Bill Wenk is the Founder and President of Wenk Associates. For over 36 years, he has been influential in the restoration and redevelopment of urban river and stream corridors, the transformation of derelict urban land, and the design of public parks and open spaces. He is recognized nationally for utilizing stormwater as a resource.
Bill is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Science, Landscape Architecture from Michigan State University.
Inspirations: the sophistication and power of “primitive” art, the beauty in our everyday world
Nicole Horst, PLA, ASLA
Nicole is a principal at Wenk Associates with over 19 years of experience guiding some of the firm’s most complex recreation, park, open space, and greenway projects. She is skilled at managing and coordinating large multidisciplinary consultant teams, and engaging multiple stakeholder groups to ensure project success from master planning through construction.
Nicole is a professional landscape architect in the states of Colorado and Wyoming. She holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University.
Inspirations: bicycles, sunshine, rolling hills, open water, and smiles
Greg Dorolek, PLA, ASLA
Greg is a principal at Wenk Associates with over 19 years of experience leading the firm’s urban design and campus projects. Many of Greg’s projects incorporate green infrastructure strategies that treat and manage stormwater runoff to enhance ecological, human, and economic value. As Lead Designer, Greg is invaluable in workshops and charrettes with his ability to communicate quickly and effectively in real time with hand sketches that bring ideas to life.
Greg is a professional landscape architect in the state of Colorado. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia.
Inspirations: the horizon
Senior Associate/Financial Officer
Rita joined Wenk Associates in 1998 after a 10-year career in real estate management on the East Coast. She serves as the Office Manager and Financial Officer and is responsible for human resources and financial management of the firm.
Inspirations: be prepared - boy scout motto, eat that frog
Joshua (J.C.) Culwell, PLA, GRP. ASLA
J.C. is a senior landscape architect and project manager at Wenk Associates with 12 years of experience managing and working on projects of varying scale and scope. While also recognized as a skilled and passionate designer, clients especially appreciate J.C. for his responsiveness, dedication, and attention to detail throughout the duration of all his projects.
J.C. is a professional landscape architect in the state of Colorado and is an accredited Green Roof Professional (GRP) with Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture and Minor in Construction Management from Colorado State University.
Inspirations: Patterned landscapes, sunrises & sunsets, pushing the envelope, digital sounds, the ocean
Tyrel (Ty) Sturgeon, PLA
Ty is a senior landscape architect and project manager at Wenk Associates with over 12 years of experience in site planning and design, construction documentation, and construction observation. Ty has worked extensively, providing project management and coordination, on complex, multi-disciplinary projects including parks, open space, urban design, and public spaces.
Ty is a professional landscape architect in the state of Colorado. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University.
Tyler is a landscape architect and project manager at Wenk Associates with over 12 years of professional experience that includes parks and open space, trails, urban design, and campus work. Tyler has the technical experience to bring projects from concept through to construction, ensuring that the design vision is materialized. In addition to his professional experience, Tyler has taught design courses at the University of Colorado at Denver, Rhode Island School of Design, and with URBANFRAME at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Tyler is a professional landscape architect in the state of Colorado and is LEED BD+C Certified. He holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University.
Inspirations: The natural world, art, and collaboration.
Armed with knowledge in landscape design and passion for the built environment, Kristin guides Wenk Associates’ business development and marketing strategies and is intent to help develop the next generation of the firm.
Kristin holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Graphic Design from the University of Notre Dame and Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado at Denver.
Inspirations: her giggling kids, wide open spaces, and big skies
Kelli Schwab, PLA, ASLA
Kelli joined Wenk Associates in 2010. A Colorado native, Kelli grew up exploring the natural environment of Colorado and surrounding states, which cultivated her passion for both the natural and built environments, and the cultural influences that shape the spaces in which we live. Kelli brings nine years of experience in the planning, design, and construction of a wide range of projects including parks, open space, trails, campus, streetscapes, and urban design.
Kelli is a professional landscape architect in the state of Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University.
Inspiration: natural forms and patterns, art, traveling
Megan Jones Shiotani, ASLA
Megan joined Wenk Associates in 2015. She brings a decade of experience practicing architecture, planning and landscape architecture in cities across the US. Her portfolio is rooted in design for urban and campus environments, public engagement, and landscape theory and research. As a backyard beekeeper and an occasional public artist, Megan is deeply passionate about the intersection of community, art, recreation and urban ecologies.
Megan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Megan is an alumna of the Downtown Denver Leadership Program, served as President of the Jane Silverstein Ries Foundation (JSR) from 2016-2020, and is a member of the Downtown Denver Partnership Public Realm Council and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). In 2019, Megan was published in the UCBerkeley Journal of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning with her photoessay Finding Our Roots in Foreign Soil.
