At the core of our firm’s philosophy, Coaly Design strives to encourage the proper stewardship of the land, while acknowledging that landscapes are dynamic, ever-changing expressions of the Earth. Coaly Design believes that the team approach to the development of a project is the key to a successful solution. By working closely with clients, consultants, and the community during a project, the firm is able to facilitate a responsive and thorough analysis of the project objectives and goals into practical implementation.
Coaly Design is also committed to incorporating principles of sustainable design and development into every project. Part of the firm’s commitment to the stewardship of the land includes a high level of environmental awareness regarding a project’s site-specific and contextual impact. By respecting the dynamic character and sensitivities of the land and its history, Coaly Design is able to apply the timeless principles that govern good design and construction to safeguard the land’s passage to future generations.
Coaly Design, PC is a State of North Carolina HUB certified business and a City of Raleigh and City of Durham Minority and Women Owned Business. Coaly Design, PC is also approved as a Private Consulting Firm and a Small Professional Services Firm with the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Kimberly J. Wicker, RLA
Kimberly J Wicker opened Coaly Design, in 2005, and has been a licensed landscape architect for 15 years. Kimberly has practiced land planning and land development with a wide range of projects from large scale master and urban planning, greenway design, and site specific design.
Kimberly received her undergraduate degree from The Pennsylvania State University in 1995, and her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the North Carolina State University in 1997. She is a life-member of the Alumni Associations of both Universities. She is also a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors, and the Urban Land Institute.
Kimberly received her real estate broker license to complement the land planning work with Coaly Design. Under Monarch Realty Company, Kimberly will focus on land sales and urban land assemblage.
In the past, Kimberly has been an Assistant Adjunct Professor at North Carolina State University, in the College of Design’s Landscape Architecture Department. She is currently a member of the College’s DesignLife Board. She has also given numerous presentations at the College as well as at the annual Urban Design Conference co-hosted by the College of Design. Kimberly is also a member of North Carolina State University’s Board of Visitors. Board members provide advice to the chancellor and work to promote NC State’s reputation as a leader in higher education.
Kimberly also actively serves the local community. Most recently, she was a member of the City of Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board from 2010 until June of 2016. Upon her Parks Board term expiring, Kimberly was appointed to the Dix Park Master Plan Advisory Committee. The Committee will work with the consultant over the next 2 years, facilitating the design and community involvement in the planning of the 306-acre proposed park. She has also actively served the local community in the past as a member of the Wake County Planning Board from 1999-2003.
Kimberly’s service also extends to international locations. During the summer of 2017, Kimberly volunteered with From Houses to Homes in Guatemala, building a home for a family outside the city of Antigua. In November 2013, Kimberly participated in a Habitat for Humanity Global Village Build in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. During the week long build, Kimberly constructed concrete block walls, mixed mortar, tied rebar, and established building foundations. When the Smile Village is complete, it will provide secure, adequate housing for 330 families. Kimberly was extremely honored to participate in this build.
Kimberly also volunteers with her certified therapy dog, Finley, visiting children and adults living in group homes in Raleigh.
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Science in Landscape Contracting, 1995
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
Master of Landscape Architecture, 1997
Landscape Architect Intern
Landscape architect intern, Randy Price, is from Cary, North Carolina. He has experienced many changes to the region over the years, and has seen the affects of land development on communities. Much of Randy’s professional experience is in chemistry and pharmaceutical research at Research Triangle Institute, but he felt passionate about the land planning process and enrolled in college as an adult to pursue a career in landscape architecture. Randy studied landscape architecture to be part of the process that helps make a community great: Creating special places to live with successful and connected parks and open space, and a community that is engaged in social issues, now and in the future. He understands that a balance between growth and preservation of natural areas is crucial to the land development process.
Randy’s role at Coaly Design is aiding in design and production of park and master planning projects including wet detention pond planting plans, tree conservation plans, and site design.
NORTH CAROLINA SATE UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2008
WAKE TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Architectural AutoCAD Drafting Certification, 1993