Principals

Alan Beaudoin

Phoenix, AZ

Known as the Maestro for his masterful orchestration skills in building great project teams, Alan’s favorite days are when he can teach and mentor staff and colleagues. He has thrived in both the public and private sectors, and literally knows everyone in Arizona as a result. Back in the day, Alan hitchhiked across the USA and married his high school sweetheart, who was very patient with that little detour.

Alan’s career includes significant involvement in Phoenix planning and development over the course of three decades as a planner for the City of Phoenix and in private practice.

Wendi Birchler, PLA, LEED® AP

Denver, CO

Wendi’s door is always open, whether she’s mentoring a colleague or hosting a dinner party at her sweet pad in Berkeley. An adventurer who manages multiple weeks in the wilderness and challenging entitlement efforts alike, Wendi’s straightforward communication skills and sense of humor make her an excellent partner on the mountain or in council chambers. Wendi’s love of the outdoors is evident in her garden and the creative spaces she’s designed throughout Colorado.

With extensive experience managing project teams in most jurisdictions along Colorado’s Front Range, Wendi’s project work includes retail, office, mixed-use developments and both affordable and market rate housing.

John Birkey, PLA

Denver, CO

John’s love for nature, travel, music and art emerge in his approach to landscape architecture. A Colorado native, he has climbed every Fourteener and is working on his Century climbs between gigs with his band. John never goes anywhere without his camera and Norris Design projects are some of his favorite subjects. John started his career with Norris Design as an intern and the rest is history.

With over 20 years of experience as a licensed landscape architect, John’s passion for art, plants and land stewardship is reflected in natural design with a strong sense of place for communities, civic campuses and recreational spaces.

Mitch Black, PLA, LEED® AP

Denver, CO

Mitch believes in rational thought, strategic vision and the power of chocolate. A trusted leader, he guides Norris Design with deliberate, thoughtful decision making. Mitch’s positive attitude and calm approach benefit clients and staff alike, and his attention to detail is unmatched. A connoisseur of master planned communities and fine desserts around the world, Mitch knows that the little things can make all the difference.

Mitch’s practice focuses on creating innovative solutions for a range of real estate ventures involving master planning, branding/visioning, site planning, and landscape architecture.

Chris Bodine

Dallas, Texas

With enough kids to have his own basketball team (almost), Chris has a great “dad” manner that clients and staff alike respond to. Like all the best dads, he approaches life and career with honesty, integrity and commitment. A natural networker, Chris meets so many people in airports who connect him to potential projects that we’re considering installing a satellite desk for him at D/FW Airport.

Leading Norris Design’s Texas offices, Chris has a collaborative approach from concept to design development through final construction, creating landscape spaces that are both thoughtful and functional.

Jared Carlon, PLA

Denver, CO

Jared began his Norris Design career as an intern which helps explain his commitment to mentoring our future leaders. A Colorado native, Jared is always ready to create the state’s next great space. He launched his impressive network of connections in his Arvada kindergarten class, and enjoys spending free time with his wife Annie and chasing his four kids around. Jared truly believes his beloved CU Buffaloes will win the national championship – every single year.

With degrees in both planning and landscape architecture, Jared is involved with multiple aspects of projects, from site planning and entitlement coordination to landscape design through construction on a wide variety of project types.

Joe Daly, PLA, LEED® AP

Austin, TX

A Kansas City native who relocated to Austin in early 2016, Joe loves barbecue so much he owned and operated Woodyard BBQ, featured on the Food Network. He’s energized by a drive to learn something new with each new effort and make the most of every opportunity that a project presents. Since he made the move, he’s learned to spend every possible moment outdoors with his three sons – and that breakfast tacos aren’t just for breakfast.

Joe is adept at leading complex planning and design projects, balancing multiple disciplines, consultants and client requirements.

