Leadership


Partners
Principals
Associates
Office Directors
Management Team
Founders
Kurt Culbertson
Kurt Culbertson

Aspen Office

Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, is the Chairman and CEO of Design Workshop. A graduate of Louisiana State University, Culbertson holds a master’s degree in business administration in real estate from Southern Methodist University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate from the Edinburgh College of Art. Kurt joined Design Workshop in 1979. He is a full member of the Urban Land Institute, participating in the Recreation Development Council, and served as chapter chair of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. He has served as a fellow of Dumbarton Oaks, the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Institute of Urban Design and received a Fulbright Scholarship to the Wirtschaft Universitat in Vienna, Austria. He also has served as co-chair of the Cultural Landscape Foundation. He is a registered landscape architect in Colorado, Louisiana and South Carolina as well as a LEED®-certified designer and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Richard Shaw
Richard Shaw

Aspen Office

Richard Shaw, FASLA, joined Design Workshop in 1976. He graduated with honors from Utah State University and earned his master’s from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he was awarded the Jacob Weidenman Traveling Fellowship. Shaw is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and has held council memberships in its Retail Development Council and the Recreation Development Council. He has taught Resort Design through Harvard University’s School of Design Professional Development Series. His work in both small-scale residential garden design and large-scale resort redevelopment, planning and design has garnered many awards and commendations. Richard is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a past board member of both the Landscape Architecture Foundation and the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is a registered landscape architect in Arizona, Nevada and Wyoming and a LEED®-certified designer. In 2009 he was the recipient of the American Society of Landscape Architects Design Medal, and in 2012 the American Horticultural Society (AHS) presented him with its Landscape Design Award at the Great American Gardeners Awards Ceremony.

Jim MacRae
Jim MacRae

Denver Office

Jim MacRae, PLA, joined the firm in 1996 and has established himself as a practicing landscape architect who can lead diverse projects through his broad understanding and background in retail, mixed-use development, town centers and new communities. During his 21-year career, he has worked on a variety of projects in the United States and abroad. His experience in built work in the United States, China, Indonesia and Mexico provides a body of knowledge for constructing projects in a wide range of climates and cultural variations. Jim, a LEED®-certified professional, received his bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and a master's degree in Urban Design from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Jeff Zimmermann
Jeff Zimmermann

Denver Office

Jeff Zimmermann, PLA, has exceptional experience in the areas of golf course planning and design, resort planning and design, park design, and planned community development. While his professional experience began in Design Workshop’s Aspen office in 1990, he is now a principal in the Denver office, which has allowed him to work on planning and design projects across the United States, China, Mexico and South America. Jeff has participated in the design and management of golf, resort and community projects in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington and West Virginia. He is a graduate from the University of Minnesota and is a registered landscape architect in Colorado.

Steven Spears
Steven Spears

Austin and Houston Offices

Steven Spears, FASLA, PLA, AICP, joined Design Workshop in 2004 after practicing throughout the United States and Australia. He became a partner in 2013. Spears holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree with honors from Ball State University and earned a Masters of Fine Arts in Design from the University of Texas at Austin. Spears is a member of the Urban Land Institute, American Society of Landscape Architects and American Planning Association and is a registered landscape architect in Texas, Indiana, and Colorado. After numerous years with the Aspen office, Spears co-opened the Austin office in 2008. A firm believer in the quadruple bottom line design process of integrating economic sustainability, environmental sensitivity, community benefit and profound art/aesthetics, Spears' design and planning work has been recognized at the state and national level. Spears has a rich portfolio of both private sector and public sector clients. He provides in depth knowledge on both sides of the table, and has built a reputation to creatively design, entitle and implement complex projects.

Mike Albert
Mike Albert

Aspen Office

Mike Albert graduated from Oklahoma State University and earned a Master in Landscape Architecture with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. With a broad and award-winning portfolio, including multiple successful international design competitions, Mike contributes an experienced voice focused on both design and planning. Mike is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and a board member on The Cultural Landscape Foundation. As a registered landscape architect, a national certified planner and a LEED Accredited Professional, Mike is currently managing projects and pursuing business development opportunities from Aspen, Colorado.


