DESIGNERS

 

Daniel Halsey

CO-FOUNDER - HEAD OF DESIGN & EDUCATION

BIO
Daniel designs and consults for developing ecologically supported homestead systems, ecosystem restoration, and intentional communities. Bringing site-specific solutions based on local resources, site conditions, and improved cultural practices. The majority of his designs are farms, homesteads, watershed, and village systems supplying perennial harvests to support the community. Always raising the carrying capacity of the land.

LANGUAGES
English

COUNTRIES
Global Designer: Senegal, Liberia, Nepal, Lebanon, The Netherlands, Costa Rica, Canada, South Africa, Haiti, Scotland, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United States.

CREDENTIALS
Board Director of PRI/USA
Owner/Director of the Natural Capital Plant Database
Internationally Certified Permaculture Instructor (PRI/AU)

Certified Permaculture Instructor (PINA) 

Consultant, Designer, and Educator (USAID)

Masters of Professional Studies, Horticulture (UMN)

 

Weruschca Kirkegaard

CO-FOUNDER - HEAD OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

BIO

Weruschca’s combined experience and knowledge of aesthetics, nutrition, health and communications, brings multidisciplinary expertise to the design table. Seasoned in large scale project management, she brings her skills to the larger ecological canvas with site science-based regenerative planning and design. From Adaptive Food Production, residential and commercial to Agroforestry and Municipal green space.

LANGUAGES
English, Dutch, Danish, Spanish & French

 

COUNTRIES
Europe, Australia, Global Availability

CREDENTIALS

Certified Designer (PRI/AU)

Advanced Permaculture in Action (PRI/AU)

Soil Food Web Analyst and Consultant (Ingham)

Owner of Mūla - Ecosystems by Design

Ambassador to The Ecosystem restoration Camps

 

Neil Bertrando

CONSULTANT - AGRO - ECOSYSTEMS

BIO
Landscape restoration consultant and designer with 10 years of experience. Neil is trained in a range of site assessment and monitoring techniques. Watershed restoration and management. Creates designs and plans for water harvesting, erosion control, re-vegetation, invasive weed management, agro-forestry, and homestead development. Has managed projects and crews to design and build small scale homesteads, farms, and upland riparian restoration. 

LANGUAGES
English & French

COUNTRIES
USA, Mexico, Haiti, Costa Rica, Senegal, Global Availability

CREDENTIALS

Masters (MS) in Environmental Science
Erosion Control, Drip irrigation systems
Basic heavy machinery operation (excavator, skid steer, tractor, loader)

 

Bruce B. Blair

CONSULTANT - ECOLOGY

BIO
Park design for real experiences and ecologically intensive food production systems through permaculture are my passions and experience.

 

Designing landscapes that mimic nature and create rich experiences is what I do!

LANGUAGES
English

 

COUNTRIES
USA, Kenya, Haiti, Sierra Leone and Nigeria,

Global Availability

CREDENTIALS

Park and Permaculture Consultant

Landscape Architect

 

Silvia Yordanova

LEAD DESIGNER - VISUAL ART - LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

BIO

Silvia is a landscape architect and ecological designer. Her projects focus on agroforestry, homestead development, and graphic design. She specializes in creating graphics that merge hand-drawings with computer renderings. Silvia is an artist of all media with over 25 years of experience in the visual arts. In 2015 Silvia founded Maui Olena, an organic turmeric farm in Hawaii, USA.


LANGUAGES
English & Bulgarian

COUNTRIES
USA, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, Global Availability

CREDENTIALS

Master’s in Landscape Architecture University of Minnesota
Graphic design, Renderings, Visual art, Plant expert

 

Didier Fabrice Doucet

CONSULTANT - HAITI

BIO

Didier is a certified permaculture designer and in Haiti the land manager and owner of the AFENBO agricultural community.
He has consulted with United Designers projects multiple times across the island. As a native Haitian he speaks Creole, French, and English. Along with expert experience in the Haitian ecosystem, Didier acts as a guide and cultural liaison when working with local farmers in villages and supplies transportation, vehicles, drivers, and security. 
He often travels between the USA and Haiti for meetings with clients and consultants prior to their trip to the island.

LANGUAGES
Haitian Creole, French, English

 

COUNTRIES
Haiti, Caribbean Islands, Global Availability

CREDENTIALS

Permaculture Design Certification (PRI/AU)

UD Project Lead

 

Sara Garcia

LEAD DESIGNER - FORESTRY ENGINEER

BIO

Forestry engineer, permaculture designer and consultant. Her experience as a forest engineer in Madrid leads her to realize the importance and fragility of water management. She uses bioengineering erosion control systems combined with technical knowledge of Mediterranean ecosystems.

