Ilse Frank, PLA, ASLA, Associate AIA

As a founding principal of Studio Balcones, Ilse Frank views projects through the lens of an architect and a landscape architect, and pays particular attention to city and regional planning. Ilse designs with a consideration for the long term and far reaching impacts beyond a site’s boundary. At a finer scale, she approaches public space and parks in tandem with buildings— addressing relationships of scale, materials, and inside/outside connections. As a born and raised Austinite, Ilse knows the lay of the land and culture of Texas and looks forward to shaping its future.

Jennifer Orr, PLA, ASLA

A founding principal of Studio Balcones, Jennifer brings her strong design background, extensive plant knowledge and deep understanding of ecological systems to each project. Jennifer’s experience ranges from large scale green infrastructure projects to small scale residential gardens, both urban and rural, public and private. Throughout her work, she strives to connect humans to nature, creating landscapes that are integrated, functional, sustainable and beautiful. Jennifer has a great love of the Texas landscape with its unique and often challenging characteristics, and is thrilled to be back in her hometown.

Claire Eddleman, PLA

Claire brings her passion for beautiful and performative landscapes to a wide range of projects, collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to integrate landscape systems and awareness of locality. Since joining Studio Balcones in 2014, Claire has contributed to and managed a variety of complex projects at a broad range of scales, most significantly an urban plaza in downtown Austin and an educational landscape for a project pursuing the Living Building Challenge.

Previously, Claire was involved in projects with Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. Landscape Architects, McCann Adams Studio and Peter Walker and Partners. Claire received her Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 2011, and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Stephanie Saulmon, PLA, ASLA

Stephanie grew up in Austin, but came to landscape architecture in New York City, where private open space is a luxury, and public open space a necessity. After working as a gardener in brownstone Brooklyn, she earned her degree at the City College of New York, which focuses on landscape architecture in urban settings. Stephanie’s horticultural knowledge and hands-on garden construction experience have informed her work on university campuses, public parks and playgrounds. She strives to find sustainable design solutions that invigorate the city environment and provide a respite for its inhabitants.

RachelRachel Warburton, Landscape Designer

Rachel’s interest in landscape architecture began at her first job at the San Antonio Botanical Gardens during high school. The texture and diversity of the native Texas landscape is what initially drew her in and eventually brought her back from California. She received her Bachelor of the Arts from Pitzer College and her Master of Landscape Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture.Throughout both college and graduate school she focused her studies on the intersection of health and landscape. She aspires to design ecologically restorative spaces which bring people together and positively impact the mental, physical, and emotional health of the users while improving the ecological health of the landscape.Rachel is an avid gardener and continues to be a native plant enthusiast, especially fond of bright, lush plantings such as gulf muhly, esperanza, and golden ball lead trees.

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Nick HeadShot WebNic Odekon, Landscape Designer

Nic comes from a background of international development which drives his work and interest in public spaces and their impact on the communities that surround them and how environmental stewardship, education, and sustainability can be best integrated into the fabric of urban life. He has developed his passion in community involvement and sustainable design through a variety of experiences; as a farmhand and educator at a demonstration farm, a Peace Corps volunteer in two assignments as an elementary school teacher and environmental educator, and as an English as a second language instructor at the university level. Throughout his studies Nic explored relationships between landscape architecture and community engagement to explore the potential for landscape architecture to be a tool for social improvement among developing and disadvantaged communities.

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