With over 17 years of experience, Brad has a wealth of experience in leading complex projects from concept design through construction. Brad’s core strength is his ability to develop creative, yet grounded design solutions centered on his client’s goals. His creativity, technical knowledge and real-world experience allow him to develop solutions for projects of any size, scale, and level of complexity. His “off the field” interests include hiking, tennis, yoga and scuba diving.
Beginning as a draftsman and a great coffee maker in a residential estate design-build firm in Chicago, Ian learned then that the process of design always starts with one key element – a story. A story provides coherence to an idea and guidance to creating great places. And Ian does love to tell a great story. Through his 15 years in design, Ian has been fortunate to craft great places, from estate gardens, to resorts, to multi-family housing and mixed-use developments.
Phill brings over 20 years of professional experience as a Landscape Architect and Planner. Phill’s collaborations as a designer and leader are visible throughout the United States, Mexico, Central America, Asia, and the Middle East. As a visionary, Phill believes that great ideas are a culmination of a passionate story and effortless collaboration. Phill has strived to use these guiding principles in all aspects of design throughout his career. In his leisure time, Phill enjoys spending time with his family exploring new places.
After graduating from the University of Connecticut in 1999, James made his way to San Diego to work on resort planning, high end residential communities, urban development and upscale retail. James has planned and designed many modern residential projects that respond to the needs of smart, savvy millennials. James spends his free time with his family, often on the hiking trail.
A native Ohioan, Jennifer graduated with a BSLA from The Ohio State University in 2006. Jennifer is motivated by her appreciation for nature and desire to create thoughtful spaces. Sustainability has always been at the forefront of her designs, and she has managed several projects which have received LEED Platinum certification. Out of the office, Jennifer enjoys hiking, backpacking in the mountains and exploring Southern California with her pound puppy Riley.
After Jose earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the NewSchool, he went to work on the landscape contractor side to get first-hand field experience. Jose has a strong understanding of all facets of the construction process. Experience includes the San Diego Central Library, Campus Pointe and the SDSU Student Aztec Center. Jose enjoys spending time with his family, spoiling his dogs Scarlet & Bandit and getting lost in the desert.
José Miguel Rodriguez is a graduate of Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. His career path has taken him from one coast to the next, but his focus remains the same – to create thoughtful spaces that respect the character of place. A native of Dominican Republic José enjoys all things ‘island’, give him a pair of boardshorts, flip-flops, cervezas, and plenty of sunshine and he’s bound to be happy!
Growing up as the daughter of a florist and an engineer, Amanda developed a respect for two very different worlds, horticulture and technical design. At UC Davis, she was able to focus her interests into the discipline of Landscape Architecture. Amanda loves to explore the intersection between the natural and built worlds, crafting spaces that play on their relationship. Outside of work, Amanda values her time with family, travel and music.
Growing up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, John Michael developed an interest in the outdoors from a young age. After receiving his degree in Landscape Architecture from North Carolina State University, he quickly gained experience through his work on a variety of projects, from large scale land development, to urban infill and residential projects. When John Michael is not designing, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking and playing guitar.
Yuanchi (Ryan) Zhao
Yuanchi (Ryan) joined GroundLevel in 2016 with MLA degree from Clemson University and BLA degree from Beijing Forestry University. He has experience in landscape architecture, urban design and planning and thinks of landscape as a way to give project sites a second life, with increased functionality and a unique experience for all users. Yuanchi enjoys working-out and music in his spare time.
A native of San Diego, Curtis has always appreciated San Diego’s countryside and its incredible diversity. With a passion for ecology, he graduated from SUNY – College of Environmental Science and Forestry, focusing on built landscapes and natural ecosystems. Curtis enjoys contributing at GroundLevel to solve complex design problems. Outside of the office, Curtis likes visiting zoos, gardens, and museums, or exploring the outdoors through birding and hiking.
Blake received his degrees in landscape architecture and environmental studies from Iowa State University where he learned to design with site context and sustainability in mind. Coming from small town Iowa, Blake values the relationship between rural and urban atmospheres. He aspires to create interactive spaces and connections between people. Outside of the office, Blake enjoys motorcycles, sports, travel, and staying active outdoors.
Timothy (TJ) McCready
A native of Ohio, TJ discovered a passion for design and ecology early on influenced by his family’s agricultural roots. Inspired by the interaction of sociology and ecology in landscape and urban design, he graduated from The Ohio State University earning his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture. Outside of the office, TJ likes listening to and creating music, primarily playing guitar and singing.
A graduate from the University of Toronto’s John H. Daniels Master of Landscape Architecture program, Hanna focused her design studies on creating culturally expressive environments that are also ecologically resilient. She also loves being outdoors, and in her spare time, enjoys hiking, gardening, and even volunteering her time to working with wildlife.
Kyle J. Volz
Kyle developed an appreciation for the connection between humans and ecology while exploring the Adirondack Mountains in his home state of New York. Graduating with a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from SUNY- College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Kyle applies this appreciation to create spaces that engage users in the greater ecosystem. Outside the office, Kyle enjoys traveling, photography, hiking, and almost anything outdoors.
Growing up in San Diego, Chase has been involved in all things concerning nature and the environment. Because of his passion for the land and its importance in our daily lives, Chase studied Landscape Architecture and received his Bachelor of Science from Cal Poly Pomona. In his spare time Chase enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and hitting the coast in search of waves.
Senior Staff Accountant
Ali graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Hospitality Business and has over a decade of business management experience. With an affinity for budgets and finance, she received a Masters of Accountancy from National University to hone her craft. Her background offers a unique perspective and ability to analyze and implement operational efficiency. Out of the office, Ali enjoys hiking, fishing, books, yoga and all things fast and loud.
Supporting the creative industry for over 15 years with a keen knack for establishing, organizing, and maintaining the details of a great work environment for both clients and fellow teammates, Evan has extensive experience in personal and executive assisting as well as office and studio managing. Originally from Montana, Evan moved to San Diego earning her degree in graphic design while developing her ever-growing love for music.