As a lifelong resident of Allegheny County and a Pennsylvania State University educated landscape architect, Roy's career has involved land conservation planning, land protection, site planning, municipal ordinance review and drafting, design and review of land development and subdivision plans, brownfield master planning, and highway and community beautification.
While at the Allegheny County Planning Department he co-authored several award winning publications including Allegheny County Greenways 1995 and The Montour Watershed - A Case for Conservation, and led master planning the re-use of the former Pittsburgh International Airport Terminal site.
During several years at the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, he designed and installed acres of flower gardens on regional parkways in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and other parts of western Pennsylvania, perhaps most notable the "Welcome Garden" at the entrance to the Fort Pitt Tunnel.
From 2001 to 2012, he served as the Executive Director for the Allegheny Land Trust which protects more than 1,600 acres of biologically significant lands in Allegheny and Washington Counties. Roy now serves as the Director of Land Protection for ALT. During his time at ALT, staff has grown from one to five and over $7 million of public and private funding has been raised for land protection, special projects and organizational operations. In 2008, under Roy's direction and authorship ALT developed the ALT GreenPrint for Allegheny County which prioritizes land conservation to address the regional threats of flooding, and the loss of scenic character and biological diversity. The ALT GreenPrint was integrated into Allegheny County's first Comprehensive Plan. In 2010, he led the Sewickley Heights Vision Plan effort to identify and protect the lands that contribute to maintaining the distinctive cultural landscape of the Borough of Sewickley Heights. Under his leadership ALT has won the following awards: Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, Sony Earth Friend Award, Western Pennsylvania Environmental Award, Consulting Engineers of Pennsylvania Diamond Honor Award, American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Urban and Regional Planning and American Society of Landscape Architects Special Recognition Award, Garden Club of America Conservation Condemnation.
He is the founder of the Hollow Oak Land Trust, has served on a host of committees and boards including the Allegheny County Agricultural Land Preservation Board. Roy presents at regional and national conferences including those sponsored by Sustainable Pittsburgh, PA Land Trust Association, American Society of Landscape Architects, Land Trust Alliance and the Local Government Academy. He is one of several professionals featured in the book Careers in Landscape Architecture by Pennsylvania State University Interim Department Head of Landscape Architecture Kelleann Foster.