She believes that the sustainable management models learned in her work are applicable to permaculture urban designs.

LANGUAGES
Spanish, English

 

COUNTRIES

Spain, Hawaiian Islands, USA, Global Availability


CREDENTIALS

Forestry Engineer 

Permaculture Design Certificate by PRI (AUS) 

Advanced Permaculture Design by PRI/USA

Analog Forestry systems designer by IAFN

 

Rhamis Kent

CONSULTANT - DRYLANDS/TEMPERATE & TROPICS

BIO

Rhamis is a consultant, designer, and teacher/trainer with wide-ranging project experience including public, private, non-profit, and governmental entities.  He has a particular interest in using regenerative design systems to rehabilitate landscapes fallen prey to degradation and desertification.

LANGUAGES
English

 

COUNTRIES
Global:  Middle East/North Africa region, GCC, Horn of Africa, Mediterranean/Southern Europe, Central & Southern Asia, Southeast Asia, North & South America

CREDENTIALS

Co-Director of PRI USA & PRI Australia, Supervisory Board Member of the Ecosystem Restoration Camps Foundation, Internationally Certified PDC Instructor (PRI Australia), B.S. Mechanical Engineering (University of Delaware, 1995)

 

Jessica Robertson

LEAD DESIGNER - BIOLOGIST & URBAN PLANNER

BIO

Jessica designs holistic permaculture systems for spaces from 200 sq. ft. to 150-acres and works on residential, commercial and public projects. She is involved in design implementation sharing her knowledge and guiding clients as they transform a site with sustainable systems.

LANGUAGES

English, French, intermediate Spanish and Portuguese

 

COUNTRIES
Canada. Global Availability

CREDENTIALS

Permaculture Design Certificate

LEED Accredited Professional

M.S. - Urban Planning

B.Edu  - Outdoor Experiential Education

B.S. Honours Biology

 

Tara Gayle

LEAD DESIGNER RESIDENTIAL - LANDSCAPE DESIGNER

BIO

Tara Gayle is a landscape designer with an emphasis on resilient ecological design. In addition to becoming a certified soil consultant, her education has taken her across the country and the world, studying permaculture design and regenerative agricultural systems. 

At the core of her philosophy is a mission to encourage people to look at their environments holistically, while incorporating elements of time-honoured design and reinforcing our sacred relationship with the natural environment.

LANGUAGES

English & intermediate Spanish 

 

COUNTRIES
USA, Global Availability

CREDENTIALS

Landscape Design, Construction & Implementation
Advanced Permaculture Design
BA Studio Arts, Marymount Manhattan College
Board of Directors, Sheriff's Meadow Organization
Basic heavy machinery operation & Drip irrigation systems, Owner of Gayle gardens

 

Ross Martin

LEAD DESIGNER INSTITUTIONAL - LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT

BIO

Ross Martin brought his experiences, skills, and proclivities from the West to Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He developed a landscape design firm to promote permaculture, creating bio-swales, Hugel-kultur beds, food forests, and solar pavilions and worked with Gardens Rising to spread these efforts in the City. In Off the Rails, a train journey, Martin interviews, writes, and films about other sustainable works. Collaborations include Highview Creations green roofing concern and Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge on the Permaculture and Social Equity Team.

LANGUAGES
English

 

COUNTRIES
USA, Global Availability

CREDENTIALS

Masters (MLA) in Landscape Architecture and Applied Ecology, Bachelor (BLA) in Landscape Architecture

 

Dr Shekhar Kolipaka

CONSULTANT - INDIA

BIO

Dr Shekhar Kolipaka is a biosocial conservation researcher and practitioner. He firmly believes that the success of nature restoration and nature conservation projects are dependent (to a tune of 80% +) on the human-dimension and 20% on nature-related issues. Shekhar’s focus is, therefore on interest groups or stakeholders, human-nature relationships and improving people’s support for projects. His well-thought-out approaches improve support for real multiple-use of landscapes, effective conflict management and human-wildlife coexistence.

LANGUAGES English, Hindi, Telugu, basic Dutch and several dialects spoken in the Indian sub-continent.

 

COUNTRIES
Indian sub-continent, Western Europe, Global availability

CREDENTIALS

PhD – BioSocial Conservation Research (Animal Behavioural Biology; Cultural Anthropology)

Theory U: Change Management – Application in conservation projects to support change and author of several books.

