Atlanta Preservation and Planning Services, LLC is a small, woman-owned consulting firm located in Atlanta, Georgia. We believe that understanding the past will enable us to craft a better future, and we bring that conviction to our work.
The ongoing collaboration of Laura and Bill Drummond began more than 40 years ago when they met as undergraduates at Duke University. Between the two of them, they have accumulated six post-graduate degrees and a son. Having distinct yet complementary academic and professional interests, they also share passions for history, hiking, and mapping.
Laura Drummond is the principal and founder of Atlanta Preservation and Planning Services. She has a B.A. in Religion from Duke University; an M.A. in Theological Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; an M.S. in Library & Information Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; and an M.A. in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. She is currently a History doctoral candidate at GSU.
She has more than fourteen years’ experience in the field of historic preservation, serves as adjunct faculty in the Department of History’s Heritage Preservation Program at Georgia State University, and served nearly five years as the historic preservation specialist for the City of Stone Mountain.
As a preservation consultant Laura has produced historic structure reports, conditions assessments, National Register nominations, building chronologies, site and regional histories, and has conducted numerous historic resource surveys. As preservation faculty, she teaches the history of the American built environment and the conservation of historic building materials classes. She has directed many student conditions assessment reports and historic structure reports with Richard Laub, the Director of GSU’s Heritage Preservation Program. As historic preservation specialist for Stone Mountain, she initiated and directed the creation of new design guidelines for the city’s historic district.
Some clients include: the cities of Atlanta, Decatur, Roswell, Marietta, Chickamauga, Smyrna, and Winder; Georgia State University; DeKalb, Cobb, and Gwinnett counties; Agnes Scott College; the Atlanta History Center; the Atlanta Urban Design Commission; a number of historical societies; Ossabaw Island Foundation; Easements Atlanta; and many private clients. Laura has developed specialized digital tools for recording, analyzing, mapping, and accessing historic resource survey data.
Bill Drummond, a frequent consultant to Atlanta Preservation and Planning Services, is a professor in the School of City and Regional Planning in the College of Architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology. He has a B.A. in History from Duke University; M.A. degrees in Divinity and Theology from Gordon-Conwell and Union theological seminaries; and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Bill has more than twenty-five years’ experience in city planning. He co-founded the Georgia Tech Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center, and teaches courses in land use, greenspace planning, statistics, land conservation, socio-economic GIS, demographic and economic analysis methods, and climate change planning. He served as associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association. Bill is currently the Director of the new degree program: Master of Science in Geographic Information Science and Technology.
Bill has conducted and supervised numerous GIS projects, economic and demographic analyses, and has created various types of plans, including: greenspace, bicycle, pedestrian, land use, and climate change plans. He has developed innovative GIS-based mapping and spatial analysis for historic battlefields.