MEET THE KWD TEAM

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Principal

Krent Wieland, PLA

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.

Education

Michigan State University – Bachelor of Landscape Architecture 

 

Chief Operating Officer

Amy Wieland-Carlson

Chief Operating Officer – Project Manager

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 works as a Project Manger under the direct supervision of the Principal.  Amy is currently a student in the Master of Landscape Architecture Program at Florida International University.

Education

Champlain College-Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies/Paralegal 

Champlain College-Associate of Science in Paralegal Studies 

Florida Atlantic University-Construction Management Certificate 

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 2002 and has now been with the Firm for over two decades.  Kris has extensive knowledge of the landscape nursery and design industry 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.  She is an incredibly talented Senior Project Manager who regularly takes time to mentor junior staff members.

 

J. Aaron Mastin, PLA

Landscape Architect – Senior Project Manager [FL Registered LA #6667536]

Aaron joined KWD in 2008 after receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida.  Aaron is revered for his expertise in illustrative rendering, adding incredible versatility and style to KWD’s long-standing reputation for exceptional creativity and innovation.  Aaron has an affinity for contemporary and modern landscape architecture, but works on a variety of projects in different sizes and styles.  He is a skilled and knowledgeable Landscape Architect and Senior Project Manager with an excellent knowledge of design foundations and principles.

Education

University of Florida – Bachelor of Landscape Architecture 

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 an extremely knowledgeable and efficient Senior Project Manager.  He is in the process of taking the Landscape Architect Registration Examination.

Education

University of Georgia – Bachelor of Landscape Architecture 

Jillian Sellers

Project Manager

Jillian joined KWD in 2017.  She has been working in the field of landscape architecture since 2012, after graduating with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University.  Jillian has been a welcome addition to KWD, showing incredible creative talent and attention to detail.

Education

Louisiana State University – Bachelor of Landscape Architecture 

Peter Coyle, PLA

Landscape Architect – Project Manager [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.  Peter has an excellent knowledge of Florida plant life.

Education

Florida International University – Master of Landscape Architecture 

Providence College – Bachelor of Science in Marketing 

Landscape Designers

Erika Ledesma-Fierro

Landscape Designer

Erika rejoined 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.

Education

Catholic University of Ecuador – Bachelor of Architecture 

Quito’s Construction Chamber – Industrial Safety Certificate 

Quito’s Construction Chamber – Construction Management Certificate 

Amanda Hart, PLA

Landscape Architect – Landscape Designer [RI Registered LA #0000714]

Amanda rejoined KWD in 2021 and we are thrilled to have her back!  She has been working in the field of landscape architecture since 2012, after graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts.  Amanda is a licensed Landscape Architect in the State of Rhode Island.

Education

University of Massachusetts (Amherst) – Bachelor of Landscape Architecture

 

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.

Education

Florida Atlantic University –  Bachelor of Arts/English 

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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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