Rick Taylor | Principle
Rick has spent the last 20 years in the small agriculture and landscape industries. Originally founded as a small design/build/maintain contracting firm, Elder Creek led the North Bay in practical approaches to sustainability in landscape-applied ecology. In 2013 Elder Creek transitioned from a design/build contracting firm to a full-service, Landscape Architecture and Project Management Firm.
His early years of running a design firm with its own construction team formed his deep understanding of how landscapes and their construction processes work and heavily influences his designs today. His decades of experience in construction allow Elder Creek to have an unrivaled Project Management Division, lead by Rick himself. Sharing his knowledge and serving his community has always been important to Rick. Serving Sebastopol's Design Review Board, he reviewed numerous projects and worked with city staff to write practical, ecologically literate storm water policy for a major development.
Rick helped organize the ecological landscaping community in Sonoma County and later served as a board member for Daily Acts.
He has taught and spoken at countless industry events as well as created curriculum and held a lead instructor position at Sonoma State University's Sustainable Landscape Professional Certificate Program. Currently, Rick writes curriculum and is a lead instructor for the Ecological Landscape Immersion Program at the Permaculture Skills Center. In this role he helps train future professionals in how to merge ecology, design, professionalism, and economics to build a career rooted in right livelihood. In addition to his ecological work, Rick serves as a facilitator and collective member for Sonoma County Men Evolving Non-violently (M.E.N.), a volunteer organization working to end domestic violence by working directly with men who are committing these acts and have volunarily sought help to change their behavior.
Alan Villemaire | Senior Landscape Architect
Alan is a licensed landscape architect (License #4703) with over 20 years of experience in the field. His involvement working in local and Bay Area firms, large and small, has given him an extensive amount of knowledge and an aptitude for problem solving. This experience and the skill sets he has developed over the years allow him to bring a wealth of creativity tempered with pragmatism to his designs.
Alan has managed a large assortment of estate projects as well as high-end development, mixed use, co-housing, live/work, low income housing, and apartment projects. He has also managed a substantial variety of other projects, including forest and wetland restorations, wineries, schools, parks, sports fields, and commercial projects.
Alan has pursued further education in environmental restoration, green building, permaculture, and storm water management. In each project he brings this expertise to merge with the aesthetic desires and practical needs of the client. Alan has also worked closely with the local cities' and counties' boards and commissions, the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service on a variety of projects. He has learned how to navigate through approval processes with minimal delays.
Amy Boinski | Landscape Architect
Amy has been practicing Landscape Architecture for the past 10 years and obtained a bachelors degree of Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2007. Amy has managed multiple projects from concept to completion and gained experience as both strategist and tactician on major landscape design projects for public agencies and private residences.
Amy's work with Marta Fry Landscape Associates, Studio Five Design, and Burton Landscape Architecture Studio required her to serve as both creative visionary and coordinator with many commercial and public entities including Apple Inc., VMware and the City of San Francisco. Having been involved in a range of projects, she is equipped with a diverse skill set and unique technical abilities to promote innovative and efficient design solutions. By building strong relationships with clients and team members, Amy is able to maintain control of project logistics during key installation and design phases.
Amy's experience includes storm water management, integrative on-structure plant design solutions, construction administration, incorporating sculptural art within a public space, and sustainable design. She is detail oriented and dedicated to meeting the particular needs of each individual project whether environmental, political, or financial. Her passion for thoughtful, functional, and beautiful spaces is evident in her work.
Leah Daniels | Project Coordinator
Leah has been growing gardens since she was 6 years old. Educated at the Permaculture Skills Center, Leah received her certification in Ecological Landscaping and Permaculture Design in 2016. She studied in a 6 month immersion program with hands on experience, learning all about ecological landscape design, and permaculture design and principles.
Previously, Leah worked in the tech industry for the past decade. Having always been passionate about great design, usable interfaces, innovative engineering, and fascinated with everything the ever-growing industry had to offer, Leah built her career in web and graphic design from a combination of on-the-job learning, the Santa Rosa JC, and the Academy of Art University.
Combined with an ecological education and a certification in permaculture design, all these skills translate well to designing landscapes. Feeling the need to move back into work that felt meaningful and grounding, literally, she moved into the field of landscape architecture and design because of her lifelong love of gardening. Leah spent the better part of 2016 diving deep into ecological landscaping practices, permaculture design principles, and sustainable land stewardship. She brings her years of experience designing user interfaces and managing small design teams into the field of landscaping where it translates into the ability to design beautiful, eco-friendly, usable spaces.
When she's not working at Elder Creek, Leah can be found gardening or working on her next project at home in West County, with her partner and their two kids.
Brian Klein | Project Manager
Brian has been practicing in the field of Landscape Architecture and construction for the past 15 years, and earned his degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly, SLO.
Brian spent his early career in the traditional landscape architecture industry as a designer and design project manager. In that role, he gained experience in the design, entitlement process and construction detailing areas of the profession. Brian's quest towards greater understanding of the built form came in the next 7 years working for a reputable landscape contractor doing estimating as a tool to understand the, 'nuts and bolts' of construction and wearing multiple hats in a design build firm. He brings a construction minded approach to his daily role as a construction project manager at Elder Creek. Brian pulls from his background in design, process, construction and relationship management to assist in bridging the design-build gap and focusing on collaboration in order to achieve a well executed project.
Brian is a bay friendly qualified landscape professional, member of the APLD and has professional certificates in greywater design and installation as well as installation of rainwater harvesting systems. In addition, his designs have been recognized in the CLCA small installation category, bay friendly garden tour and had been featured in articles for Marin home magazine. More specifically, Brian has created or been part of a team that has designed and implemented development master planning and detailing of typical conditions, storm water management, erosion control and bioswale design, WELO guidelines for high efficiency irrigation and water efficient plantings.
At the end of the day Brian comes home to his loving wife and adorable little girl residing in the historically charming town of Petaluma.