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.
Vance started a lawn and garden maintenance/install business when he was 12 — a summer side hustle that continued through high school. He left for college intending to become a dentist until the second semester when his roommate came home with a huge site plan in color. Three days later, Vance changed majors to planning and landscape architecture and the side hustle became the perfect prep for a career.
As much as he loves visualizing a new outdoor space, his true joy is mentoring his colleagues throughout their own careers. Vance sees the potential they don’t yet see in themselves, and focuses on growing skill sets and encouraging confidence to set their course for success.