We’re an integrated group of landscape architects, planners, engineers, surveyors and other talented individuals. All of us came to SWT for the promise of meaningful projects with purpose-driven clients. A fun-loving and welcoming culture keeps us grounded. How we treat clients is how we treat each other – with respect, honesty and curiosity.
Will began working at an architectural software startup in Kansas City following the completion of his undergraduate degree. He quickly developed an interest in green infrastructure and discovered the profession of landscape architecture. Throughout graduate school, he continued working and has grown as an advocate for designers’ impact on sustainability and resilience in the built environment. After finishing his graduate degree, Will participated in the Tallgrass Artist Residency program before joining SWT. His personal work explores the cultural aspects of environmental history, land use, and ecology.
Master of Landscape Architecture, Minnesota University
Bachelor of Arts in Geography, Gustavus Adolphus College
Leslie has years of experience in civil engineering site design. She has experience in working with getting project permits approved by governing agencies and takes pride in getting projects completed accurately and on time.
She has experience working on many different types of projects from commercial and residential site developments to parks and recreation grading and stormwater management design. Her focus is on highlighting the individuality of each project so that she can tailor designs to fit the challenges that each site brings. Leslie pays close attention to every detail and delivers sustainable, cost-effective solutions.
Master of Science, Civil Engineering, Saint Louis University
Bachelors of Science, Civil Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Bachelors of Science, Architectural Engineering, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Missouri
Lee Hyde has been working in the survey industry since 2010. His experience includes time as a field surveyor, project management, and administrative duties. In 2012, he became head of business development for the survey division.
Bachelor of Science in Marketing, Central Missouri State University
Known around the country for his tacit knowledge of park planning, landscape design, horticulture, environmental planning, and landscape maintenance best practices, Ted brings more than 30 years to our team and the profession of landscape architecture. His vision and talent are infused in our practice, ever-challenging accepted standards and methodologies.
“I am fascinated with biomimicry and what it means to understanding sustainability. It sounds simple, but if we just take time to better understand our natural surroundings and how nature works, we can be more impactful designers.”
In 2012, Ted was awarded the Robert Goetz Award for this contribution to the profession of landscape architecture.
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Kansas State University (cum laude) Dean’s Advisory Council, Kansas State University College of Architecture Planning and Design, American Society of Landscape Architects Council of Fellows (FASLA), Professional Landscape Architect (PLA), Gateway Greening Advisory, Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Board (CLARB)
Mary Ann joined SWT Design in 2021 and works directly with our Land Survey Studio. Her diverse and extensive experience in land surveying spans four-decades and ranges from work with the Jefferson County Assessor’s Office creating maps on mylar to advanced digital computer aided drafting for multiple surveying firms in eastern Missouri.
Mary Ann spends much of her time outside of the office volunteering at multiple organizations but has a special affinity for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. Over the last 35+ years, Mary Ann has volunteered as a troop leader, camp supervisor, camp promoter, district manager, and numerous other positions with GSEM. In addition to her time with the Girl Scouts, she is also involved with the Belews Creek Watershed Partnership and has been their secretary for the last 13+ years.
“I really do like drafting on the computer and by hand. It’s rewarding to make drawings so that people understand what they have. It’s fun to create drawings to use to expand upon to create even bigger and better projects. It’s cool to draw up something and then look at it on the ground and from the air and say….not bad. I know that all may sound pretty simple. What I do is complex but makes things simpler for others, or at least I hope it does.”
Secretary – Belews Creek Watershed Partnership
Focusing on a distinctive collaboration of landscape architecture, architecture, and infrastructure in the metropolitan landscape, Bonnie’s interests fundamentally lie in bringing clients economically and environmentally responsible design solutions. Her leadership of multi-disciplinary teams drives an internal process rich with data, benchmarking, and both pre- and post-occupancy evaluations.
“We’re always learning from design performance – metrics is a dynamic tool that can tell us whether a design achieved its goals, or if we need to rethink a solution. In the end, we want to capture measurable outcomes.”
Her passion for large-scale regional impacts is evident in her design and planning approach, whether through her process of engaging public stakeholder groups, analysis of existing conditions, or iterations of design concepts.
