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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 field. 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.


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.

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.  Adored and revered by our clients, Kris is known for her attention to detail and abounding knowledge of Florida plant life.

J. Aaron Mastin

Senior 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, adding incredible versatility and style to KWD’s long-standing reputation for exceptional hand graphics.  Aaron has an affinity for contemporary and modern landscape architecture.


University of Florida – Bachelor of Landscape Architecture 2008


Dante Cornish

Senior Project Manager

Dante joined KWD in 2016, bringing 12 years of previous landscape architecture experience and 5 years of previous project management experience to the Firm.  Dante is well known in our Firm for being able to solve almost any CAD problem.  He has an excellent knowledge of Florida plant life and is a joy to work with.


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 under Krent 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.


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

Erika Ledesma-Fierro

Landscape Designer

Erika re-joined 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.  Erika has strong skills in the area of CAD hardscape layout and details.


Catholic University of Ecuador – Bachelor of Architecture 2001

Quito’s Construction Chamber – Industrial Safety Certificate 2013

Quito’s Construction Chamber – Construction Management Certificate – 2014

Jillian Sellers

Landscape Designer

Jillian joined KWD in 2017.  She has been working in the field of landscape architecture since 2012.  Jillian has been a welcome addition to KWD, showing incredible creative talent and attention to detail.


Louisiana State University – Bachelor of Landscape Architecture 2012

Peter Coyle

Landscape Architect – Landscape Designer [FL Registered LA #6667377]

Peter joined KWD in 2018.  He has been working in the field of landscape architecture since 2011, after graduating with a Master’s Degree from Florida International University.  Peter is a Licensed Landscape Architect.


Florida International University – Master of Landscape Architecture 2011

Providence College – Bachelor of Science in Marketing 2000

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.  Jessica is our right hand in all areas of operation.


Florida Atlantic University –  Bachelor of Arts/English 2017

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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.


A Tradition of Excellence