Born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1951, Fulford grew up in Portland, Oregon, drawing and creating from a young age alongside his father, a graphic designer. After earning his B.A. in geology at Oregon State University, Fulford obtained his M.L.A. from the University of Illinois in 1978, as well as diplomas in urban design and countryside planning at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. After practicing as a landscape architect and artist in the Midwest for more than a decade, Fulford was awarded the Rome Prize in Landscape Architecture in 1991. During his year at the American Academy in Rome, Fulford produced two gallery installations, exploring the design history of the city through a multitude of ink and colored pencil drawings. In 1995 Fulford established the landscape architecture studio NINebark, Inc., in Indianapolis with his wife Ann Reed, also a designer. The studio’s culturally rich portfolio included a proposed restoration of Indianapolis’ Riverside Park Taggart Memorial, The Ruins at Holliday Park, The Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial within White River State Park, and plans for Sky Farm, an edible rooftop garden at Eskanazi Health Hospital, the design of which was carried out by architecture firm RATIO after Fulford died in 2012.