Team

Andrew Spurlock
Andrew Spurlock
Founder | Principal
RLA | FASLA

Andrew is the firm’s founding partner. His work is noted for its sensitivity and innovation, and has been recognized throughout his career with awards and honors. He has maintained a freshness of vision, seeing each project as a new opportunity to examine the complexities – and possibilities – of the particular site and situation and mold them into an original and responsive solution. He likes to work on projects of varying scales ranging from private gardens to major planning studies. As part of this experience, he has worked with many highly regarded artists and architects. He enjoys the planning process through collaboration with communities and agencies over a period of time to holistically integrate multiple projects for a successful vision. He also acted as landscape architect for Petco Park which helped ignite new interest in San Diego’s Downtown and an unprecedented wave of redevelopment.

Andy also serves as a founding member of the San Diego Canyonlands whose goal is to develop a coherent open space restoration for the region. Andy is a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in recognition for a career of design excellence.

Brad Lents
Brad Lents
Partner | Principal
RLA | AICP | LEED AP

With a background in landscape architecture and urban planning, Brad’s problem solving approach to site planning and design enables him to be an effective designer on a broad range of public and private sector projects of various scales. His focus is to create places that are pedestrian friendly, environmentally sensitive, and that fit into the larger neighborhood context. Of particular interest to Brad is the ability to direct a project from conception through implementation.

Leigh Kyle
Leigh Kyle
Partner | Principal
RLA, ASLA

Leigh Kyle has over 20 years of experience as a designer and planner who brings a thoughtful and
diligent approach to each client and project. She is interested in the exploration of place-making and problem solving as well as facilitating discussion and public outreach. Within the firm, Leigh manages the landscape architectural practice – setting vision, overseeing project management and scheduling, guiding staff development, and establishing quality controls.

Yu-Ju Liu
Yu-Ju Liu
Partner | Principal
RLA, LEED AP

Liu – preferring the simplicity of her family name – manages many of the firm’s largest projects, both in scope and complexity. She leads the firm’s sustainability research efforts, turning the research into high performing built landscapes that are acclaimed for beauty and elegance in both place-making and technical innovation. Her projects have earned multiple design awards, such as the Palomar Medical Center and Charles David Keeling Apartments at Revelle College, the first LEED-NC Platinum certified housing project in the University of California System.

Amelia Capron
Amelia Capron
Associate
ASLA

As a San Diego native, Amelia is most inspired to work within the communities that shaped her vision for design and appreciation of the environment. During her time as a Project Manager with Spurlock Landscape Architects, her background and passion for public work has helped her knit the inherent relationship between people and their environment. Her work includes a range of place-making projects from City of San Diego mini parks to the University of California San Diego Stuart Collection art installations and California State Parks trail system study and outdoor classroom. Amelia has served on the San Diego American Society of Landscape Architecture Executive Board, as a mentor for the ACE Mentor Program of America, and dedicated time to such efforts as community gardens within food-scarce communities.

Ania Galka Armour
Ania Galka Armour
Senior Staff
LEED GA

Ania grew up in the Western Carpathian Mountains of Poland surrounded by pristine natural environment, mountain ranges, forests, creeks and wild life. Her love and respect of the natural environment motivated Ania to achieve Master Degrees in both Landscape Architecture and Horticulture.
Ania enjoys discovering the rich historical heritage of San Diego neighborhoods. She uses her wide knowledge of local climate, ecology, plant formations and ornamental plants specific to Southern California to produce detail-oriented and artful designs.
 

Chad Evans
Chad Evans
Staff
ASLA

Working at the intersection of humanity and the environment, Chad is fascinated by Landscape Architecture’s ability to alter people’s everyday lives through the spaces around them. Embedded in that practice, he believes that this profession can be used a catalyst of social change, in creating spaces in the urban environment that not only add ecological value but economic and community enrichment for its users.

Corianne Andrews
Corianne Andrews
Staff
ASLA

With a background in interior architecture and landscape architecture, Corianne has developed a holistic approach and perspective towards design thinking and problem solving that seeks to sensitively merge the built environment with the natural world. She is most inspired by sociocultural landscape narratives and spatial experiences that encourage dialogue and expression.

Dana Sather
Dana Sather
Principal | Business Manager
SDA CDFA

Dana is the Administrative Principal of the firm and a Certified Design Firm Administrator. Initially hired as a Receptionist, her never-ending devotion and professionalism made her the perfect Business Manager. The institutional memory of having been part of the firm for two decades and her degree in Psychology leaves her well qualified to oversee the finances, risk management, human resources, information technology, and the overall administration of the firm.

Eager to expand on her knowledge and continued advancement in the field of design firm administration, as well as to connect with others in the field, Dana joined the Society for Design Administration (SDA) in 2006 and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the local chapter for several years, serving as Membership Chair, Director and President, as well as serving on the Executive Committee of SDA at the National level as Treasurer and Secretary.
 