Robb Berg
Robb Berg

Over the past 15 years Robb Berg has amassed a body of work that includes the art, science and craftsmanship of built landscapes with a unique understanding of development strategies and complex architectural systems. He has led the designs of a broad range of institutional and corporate projects in the U.S. and abroad. His innovative approach to work has yielded numerous local and national design awards celebrated for their attention to detail combined with an intrinsic passion for quality public spaces. This list includes; civic plazas and public spaces, historic and natural landscape restorations and leading the reconstruction of Post Oak Boulevard in Uptown Houston. With this most recent project his team is embarking on an effort to create the nation’s next Grand Boulevard. The strength of Robb’s work is partly his keen attention to detail and the result of longstanding client relationships founded on trust and mutual respect. It is this unique personal connection with Clients that has led to longstanding professional and personal relationships.

Mark Feldmann
Mark Feldmann

Denver Office

Mark Feldmann has been a valuable member of the Design Workshop management team for more than 16 years as the company's Chief Financial Officer. As a member of the management team, his primary responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day accounting functions and working with the firm's shareholders in setting the strategic financial direction of the firm. Feldmann’s responsibilities also include handling many of the corporate and office operational aspects of the company. Feldmann became a certified public accountant after earning a degree from Colorado State University in business administration with an accounting concentration.

Jamie Fogle
Jamie Fogle

Since joining Design Workshop 1998, Jamie's passion for the built environment has manifested itself in a number of significant, award-winning projects. He has managed, designed and overseen construction observation for projects in Denver such as Cherry Creek North/ Fillmore Plaza, Boulevard One, and the Triangle Building Plaza, in addition to Eaton Center in Beachwood, Ohio and the Southwestern Pennsylvania World War II Memorial in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jamie's professional interests are broad and include the design of parks and open spaces, streetscapes, and the detailed design work associated with urban plazas and rooftop gardens. His portfolio affirms his interests showcasing project design and implementation of roof-top gardens, urban streetscapes, urban plazas and neighborhood parks. Jamie has a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University and a Master of Urban Design from the University of Colorado-Denver.

Stephanie Grigsby
Stephanie Grigsby

Lake Tahoe Office

Stephanie Grigsby received her Masters of Landscape Architecture from Utah State University and has been practicing landscape architecture in California and Nevada since 2000. As a certified planner she addresses both large, complex projects as well as detailed design. Applying her organization skills and attention to detail, she employs a comprehensive approach that is scalable to meet individual project needs. Most importantly, she is able to synthesize a broad range of information and develop an approach and solution that can be easily understood and implemented while also achieving innovative results.

Claire Hempel
Claire Hempel

Austin Office

Claire Hempel joined Design Workshop in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to returning to school for her Masters, she gained eight years of landscape architecture experience working in both the private and public sectors in Houston and in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex area. She serves as the Operations Manager for the Austin office, as well as a project manager, overseeing a multitude of local, regional and international projects, including urban and regional parks, urban design, comprehensive community and environmental planning, and resort planning and design. Claire’s professional interests include public engagement, planning on multiple scales and empowering smaller communities by providing them with the proper tools to achieve environmental, economic and community goals.

Bill Kane
Bill Kane

Aspen Office

Bill Kane has over 30 years of experience in planning and design for mountain resort communities. Much of his career has been focused in the Aspen, Colorado area where Bill has served in various pivotal planning roles – most recently, as Town Manager for the Town of Basalt, Colorado. His education, work history and life experiences make him expert in private and public planning for all of the physical and programmatic elements which define mountain resort design. Bill holds a Master of Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and served as the City Planner for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado before becoming Planning Director for Aspen and Pitkin County.

Allyson Mendenhall
Allyson Mendenhall

Based in Design Workshop's Denver office, Allyson Mendenhall is the Director of Legacy Design, a firm-wide initiative focused on practice-based research and setting comprehensive performance agendas for design projects for the delivery of measureable economic, environmental, community and aesthetic benefits. She serves on the firm's Executive Leadership Team focused on strategy and operations across all ten offices in the U.S., Middle East and China. A LEED-certified licensed landscape architect, Allyson leads the Design Workshop's quality management process and is a key leader in project management training. A member of American Society of Landscape Architects, Allyson is a frequent speaker at the professional association's annual meeting, and has published in several design journals on the subject of landscape performance. She serves on the boards of the Landscape Architecture Foundation, the Denver Botanic Garden, and the Harvard Alumni Association. This July she will become Chair of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council.