Jordan Dame

Denver, CO

A pioneer on the technology frontier, Jordan believes in making innovation an everyday initiative to best showcase Norris Design solutions and ideas. He’s a rabid Rockies fan and it’s always Rocktober in Jordan’s world, regardless of what the statistics say. Dedicated to both work and fun, Jordan’s credo is: “I have time for this one, two more, and another”, whether it’s a project, a 3D visual, or a beer.

With a background in landscape architecture, GIS and 3D visualization, Jordan’s focus is keeping Norris Design at the forefront of analytical and visual technology.

Mary Estes, PLA, SITES-AP, LEED® AP

Phoenix, AZ

Fun-loving, adventurous and positive, Mary’s honesty, humor and kindness along with her years of experience make her a natural leader and mentor. Addicted to international travel, she brings back cultural influences from around the world that infuse her design solutions. The travel does have one down side: she’s not around for long enough to take care of a garden of her own.

With a background in both landscape architecture and architecture, Mary’s career has been dedicated to design excellence and the advancement of artful, relevant responses to a variety of project types.

Brad Haigh, PLA

Denver, CO

Dedicated, reliable, thoughtful – and competitive as heck – Brad is also a natural collaborator and trusted mentor. His focus on great spaces is joined by his commitment to enhancing and evolving the Norris Design brand. A snappy dresser with a sophisticated style sense, Brad also knows all the lyrics to “Frozen” which he demonstrates in singing competitions with his two little girls.

As a landscape architect, Brad is committed to a creative and functional design process to establish place and a unique identity.

Patrick Hannon

Denver, CO

Known for his calm demeanor, collaborative spirit and dry sense of humor, Patrick harbors an unexpected love for standard poodles (without the crazy haircuts). A teacher and mentor, he’s always available to help: answering AutoCAD questions, interpreting municipal code or suggesting a new dining hot spot. Patrick’s sense of adventure and discovery keeps him on his toes whether he’s exploring Front Range trails, gardens throughout Asia or the streets of Denver for new restaurants.

With degrees in landscape architecture and horticulture, Patrick’s deep-seated love of plants helps inform his design of spaces from neighborhood parks to complex commercial and residential developments.

Jason Kuklinski, PLA, CCID

Tucson, AZ

Jason’s tough guy exterior masks a big teddy bear who takes projects, clients, and staff to heart. He loves the technical aspects of his profession and is definitely an implementation fan who likes to see design translated into the real thing. A veteran traveler, he and his wife are checking off their bucket list destinations and always have their next adventure in the works – even as they take off on their current one.

Jason utilizes his broad experience to incorporate client objectives while considering the end user to provide efficient and environmentally sound design solutions.

David Lane, PLA, LEED® AP

Denver, CO

A natural collaborator and design aesthete, Dave speaks the language of design with clients and teammates. Dave always sees multiple options to realize a project’s potential and vision, and explores them with a mix of creativity and practicality. His volleyball skills are legendary, his musical taste runs to “dad rock” and he admits that his two sons are totally the boss of him.

Dave’s ability to use hand-drawn graphics to quickly investigate and communicate possible design solutions is an invaluable skill for clients and project teams.

Rick Leisner, AICP

Dallas, TX

Rick’s boundless knowledge of placemaking goes hand-in-hand with his lifelong love of cities, public spaces and travel. A true fan of the great game of baseball, Rick has visited 14 of the 30 MLB ballparks in the U.S. When he’s not taking in a ball game, Rick travels Texas with his wife Emily and their two sons searching for the definitive BBQ and beer combo.

A talented consensus builder with extensive experience in both community planning and landscape architecture, Rick leads a wide variety of public and private projects through visioning, alternative scenario development, public engagement and implementation.

Sean Malone, PLA

Denver, CO

As Norris Design’s second employee, Sean has helped put in place some of the firm’s most lasting systems and strategies. A forward-focused thinker, he is a one-man emergency preparedness kit. His experience as a volunteer fireman comes in handy, whether he’s putting out fires for clients or for staff. Sean heads to the foothills every night, where he keeps an eye on the wildlife that roams his back yard.

