Mrs. Deena Bell Llewellyn was born February 25, 1968 in Gainesville, Georgia, a charming historic community in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northeast Georgia. Her love of nature and the outdoors was realized at an early age. A large portion of her childhood was spent enjoying water activities on Lake Lanier in her neighborhood: Fishing, swimming, skiing, boating, walking nature trails, hiking to waterfalls, and painting mountain landscapes were her favorite pastimes. An interest in art, architecture, and stewardship of the environment influenced Deena to pursue a degree in Landscape Architecture from the School of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia. After participating in a rigorous five year program under Dean Darryl Morrison, Deena graduated Magna Cum Laude in the spring of 1991.
After college graduation in 1991, Deena moved to Miami, Florida where the possibilities of practicing Landscape Architecture in an exciting and vibrant tropical environment were irresistible. Deena began her professional career in 1991 as a young and enthusiastic designer with the firm Susan Hall and Associates, Landscape Architects in Coral Gables, Florida. In 1996, Deena earned her professional license as a registered Landscape Architect in the State of Florida, and ambitiously became a partner in the firm. Deena became a pioneer of the green building movement in South Florida, and earned the designation of LEED AP in 2009.
After twenty one years of rewarding collaboration in partnership with Susan Hall, and later Lewis Aqui, Deena launched her own firm ‘Bell Landscape Architecture’ (Bell-la) in October of 2012. After achieving many years of design and construction experience, Deena is excited to team up with her husband Mr. Charles A. Llewellyn of ‘Frontier Improvements Inc.’ (CBC 1259128) to offer not only expert design services, but also professional in-house construction management services. By forming this new collaboration, Deena’s exquisite design work can be implemented seamlessly beginning with the initial concept, through to building department permitting, and terminating with the final construction inspections. This design-build collaboration will offer clients a full service option for their projects, making ‘Bell Landscape Architecture, Inc.’ the preferred firm to choose for any project that deserves an integrated scope of services.
When Deena is not designing, painting, or traveling, she enjoys participating in philanthropic endeavors and volunteering for community service projects with the Rotary Club of Coral Gables, where she is on the board of directors; or with Citizens for a Better South Florida, where she is an advisory board member. She is an active member of the Dade Heritage Trust, and the American Society of Landscape Architects, and is a member of the United States Green Building Council. Deena attends the Church of the Little Flower in Coral Gables, Florida where she resides with her husband and menagerie of pets. Deena is a tireless volunteer around the Coral Gables Community who understands that giving back to the less fortunate through service is an important part of the human journey.