Steve Noll
Steve Noll

Lake Tahoe Office

Steve Noll has been practicing landscape architecture since graduating from California Polytechnical San Luis Obispo, California in 1983. As Principal of the Tahoe office, Steve has been fortunate to be involved with several land planning and site design projects that have reshaped and helped define the surrounding communities. In addition, he is involved with many community-based organizations where he provides guidance in areas of mixed-use planning, recreation and design planning, multi-family, affordable housing, and resort design.

Cynthia Raber
Cynthia Raber

Cynthia Raber is Design Workshops Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining the company in 2006, Cynthia had a very successful IT Consulting & Training Company for several years after being the VP of IT at a Telecommunications billing company and the COO of an IT Consulting company. Cynthia has been a valuable member of the Design Workshop Executive Leadership Team focusing on the strategic technology direction across all ten offices in the US and China. Primary responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day information technology functions and working with the firm's shareholders in setting the strategic technology direction of the firm. Cynthia's responsibilities also include handling all of the corporate and office telecommunication aspects of the company. She is involved with a national AEC IT Leaders Roundtable, Strategic Technology Council as well as several user groups within the IT arena. She earned a dual Master's degree in Telecommunications and Project Management from the University of Denver and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Regis University.

Ashley Allis
Ashley Allis

Ashley Allis is a registered landscape architect and certified planner in the Aspen office of Design Workshop. She is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and minors in Architectural History and Cultural Geography. She received a Masters of Urban and Environmental Planning with a Preservation Planning Concentration from the University of Virginia. Ashley’s interests in design include creating places that tell the compelling stories of the surroundings to facilitate the interactions between people and the land, building lasting impressions that benefit the good of the public and environment.

Marla Bousquet
Marla Bousquet

Marla Bousquet, Controller, joined the firm in 1999 after working as an accountant and internal auditor for the previous nine years. She has an accounting degree from the University of Colorado Boulder and an MBA from the University of Colorado at Denver. Marla is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day accounting functions for the firm along with preparing financial statements and management reports.

Jon Brooke
Jon Brooke

Jon Brooke joined Design Workshop in 2014 as the Chicago Office Director. Educated in the UK, Jon has more than 20 years of experience and a portfolio that spans a wide variety of scales, from private gardens to large scale planning and design projects. Jon believes strongly in education and professional affiliation. He is a member of the United States Green Building Council, the Society of College and University Planners and the American Society of Landscape Architects. He has also lectured for more than 5 as Adjunct Associate Professor at IIT College of Architecture.

Josh Brooks
Josh Brooks

Since joining Design Workshop, Joshua Brooks’ passion for the built environment has manifested itself in a number of significant projects. His contributions include integral roles in the design and planning of the P Street Corridor in Lincoln, Neb.; Triangle Plaza and 15th Street Plaza in Denver; Oukaimeden New Town in Central Morocco, and most recently in the I-70 Corridor Reconstruction in Denver. Joshua has a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture and a Minor in Environmental Planning from the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University. Joshua is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and serves on the board of the Design Workshop Foundation as well as the Alumni Advisory Committee at Louisiana State University.

Darla Callaway
Darla Callaway

Darla Callaway is an Associate and Project Manager of Design Workshop’s Aspen office. Joining Design Workshop with a bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from Oklahoma State University, Darla brings a strong background in site planning and technical skills. Leading projects from concept to construction, guiding submissions through jurisdictional approvals and documenting design intent; Darla has the management skills to help clients realize their project vision through each phase of the design process. She is a LEED Accredited Professional and uses that knowledge to guide all projects toward economic, social and environmental sustainable solutions. Her experience in public facilitation ensures project work is vetted and reflective of community values.

Anna Cawrse
Anna Cawrse

Anna Cawrse began her career at Design Workshop’s Denver office in 2012 after graduating from Harvard Graduate School of Design. Since joining the firm, Anna has been involved and led projects that tackle the complexity of urban design and site design in projects such as Post Oak Boulevard in Houston, Sun Valley Master Plan in Denver and Dominion Bridge in Calgary. Anna has also been a leader in Design Workshop’s Denver office and in the industry where she serves as the Professional Education and Emerging Professionals Coordinator for the American Society of Landscape Architects Colorado and was recently accepted into the Urban Land Institute’s Partnership Forum.