In his quarter century with Norris Design, Sean has maintained lasting relationships with clients, architects and subconsultants on numerous large, multi-phased projects of every type.

Eva Mather, LEED® AP

Denver, CO

Focused on building long-lasting relationships with clients and communities, Eva is known for her patience in public meetings, her skill with complicated projects and her attention to detail. Away from work, her twins (adorable, princess-loving athletes-in-training) teach her how to have fun and live in the moment. They even run with her as Eva works on improving her 5k speed for her next race.

Eva leads complex development teams through the entitlement and land development process for large-scale projects within a variety of jurisdictions across the Denver Metro area.

Dale Maxey

Denver, CO

Dale brings a steady hand, a calm approach, and a steadfast sense of humor to Norris Design’s technology solutions. His patience as a problem-solver is legendary, and Dale’s expertise keeps our technological profile high and our issues under control. An excellent tennis player, he is rarely surprised whether he’s on the court or dealing with a cranky computer.

With over a decade at Norris Design, Dale leads technology solutions for our offices in Colorado, Texas and Arizona.

Ryan McBreen

Denver, CO

An entitlements expert who is a man of many jurisdictions, Ryan believes in doing things the right way. When he’s not organizing the details of complex projects, he’s dreaming up recipe tweaks for his next U.S. BBQ championship event. Weekends are spent outdoors with his family and his current focus is teaching his youngest son the difference between letters and numbers. It’s trickier than you’d think.

Ryan is skilled in the project entitlements and approval process and enjoys finding creative solutions to seemingly impossible tasks

Bonnie Niziolek, LEED® AP

Denver, CO

With a strong attention to detail and fierce loyalty, Bonnie doesn’t give up until she finds the solution that works for everyone. She is committed to her craft (and her fashion-forward wardrobe) and is at her best managing big teams on challenging projects. Whether at a networking event or a team meeting, Bonnie is fun to be around and builds relationships with everyone in the room before she calls it a day.

Bonnie has extensive experience in managing large multi-disciplinary project teams through complex entitlement approvals within a variety of jurisdictions across the Denver Metro area.

John Norris, PLA, CLARB

Denver, CO

John combines natural business intuition with humble leadership. His success strategy sounds simple but is deceptively complex: find good people and immerse them in a caring, team-oriented environment that allows them to hone their craft and pursue their own dreams. For a big man, he owns two very small dogs who have been dyed KSU purple on occasion.

John formed Norris Design in 1985 and his work history reflects an incredibly diverse range of project types, sizes and locations throughout Colorado and beyond.  His nearly four decades of work in both the public and private sectors  leave a great legacy for the landscape architectural profession.

Josh Orth, PLA, QWEL

Denver, CO

An aspiring musician, Josh routinely plays songs to his puppy dog and collection of two-wheeled stuff. Random coincidence introduced him to landscape architecture, but once he was at Norris Design, he began a focused career as our expert on landscape construction management. New technology makes his heart sing, especially when it’s applied to taking good care of our natural resources.

Josh’s diverse skill set includes landscape design, maintaining quality control from plans to the field, developing/managing water budgets, and naturalized landscape implementation and education.

Diana Rael, PLA, CAASH

Denver, CO

Diana has been a culture-shaper at Norris Design for the past 25 years. One of the “originals”, she sticks around because she loves that no two days are ever the same. Despite her maiden name (Diana Ross), she is not famous (yet) and she can’t carry a tune, but she is definitely a rock star planner. Wife to Jay and mother of 15-year-old boy-girl twins, her whole family is left-handed except for their Westie, Spike.

With her extensive planning and entitlement experience and an inclusive approach, Diana leads some of Norris Design’s most complex projects.

Brock Reimer, PLA

Denver, CO

A level-headed designer kind of guy, Brock has an appreciation for the natural environment and vintage Italian leather duffel bags. Devoted to his family and to crafting his design-centric career, Brock has a few secrets up his sleeve. He once led a flash mob at a wedding in Maryland and is a talented hand sketch artist who’s also totally comfortable in the complex world of computer design.

