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 client's 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.

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Joel Adams, BLA Senior Landscape Designer

Joel Adams is a New Zealand native who has worked in the landscape design and construction industry in Southern California since 2013. Joel has a passion for working collaboratively with his clients to provide them an exceptional design that exceeds their vision. His design and love for landscapes started out with his love for planting and working in his grandparents' orchard.

Joel brings his expertise in irrigation, water conservative planting, and municipality compliance to the Ocotillo Design team. Joel graduated with a degree in Landscape Architecture from Lincoln University Christchurch, NZ. Joel has worked on projects throughout California and NZ. Joel enjoys the Southern CA climate with his family, surfing, camping, and fishing in his free time.

Heidi Shurtz, BLA Landscape Designer

Heidi 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 the best senior project in her 2010 graduating class. She has designed and managed residential and commercial projects throughout Southern California.

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