Alison Cotey-Bourquin
Alison Cotey-Bourquin

Alison Cotey is driven from the belief that designers have the responsibility to influence the dynamic between space and people as a way of creating better places for everyday life. She joined Design Workshop’s Lake Tahoe office in 2012 with eight years of professional experience, a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois and a Master’s Degree in Urban Design from the University of Colorado Denver. She is actively involved in the American Society of Landscape Architects, her local community and internally within the firm to promote the field of landscape architecture within the Sierras.

Sara Egan
Sara Egan

Sara has effectively linked design and community engagement in leading several community wide planning efforts throughout the West and Midwestern United States and internationally. Her experience ranges from regional open space and natural resource planning to planning at the corridor and downtown scale. In addition, her background in both landscape architecture and planning has supported her role in detailed streetscape and park design. Her work on the Strategic Master Plan for the Petra Region was recognized by American Planning Association with the Pierre L’Enfant International Planning Award. The Larimer County Colorado “Finding Connections to the Outdoors for Youth and Families” effort was recently recognized at the national level by American Society of Landscape Architects. In addition, her role in multiple corridor planning projects has been honored at the state and national levels by the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Ben Fish
Ben Fish

Benjamin Fish, ASLA, has been an integral part of the Design Workshop team since moving to Tahoe more than 10 years ago. Prior to joining the Tahoe office, he worked at a large architecture firm in Connecticut, where he gained a strong knowledge of design and construction on a broad range of projects. He is a talented project manager, skilled in working collaboratively across disciplines and on a variety of project types. Recently, he has been involved in a number of park, plaza, resort and streetscape projects. His experience includes many award winning built projects ranging from the Northstar Village in Tahoe to the highly designed plaza at the Palm Springs Convention Center. He is a registered landscape architect in California and is also a LEED accredited professional and Construction Document Technologist. With successful design and management skills gained over the years, Benjamin applies his knowledge to encourage collaborative design, communication and an efficient project process. In addition to his professional efforts, Benjamin spends his free time volunteering as President for the nonprofit Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association.

Anna Gagne
Anna Gagne

Anna Gagne is a community planner in the Aspen office of Design Workshop with more than 10 years of planning experience. She received her Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. In her professional pursuits, Anna seeks a profound understanding of the people she plans for and takes a special interest in engaging the public in innovative planning and design processes. This rigorous process strives for cohesive and inclusive planning solutions resulting in projects that enhance people’s lives.

Chris Geddes
Chris Geddes

Chris Geddes joined Design Workshop in October 2014. With nearly 20 years' experience in planning and urban design projects both in Colorado and across the country, Chris brings a perspective to his work that focuses on enhancing the quality and experience of the public realm through thoughtful engagement with those that use it every day. Since coming to Design Workshop, Chris has managed high-profile planning and design projects including the I-70 East Cover Design, I-70 East Aesthetic Standards, the Downtown Denver Parks and Public Spaces Master Plan, and the Colorado State University Medical Center. Chris has a Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and a Masters of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado Denver, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Amy Harbert
Amy Harbert

Amy Benoit Harbert joined Design Workshop in 2014 as the Houston Office Director. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 2000 and has also worked as an instructor of landscape architecture at Texas Tech University. Amy’s professional interests are broad and include the design of parks and open spaces, recreational trails, facilitating strong community relationships with the outdoor environment, regional planning, and the detailed design work associated with corporate campuses and garden spaces. Her portfolio affirms her interests showcasing project design and implementation of college campus work, roof-top gardens, waterfront redevelopment, corridor redevelopment and numerous regional planning studies located in the U.S. and internationally. Her portfolio of current work, located in Houston, includes projects such as corridor plans for the Westchase District, a bicycle and trails master plan for Generation Park and the creation of Houston’s first ever General Plan. Additionally she is involved in on-going community outreach and business development efforts and is an active member of the United States Green Building Council and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Amanda Jeter
Amanda Jeter

Amanda Jeter strives to be a creative landscape architect and planner who designs compelling stories and landscapes that strengthen our relationship to the natural world. Amanda started working in Design Workshop's Denver office in 2011 after receiving her master's degree from the University of Colorado Denver in 2010 and being chosen as a finalist for the Olmsted Award also in 2010 by the Landscape Architecture Foundation. Amanda has significant planning, research, and design experience in parks and open space projects. Working with regional partners and municipalities, she has served as project manager for Barefoot Lakes Parks and Recreation Master Plan and Arvada Parks, Trails and Open Space Master Plan. She has presented at the national Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals conference and will be presenting an educational session on new urban park types at the National Recreation Park Association conference in St. Louis this October.

