Architect Carl Abbott’s nature of design

Growing up in South Georgia and Fort Myers, Carl Abbott never thought about a career as an architect. In high school, when he dabbled in painting and sculpture, his father asked him what he wanted to do with his life.

“I was very naive. I still am. I thought I might want to go into art, but my father said, ‘I’m not paying for you to go to college for art.’ He had been through the depression,” Abbott recalled. “So then I said landscape architect because I always had been involved with plants and landscape.”

He had an uncle who was a contractor and “I didn’t know the difference between an architect and a contractor. I thought they were the same. I said I was naive. When I got into a course for landscape architecture, it was the same class for architecture.”

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