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.
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.
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.
A huge fan of stand-up comedy, Greg’s edgy sense of humor helps him maintain a positive outlook on life — and gives him instant access to the best punch line for any given situation. Greg is also a fierce competitor by nature, putting that to work when pursuing a new project or pushing a design to its full potential as he searches for the creative detail that will set it apart from the rest.
An active member of Phoenix’s local artist community, Greg is also a true outdoorsman and weekends find him hiking, backpacking, skiing, camping, kayaking or racing off-road vehicles.
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.
Connie has a calm, collected exterior that masks the heart and soul of a natural adventurer. The ringleader of her active and apparently fearless family, she fills their vacations with white-water rafting, paragliding, ziplining and paddleboarding (with alligator pals keeping an eye on things).
When she’s in the office, Connie is the Zen center of the storm. Responsible for accounting, HR and office management for our three Arizona offices, Connie is a detail-oriented organizer extraordinaire. Her favorite spot is behind the scenes as a mentor, influencer and puzzle master, fitting all the pieces for business success seamlessly together.
After growing up on a pine tree nursery in Indiana, Denise came to landscape architecture a little later than might have been expected — as her second career. When choosing between law school or landscape architecture for career #2, luckily Denise made the call to go green. Designing spaces that positively impact communities where they live, work and play reminds her every day that she arrived at the right career at last.
Denise began to foster dogs six years ago — she and her family have now fostered 20 dogs who have gone on to their forever homes. When there’s a break in the canine action, Denise is a fan of boxing, sailing and travels abroad.
At the age of 7, Ron saw his first set of architectural building plans and was hooked on technical drawings. A major Star Wars fan, he spent a fair amount of time drawing space ships and robots – even now he daydreams about the possibilities of interstellar architecture.
Trained as a building architect, Ron was always intrigued by development land planning and entitlements and followed that impulse straight to a different career. His focus on solving problems through design contributes to the built environment of communities throughout Arizona.
Doug began his design career early, beginning with Legos and Lincoln Logs, moving on to multi-level tree forts and laying out a 9-hole golf course in a Colorado mountain horse pasture when he was 16. Golf course design drew him to landscape architecture and his dream project would be designing an all-inclusive resort with golf, hiking/biking trails, and a kayak park, all set in the mountains. (We’re seeing some recurring themes here…)
Physically shaping the spaces around us to evoke emotions and create one-of-a-kind experiences for people powers Doug’s creativity. He gathers inspiration on family trips, photographing cool design elements. He’s been known to lose track of his wife and kids, but has always found them. So far.