Kristofer Johnson
Kristofer Johnson

Kristofer Johnson, an Associate with Design Workshop’s Aspen office, joined the firm in 2003 to explore the significance of merging design with environmental stewardship. His education in Botany and Landscape Architecture facilitates his understanding of ecological design within rural, resort, and community contexts. Kristofer also brings additional planning and conservation expertise from work on federal permitting of large-scale energy infrastructure across the West and leadership as a Center Director for the National Audubon Society. As a registered professional landscape architect and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, Kristofer’s design process insists upon a rigorous and detailed approach.

Philip Koske
Philip Koske

Philip Koske has worked for over 10 years on a diverse range of projects in Texas and Louisiana. As a project manager with Design Workshop, his role is to ensure that the highest quality of design, documentation and project implementation are delivered to our clients. From large scale planning projects to detailed design, a meaningful commitment to creativity, fun, and quality is evident in both his built and proposed works.

Conners Ladner
Conners Ladner

Conners Ladner is a landscape designer in Design Workshop's Austin office. Graduating with honors in landscape architecture from Louisiana State University, Conners was selected as the student commencement speaker for the College of Art and Design graduation ceremony. Prior to joining Design Workshop in 2012, Conners spent three years practicing landscape design at the Brooklyn based firm Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, where he sharpened his strong graphic communication and site design skills.

Steve Moore
Steve Moore

Steve Moore joined Design Workshop in April 2012. He earned a bachelor's degree in English literature and philosophy from Bowling Green State University in 2007 and went on to earn a master's degree in landscape architecture from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011. He has worked on a variety of project types at Design Workshop, but focuses on urban parks, O&M plans and private residences. Steve loves music and has an eclectic taste in music, which he uses when selecting a wide range of interesting songs for the office, played on the vintage record player in Austin. Steve has passed the CDT exam in 2013 and will be tackling the LARE exam this fall.

Alex Ramirez
Alex Ramirez

Alex Ramirez joined Design Workshop in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Louisiana State University. As a landscape designer in the Austin office, Alex has gained valuable experience in both the private and public sectors. Much of his work has been focused around urban parks and streetscapes, but Alex also brings experience in residential design, retail development and regional planning strategies. He has been involved in all stages of the design process including schematic design, design development and construction documentation. He takes great pride in his ability to help deliver our clients with the highest quality of work, documentation and implementation.

Emily Risinger
Emily Risinger

As an Urban Planner and Associate in Design Workshop’s Austin office, Emily Risinger’s experience includes comprehensive planning, downtown planning, parks and open space planning, master planning, community engagement best practices and urban design. Emily’s portfolio includes neighborhood, city and regional initiatives such as the Taylor Downtown Master Plan, Huntsville Housing and Economic Development Study and the Houston General Plan. Nationally, Emily serves as a leader of the American Planning Association Urban Design and Preservation Division. Locally, she serves as Vice-Chair of the City of Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council. Emily joined Design Workshop in 2012 with a master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture.

Eric Roverud
Eric Roverud

Eric Roverud, an Associate in Design Workshop’s Tahoe office, has over 10 years of experience managing and implementing award winning planning and landscape architecture projects. Eric’s approach to design combines his knowledge of biological relationships and natural systems with an understanding of the physical and technical aspects of place-making. His holistic understanding of how we live and interact with the world around us has led to the creation of landscapes and public spaces which both fit and enhance the inherent quality of the place. Eric’s strengths lie in his understanding of the design process from the conceptualization phase through implementation, and from his breadth of project experience. Whether Eric is solving site scale design challenges or formulating countywide aspirational plans, his diverse skill set and ability to communicate effectively with clients and consultant teams make him a valuable team member throughout the design process.

Jake Sippy
Jake Sippy

Jake Sippy, a landscape architect and Associate at Design Workshop, has spent seven years working on parks, plazas, resorts, commercial corridors, urban streetscapes and public spaces. Capable of working both in a planning and technical capacity, Jake’s experience has been honed by leading multi-disciplinary projects both in the U.S. and abroad. Having recently graduated from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design with Distinction, Jake has been at Design Workshop’s Denver office since 2005.

