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.

ROBERT ESSELBURN

Principal

ASLA, PLA

Bob joined LSG in 1989 and has forty years of experience. He has participated in many types of projects ranging from urban design to mixed-use to planned communities with considerable  work experience in China and India. Maryland National Capitol Park and Planning and a He holds a BLA in History from Bowling Green State University and a BSLA from The Ohio State University. 
Bob embraces a design team effort to create dynamic solutions, the more difficult, the better. He rarely leaves the design world as he has a great appreciation of  architecture and interior design, and is fond of  the arts. 
Bob enjoys world travel, chilling out on the coast or hiking the mountains. In his spare time, he enjoys nature, gardening, and cooking with friends and family.



AMOL DESHPANDE

Associate Principal

ASLA, PLA


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.

BEE CHOI

Project Manager

ASLA


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SHERYL FISHEL

Landscape Designer

ASLA


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BRIAN JACOBSON

Senior Associate

ASLA, PLA


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BRYAN MCKNIGHT

Landscape Designer

ASLA

Bryan joined LSG in July of 2017 after graduating from SUNY College of Environmental Science with a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture.  He is passionate about plant design and natural systems.
Outside of the office, Bryan climbs, runs and meddles in his garden.


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

Project Manager

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.


MIMI YANG

Landscape Designer

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. Mimi is interested in social justice in the built environment and public art. Besides landscape architecture, Mimi is also dedicated to LSG's marketing and social media efforts.
In her free time, she enjoys reading, live music and visiting museums 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.


SABRINA MILLER

Landscape Designer

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.   


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