Brock collaborates with clients and consultants to create notable projects grounded by thoughtful, simple design values.

Elena Scott, LEED® AP

Frisco, CO

Elena’s unusually large feet have made her unafraid to fill big shoes. She takes challenges head-on with a quick wit and a lighthearted approach that are much appreciated in all the public meetings she attends. Living in Frisco with her husband Mike, son Miles and daughter Ceci, Elena’s best days involve a bike ride to work and appreciating the beauty of the Rocky Mountains from Main Street, which she helped design.

With a true passion for leading public and private development, Elena’s success stems from her ability to analyze and create realistic solutions from master planning through construction.

Joel Thomas, PLA

Phoenix, AZ

A self-proclaimed foodie, Joel may have eaten at every restaurant in the greater Phoenix metro area. His mentoring specialties include busting a move on the dance floor, demonstrating wakeboard backflips (and crashes), and guiding his team in dreaming up artistic outdoor spaces for everyone to enjoy. He will gladly include restaurant reviews as part of his project delivery process.

Joel guides each phase of the design process to create and reinforce theme and identity from concept to completion. His site planning and landscape design skills encompass a variety of styles and scales.

Kip Tinstman

Denver, CO

Kip swears he has no idea about what Norris Design planners and designers do all day, but he definitely knows his way around a spreadsheet. He juggles day-to-day operations with one hand while he creates strategic business tools to keep us ahead of the game with the other – no easy task. He once took a full year sabbatical to fly fish, and is happy that his amazing family supports this ongoing obsession.

As Norris Design’s firmwide finance and accounting leader, Kip oversees both day-to-day accounting functions as well as the firm’s overall financial strategy.

Stacey Weaks, PLA, CLARB, LEED® AP

Denver, CO

Our very own Energizer bunny, Stacey makes time for everyone and everything – we suspect he just never sleeps to fit it all in. His entrepreneurial spirit brightens everything he does, for both his clients and the Norris Design team. Stacey shares his love of Formula 1 racing (which may explain his continual high gear) and skiing fast with his three kids and his most valued teammate, his wife Bridget.

Stacey brings his collective experience in land use vision planning, community planning, urban design and parks and recreation to lead a diversity of private and public projects. He led the expansion in Arizona for Norris Design in 2004.

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Brad Bartell, PLA, LEED® AP

Tucson, AZ

Brad’s happy place is on the golf course, and not just after work hours: he’s designed or renovated almost 100 courses across the U.S. and around the world. The subtle curve of a well-designed bunker, the smell of fresh-cut grass, and the smack of a solid drive are his siren calls. Brad built daughter Lily’s first sawed-off seven iron and the Bartell family is often found on the links.

Brad’s experience designing detail-intensive golf courses directly translates to his current planning and design work for projects that both enhance their communities and create their own sense of place.

Aaron Hayne, LEED® AP

Flagstaff, AZ

Aaron starts his design day with two distinct advantages: he’s an ace in geometry and he thinks in 3D. Seamlessly melding form and function, integrating the natural environment with the built world – Aaron’s designs are rooted in geometric reasoning, no matter how sinuous they are. In his free time you’ll find him hanging out with family, mountain biking, hiking with his dogs or working on trails as a volunteer.

Aaron leads the Flagstaff office and is dedicated to providing exceptional service and solutions that clients value, from concept design through construction.

M.R. Hicks

Denver, CO

M.R.’s calm, classy exterior masks a wicked sense of humor with a generous helping of irony. She is addicted to reading, travel and the crash of ocean surf and has no trouble filling her free time with a good book or keeping up her frequent flyer mile count. M.R. is naturally curious about the how and why of a broad spectrum of topics, which comes in handy when she writes about how design can change our world.

