Halff’s French Recognized as Top Young Professional in the Southeast

October 4, 2023

TAMPA, Fla.  Halff Vice President and Planning and Landscape Architecture (PLA) Deputy Practice Leader Sherri French, PLA, ISA, was named one of 20 rising industry stars in the 2024 class of the Engineering-News Record Southeast Top Young Professionals.

Chosen from a pool of nearly 60 applicants by three panels of judges, the 2024 class of Top Young Professionals work all over the Southeast in varying areas of the industry, from project managers to professors and from Puerto Rico to North Carolina.

“I am honored to receive the ENR Southeast Top Young Professional award for 2024, as it recognizes not just professional excellence but also the significance of community service and leadership,” French said. “This honor underscores the importance of giving back and making a positive impact beyond our immediate roles, ensuring that our work creates a lasting and meaningful legacy to serve both our industry and the community.”

Halff's Planning and Landscape Architecture Deputy Practice Leader Sherri French portrait
French was just one of 20 individuals selected as a 2024 ENR Southeast Top Young Professional. 

In just seven years with Halff, French has risen from landscape architect and team leader to deputy practice leader. She began serving with Halff’s Board of Directors on Aug. 21, 2023.

French has multifaceted experience in parks and trails, municipal work, streetscapes, gateways, signage and resilience planning. Her work has spanned the spectrum of public projects with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), developing open space and streetscapes for a 2,200-home master-planned community to her Tallahassee and Tampa Florida Temple designs. Her mentors applaud her attention to detail and the importance of building relationships.

French earned her bachelor’s in horticulture residential design/build from Brigham Young University-Idaho and a master’s in landscape architecture and environmental planning from Utah State University.

French and the other honorees will be featured in the January 2024 edition of ENR Southeast.

About the Firm

Halff is an award-winning, employee-owned, diverse and multidiscipline professional engineering and architecture firm that improves lives and communities by turning ideas into reality. For more than 70 years, Halff has provided smart solutions for clients throughout the United States. The people-first firm is committed to continuously investing in its employees and fostering a culture of collaboration.

Halff has 32 offices in Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas. The firm was recognized as the Texas & Louisiana Design Firm of the Year by the Engineering News-Record. Halff is ranked No. 85 in the latest Top 500 Design Firms rankings by ENR. Halff is the No. 15 Top Workplace nationally in 2023 as ranked by Energage for businesses with 1,000 to 2,499 employees.

For more information about Halff, visit halff.com.