His recent work demonstrates his abilities to manage complex projects, disciplinary teams and myriad stakeholder interests. As lead consultant to the client for multiple phases at the Glacier Club, ranging from planning and county approvals through construction, Jake is responsible for coordinating the design efforts with the project engineer and various architects. His planning efforts are enriched by his experience with built projects, such as the Manhattan City Flats where he managed the project from Schematic Design through Construction and coordinated submittals to the Commons DRB and CCD on behalf of the client, architect and consultant team. Jake also has experience working with municipalities and public entities, such as at South Broadway: Arizona to Exposition, where he managed the day-to-day design efforts and coordination with the project engineers, and also participated in the public meetings.

Paul Squadrito
Paul Squadrito

Paul Squadrito joined Design Workshop in 2006 and is an Associate and licensed Landscape Architect with over twenty years of professional experience throughout the United States and internationally. His experience in landscape architecture and site planning has focused on site design and construction for destination resorts, tourism communities, parks and open space, residential and commercial mixed-use communities, commercial and mixed-use projects, urban design, and private residences. Paul brings extensive project management, design, and construction administration knowledge to Design Workshop and has contributed to our pursuit of excellence furthering our efforts towards ‘Legacy’ in such recent projects as the Aspen Gondola Plaza Pedestrian Enhancement, Edgewood Tahoe Resort, Lafitte Greenway and Corridor Plan, Buttermilk Base Redevelopment, Lincoln P Street, Great Streets Initiative South Grand Redevelopment, and Burlingame Ranch Affordable Housing Phase II.

Mike Tunte
Mike Tunte

Michael Tunte is a professional landscape architect and urban designer with Design Workshop. He has more than 16 years of experience ranging from specific site design and detailing to the development of large urban areas and satellite cities. His areas of expertise include urban design, resort design, detailed site and garden design, site planning and retail projects. He has managed design teams in a broad range of project types locally, nationally and internationally. In addition to his professional work, Michael enjoys teaching classes and has lectured extensively in South America on a wide variety of topics. He is passionate about urban areas and the myriad ways communities use public space.

Jon Brooke
Jon Brooke

Jon Brooke joined Design Workshop in 2014 as the Chicago Office Director. Educated in the UK, Jon has more than 20 years of experience and a portfolio that spans a wide variety of scales, from private gardens to large scale planning and design projects. Jon believes strongly in education and professional affiliation. He is a member of the United States Green Building Council, the Society of College and University Planners and the American Society of Landscape Architects. He has also lectured for more than 5 as Adjunct Associate Professor at IIT College of Architecture.

Amy Harbert
Amy Harbert

Amy Benoit Harbert joined Design Workshop in 2014 as the Houston Office Director. She graduated from Louisiana State University in 2000 and has also worked as an instructor of landscape architecture at Texas Tech University. Amy’s professional interests are broad and include the design of parks and open spaces, recreational trails, facilitating strong community relationships with the outdoor environment, regional planning, and the detailed design work associated with corporate campuses and garden spaces. Her portfolio affirms her interests showcasing project design and implementation of college campus work, roof-top gardens, waterfront redevelopment, corridor redevelopment and numerous regional planning studies located in the U.S. and internationally. Her portfolio of current work, located in Houston, includes projects such as corridor plans for the Westchase District, a bicycle and trails master plan for Generation Park and the creation of Houston’s first ever General Plan. Additionally she is involved in on-going community outreach and business development efforts and is an active member of the United States Green Building Council and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Lance Lowrey

Lance Lowrey, Director of Design Workshop’s Los Angeles Office, has extensive experience with the design and implementation of landscape architecture, urban design and planning projects. He has a strong interest in finding unique and creative solutions for client project requirements. His core professional aspiration is to develop new and fresh ideas. With over 15 years of experience, Lance has been exposed to a wide range of project types and scales across the United States and the globe. His broad, international practice includes time spent living and working abroad. He has the experience needed to make project concepts become built realities. Lance embraces living and working in dynamic and international cities like Los Angeles and enjoys being immersed in a progressive network of collaborators. He appreciates good built work, not only as an expression of well-designed projects but also as a result of craft, focus and continued innovation through the technical design and construction stages of a project.