 

Valerie Stow

SUPPORTING DESIGNER - EDIBLE & NATIVE LANDSCAPES

BIO

Certified Permaculture Designer. Having lived in the high desert of Colorado nearly her whole life, Valerie’s work focuses on restoring degraded landscapes, water management, erosion control, weed understanding and closing the waste loop. She designs for individuals and farmers helping them achieve their sustainability, profit and lifestyle goals while laying the groundwork for soil regeneration.

LANGUAGES
English

 

COUNTRIES
USA

CREDENTIALS

PDC in 2018 through Geoff Lawton.  

30 years of gardening experience

 

Wen Rolland

SUPPORTING DESIGNER - HORTICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT

BIO

Wen Rolland is a trained horticultural technician, ecological designer, permaculture teacher and consultant with 13 years of experience in cold climate permaculture. His solid training in horticulture gives him the essential foundations for designing productive and ecological systems. He has been a consultant and designer on numerous and diverse projects, thus nurturing his passion for design at all scales. Nature is the greatest teacher and his main inspiration.

LANGUAGES 

English, French

COUNTRIES
Canada, USA

CREDENTIALS

Certified Designer (P3/Canada)
Certified Designer (PRI/AU)
Earthworks Course (PRI/AU)
Certified Horticultural Technician from the ITA (Institut de Technologie Agroalimentaire), Agricultural Food Technology Diploma, Masterclass with Elaine Ingham from Soil Food Web
Owner of “Design Écologique”

 

Ties van der Hoeven

CONSULTANT - HYDRAULIC AND CIVIL ENGINEER

BIO

Master of Science in morphological coastal engineering. With 15 years of experience in land reclamation, dredging and coastal protection work, design and execution. In the last 5 years, Ties has worked in setting up large scale ecosystem regeneration projects. From aquatic design to water cycle regeneration, to construction methodologies and guidance. Ties is a holistic designer to the fullest extent.

LANGUAGES
English & Dutch

 

COUNTRIES
All of Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia

CREDENTIALS

Masters (MS) in Coastal Engineering
Morphological engineering, hydraulic engineering, with ocean conditions.

 

Owen Hablutzel

CONSULTANT - HOLISTIC MANAGEMENT, KEYLINE DESIGN & EDUCATION

BIO

Owen works internationally as an independent consultant, group-facilitator, and educator to collaboratively empower whole-systems transformations towards robust ecosystem health, social co-creative capacity, and whole-landscape stewardship. Former director of the Permaculture Research Institute, USA, his proficiency ranges from ranches, classrooms, NGOs, farms, non-profits, universities, to agencies/ministries and other land managing-policy-planning groups. Weaving together agro-ecological applications (Keyline Design®, Permaculture, and Holistic Management®) with social technologies (co-creative participatory process facilitation).

LANGUAGES 

English & Spanish

 

COUNTRIES
North America, Africa, Australia, Near and the Middle East, Europe, Global Availability

CREDENTIALS

Certified Educator and Savory Accredited Professional of Holistic Management. Serves on the Resilience Task Force of the IUCN-CEM (International Union for Conservation of Nature – Committee for Ecosystem Management)

 

Kelly Bull

SUPPORTIVE DESIGNER

BIO

With a professional background in horticulture, permaculture, and design, plus seven years of teaching experience, Kelly specializes in regenerative landscapes and educating others on how to achieve them. She has an infectious love for plants, an endless fascination for soil, a relentless case of wanderlust, and enjoys systems thinking and creative problem-solving

LANGUAGES
English & Spanish

 

COUNTRIES
USA, Colombia, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Global Availability

CREDENTIALS

B.S. Horticulture (UGA) 
Certified Professional Horticulturist
Certified Permaculturist (CRMPI) 
Certified Organic Land Care Professional (NOFA) 
Certificate in Regenerative Ecological Design (Ecosa Institute)
Licensed Educator

 

Robert Semler

SUPPORTIVE DESIGNER

BIO

From caring for the human body with interventions to promote health and wellness as a pharmacist, Robert turned to caring for the earth realizing one cannot have one, without the other.
Permaculture intertwines humanity with its home, the earth, in a mystery and puzzle to be penetrated in all its beauty and wonder for the benefit of flora, fauna and people without one taking precedence over the other.
Each ones’ vigour promotes the good of the other for the benefit of all.  Permaculture must become the "new normal" as a balance between the three must be restored and nurtured. United Designers gives Robert the opportunity to help achieve that purpose.

