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Andreas X. Stavropoulos, PLA | Co-Founder

Andreas has successfully completed commissions including landscapes, dwellings, and products. His design approach draws from his experience as a science educator, a Denali National Park ranger , a geotechnician on Bainbridge Island, a theatrical designer and fabricator at Dartmouth College, and craft work in stained glass, sculpture, weaving, ceramics, and biofuels.
Andreas earned a degree in Geology from Dartmouth College in ’02 and went on to earn a Masters of Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley in ’07.  He is a registered landscape architect in the state of California.  He teaches Professional Practice at UC Berkeley Extension.  His work has been featured in print and web media, including The New York Times, Dwell, Sunset, Fast Company, Daily Candy, The Atlantic, The Seattle Times and others.

Patricia Algara, ASLA | Co-Founder

Patricia Algara, granddaughter of an architect and rancher, grew up in San Luis Potosi, Central Mexico.  From this springs her passion and appreciation for beautifully designed and food-productive landscapes.
After working for a women’s rights organization on community empowerment projects, she earned a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture in order to bring together participation and the built environment.  Along with her public outreach, facilitation and graphic recording skills, Patricia has worked on projects ranging from learning environments, to urban parks, schools, zoos, farms and streetscapes.
Patricia teaches “Designing for Difference” at UC Berkeley and UC Berkeley Extension which focuses on social factors that influence the design of public spaces.  Patricia’s design, outreach, and leadership work has been national recognized through a national ASLA award, the 10 Women Campaign and many other organizations and publications. Patricia is an avid beekeeper who strives to apply values that she has learned from the bees in her designs: Beauty, function, structure, and communication can intersect sweetly.
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Sutter Wehmeier, PLA, LEED AP  | Principal

Sutter has worked on multi-disciplinary teams for landscape architecture firms large and small, and the common thread in his work has always been a commitment to the greenest solutions each project can achieve. His portfolio includes award-winning projects with LEED Platinum certification, endorsement from the Living Building Challenge, and the world’s first four-star certification from the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES). His areas of expertise include green roofs/landscape on structure, horticulture, and stormwater management. Sutter has a deep appreciation for the magnificent diversity of the plant world. Having previously managed a specialty plant nursery featuring over 10,000 species of plants, he makes a point to visit the botanical garden in any new city to which he travels. He strongly believes that landscapes – whether designed or natural – are places to celebrate life. He received his MLA from UC Berkeley in 2007 and is a registered landscape architect in the state of Oregon. Sutter also serves as the Executive Vice President of the Edwards Mother Earth Foundation, a charitable family foundation dedicated to mitigating global climate disruption.

Natalie Martell | Landscape Designer

Natalie has visited and studied landscapes and public spaces throughout Europe and China.  She has lived and studied in Orvieto, Italy where she explored its art, architecture, and public spaces.  Natalie has also lived and worked in Rougemont, a small village in Switzerland’s pre-Alps, where she explored the region’s landscapes and cities by hiking and biking.  Through her work there, she was able to learn more about sustainable design solutions and urban agriculture.  These experiences continue to help shape and inspire her work in landscape architecture.  She is particularly passionate about designing spaces that area socially, environmentally, and economically beneficial to their communities.
Natalie received her five-year Master of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University in ’13 and recently returned from France, where she collaborated with a former professor to develop an installation at Domaine Chaumont-sur-Loire International Garden Festival.

Susan McKay, PLA | Senior Advisor

Susan McKay has practiced landscape architecture in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 25 years. Her expertise and experience focus on project design and implementation, master planning, and project management. She manages public agency landscape architecture projects with a focus on community parks and school projects. Private sector projects have included children’s development centers and corporate facilities. As a project designer, she has contributed to the devel­opment and preparation of concept plans, design schematics, and construction documents for a range of projects, including parks, recreation facilities, schools, streetscapes, and children’s development centers.
Ms. McKay has lead consultant and in-house teams to implement design work from concept design through construction document production and construction administration during the building process. Her strong management skills facilitate the functioning of collaborative design efforts to produce places that are richer for the participation and inclusion of multiple viewpoints. She has managed multiple projects for clients and overseen projects with design fees up to $1 million. In addition Ms. McKay has assisted public agencies in programming new projects and setting and working with agency landscape standards and guidelines and provided peer review of agency projects.

 

 

 

 

 

Rob Bell | Designer & Software Engineer

In 2006, after a decade long career as a Senior Software Engineer creating award winning products such as Living Books and Lego Mindstorms, Rob founded a digital fabrication design/build company based in San Francisco. Rob’s clients have included Tesla Motors, Google, The Long Now Foundation and the d.School at Stanford University.Since 2009 Rob has been designing and building Zonohedral Pavilions called Zomes that integrate into our landscapes. These full scale wooden structures of hyper-dimensional architecture are constructed using a proprietary interlocking joinery technique. His zomadic architecture frees the imagination and challenges perceptions regarding structure.