Leadership


Board
Principals
Associates
Office Directors
Management Team
Founders
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 received his doctorate from 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 and in 2016 received the ASLA Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects. 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.

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.

Becky Zimmermann

Denver Office

Becky has devoted her career to solving complex issues in the areas of community planning, market and economics, and resorts and tourism. She is recognized for her work in leading communities, companies and organizations in strategic and business planning, market definition and strategy, development entitlements, real estate economics, facilitation and advisory services. She has also been integrally involved in leading community participation processes and facilitation for projects.

Becky is a frequent keynote speaker for a variety of conferences including the 2008 Urban Land Institute Placemaking Conference, 2002 Union of British Columbia Municipalities Conference on Sustainability, and the 2001 Brown Fields Gray Water Symposium hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her work has been published in Metropolis magazine, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Urban Land, and a variety of local periodicals. She has served on the Denver Mayor’s Commission for Disabilities and the Leadership Advisory Council for the Colorado Nonprofit Association.

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.

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

Denver Office

For nearly two decades, 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.

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.


Robb Berg

Denver Office

For nearly two decades, 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.

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.

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

Denver Office

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.

Anna (Gagne) Laybourn

Aspen Office

Anna (Gagne) Laybourn 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.

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

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

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

Denver Office

A Principal in the Denver office of Design Workshop, Allyson Mendenhall is the Director of Legacy Design. This firm-wide initiative emphasizes practice-based research and setting comprehensive sustainable agendas for design projects to deliver measurable economic, environmental, community and aesthetic benefits. She serves on the firm’s Executive Leadership Team focused on firm-wide strategy and operations. A LEED-certified licensed landscape architect, Allyson leads the firm’s quality management and project management processes. She is Chair of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council and also serves as Vice President, University-Wide Affairs, on the Harvard Alumni Association Board Executive Committee. Allyson is a Mayoral Trustee of the Denver Botanic Gardens, a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning, and a Board Emeritus of the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

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

Denver Office

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

Laura Bryant

Laura Bryant is a Landscape Architect in Design Workshop’s Austin office. Her work is derived from an appreciation of natural processes and a sensitive understanding of human interaction with the built environment. With a collaborative spirit in investigation and design development, Laura sees design as an opportunity to engage the community and create meaningful, beautiful places. Experience includes large urban parks, streetscapes, mixed-use districts and private residences. Laura is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and received her undergraduate degree from The University of Georgia before obtaining her Master’s in Landscape Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin.

Hugo Colón

Hugo Colón is an associate in the Houston office of Design Workshop. Originally from Puerto Rico, he holds a Master in Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico and a Master in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University. Hugo has experience in projects that range from streetscape design to low income multifamily housing, parks and master planning. Before joining Design Workshop, he worked on planning and design projects that addressed drainage, transportation and open space challenges in underserved communities in South Texas. As a native Spanish speaker, Hugo was an integral part of the community engagement process, establishing partnerships and leading community meetings and workshops that addressed low income housing, flooding and transportation. His previous experiences bolstered his passion towards inclusive design and working with communities in need. Since joining our team in 2017, his work has been focused around streetscape design, parks and nature centers.

Tracy Davidson

Tracy Davidson has worked in administrative roles in Landscape Architecture, Architecture and Regional Planning disciplines for the last twenty years. Tracy supports the firm in project assistance, marketing coordination and office management. Her attention to detail and all-inclusive and practical analysis of projects bolsters the Design Workshop team’s creation of holistic designs. She is intrigued by projects and firmwide efforts that can influence people’s everyday experiences and affect their lives as a whole.

Sarah Delcambre

Sarah Delcambre is a licensed landscape architect and project manager in Design Workshop’s Houston Office. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University in 2013, Sarah has gained knowledge in both the public and private sectors with skills in public engagement, branding and place making, urban streetscape and park design, and community master planning. She is involved in all stages of the design process including early conceptualization, project management, construction documentation, and construction observation. Sarah is passionate about mentoring her peers, building strong design teams and delivering the best product possible for her clients.

Aimee Duffy

Based in Design Workshop's Aspen office, Aimee Duffy is the Director of Human Resources, and serves on the firm's Executive Leadership Team focused on strategy, operations and human resources administration across all offices. Aimee is PHR and SHRM-CP certified and leads Design Workshop’s people initiatives. She is responsible for the talent management, learning and development, onboarding, performance management, benefits management and employee relationship strategy. Aimee holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Michael’s College and a master’s degree in strategic human resource management from the University of Denver.

