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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.