Derek Gay
Derek Gay
Staff

As a landscape designer Derek strives to develop designs that positively influence social, economic and cultural values by supporting and extracting from a site’s regional identity. He believes design can serve a greater purpose when a larger context is studied. This regional approach enriches site specific design solutions by combining aesthetically pleasing elements with function and integrates ecology into the built environment.

Emily Dowgiallo
Emily Dowgiallo
Associate | Marketing Manager
SMPS

Emily is the firm’s Marketing Manager. She collaborates with the principals on the firm’s strategic initiatives and directs the business development and marketing efforts. With a master’s degree in landscape architecture from North Carolina State University, Emily’s experience in the profession and ability to think as a designer enables her to represent the firm’s strategic decisions with passion and efficiency.

Erin Leugers
Erin Leugers
Associate
RLA

Erin joined Spurlock Landscape Architects in 2018. She has worked as a landscape architect and lived in San Diego for over 17 years working on many of the region's K-12 facilities and public parks. Erin’s passion for landscape architecture grew from her affinity for the outdoors and appreciation for how the built environment contributes to the aesthetic, environmental, and socio-economic experience of our daily lives. She enjoys the complexity and variety of the projects she manages and her designs strive to reflect a larger social and environmental context.

Fred Besançon
Fred Besançon
Senior Associate
RA | RLA | ASLA | LEED AP BD+C | SITES AP

Fred is a licensed architect and landscape architect, as well as a LEED accredited professional who has over fifteen years of experience combined in architectural and landscape architecture projects. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Fred enjoys both working in the profession and teaching what's involved in the profession. He teaches part-time in the NewSchool of Architecture and Design’s architecture program. Over the years he has taught design studios, lecture courses and guest presentations about graphics, construction, and site design. At NewSchool, Fred is able to marry both sides of his professional background by teaching architecture students about landscape design, hydrology, community, and revealing San Diego’s historic cultural legacies.

Jing Pan
Jing Pan
Staff
LEED GA

The phenomenological aspects of nature inspire Jing to create imaginative and artistic landscape designs. She is interested in revealing the natural qualities of a landscape through art and public installations to allow for experiential and social interactions to occur. Her interest in the interactive arts lends itself well towards creating memorable landscape designs.

Lori Tang
Lori Tang
Staff
ASLA

Inspired by the power of design to connect people to each other and to their surroundings, Lori has focused much of her career on creating community spaces. Her interest in the experience of place is often through the lens of children, who learn through experience and are masters at finding magic in the ordinary. This has informed, not only, her designs for learning and play environments but in everyday urban environments as well.

Lucas Shellhammer
Lucas Shellhammer
Associate Principal
ASLA, RLA, LEED GA

Lucas manages Spurlock’s Northern California office. In his nearly ten years working with Andy Spurlock and the firm, he has developed designs that not only respond to functional requirements, but that fulfill deeper connections between people and their communities in thoughtful, engaging, and innovative ways. He manages large-scale site design and University campus planning projects as well as small-scale civic projects in collaboration with non-profit community-based organizations and artists to help realize their project’s vision.

Penny Carter
Penny Carter
Staff

Penny is the firms Administrative Assistant. Trained as a commercial interior designer, she started even earlier as an architect’s assistant; holding the end of a measuring tape for her Dad who was an architect in New York City. She is the firm’s first face and she loves to acknowledge our clients with a friendly comment and a good laugh. She assists with billing, coordinates schedules, organizes travel and keeps the office well- supplied. She is involved with sustainability/recycling programs which fits right in with the whole purpose of a greener environment.

Ryan Kim
Ryan Kim
Staff

Ryan Jaewoo Kim graduated from the Woodbury School of Architecture in 2018 with a Master of Architecture, and has prior experience in economics and finance.
Growing up in Korea and Canada, he appreciates diverse culture and creative perspectives which led him to design and architecture.
His interests lie between design and community engagement, and he believes design can connect people and places.

Ryan McKay
Ryan McKay
Staff
ASLA

Since opening his first box of crayons Ryan knew he had a mission to color the world. As a designer he enjoys finding the best solution to the problem at hand, blending functionality with quality design principles. It’s Ryan’s belief that the built environment is not the construct of one individual but the collaboration of many diverse players. Striving to make resilient urban spaces, Ryan enjoys creating and exposing the deeper story of a place, in order for it to be shared, respected and preserved.

Yi Su
Yi Su
Senior Staff
LEED GA

Space, order, color, scale and shape in our environment can deeply affect people’s behavior, mood, lifestyle and social development. As a Landscape Designer, Yi Su sees it as a responsibility and challenge to protect our natural resources while enhancing it.
Prior to joining Spurlock, Yi Su was an assistant designer for the Flowing School project in Xiashi Village in Fujian Province, China which won the Aga Khan Award in 2012 and was selected as one of the ten eco-architectures in the world in 2013.
 

Yuanchi Zhao
Yuanchi Zhao
Staff

Landscape architecture is a significant component of responsible site development. The design process serves to increase the function and health of a site while creating unique experiences for the user.  Yuanchi believes quality landscape design shall respect local ecology and cultural history, and enhance economic and recreational value for the communities we serve.