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.

Jason Ficht

Jason is certified as a City Planner and has an advanced certification in Urban Design. Jason is based in Design Workshop’s Los Angeles Office and frequently works on projects throughout the world. He received his Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and his Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from University California Irvine. Jason leads urban design and master planning projects for both public sector and private sector clients. Project types range from walkable new towns, transit-oriented development, multi-modal corridor revitalization, international master plans, high-density mixed-use site planning, urban greening strategies and form-based codes to name a few. Jason is involved in ULI’s National Suburban Redevelopment Product Council, American Society of Landscape Architects and The American Planning Association. Jason is passionate about retrofitting aging cities and suburbs to better serve their communities.

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.

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.

Micah Giardetti

With a strong foundation in all stages of the design process from stakeholder and community engagement to the delivery of built work, Micah brings broad experience to the Denver office. He offers a thoughtful, individualized approach to each project, seeking to understand the larger systems that influence the design and details that create successful, lasting places. Over his career, Micah has accumulated a body of work that includes streetscapes, urban design and mobility studies, open space design, and community master plans. Some of his notable projects include 84th Streetscape, 21st Street and Wynkoop Street Design Plan and the community master plan for Wilson Ranch. Micah holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture from the University of New Mexico and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Western Ontario.

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.

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.

Nino Pero

Nino Pero has more than 20 years of experience as a graphic and web designer, and has developed numerous comprehensive identity systems for both public and private projects. He has produced a variety of communication materials for urban design and planning efforts, including master plan documents, illustrative renderings, technical graphics, design guidelines, public facilitation websites, interactive property maps and many types of printed collateral.

He develops strategic visual communications that express brands and illuminate information. Through both print and digital media, he helps translate ideas into forms that increase understanding and inform decision making. With an approach centered on collaboration and strong project management, Nino brings a thorough understanding of the tools and processes required to successfully bring a project from concept to completion.

Margaret Plumb

Margaret is a landscape architect and project manager in the Aspen office of Design Workshop. She is passionate about projects that shape clients’ and communities’ everyday experience of the built environment. Margaret enjoys working collaboratively and thinking creatively on a broad range of scales and geographies. Her background in urban and environmental sociology combined with her professional experience has led to a socio-ecological focus in her design sensibilities, combining environmental priorities and empathy for the users of a site to create place. She received her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Virginia. Her work with Design Workshop has included park master planning, resort development, urban design, site planning, and residential design.

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 Houston 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.

Kenley Reed

Kenley Reed is an associate landscape and urban designer in the Austin office of Design Workshop. His work encompasses a wide range of project types from urban streetscape design to rural park planning. His people focused approach creates uniquely enjoyable experiences through the landscape for its users and those involved in the design process.

Kenley graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University with a minor in Horticulture. He is passionate about ensuring landscape architects continue to be innovators and leaders in the creation of the built environment.

Ben Roush

Ben Roush is a landscape architect with expertise in a broad range of project types and scales including: park design, campus masterplanning and design, residential design, community development, urban design, brownfield redevelopment and streetscape design. Ben earned his bachelors degree in Landscape Architecture from North Carolina A&T State University and a subsequent Master of Landscape Architecture degree from North Carolina State University's College of Design, where he completed his thesis in sustainable planting strategies for campus landscapes. Ben has also collaborated with a number of internationally recognized artists on projects throughout the United States, Germany and the Netherlands.

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, 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.

John Spiess

John Spiess is professional landscape architect and project manager in the Aspen office of Design Workshop. John works on landscape and planning projects across the West. The projects have included residential design, regional parks, resort development and ecological restoration. The common thread in this work has been the outdoor experience and establishing connections to the surrounding landscape. John is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Masters in Landscape Architecture Program, and also holds a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University and Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Colorado College.

Rebecca Hill

Los Angeles Office

Rebecca is a licensed landscape architect with fifteen years of experience. She specializes in integrating high-performance landscapes that enhance the public realm and preserve natural and cultural resources into the urban environment. Her research focuses on using the structure of neighborhoods to maximize the impact of landscape space. She graduated from Swarthmore College with a bachelor’s degree in biology before obtaining her master’s degree in landscape architecture from UC Berkeley.