M.R. leads Norris Design marketing efforts including strategic planning, public relations, marketing collateral development and staff mentoring, and contributes to client-focused work as part of our Branding group.

Ryan Holdorf

Denver, CO

A fan of artsy eyeglasses and funky socks, Ryan is a Midwest transplant whose wanderlust brought him to Denver over a decade ago. He never turns down a design challenge, and loves to create spaces where people make lasting memories. In his free time, Ryan skate-cations across the U.S., collects pop art and tracks down the sweet sounds of rare Soul and R&B records.

The ability to integrate art, horticulture and construction first drew him to become a landscape architect. With a strong grasp of the details, materials and construction, Ryan also firmly believes that every space should have a soul.

Dave Jenkins

Denver, CO

You’ll often find Dave working the old-fashioned way: with a pencil in his hand. Whether laying out a large master planned community or rendering a perspective, his best work is done while putting his thoughts directly on paper. When it comes to his personal time, he’s a family man who says the best thing his kids have taught him is the beauty of a short memory.

Dave’s digital abilities rival his hand graphics. He keeps one foot planted firmly in his planning and landscape architecture background at all times as he guides projects through the municipal submittal process.

Katrina Kowalski

Denver, CO

Fast-talking and detail-oriented with a can-do attitude, Katrina bakes what has been described as a “life-changing” banana-coconut cream pie. When she’s not focused on graphic design and branding solutions, she’s outside with her boyfriend – traveling, hiking, camping, skiing and working on complex home improvement projects (including a truly legendary deck).

Katrina’s 13 years of branding experience in a wide variety of mediums combine with enthusiasm and unbounded interest in our clients and their projects. Telling compelling stories through wayfinding, signage and collateral pieces, her work can be seen throughout all three of Norris Design’s regions.

Bill Mahar, AICP

Denver, CO

Bill begins most days by grabbing a coffee and walking around downtown Denver communing with “his buildings” and admiring the urban form.  As a kid who grew up in a tiny town on the Canadian border, no one is a bigger geek about the importance of placemaking. Fun fact: his family farm in North Dakota was featured in the movie “Fargo” for the bleakest, most frigid winter scenes.

Whether it’s collaborating with colleagues or working with the public on a vision for a community plan, Bill knows how to listen, find the best in others, and incorporate their ideas into thoughtful and realistic planning and design solutions.

Patrick Meyer, LEED® AP

Denver, CO

Patrick failed his first driver’s license test, but that’s the last time this perfectionist didn’t achieve his goals. A Colorado mountain boy who loves the outdoors, he brings a craftsman’s eye and focused dedication over the long haul to every project. Patrick loves to watch things grow, including his three children, the built environment, and sourdough cultures that make outstanding high-altitude bread.

As a landscape architect, Patrick delivers well-grounded design results by melding attention to detail with an artistic approach, from first visioning through final installation.

Jennifer Meyers

Phoenix, AZ

Loyal, reliable, and incredibly hard-working, Jenn Is most comfortable at home with her two dogs, who are sisters. Growing up she loved science and architecture, and decided that landscape architecture was the best of both worlds. Jenn has lived in Arizona for 25 years and has never visited the Grand Canyon – but was married on a cliff in Hawaii.  Go figure.

Jenn designs well-balanced, functional, aesthetically pleasing environments that fulfill both client requests and municipal intent, from master planned communities to her own Mid-century Modern home.

Brandi Rice, PLA

Frisco, CO

With a knack for problem-solving and figuring out how things go together, Brandi realized in college that landscape architects get to play with trees, and her career was born. Always the teacher, Brandi is the Yoda of CAD and patiently trains others in the ways of computer-aided design. When she isn’t in the office, Brandi is a seasoned traveler, who’s visited 5 of the 7 continents with her husband.

Organized and detail-oriented, Brandi designs spaces for people to play, live and enjoy through her parks and recreation design, master planning and design of urban plazas, playgrounds and open space.

