Meet Jay Henson, ASLA, PLA: W&A Charlotte Director of Operations

Previously the President of North Carolina-based landscape architecture and civil engineering firm HensonFoley, Jay Henson, ASLA, PLA leads the W&A Engineering Charlotte office as Director of Operations, lending his 35 years of leadership and industry experience to our newest and easternmost office.

Henson founded HensonFoley in 2000 after twelve years in the industry, partnering with Vice President and long-time colleague Tim Foley in 2009 to expand the firm’s capabilities to also offer civil engineering services. Together, the two built a close-knit team of professionals known for their keen attention to detail, reliability, and industry expertise.

In April 2023, HensonFoley joined the W&A Engineering family with Jay and Tim continuing to lead the team as Director of Operations and Director of Civil Engineering. Since joining W&A, the Charlotte office has already welcomed a new team member and expanded its reach building better communities across the southeast.

A West Virginia University graduate, Henson was undecided for the first half of his undergraduate studies before finding landscape architecture his sophomore year of college, immediately enamored with the profession’s unique blend of engineering and site design work.

A registered landscape architect in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, Henson enjoys most the highly collaborative nature of the industry and loves working with his colleagues to find unique design solutions to complicated site issues.

In his free time, Henson can most often be found on stage. The celebrated strings virtuoso plays both pedal steel guitar and banjo for #1 charting musician Alex Key and spends most of his weekends touring the country with the band.

The W&A Engineering team is thrilled to have leaders like Jay Henson on our team, mentoring the next generation of industry professionals, ensuring our clients receive the very best the industry has to offer, and building better communities across the southeast one project at a time.