Master of Urban Design, Washington University-St. Louis (cum laude) Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Ball State University (cum laude) American Society of Landscape Architects, member, Urban Land Institute, member, Certified Planner, AICP, Professional Landscape Architect (PLA)
Klaus has been practicing Landscape Architecture and Environmental Engineering since 1982, including 11 years of landscape construction. In practice, his experience is supported by years of observation and discussion of site designs and environmental engineering starting with his history in Germany and Turkey, travels in Europe, and working as a professional Landscape Architect in the United States.
“I have realized how important listening, communication, and collaboration are for any project, regardless of project scale and location. Through that and the understanding of resource management, we can achieve truly innovative, sustainable, and successful projects that can leave a legacy for future generations.”
Klaus has experience in Urban Design and Landscape Architecture in areas such as site design and complete streetscapes, roofscapes, analysis of environmental impacts, and development of strategies for sustainable resource management.
Master of Landscape Architecture, Fachhochschule Weihenstephan (Institute for Applied Science in Landscape Architecture), Freising, Germany Optima Green Roof Systems, Karlsruhe, Germany Technical School for Landscape Construction, Heidelberg, Germany, Professional Landscape Architect (PLA)
With a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Teaching English as a Second Language, Paul began his professional career in academia teaching inner-city children at an elementary school in Louisville, KY. Concerned over the lack of green space and safe parks available to his students, he learned of landscape architecture and soon after discovered the many social and environmental impacts the profession has on our communities. After earning a Masters of Landscape Architecture, Paul discovered his passion for trails and biking, and is an avid proponent of alternative transportation. During his time with SWT, Paul has been integral in projects that address various planning and design elements, from economic development and transportation/access to green infrastructure, placemaking, and site development.
Master of Landscape Architecture, Louisiana State University
Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Teaching English as a Secondary Language, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana
Certified Planner, AICP
Mark is a second-generation land surveyor with over 40 years of experience. He has extensive knowledge of the United States Public Land Survey system and topography in the St. Louis region.
Mark is active in the Missouri Society of Professional Surveyors (MSPS) and regularly leads classes / presentations for professional organizations including MSPS, the National Business Institute (NIB), and the Illinois Professional Land Surveyors Association (IPLSA), and has authored numerous articles in the Missouri Surveyor Magazine publication. Mark is well-known and highly regarded in his profession and was recently awarded the MSPS Surveyor of the Year Award in 2019.
Professional Land Surveyor
President – Belews Creek Watershed Partnership
Peter brings a diverse background to his role at SWT Design. With multiple years of diversified experience in the profession and a background in international studies, Peter’s passion lies in discovering the rich history and individuality of every site, knowing that each has its own unique character and culture. This passion provides him with a sense of shared community and dedicated service to meeting the social, psychological and physical needs of the communities he works with.
University of Iowa BA in International Studies /Japanese,
U. S Air Force, AFROTC ‘honorable discharge’, Instructed in Japanese & Contracting, rank: Senior Airmen.
Iowa State University, Masters in Landscape Architecture.
Briana is passionate about urban ecology and environmental challenges. Her deep appreciation for the public realm and the relationships between systems at a larger scale brings an added perspective to our practice. Briana’s collaborative spirit adds to our project team’s efficiency and effectiveness.
Master of Landscape Architecture Washington University in St. Louis
Bachelors of Science in Architecture, Minor in Urban Design, Minor in Environmental Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
“I have always enjoyed being outdoors and in nature and enjoy creating spaces for others to enjoy the outdoors as well.”
Bachelors of Landscape Architecture, Minor in Environmental Studies, Iowa State University
Shaw Professional Series Committee: ASLA representative
Gary comes to SWT Design with a strong background in financial management and financial sustainability. He regularly collaborates with our project managers during the design process to help maintain healthy project budgets and identify ways in which we can improve our project management process.
Bachelor of Science, Accounting/Finance, Fontbonne University
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA)
Since 2002, Mindy has assisted our office with marketing, accounting, and production art. Her interests lie in urban homesteading and community gardens.
Bachelor of Fine Arts-Visual Communications, Washington University-St. Louis
Lee joined SWT Design in 2021 and works as a member of our Field Crew out of the Land Survey Studio in the St. Louis. Surveying is a family tradition for Lee with his grandfather, father, uncle, and brother all in the field. Since starting in his grandfather’s survey office in 2001, Lee has gained valuable experience in both the office and field.
