PEOPLE TURNING VISION INTO EXCEPTIONAL SPACES

Your project is important. You seek the best in creativity, innovation, uniqueness, attention to detail, dedication, and a group you can trust. You want KWD. Our clients are very discriminating, seeking to express and live a particular style and lifestyle.  The KWD team creates stunning, extraordinary, and one-of-a-kind outdoor living spaces that meet the most rigorous client demands.  Work with the leader in landscape and hardscape architecture—KWD.

Principal

Krent Wieland

Principal [FL Registered LA #0001039]

Krent opened KWD, originally Krent Wieland Design, Inc., in 1984 after working for nearly a decade in the filed. His distinctive style and innovative designs have enriched the fabric of Florida’s landscape for over 40 years.

Concentrated mostly in central and southern Florida, Krent has also completed projects in North Carolina, Texas, Connecticut, and internationally in the Bahamas and Mexico. Projects range from high-end residential estates to community developments, golf-course communities, and resorts.

His work is typified by close attention to detail which is exemplified in his intricate hardscape designs and masterfully created landscape plans. Nationally published in such publications as Architectural Digest, Florida Design Magazine and Luxe Magazine, Krent’s exceptional designs have also won numerous awards over the last four decades. These awards include an “Award of Honor” from the American Society of Landscape Architects, several Grand Aurora Awards, New Home Building and Design Excellence in the Southeast, the Best in American Living Award: Silver and South Atlantic Region Winner in the category “Best One-of-a-Kind Custom Home,” as well as numerous awards from the Florida Nurserymen and Grower’s Association and Gold Coast Building Association.

Krent has fostered a warm and supportive team at KWD, where all employees are encouraged to participate in the design process. A corporate culture of respect, mentoring and education recognizes the contribution made by each team member. Today, KWD, under the direction of Krent, continues as it began, creating one-of-a-kind design solutions that respond to the unique requirements of each client and transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Education

Michigan State University – Bachelor of Landscape Architecture 1975

 

Project Managers

KWD Project Managers are responsible for their assigned projects from conceptual initiation to completion.  They oversee the preparation of landscape architectural design plans and documents in keeping with the KWD design philosophy.   Due to our long-standing reputation for unique and innovative design; typical design documents include highly detailed architectural plans related to hardscape and landscape design elements.  The architectural plans are created by a dedicated team of designers under the direction and oversight of the Project Managers.  The Project Managers are also responsible for building and maintaining client relationships that complement the creative, welcoming and dependable core values of KWD.

Stephanie Portus

Senior Landscape Architect/Senior Project Manager [FL Registered LA #6667215]

In 2000, Stephanie joined KWD as a student intern and became a permanent member of the team upon graduation in 2002. In addition to her duties as Senior Landscape Architect/Senior Project Manager; Stephanie also assists in the training of the Landscape Designers.

Education

University of Florida – Bachelor of Landscape Architecture 2002

Vicenza Institute of Architecture – Study Abroad Program May 2001-July 2001

Kristen Walters

Senior Project Manager

Kris joined KWD in 2000 as a draftsman in planting design.  She was promoted to Project Manager in 2005.  Kris has extensive knowledge of the landscape nursery and design business dating back to 1978.

Beth Dawson

Senior Landscape Architect/Senior Project Manager [FL Registered LA #6667273]

Beth joined KWD in 2005 and quickly progressed to the position of Project Manager less than a year later.  Prior to working for KWD, she worked in the landscape architecture department of a consulting & engineering firm since 2002.

Education

University of Florida – Bachelor of Architecture 2001

Vicenza Institute of Architecture – Study Abroad Program January 2001-May 2001

J. Aaron Mastin

Project Manager

Aaron joined KWD in 2008 after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture.  Aaron is revered for his expertise of hand graphics and rendering.

Education

University of Florida – Bachelor of Landscape Architecture 2008

 

Dante Cornish

Project Manager

Dante joined KWD in 2016 and brings 12 years of landscape architecture experience and 5 years of project management experience to the Firm.

Education

University of Georgia – Bachelor of Landscape Architecture 2004

Amy Wieland-Carlson

Chief Operating Officer

Amy joined KWD in 2015, filling a position formerly held by retired CFO Kimberly Salmon.  Amy has extensive experience, education, and training in business management, strategic business planning, human resources, budgeting, policy creation, data measurement/analysis, and process management.  In addition to her duties as COO, Amy also works as a landscape designer and is currently apprenticing at KWD to meet the experience requirement for licensure as a landscape architect.  She has also studied at a college level in the subjects of architectural and computer aided drafting and art.

Education

Champlain College-Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies/Paralegal 2003

Champlain College-Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies 1994

Florida Atlantic University-Construction Management Certificate 2017

Landscape Designers

Rachel Powell

Landscape Designer

Rachel joined KWD in 2015 after graduating from Clemson University with a degree in Landscape Architecture.

Education

Clemson University – Bachelor of Landscape Architecture 2014

Erika Ledesma-Fierro

Landscape Designer

Erika is a former employee that returned to KWD in 2016 after returning from Ecuador.  She has previous experience working as an architect in Ecuador and has been working in the field of architecture since 1998.

Education

Catholic University of Ecuador – Bachelor of Architecture 2001

Quito’s Construction Chamber – Industrial Safety Certificate 2013

Quito’s Construction Chamber – Construction Management Certificate – 2014

Administrative Staff

Jessica Rorick

Human Resources Administrator

Jessica has worked for KWD since May 2006. Some of her duties include accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, benefits coordination, human resources, technical assistance, client correspondence, and reporting information on job cost and contracts. Jessica has been in the accounting field since 2001.

Education

Florida Atlantic University –  Bachelor of Arts/English 2017

Marysol Mosquera

Executive Assistant to Principal/Administrative Assistant

Marysol joined KWD in 2013. She works as an assistant to the principal and staff. Some of her duties include reception, scheduling, client, vendor and conference coordination, marketing, technical assistance, filing, and general office paperwork.

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Kimberly Salmon

Former Chief Financial Officer Kim was part of KWDesign from 1988 to 2015, giving nearly 27 years of dedication to the Firm. Kim began her career as a draftsman. As her responsibilities grew she attained the title of Chief Financial Officer, having oversight in all areas of the business. On behalf of everyone at KWD and the Wieland family; thank you Kim for your honesty, integrity, perseverance, oversight, friendship, mentoring and leadership. You have left an indelible impression on KWD and we are forever grateful for you. Kim is now a successful Realtor in Sebastian, Florida.

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