Manisha Kaul

Chicago Office

Manisha Kaul is a Landscape Architect and is the Office Director of Design Workshop’s Chicago office. Trained as a landscape architect and an architect, her interests as a landscape designer and planner lie in creating resiliency, integration and balance between the built and the natural worlds. Pursuant to a bachelor's degree in architecture from Sir J.J. College of Architecture in Mumbai, she was awarded a gold medal in landscape architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi and a creative achievement award in her second master’s degree in landscape architecture at the Pennsylvania State University. Prior to joining Design Workshop in 2018, she led planning, site design and implementation projects of numerous academic, residential/mixed-use and federal campuses both in the United States and internationally for Philadelphia based Andropogon Associates. Manisha’s expertise in integrating green stormwater infrastructure techniques at both the site and watershed scales have resulted in projects that demonstrate the creative use of the site and its environs as a resource in developing design typologies for interpreting, visualizing and weaving an ecological approach into creating new as well as protecting and rehabilitating existing landscapes.

Conners Ladner

Austin Office

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.

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 Houston 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.

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.

Aimee Duffy

Aspen Office

Based in Design Workshop's Aspen office, Aimee Duffy is the Director of Human Resources, and serves on the firm's Executive Leadership Team focused on strategy, operations and human resources administration across all offices. Aimee is PHR and SHRM-CP certified and leads Design Workshop’s people initiatives. She is responsible for the talent management, learning and development, onboarding, performance management, benefits management and employee relationship strategy. Aimee holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Michael’s College and a master’s degree in strategic human resource management from the University of Denver.

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.

ilana Fowler

Denver Office

As Director of Marketing, ilana plays a key role in driving the firm’s growth strategy, communication and brand positioning across all 7 offices. With a deep interest in "design for social impact" and its transformative effect in cities, ilana brings market-driven focus and tactical direction to advance the thinking and practice as a whole.

With over 20 years of experience in the A/E/C industry, ilana has played a leadership role in the winning strategy and communication of some of the most complex urban redevelopment projects in the country. Some of her achievements include directing and producing a series of media campaigns resulting in a 40% increase in awards and press, including coverage in Fast Company Innovation by Design, Curbed Magazine and The New York Times.

ilana is passionate about finding deeper connections between people, culture, design, strategy, business and technology. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis. She went on to further her education in Communication Arts and received certifications in Film Animation, Digital Media, Project Management and Sales Training from The School of Visual Arts, The New School, The International Center of Photography and Dale Carnegie. She is also a member of PRSA Colorado, Urban Land Institute and Downtown Denver Partnership.

Allyson Mendenhall

Denver Office

A Principal in the Denver office of Design Workshop, Allyson Mendenhall is the Director of Legacy Design. This firm-wide initiative emphasizes practice-based research and setting comprehensive sustainable agendas for design projects to deliver measurable economic, environmental, community and aesthetic benefits. She serves on the firm’s Executive Leadership Team focused on firm-wide strategy and operations. A LEED-certified licensed landscape architect, Allyson leads the firm’s quality management and project management processes. She is Chair of the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Council and also serves as Vice President, University-Wide Affairs, on the Harvard Alumni Association Board Executive Committee. Allyson is a Mayoral Trustee of the Denver Botanic Gardens, a member of the Advisory Board of the University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning, and a Board Emeritus of the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

Cynthia Raber

Denver Office

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.

Becky Zimmermann

Denver Office

Becky has devoted her career to solving complex issues in the areas of community planning, market and economics, and resorts and tourism. She is recognized for her work in leading communities, companies and organizations in strategic and business planning, market definition and strategy, development entitlements, real estate economics, facilitation and advisory services. She has also been integrally involved in leading community participation processes and facilitation for projects.

Becky is a frequent keynote speaker for a variety of conferences including the 2008 Urban Land Institute Placemaking Conference, 2002 Union of British Columbia Municipalities Conference on Sustainability, and the 2001 Brown Fields Gray Water Symposium hosted by the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her work has been published in Metropolis magazine, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Urban Land, and a variety of local periodicals. She has served on the Denver Mayor’s Commission for Disabilities and the Leadership Advisory Council for the Colorado Nonprofit Association.

 

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, 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.