Inspirations: urban wilds, Robert Smithson, and the confluence of the Colorado and Green Rivers
Laura Fickling, PLA, ASLA
A Georgia native, Laurie joined Wenk Associates in 2016 after several years working as a landscape designer in New York. Now, she is loving her new found home in colorful Colorado! Laurie brings eight years of professional experience in the design of streetscapes, urban plazas, waterfront parks, rooftop gardens, and mixed-use developments. She has worked from site analysis and conceptual design to construction observation and substantial completion on large and small scale projects in Colorado, New York, and India.
Laurie is a professional landscape architect in the states of New York and Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia
Inspirations: social interaction, urban gathering spaces, everyday delights
Kalyn Crosier, PLA, ASLA
Kalyn joined Wenk Associates in June 2018. She brings creative design solutions, environmental awareness, and lucrative communication skills to the firm Wenk Associates. Kalyn has over four years of experience in transit oriented mixed-use communities, corporate campuses, and multi-family developments. Originally from California, she has worked on numerous projects in the Bay Area, taking them all the way from master-planning into built work.
Kalyn holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from California Polytechnic University San Luis Obispo.
Inspirations: tropical prints, seamless patterns, turquoise blue water
Bryan joined Wenk Associates in 2012 with a diversified portfolio including work experience both nationally and globally. Bryan brings a decade of experience across a broad range of project scales and types—master planning, resort and hospitality, commercial and residential, which has equipped him with the technical capabilities to have a strong, well-rounded grasp on design. With every project, Bryan strives to develop creative site specific design solutions that emphasize the uniqueness of each site.
Bryan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University.
Inspirations: nature’s kaleidoscope of patterns and forms, thunderstorms, fresh tracks
Mariko Tominaga, PLA
Mariko is an accomplished landscape architect who brings her Japanese aesthetics to our regional landscape. Trained as both an architect and landscape architect, she has a broad range of experience spanning two decades including urban design, landscape restoration, trails, greenway, and parks design. Mariko appreciates an engaging, thoughtful design process and bringing a vision to life with designs that root to the place and honor the land.
Mariko holds a Masters of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelors of Housing Architecture from Japan Women’s University. She is a published author and a frequent Design Reviewer for the University of Colorado Denver and Arizona State University.
Drew joined Wenk Associates in 2014. As a Colorado native, outdoorsman, and international traveler with a background in fine arts and high-end landscape maintenance, Drew uses his experiences to inspire him and inform his design decisions. Drew is an adept graphic communicator with an exceptional ability to illustrate complex ideas with expressive, conceptual digital renderings and illustrative hand drawings.
Drew holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University..
Inspirations: Wilderness, ancient artifacts & civilizations, contemporary art, carpe diem
Kaitlin joined Wenk Associates in June 2017. Her passion for the outdoors influences her interest to design environments that focus on human interactions, man-to-nature as well as person-to-person, that are accessible and inclusive for all. Kaitlin's design process includes site analysis, contextual mapping, cultural research, preliminary models, and a whole lot of trace paper.
Kaitlin holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University. She is a board member for the Jane Silverstein Ries Foundation.
Inspirations: natural systems, social connections
Heather Murphy, ASLA
Heather joined Wenk Associates first as an intern in 2017, then as part of the team in 2019. She offers an understanding across a broad range of fields, from landscape architecture to urban and regional planning and urban design, realizing the importance of working at multiple scales to connect projects throughout communities and citywide. Heather concentrates on how the built environment connects to people’s quality of life and well-being, designing with an understanding of human scale and comfort. She brings a unique view to this field with an undergraduate degree in psychology from her home state of Colorado, studying how people interact with their provided environments.
Heather holds three masters degrees from the University of Colorado Denver in landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, and urban design.
Inspirations: Geometric forms, human psychology, experiences
Andy joined Wenk Associates in April 2019. He brings with him a detail-oriented, socially-minded approach to design along with a deep knowledge of and love for local plant species.
Andy has over two years of experience in ecological design, urban planning, recreational park and trail design. Studying and working in Colorado has allowed him to immerse himself in the local culture and environment, giving him a deep understanding of the people and ecology within which he works.
Andy holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy along with over three years of study in the Landscape Architecture program at Colorado State University.
Alex joined Wenk Associates in July 2019. Originally from Illinois, he brings to Wenk two years of experience working in the Midwest on a variety of projects at different scales. Themes in Alex’s work have included combining ecological habitat with programmatic use, transforming public gathering spaces, and strengthening urban connections. Alex has a strong foundation in 3D modeling and digital design that allows him to create dynamic graphic renderings to communicate and visualize design ideas and concepts for our clients.
Alex holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture degree from The Ohio State University.
Cale joined Wenk Associates first as an intern in 2017 and 2018, then as a part of the team in 2019. As a Denver native, the proximity of public space, urban parks, and the Rocky Mountains cultivated a deep passion for the intersections of built and natural environments. Having worked for architects, engineers, climate researchers, and landscape architects, Cale uses his diverse skillset to impact projects across all types and scales.
Cale holds a Bachelor in Environmental Design with a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado Boulder.