“I enjoy getting out and searching for property corners and solving the problems. I really enjoy helping the property owners understand the boundaries of their property and hearing what they have to say about the areas I’m working in as it relates to the history of the region.”
Associate of Applied Sciences Software Application Programming, ITT Technical Institute
Julian is a creative and dedicated team member who resolves complex issues with creative, innovative design solutions. His proficiency in site design, computer rendering, and graphic design helps clients understand the scope and vision of their projects. His understanding of the design process allows him to fulfill project requirements, resulting in outstanding projects and satisfied clients.
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University
Brandon comes to SWT Design with multiple years of diversified drafting experience in the manufacturing industry. Brandon has quickly become invaluable to the SWT Design team, utilizing a creative and adaptive methodology in his day-to-day work.
Originally from Steelville, Missouri, Brandon was drawn to Drafting because of the breadth of the profession and the variety of opportunities it could afford across multiple disciplines. This outlook led him to the State Technical College of Missouri, where he received his Associate of Applied Science, Drafting and Design Engineering Technology.
Always up for a challenge, Brandon lends his detail-oriented and self-starting approach to both Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering studios.
“I’m excited to help make public spaces that bring people together while also learning a new skill set.”
Associate of Applied Science, Drafting and Design Engneering Technology
State Technical College of Missouri, Linn, MO
Jim brings over 25 years of experience in the survey industry to the team.
Jim is a Professional Land Surveyor for Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas. He is also a member of Missouri Society of Professional Land Surveyors.
Bachelor of Science, Engineering Technology Southern Illinois University
Creativity and logical solutions to a wide range of projects have shaped Chantal into the professional engineer she is today. She brings over 10 years of extensive experience in designing sustainable stormwater solutions and Best Management Practices. Her ability to bring synergism between landscape architecture and civil engineering is going to add a new dynamic to our process, which will only make us stronger designers, collaborators, and design partners.
“I’m excited to look at design through the lens of engineering to bolster art with science. Being part of the creative process challenges me to consider solutions that will not only provide function but enriching experience.”
Bachelors of Science, Civil Engineering, Tulane University
Missouri Licensed Professional Engineer
LEED Green Associate
Cory comes to SWT Design with over 10 years of experience in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. His diverse portfolio includes streetscapes and downtown master plans, healthcare and education campuses, and a multitude of urban spaces from across the country.
With a strong passion for urban design, Cory has dedicated a vast majority of his career into understanding the dynamic relationships between the social, cultural, and ecological aspects of urban life and the unique juxtapositions resulting from their coalesce.
“One of the most exciting roles a designer gets to play is that of an interpreter. That may sound like an odd thing to strive for, but we have a unique ability to listen, observe, and decode people’s actions, reactions, and emotions; then translate those feelings and interactions into tangible space. I believe this ability is immensely powerful and we must seize it to rethink our physical environment and use it to build socially equitable urban places. This belief is what drew me into design and what has kept me passionate as my career has progressed.”
Masters of Landscape Architecture
Kansas State University
Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture
South Dakota State University
Professional Landscape Architect (PLA)
American Society of Landscape Architects
Member & Past President of the St. Louis Chapter
Council or Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB)
Certified Landscape Architect
Ellisville, MO Parks Advisory Board
As a professional landscape architect, Scott brings more than 10 years of experience to SWT Design, and his versatility as a designer lends to a successful project portfolio within the urban environment. Downtown streetscape enhancements, urban plazas, land use plans, and parks & trails are just a few examples of his diverse experience. And it is this same versatility that gives Scott the ability to see projects and their impact at multiple scales, from a comprehensive master plan to detailed site work. Regardless of project type, Scott gains most satisfaction from working alongside the communities that are directly impacted by our team’s recommendations.
“Urban populations are only going to continue to grow. And as we see populations shift, the demand for open space and better quality of life will only increase as well. Today, our profession is one of the most important within our industry. Landscape architects are so well equipped to serve as the ‘glue’ that holds our built and natural environments together.”
