Founded in 1979, the Carl Small Town Center at Mississippi State University is an advocate of meaningful design for small towns. We provide planning and design services to communities and conduct research that seeks to provide solutions to problems faced by communities across the nation.

The Carl Small Town Center is comprised of architects, planners, and students who work to improve the built environment in the communities in which they work.

Our Team

Leah Kemp
Leah Kemp

Leah Kemp, AIA

Director | (662) 325-8671 | E-mail

Leah Kemp is the Director of the Carl Small Town Center, a community design center that advocates for meaningful design for small towns. She is a registered architect who collaborates with MSU School of Architecture faculty, staff and students to help small towns in many different capacities.

Kemp earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Virginia Tech and a Master of Architecture from Tulane University. Leah has practiced in Washington, DC, Nashville, TN, New Orleans, LA, and across the state of Mississippi.


(photo by Russ Houston / © Mississippi State University)
Thomas Gregory

Thomas Gregory, AICP

Community Planner | (662) 325-7791 | E-mail

Thomas Gregory is a certified planner and currently serves the Carl Small Town Center as a community planner. For eight years, Thomas served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Greenwood, Mississippi, writing grants, administering projects, and implementing the comprehensive plan for the city.

Gregory graduated with a Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with specializations in land use planning, real estate development, and historic preservation. Thomas also received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Mississippi State University.