential’ playgrounds”.

Jim has specialized training in graphic design, illustration, photography, architectural drafting and Computer Aided Design from Tompkins Cortland Community College. As part of Jim’s continued education, he has taken courses and workshops on all-inclusive accessible play and playground safety. His designs can be found all-across the country and much of his work focuses on all-inclusive accessible play. He has been with L&A for seven years designing and project managing. During this time, he has designed more than 100 playgrounds and parks. His all-inclusive designs have been recognized internationally as the world’s top all-inclusive playgrounds!

Recent Projects:

  • STAR Park, Ferndale, WA
  • Tatum’s Garden, Salinas, CA
  • Fort Wildflower, Flower Mound, TX
  • Shiver Me Timbers, Lake Charles, LA
  • All-Together Playground, Orem, UT
  • Heart of the City Playground, Cookeville, TN
  • Willmar Destination Playground, Willmar, MN
  • Angel Park, Perry Hall, MD
  • Tatum’s Treehouse, Salinas, CA
  • Sugar Sand Science Playground, Boca Raton, FL
  • St. Francis All-Abilities Playground, St. Francis, WI
  • Zanesville Community Playground, Zanesville, OH
  • Oak Bluffs Community Playground, Oak Bluffs, MA
  • Jensen Beach Community Playground, Jensen Beach, FL


References available upon request

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