Scott also brings an appreciation of technology to our practice, continually introducing our team and clients to new software, programs, and representation techniques that help us better articulate the design process is the most effective manner.
Master of Landscape Architecture, Kansas State University
Bachelors of Science Plant Sciences (Landscape Horticulture), the University of Missouri in Columbia
Professional Landscape Architect (PLA)
American Society of Landscape Architects, member, Certified Planner, AICP
“What drew me to planning was the prospect of being able to have a positive influence on our communities. As planners, we’re presented with an incredible opportunity to blend a community’s vision with projected trends and smart growth principles to develop a plan that benefits us and future generations. It’s this collaborative process of taking the expressed needs and desires of a community and molding them into a plan that really excites me.”
Wes earned a B.S. in Regional and Community Planning in 2007 and a Master of Landscape Architecture in 2014. Wes brings a passion for large-scale planning projects and new urbanism to our practice.
Master of Landscape Architecture, Kansas State University
Bachelor of Science Regional and Community Planning, Missouri State University
Certified Planner, (AICP)
Professional Landscape Architect (PLA)
Lance’s experience from large-scale Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning across the country is founded on an approach blending planning, outreach, green infrastructure, social equity, engineering, ecology, corridor planning, and construction procurement and implementation. His experience is focused on linking and enhancing parks, corridors, and nodes that transform communities.
“Joining SWT Design is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to lead a design-focused studio blending landscape architecture, planning, and engineering for an improved built environment. For us, sustainable design is not simple replacement technology or materials, it is an approach that balances design, nature, people, and place for a better community.”
Masters of Science in Architecture with an Outstanding Thesis Award + Honors Kansas State University, Kansas State University
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with a National ASLA Award + Dr. Ealy Scholarship, Kansas State University, Kansas State University
Vice President, Roanoke Park Conservancy KCMO, PIAC and Design Advisor, Coleman Highland Neighborhood KCMO
For 20 years, Jay has cultivated a portfolio at SWT within the public sector, particularly in the parks and recreation industry, from the district and county-wide master plans to individual built community parks. His success is directly tied to a community-focused process, a partnership that listens to the needs of municipalities and their residents, and works closely with them from project initiation through construction completion. In doing so, Jay and our team can directly address a city’s concerns and provide both short and long term recommendations for park systems, facilities, and trail networks.
“SWT has developed a long-standing reputation for park planning and design. But the real benefit we bring is the ability to find funding and get projects built. Because a plan is just that – a roadmap for the future. But to bring a plan to fruition and create spaces that people can actually enjoy – that’s a good thing.”
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Kansas State University Missouri Park & Recreation Association, member, American Society of Landscape Architects, member, Professional Landscape Architect (PLA)
During his time with SWT, Zach has helped our firm develop a process that supports evidence-based design – a concept whereby research and historic data can influence future design decisions.
“The planning and design of open spaces of any scale requires us to observe interconnected systems, from hydrology and ecology, to the various users who interact with the site. The end result is a design whose indicators of success can be monitored and measured.”
With our team, Zach played a pivotal role in testing the Sustainable SITES Initiative rating system – the only global rating system for the design of sustainable landscapes. It was then that he worked on the design and subsequent certification of two projects during the rating system’s pilot phase. His strength in our design process, among others, comes from observing systems as they change over time, and how past projects can inform smarter, more innovative design solutions.
Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Iowa State University
American Society of Landscape Architects, member, Professional Landscape Architect (PLA)
Clients come to SWT for an engaging, delightful process and a talked-about finished design. What’s under the hood? A set of values that we practice every day. CHoPS for short.
Good ideas can come from anywhere. We listen closely and remain open before forming our opinions. We seek common understanding and encourage wide-ranging input through constant inquiry.
Clear is kind, and transparent communication holds us together. We tell the truth as a sign of respect. We navigate every conversation with professional candor and compassion.
Creativity is a current that never stops flowing. We choose to tap into it every day. For every project, we add a new detail or a different method. We find great joy in the act of creation, and we seek to pass that joy to the end-user.
The long view looks bright. We practice dedication and commitment. We are loyal and respectful of our profession. We invest in personal growth. We are steadfast in our beliefs and principles; if we believe in something, you can count on us to speak up.