Dan Lewis

Owner, Principal Landscape Designer

Dan Lewis is an award winning landscape designer and co-founder of Ocotillo Design Group Inc. After graduating from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Business Administration, Dan went on to study CAD design, Horticulture, and Aquatic Design under the world renowned Genesis III group. Seeing a real need to help clients visualize their projects beyond the simple 2D hand or cad drawing, Dan was an early adopter of three dimensional landscape design technology and continues to implement it to this day, over a decade later.

From mountain biking, to hiking & camping, Dan is an avid outdoorsman and his love of nature has inspired hundreds of beautiful projects from San Diego, CA to Long Island, NY.  His diverse design style, attention to detail and understanding of the clients wishes have earned him several industry awards including the CLCA Estate Remodel for the State of California.


Mark Leone, BSLA

Owner, Principal Landscape Architect

Mark brings enthusiasm and passion to each and every project.  As a Registered Landscape Architect (RLA) and Owner/ Principal of Ocotillo Design Group, Inc. his diverse project experience includes estate residential, hospitality, commercial, public works and action sports facilities.

Mark graduated from Arizona State University’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design with a BS in Landscape Architecture.  He moved to Southern California after graduation to earn his State of California License and establish himself as a design professional.  Mark has designed projects in California, Utah, Oregon, Arizona, Colorado, Michigan, Texas, Mexico & Canada.


Joel Adams, BLA

Senior Landscape Designer

Biography of Joel Adams


Ryan Pearo

3D Design Technician

Ryan received his Bachelor’s of Science in Game Art & Design at the Art Institute of California, San Diego in 2006. He worked for Rockstar San Diego as a 3D Artist on console games including Midnight Club: Los Angeles and Red Dead Redemption.  He has also worked as a Technical Artist in the software industry and as an instructor in the martial arts industry.

Ryan joined the Ocotillo Design Group team in May of 2017 and is an integral part of our 3D design team. He helps our clients to visualize their projects through 3D modeling software and initiates design changes in real time for a rockstar design experience!


Heidi Shurtz, BLA

Landscape Designer

Heidi Shurtz, BLA, has a love of the outdoors in her professional and personal life. Her draw to spending time in nature helped shape her passion for creating beautiful landscapes that clients can love and enjoy. She has worked in the landscape design industry since 2010 and specializes in planting design, sustainable landscape design, irrigation and water use budgeting. Her design aesthetic embraces clean lines, mixed materials, and planting design coupled with a pragmatic approach to creating usable outdoor spaces.

Heidi attended California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo for landscape architecture and graduated with her BLA in 2010. Her enthusiasm for landscape design and natural artistic talent led her to be a top five finalist for best senior project in her 2010 graduating class. She has designed and managed residential and commercial projects throughout Southern California.


CJ Longbottoms

Office Mascot

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