Don Ryan

Denver, CO

Don has been interested in architecture since he was 12 years old when he began drawing house plans for imaginary sites instead of paying attention in class. He enjoys drawing by hand on the job almost every day, traveling to exotic places for inspiration, and caring for foster kids – two of which he and his wife Sarah have adopted.

Though he has a strong background in architecture, Don has always been a planner at heart and contributes a solid understanding of designing and planning in three dimensions for a variety of project types.

Brian Sager, PLA, CID, LEED® AP

Phoenix, AZ

Botanical gardens in general and Japanese gardens in particular led Brian to the profession of landscape architecture. From this start, the size of the projects he’s involved with has increased substantially. With a dry, subtle sense of humor, Brian is totally serious about University of Kansas (Jayhawks!) basketball.  And you can also call him to talk about what Mister Miyagi got wrong.

Brian’s work creatively integrates natural and healthy environments into the life of cities and public spaces, with a professional approach that focuses first and foremost on client goals.

Chris Stebe, PLA

Tucson, AZ

Always ready for a good laugh, Chris believes in combining positivity with pragmatism (he calls this optimistic pessimism). To us that means he keeps his attitude upbeat and stays in balance no matter the challenge. A puzzle solver like many of our staff, Chris got into the profession for a very simple reason: shrubs are way easier to draw than buildings.

A leader in irrigation design and technologies, Chris focuses on the importance of responsible water management to ensure projects are well-established and thrive within the fluctuations of regional conditions.

Scott Stoddard

Denver, CO

Scott’s love of the outdoors drew him to Colorado over 20 years ago. When he’s not on a construction site inspecting a Norris Design project, he’s exploring the lesser known backroads of Colorado with his family, wife Becky and sons Colby and Luke. At home in anything with 4-wheel drive, if he’s not on the trail you’ll find him tinkering in his garage on the next project.

As a construction specialist, Scott is in the field most days turning design vision into successful reality. His attention to detail and team-oriented work style help deliver projects that fulfill their promise.

Megan Testin, LEED® AP

Frisco, CO

A plant nerd, an artist and a problem solver, Megan loves to unlock the potential of spaces. With three little girls, she is expert at going with the flow and encouraging the best in others. Her energy and buoyant spirit are legendary and she firmly believes that dance is the answer no matter what – when life is going great or when all else fails.

Megan excels at project management and leading collaborative design processes from concept through construction, with a thorough understanding of each of the puzzle pieces that make up a successful project.

Dave Thorpe

Denver, CO

Dave combines a quirky sense of humor and a penchant for quoting obscure 1980s pop culture with solid leadership skills. An artist at heart, he spends his weekends exploring the mountains with his wife Claire and son Josiah or creating oil paintings in his basement – next to a screeching clothes dryer. Did we mention his powers of concentration?

Dave brings his passion for the details to his entitlement work and artistic eye to the communities he designs. He thinks solving complex problems is a truly fun way to spend his day, every day.

Leanne Vielehr

Denver, CO

At age 14, Leanne designed an alternative plan for her family’s backyard when she wasn’t busy playing SimCity to hone her master planning skills. She always brings a kind, positive, practical attitude to every situation – and doesn’t hesitate to bring a four-course meal in for breakfast at the office. During her off hours Leanne hosts dinner parties with her husband Nate and builds Lego cities with her two boys.

Enthusiastic about planting design, public art and timeless spaces, Leanne’s versatility makes her an invaluable team member.

Kyle Wolf

Denver, CO

A Colorado native (which he’s happy to brag about) who grew up on a farm, Kyle’s love of the outdoors led him straight to landscape architecture. Early in his career, he discovered the magic of 3D visualizations and began carving his niche as an expert in digital visual communication. While he takes his work very seriously, Kyle is a big kid at heart and loves building forts, exploring, and playing tractors with his two kids.

A perfectionist, Kyle’s strong work ethic and creativity lead him to push digital boundaries every day to deliver visual communication solutions that make projects come alive for clients.

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