Team

Andy Spurlock
Andrew Spurlock
Founder | Principal
RLA | FASLA

Andrew is the firm’s founder. 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.

Andy holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from University of Michigan. Andy 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 degrees in landscape architecture and urban planning, Brad’s problem solving approaches to site planning and design enable him to be an effective designer on a broad range of public and private sector projects. Of particular interest to Brad is managing a project from preliminary planning through site design and implementation. His focus is to create places that are pedestrian friendly, environmentally sensitive, and that fit into the larger neighborhood context.

Brad joined Spurlock in 2008 and became a Partner in 2016. Brad received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State State University, and a Master of Urban Planning from the University of Illinois Urbana.

Leigh Kyle
Leigh Kyle
Partner | Principal
RLA, ASLA

Leigh is a Project Principal and Designer at Spurlock. She has broad expertise but has deep passion for designing parks and public gardens. A licensed landscape architect with an architecture background, Leigh brings over 25 years of professional expertise, technical rigor and sensitivity to the wide range of regional project conditions. Stimulated and inspired by collaboration and dialogue, Leigh’s communication and management skills and ability to embrace complexity in pursuit of creative and elegant solutions are integral to the success of her work.

Leigh joined Spurlock in 2004 and became a Partner in 2016.

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

Liu – preferring the simplicity of her surname – 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, including the Palomar Medical Center and the Keeling Student Apartments at UCSD, the first LEED-NC Platinum certified housing project in the University of California System.

Liu joined Spurlock in 2006 and became a Partner in 2016. Liu received her Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Colorado Denver, where she was the recipient of the Hideo Sasaki Scholarship in Interdisciplinary Design.

Amelia Capron
Amelia Capron
Associate Principal
RLA, 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 parks to major corporate campus design. Amelia has served on the San Diego American Society of Landscape Architecture Executive Board, and as a mentor for the ACE Mentor Program of America.

Amelia received her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo.

Ania Armour
Ania Galka Armour
Associate
RLA, ASLA, LEED Green Associate

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
Senior 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.

Chad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from California Polytechnic State University- San Luis Obispo.

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.

Derek received his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Texas Tech University.

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
Senior 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, public parks, and corporate campuses. 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.

Erin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Purdue University.

Jing Pan
Jing Pan
Staff
LEED Green Associate

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.

Jing holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Jose Miguel Rodriguez
Jose Miguel Rodriguez
Associate
RLA

Jose Joined Spurlock in February 2020.

Lori Tang
Lori Tang
Associate
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.

Lori holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from University of Washington.

Penny Carter
Penny Carter
Staff | Administrative Assistant

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.

Samantha Murray
Samantha Murray
Staff

Samantha joined Spurlock in May 2021.

Manman Shao
Manman Shao
Staff

Manman joined Spurlock in May 2021.

Tori Talbott
Tori Talbott
Staff

Tori joined Spurlock in January 2020.

Yuanchi Zhao
Yuanchi Zhao
Senior Staff
RLA, ASLA, LEED Green Associate

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