College Attended: Kansas State University
Degree: Bachelors of science in Landscape Architecture Year Graduated from College: 2006
Internships: Powell Gardens, Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Intern, May 2005 – August 2005 (4 months) Kansas City, Missouri Area, Kansas State University – Campus Planning Department, Landscape Architecture – Student Intern September 2005 – May 2006 (9 months)
Hometown Area: Great Bend, Kansas (Central Kansas)
Awards / Accomplishments: Leed AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Accredited Professional)
Family / Interests / Hobbies: I live in Lee’s Summit, MO with my wife Ashley. We have 2 dogs we rescued from a local animal shelter and are hoping to start our family soon. I spend a lot of time working in my yard and plant a large vegetable garden each year. Other interests/ hobbies include camping, hunting, fishing, and brewing my own beer.
My favorite thing about Landcaping / Designing / Outdoors: I enjoy taking a space that was previously unused or not used to it full potential and making it an extension of the living space
My Inspiration: Whatever I see that day. It could be a new plant in the garden store or a magazine article I just read. Often it is observing how people use different spaces that encourage me to adapt those aspects into my own designs.
Who taught me my most valuable lesson and what it was? My grandpa told me, “You will never know if you can do something unless you give it a try.”
My ideal outdoor space: My ideal outdoor space would consist of a paver patio and a fire place flanked by seat walls. Flowing landscape beds guide you into a lush green lawn with large mature trees encompassing an understory of flowering dogwoods and redbuds.
What inspires me: I would have to say that my greatest inspiration comes from my clients. When someone decides to install a new landscape they have typically spent weeks, months, many times even years thinking about their perfect landscape. The excitement my clients express as their dream materializes from a drawing on paper to the finished product is what makes it all worthwhile.
My favorite landscape style: My style is a mix of different styles I have worked with over the years. Having studied in Italy while in college, a lot of my inspiration comes from the formality and structure of Italian villas. I also love the informal and colorful aspects of the cottage garden. Combining these styles to create a structured yet colorful and natural feel is what I strive for. A balance of color, structure, texture, and seasonal interest is the foundation of my designs.