Principals

Wendi Birchler, PLA, LEED® AP

Denver, CO

Wendi has extensive experience managing the efforts of project teams in most jurisdictions along Colorado’s Front Range. Wendi’s project type experience is wide-ranging — from retail, office, and mixed-use developments to affordable and market rate housing.

John Birkey, PLA

Denver, CO

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.  John commits to the profession through several volunteer efforts and is also a professional photographer and licensed commercial drone pilot.

Mitch Black, PLA, LEED® AP

Denver, CO

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.  He gets projects planned, approved and built by thoroughly understanding and guiding the complex process adeptly from design inception to approvals and through construction.

Jared Carlon, PLA

Denver, CO

With degrees in both planning and landscape architecture, Jared is involved with multiple aspects of projects, from site planning and entitlement coordination to landscape plans on a wide variety of projects. His experience encompasses the social, economic, political, and physical components of planning and design throughout the development and construction process.

Jordan Dame

Denver, CO

Jordan’s focus is keeping Norris Design at the forefront of analytical and visual technology. His background in landscape architecture, GIS and 3D visualization provides solutions that are utilized throughout all phases of design. Jordan enjoys the process of analyzing site conditions and communicating our clients’ vision through visualizations.

Brad Haigh, PLA

Denver, CO

As a landscape architect, Brad is committed to a creative and functional design process to establish place and a unique identity. From planning to final project implementation, he designs every project to high standards that meet the approval of both client and the local jurisdiction.

David Lane, PLA, LEED® AP

Denver, CO

David’s ability to use hand-drawn graphics to quickly investigate and communicate possible design solutions is an invaluable skill for clients and project teams. He collaborates with other professionals to achieve the most appropriate and unique design solution that transforms into a successful built environment.

Eva Mather, LEED® AP

Denver, CO

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. From public art plans to due diligence, site analysis and feasibility to zoning documents and site plans, Eva guides projects expertly to a successful outcome.

Sean Malone, PLA

Denver, CO

In his quarter century with Norris Design, Sean has maintained lasting relationships with clients, architects and subconsultants on numerous large, multi-phased projects. With site planning and landscape architecture as his primary focal points, Sean’s experience spans every type of project.

Dale Maxey

Denver, CO

With over a decade at Norris Design, Dale leads technology solutions for our offices in Colorado, Texas and Arizona. He ensures seamless day-to-day operations, researches and implements new technology solutions, and updates both hardware and software on a regular basis to give our employees the best digital tools available.

Ryan McBreen

Denver, CO

Ryan is skilled in the project entitlements and approval process and enjoys finding creative solutions to seemingly impossible tasks. He thrives on building positive professional relationships and his greatest satisfaction is seeing a project through from beginning concepts to final build-out.

Bonnie Niziolek, LEED® AP

Denver, CO

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. A LEED® Accredited Professional, she consistently looks for ways to incorporate sustainable ideas and practices into her projects.

John Norris, PLA, CLARB

Denver, CO

John formed Norris Design in 1985 to provide comprehensive professional services in land planning and landscape architecture for both the private and public sectors. His ability to quickly grasp the complexities of a project results in design solutions that are unique, responsive and functionally sound.

Josh Orth, PLA, QWEL

Denver, CO

Josh incorporates innovative approaches to help build sustainable, high quality projects, delivered on time and on budget. His 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

With her extensive planning and entitlement experience and an inclusive approach, Diana leads some of Norris Design’s most complex projects. She starts each project with the desired results in mind, focusing on constant evaluation of planning and design in relation to a project’s ultimate objectives and success.

Brock Reimer, PLA

Denver, CO

Brock collaborates with clients and consultants to create notable projects grounded by thoughtful, simple design values. His ability to clearly communicate and demonstrate design principles through hand sketching during the design process and team charrettes bridges the gap between project vision and reality.

Elena Scott, LEED® AP

Frisco, CO

With a true passion for leading public and private development, Elena resolves challenges utilizing technical expertise as well as her skills in public speaking and collaborative engagement. Elena’s success stems from her ability to analyze and create realistic solutions from master planning through construction. She is the Principal of Norris Design’s mountain region office in Frisco, Colorado.

Kip Tinstman

Denver, CO

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

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 leverages his enthusiasm and fresh ideas to develop balanced planning and design solutions for every project he undertakes. Stacey led the expansion in Arizona for Norris Design in 2004.

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Senior Associates

Mike Copeland

Denver, CO

Mike possesses the ability to distinctly blend architecture and landscape design into functionally complete and livable environments. He has worked on a broad range of projects within the public and private sectors, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Patrick Hannon

Denver, CO

Patrick’s versatility and design process familiarity enable him to work successfully on a wide variety of project types at a range of scales. In addition to his design and planning work, Patrick is also a skilled process facilitator and alternative transportation planner.

M.R. Hicks

Denver, CO

M.R. leads Norris Design marketing efforts including strategic planning, public relations, marketing collateral development and staff mentoring. Her experience with copywriting, branding and naming contributes to client-focused work including websites, print collateral and brand messaging.

Ryan Holdorf

Denver, CO

As a landscape architect, Ryan cultivates a tradition of design that both responds to and influences its environment. His knowledge and understanding of construction and delivery processes using the latest technologies and innovations supports a fluid, flexible design style to create beautiful and enduring places.

Katrina Kowalski

Denver, CO

As the director of graphic design, Katrina is responsible for strategy, integration and execution of all graphic design activities. Her focus on design, color theory, composition and typography is evident in graphic design products ranging from large-scale environmental signage and branding efforts to logo and identity programs, website design and marketing collateral.

Bill Mahar, AICP

Denver, CO

With diverse extensive experience in community planning and design, Bill is skilled at the entitlement process, master plans, land use policy, the built environment and health, and community engagement. In his work, he endeavors to foster consensus with community members and local government staff to ensure projects are supported by the community they serve.

Don Ryan

Denver, CO

With more than 25 years of diverse experience on over 200 projects globally, Don’s design and planning work represents a wide variety of public and private clients. He is passionate about team collaboration during every project phase to deliver quality places in a timely, cost-conscious and sustainable manner.

Brandi Rice, PLA

Frisco, CO

Brandi’s planning and landscape design experience covers a broad range of both public and private projects in the Denver metro area and the Roaring Fork Valley.  Working closely with both clients and team consultants to create optimum design solutions, Brandi’s experience with the entire development process and facilitation of public input are key to project success.

Megan Testin, LEED® AP

Frisco, CO

Megan excels at both creativity and practicality, leading collaborative design processes with clients and consultant teams to meet project objectives successfully. She approaches each project with a firm understanding of construction methods, helping clients achieve their goals while staying on budget.

Dave Thorpe

Denver, CO

Dave has a diverse background in urban and regional planning, as well as strong skills in illustration and graphic design. With a unique ability to bring high-level ideas to a project and present them in a grounded way, he combines creativity with practicality in his design, zoning, entitlement and planning work.

Leanne Vielehr

Denver, CO

Focusing on both landscape architecture and planning projects, Leanne’s diverse experience includes project management, entitlement processing, land planning, schedule development, landscape design and construction observation. Leanne focuses her designs on creating timeless spaces that function well for both the user and the ownership/maintenance group.

Kyle Wolf

Denver, CO

Kyle’s commitment to visually communicating design ideas is reflected in his creation of compelling graphics that visualize forward-thinking designs and ideas before they become reality. His skill with the most advanced industry software serves to help guide projects through early decision phases into completion.

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