People

CONNIE FAN

President

ASLA, PLA, LEED AP, Certified Healthcare Garden Designer


Connie Fan brings extensive professional training in both architecture and landscape architecture to her work, as well as a considerable depth of expertise in sustainable strategies for the natural environment. She applies her talent and diverse skills to commercial, institutional, and planning projects, ranging in size from small-scale streetscape revitalization efforts to large-scale campus and community developments. Throughout her 20-year career, clients have benefited from her consistent involvement in every stage of design, her hands-on approach to design and client services, and her energy and enthusiasm. Ms Fan leads the firms’ international practice.

MARK GIONET

Principal

ASLA, PLA, AICP

Mark Gionet is part of the second wave of leadership at LSG, joining in the 1980s. His career includes stops in Florida as a landscape architect and Massachusetts as a community planner. He holds an MLA from the University of Massachusetts, and a BA in History from Union College.
Mark has contributed to the planning and design for over 50 parks of all kinds and nearly 20 senior housing campuses and communities plus a variety of other project types.
Mark actually enjoys a good community process and believes that the most meaningful and ultimately successful ideas come from users’ own experiences. He coaxes these ideas out of task forces, hearings, and committees with humor, patience and a keen sense of the public’s often contradictory interests and expectations.
Happiest when immersed in nature and the arts, Mark and his wife live within walking distance of the Potomac River and Mount Vernon. When not gardening, watching baseball or listening to classical music, they’ve traveled to all seven continents observing nearly 2,000 bird species in a wide range of environments.


MARK LEWIS

Principal

ASLA, PLA


Throughout his career in master planning and landscape architecture, Mark Lewis has contributed to the design of many successful large-scale residential communities, office and mixed-use parks, and recreational areas. As a principal and lead designer, Mr. Lewis directs services in site analysis and design for a diverse portfolio of challenging work, ranging from compact urban parcels to developments of several thousand acres.

AMOL DESHPANDE

Principal

ASLA, PLA, LEED GA


Trained as an architect, landscape architect and planner, Amol Deshpande brings a wide range of expertise to the design and management of complex and challenging projects ranging from compact urban settings to large scale community designs. As a registered landscape architect and a LEED Accredited Professional, he is committed to incorporating sustainable design practices in his work while creating a unique sense of place for its users. As an Associate, Mr. Deshpande has designed and managed several award winning projects and assisted in achieving LEED certification for several projects.

MIMI YANG

Landscape Designer

Associate ASLA

Mimi joined LSG Landscape Architecture in 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture form University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Master of Art in Social Design from Maryland Institute College of Art. Before joining LSG, Mimi had worked on a wide range of design projects in the midwest and had done intensive community outreach during her thesis work on public realm. Mimi is interested in how the built environment can have positive social impact. As a passionate young professional, she always tries to think like owners and integrates creative problem solving beyond expectation. Sensitive to industrial trends, Mimi is also dedicated to LSG's marketing and social media efforts using her strong communication skills.   
She enjoys reading, live music and visiting public space around the world.

RIA MALINAK

Controller

MBA, CPA

Ria has worked as Controller at LSG since 2008.  She has both a BBA and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and got her CPA certificate.  Her prior work experience include consulting at Price Waterhouse and industry experience in the energy, real estate and telecommunications industries.   
Ria enjoys horseback riding and photography during her free time.


MELISSA MILLER

Office Manager

Melissa Miller serves as the Office Manager for LSG Landscape Architecture. Prior to settling in Virginia, Melissa worked in Austin, with the University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, as an Assistant Curator for the Performing Arts Collection, with the peer review panel for Austin’s cultural arts council’s grants program for performing arts companies and with several theatre companies in Austin in the 1990s. Melissa also served for several years as a member of the jury for the Jane Chambers Playwrighting Award, for the Women in Theatre program of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.


KIRSTEN NICHOLS

Landscape Architect

PLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C

Kirsten is a licensed landscape architect and LEED accredited professional with nine years’ combined experience in landscape and architectural design. She has worked on projects ranging from sculptural art installations to master plans of 574 hectares. Kirsten has experience working on large parks from 20 to 200 acres, involving working agricultural elements, sport parks, superfund sites, historic sites and transit projects. 
When not working, Kirsten enjoys spending time with friends, volunteering with community organizations and cheering along at Tee-ball games.


MATT STOWELL

Landscape Designer

Associate ASLA

Matthew Stowell is an aspiring landscape architect with 3 years of experience. Matt graduated with a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from Penn State University. Prior to working at LSG Matt had worked at the Kimley-Horn’s Baltimore office and at Robinson Anderson Summers LA Inc. Matt has worked on a wide range of projects from urban streetscapes, botanical gardens, campuses, parks, housing and even residential design. Matthew is attracted to the meaning of space in the landscape and it’s impression on the user through various forms and expressions of design. 
When Matt is not in the office he can be found on his way too or at the nearest phish or gd concert, or at least talking about one.


DAVE NORDEN

Senior Associate

ASLA, PLA, SITES AP, ISA

Dave is a licensed landscape architect, design arborist, and horticulturalist who has practiced for about a decade and a half. He is keenly interested in how the public realm takes shape in our parks and campus environments, and how we can appropriately intersect built form with our natural ecology and systems. 
When he isn’t working on projects, he is usually spending time with his family, doing landscape photography, gardening, drinking wine, or traveling to see how other cultures do things.


LUKE VANBELLEGHEM

Associate

ASLA, PLA

Luke VanBelleghem is a licensed landscape architect with 7 years of experience.  Prior to working at LSG, Luke worked for 10 years at the National Trust for Historic Preservation to protect and enhance America’s historic resources.  He transitioned to a career in landscape architecture because of a desire to integrate natural systems more gracefully with the urban environment.  During his graduate studies, he worked for the National Park Service in the National Mall and Memorial Parks park unit to maintain and improve some of the National Capitol’s most significant cultural landscapes.  Since joining LSG, Luke has been involved in a variety of projects including school campuses, playgrounds, multi-family housing, independent and assisted living facilities, transportation improvements, and landscape buffers. 
When not at work, Luke enjoys exploring local playgrounds with his family, gardening, running and observing the urban/natural interface.


SABRINA MILLER

Landscape Designer

Associate ASLA

Sabrina joined LSG in July 2018. She holds a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, and has two years of design experience in the Boston area. She is fascinated by the way the landscape enriches and interacts with the community, and the way design, material, purpose, ecology, and use can layer to create a multifunctional space. She is excited by representation  through different modes of digital and hand drawing to communicate ideas visually and artistically. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, painting, and teaching her dog new tricks.   


STACY LOGGINS

Landscape Designer

Associate ASLA

Stacy joined LSG Landscape Architecture in 2019.  He holds a Certificate in Landscape Design from The George Washington University and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech.  Before joining LSG, Stacy was a 26-year professional musician with the The United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C.  A multifaceted designer with more than 15 years of experience as a visual artist, he has a keen interest in melding functionality and practicality with art and imagination.  Stacy has worked on a broad range of projects including urban streetscapes, public courtyards, urban parks and plazas, and also residential designs. Through his work, he has investigated landscape design in diverse communities and continually seeks to recognize the effects of urban design on cultural identity.

In his free time, Stacy enjoys butterfly gardening, traveling, and spending time with his family.  And of course, he is still an active musician and performs regularly with his Caribbean band, Tobago Bay.


JASMINE CHEN

Landscape Designer

She is currently writing her bio

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