Jun Zhou
Jun Zhou

Jun Zhou, Director of Design Workshop’s Shanghai office, has extensive experience in the areas of detailed design and implementation. He has gained a broad range of knowledge working on design projects in the United States and China for more than ten years.

With a background in landscape architecture, Chinese gardens, and environmental design, Jun Zhou is particularly interested in the logic behind simple aesthetic designs. He utilizes various graphic communication tools including hand drawing, 3D modeling, physical modeling, and digital fabrication to represent and develop site-specific designs. Jun is known for bridging high-level, strategic design leadership with practical, technical thinking. Clients value Jun’s approachable manner and clear, consistent communication that fosters a collaborative, iterative design process.

Originally from China, Jun holds a Bachelor of Environmental Art Design and Landscape Architecture from East China University of Science & Technology, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania. While at UPenn, Jun received a 2011 ASLA Student Honor Award in General Design and a 2012 ASLA student honor award in residential design.

Kurt Culbertson
Kurt Culbertson

Aspen Office

Kurt Culbertson, FASLA, is the Chairman and CEO of Design Workshop. A graduate of Louisiana State University, Culbertson holds a master’s degree in business administration in real estate from Southern Methodist University. He is currently pursuing a doctorate from the Edinburgh College of Art. Kurt joined Design Workshop in 1979. He is a full member of the Urban Land Institute, participating in the Recreation Development Council, and served as chapter chair of the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. He has served as a fellow of Dumbarton Oaks, the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Institute of Urban Design and received a Fulbright Scholarship to the Wirtschaft Universitat in Vienna, Austria. He also has served as co-chair of the Cultural Landscape Foundation. He is a registered landscape architect in Colorado, Louisiana and South Carolina as well as a LEED®-certified designer and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Mark Feldmann
Mark Feldmann

Mark Feldmann has been a valuable member of the Design Workshop management team for more than 16 years as the company's Chief Financial Officer. As a member of the management team, his primary responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day accounting functions and working with the firm's shareholders in setting the strategic financial direction of the firm. Feldmann’s responsibilities also include handling many of the corporate and office operational aspects of the company. Feldmann became a certified public accountant after earning a degree from Colorado State University in business administration with an accounting concentration.

Allyson Mendenhall
Allyson Mendenhall

Based in Design Workshop's Denver office, Allyson Mendenhall is the Director of Legacy Design, a firm-wide initiative focused on practice-based research and setting comprehensive performance agendas for design projects for the delivery of measureable economic, environmental, community and aesthetic benefits. She serves on the firm's Executive Leadership Team focused on strategy and operations across all ten offices in the U.S., Middle East and China. A LEED-certified licensed landscape architect, Allyson leads the Design Workshop's quality management process and is a key leader in project management training. A member of American Society of Landscape Architects, Allyson is a frequent speaker at the professional association's annual meeting, and has published in several design journals on the subject of landscape performance. She serves on the boards of the Landscape Architecture Foundation, the Denver Botanic Garden, and the Harvard Alumni Association. This July she will become Chair of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council.

Cynthia Raber
Cynthia Raber

Cynthia Raber is Design Workshops Chief Information Officer. Prior to joining the company in 2006, Cynthia had a very successful IT Consulting & Training Company for several years after being the VP of IT at a Telecommunications billing company and the COO of an IT Consulting company. Cynthia has been a valuable member of the Design Workshop Executive Leadership Team focusing on the strategic technology direction across all ten offices in the US and China. Primary responsibilities include overseeing the day-to-day information technology functions and working with the firm's shareholders in setting the strategic technology direction of the firm. Cynthia's responsibilities also include handling all of the corporate and office telecommunication aspects of the company. She is involved with a national AEC IT Leaders Roundtable, Strategic Technology Council as well as several user groups within the IT arena. She earned a dual Master's degree in Telecommunications and Project Management from the University of Denver and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Regis University.

Jay Sabatini
Jay Sabatini

As the Director of Business Development and Marketing at Design Workshop, Jay Sabatini fulfills a management role and works with the firm’s leadership and key staff to develop, implement, manage, execute and measure all business development, marketing, public relations and research initiatives for the firm. As the Director of Business Development he is responsible for networking and lead generation, lead tracking and relationship management, establishing a culture of business development, coaching seller doers and creating strategies to operate in specialty markets. As the Director of Marketing he is responsible for managing and organizing the work of the Marketing Team in all ten offices. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, he assists the Chairman & CEO by preparing firm and office strategic plans and for the implementation and execution of the actions that support those plans.