LANGUAGES 

English

 

COUNTRIES
USA

CREDENTIALS

Permaculture Design Course Certificate from Oregon State University  (USA) - Daniel Halsey course on "Advanced Ecological and Digital Design". Seminar with Geoff Lawton 

Bachelor of Science (Pharmacy) Rutgers University 

 

Joshua Cook

GIS ANALIST

BIO

Josh has 14 years of experience in GIS within multiple industries and non-profits. His specialty is data
management, geostatistics, terrain analysis, research, and 3D modeling. He extracts landscape position
indices from LiDAR data for use in ecological designs. He uses open source tools such as QGIS and
LAStools to derive map layers for design support.

LANGUAGES

English, some Oromo and German

 

COUNTRIES
Global Availability

CREDENTIALS

M. S. Geographic Information Systems
B. S. Computer Science
Certified Technical Service Provider of Irrigation Water Management: USDA - National Resource
Conservation Service

 

Michael Lynn

SUPPORTIVE DESIGNER

- ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION

BIO

Michael has designed, installed, and consulted on projects ranging in size from small scale urban permaculture food forests to farm-scale agroforestry systems. He has experience with natural building techniques and is involved with ecological restoration, native plant restoration, watershed restoration/management, and designing systems that provide for people while regenerating the environment.

LANGUAGES 

English, Intermediate Spanish

 

COUNTRIES
United States, Nicaragua, Global Availability

CREDENTIALS

Permaculture Design Certificate
Advanced Permaculture Design Practicum
Currently in Graduate Studies for Ecological Restoration

Owner of Eastern Ecosystems

 

Alicia Langton

GEOSPATIAL ECOLOGIST AND BOTANIST

BIO

Alicia is a geospatial ecologist who specializes in detailed landscape analyses. These include site topography, hydrology, geology-soil-vegetation dynamics, and spatial syntax. She can deliver GIS products to global clients by using satellite and drone-collected imagery, LiDAR, and photogrammetric point clouds. With her additional expertise in botany, she can provide habitat and plant species inventories. Software utilized includes QGIS, SAGA, R Studio, eCognition, and Adobe Illustrator.

LANGUAGES
English & Intermediate Spanish 

 

COUNTRIES
USA, Chile, Global Availability

CREDENTIALS

B.A. Environmental Analysis & Design
M.S. Ecology
Certified GIS Professional (GISP) - In progress 

 

Brandon Dean

SUPPORTIVE DESIGNER - INDOOR

ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY

BIO

Brandon's passion for holistic health has led him to become a Permaculture Designer, Building Biologist and Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist. He combines his knowledge of health with regenerative principles to create resilient ecological systems that support all forms of life. From land and building planning to agroforestry and ecosystem restoration, Brandon uses a multidisciplinary approach to heal ecosystems and people.

LANGUAGES 

English

 

COUNTRIES
United States, Global Availability

CREDENTIALS

Advanced Permaculture Design Certification
Building Biology Certification
Electromagnetic Radiation Specialist
Owner of Healthy Homestead Design
Wilderness Skills Education & Ecology

 

Ryan Copeland

SUPPORTIVE DESIGNER  - FARM MANAGEMENT & SOIL CONSULTANT

BIO

Ryan taught for many years in Asia and is proficient in the Chinese language. He has lived and worked in New Zealand and in Australia, studying permaculture. Back in Texas now, working on establishing an educational farm. Passionate about livestock management, regarding it as the deciding factor of damage or abundance for a lot of landscapes, particularly the semi-arid ones. He is a co-founder of the Eden - Ecovillage in Texas, and his passion for meeting human needs while regenerating the environment is what fuels his design work. 

LANGUAGES 

English, Chinese

 

COUNTRIES
United States, Taiwan, China, Australia and New Zealand


CREDENTIALS

Certified Permaculture Designer; Jack Spirko in Texas, Geoff Lawton & Tom Kendall / Holistic Management with Allan Savory / Pasture/Farm management with Joel Salatin and Jordan Green / Water Management (Keyline System) and Restoration Agriculture with Mark Shepard / Member of Texas Master Naturalist / Member of Eden Center for Regenerative Culture as farm manager

United Designers North America

northamerica@uniteddesigners.org

United Designers Europe

europe@uniteddesigners.org

 

Phone

(1) -612-720-5001 

Phone

(31)-6-293 886 73

 

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