Joe Porter
Joe Porter

Joe Porter, FASLA, helped found Design Workshop in 1969. Porter earned his bachelor's degree from Utah State University and his master's from the University of Illinois. He has taught at the Department of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University, the School of Design at North Carolina State University and, most recently, the Department of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado at Denver. A registered landscape architect in Montana and North Carolina, Porter is a full member of ULI and received a fellowship from ASLA in 1988. He has served as a board member and past president of the Landscape Architecture Foundation and The Center for Design Innovation. In 2008, Porter received the ASLA Medal for his lifetime achievements and contributions to the profession of landscape architecture.

Don Ensign
Don Ensign

Don Ensign, helped found Design Workshop in 1969. Ensign holds a bachelor's degree in landscape architecture from Utah State University and a master's from the University of Michigan. He was an assistant professor in the School of Design at North Carolina State University and an instructor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at Utah State University. He is a registered landscape architect in Michigan and North Carolina.

Firm History
DW Foundation
Symposia

Design Workshop is a firm born in the pursuit of ideas. While teaching at North Carolina State, our founders Joe Porter and Don Ensign, developed a course to engage clients, staff and colleagues in a collaborative process they labeled “design workshop.” For over 40 years Design Workshop has provided landscape architecture, urban design and strategic services to clients in North America and throughout the world. We are committed to creating special places that meet today's needs and that are sustainable environments for all time. We have developed a methodology called DW Legacy Design®. This proprietary process seeks to imbue every project with a balance between environmental sensitivity, community connection, artistic beauty and economic viability that demonstrates measurable results.

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“Helping people to design a better community”

Design Workshop's commitment to providing leadership in design and planning is broadening to help communities in need through the establishment of the Design Workshop Foundation (DWF), a 501 (C)3, non-profit organization. By supporting our staff in their volunteer efforts as well as collaborating with our clients and other like-minded professionals on pro-bono design projects, the DWF aims to deliver innovative designs to support and elevate our contribution to the public realm.

The DWF Board of Directors is a representation of the employees of Design Workshop. We have crafted our Mission, Vision and Approach, to help guide the work of our organization:

Mission
Vision
Approach

As Design Workshop employees, we are committed to designing legacy environments for future generations. To foster this pursuit, the DWF provides design leadership to individuals and to groups that are in need. It is our collective desire to strike a balance in our pursuit of socially equitable, environmentally innovative, artistically inspired and economically sensible design solutions, while balancing our lives through public service for the improvement of our communities and of our environments.

The DWF uses and promotes the Legacy Design process: to educate and to mentor future members of our profession; to execute highly responsive design solutions; and to facilitate the transfer of critical knowledge to the public through outreach. By providing Design Workshop employees with a vehicle to design and to implement innovative solutions to problems affecting our communities and our environment, we achieve 'legacy'.

Through collaboration with allied charitable organizations the foundation will: mentor young students in design education; find, fund and execute innovative design solutions that solve pressing needs in the communities where we live and work; and provide public outreach by delivering critical knowledge and promoting discourse through community workshops, public speaking, teaching and participatory charrettes. The Foundation will act as a conduit for internal collaboration and for external interaction with allied organizations. Through participation in the Foundation, volunteers will be exposed to mentoring, pro-bono projects, as well as networking opportunities with individuals from other firms and disciplines.

Design Symposia are a testament to Design Workshop's concept that we are one firm with long hallways. Symposia are design reviews and learning sessions that convene multiple offices for critical discussion around several projects that share a theme, scale, issues or program – retail environments, streetscape design, new community design, park design, stormwater strategies, and conservation easements, for example.

Using web and video conference technology, teams from different Design Workshop offices convene to review the projects as well as to engage in broader and more elevated discussions about topics and issues that the projects share. Symposia are a valuable forum for tapping into and sharing expertise and experience across offices, building capacity and knowledge and receiving objective input from outside your team. They are a forum for discovery and for building collective intelligence about project best practices. Frequently, guest experts are invited to participate.