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.

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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 she enjoys participating in the growth of her hometown.

Travis Streeter
Project Manager

Travis brings an in-depth knowledge of construction practices and principles of design with past project experience ranging from high-end residential landscapes to multi-family courtyards and rooftop amenity spaces. Travis received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Keene State in 2009. Living in the Lone Star State for the past 7 years Travis has a developed a great appreciation and understanding of Texas’ complex, beautiful native landscape. He also spends a great deal of his time involved in community development projects such as back to school supply drives, Christmas toy drives and raising money for the Wounded Warrior and Boot Campaigns.

Michael Meihaus, PLA
Project Manager

Michael is a registered professional landscape architect in the states of Arizona and Texas, specializing in environmental restoration and recreation with past project experience ranging from parks and recreation planning to river and wildland restoration design. Michael received his Master of Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University in 2009. Michael managed over 50 restoration and environmental design projects. He has also designed stream-bank bioengineering, riparian restoration BMP’s, and backwater wetland restoration in Mexico, Indonesia, and the US. Outside the office Michael can be found (or not found) paddling down a hill country river, or off to the Big Bend to savor the unique beauty of our public lands and national parks.

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Melina Farahi
Project Designer

Melina received a Masters in Envirnomental Design from the Univeristy of Tehran in 2008. When she relocated to the United States, she also earned her Masters in Landsacpe Architecture at the University of Colorado in Denver. Since 2012, Melina has immersed herself in civic design projects in Colorado, California, and Texas. She is invested in healthy community development. Currently, Melina is settling into her new Texan landscape with projects that address public art, urban streetscapes, and ranches.

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Lindsay Burnette
Project Designer

Lindsay recently received her Masters in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, where she graduated with an ASLA Honor award, the Narendra Juneja award, and the Van Alen Travel Fellowship. Prior to joining Studio Balcones, she studied urban agriculture and informal settlements as a Fulbright Research Fellow in Seoul, South Korea, served on the board of Architects Without Borders – Oregon, and worked as an Americorps member for social and environmental justice organizations in Portland, Oregon. She is interested in the social agency of landscape architecture and seeks to work at the intersection of community development and design.

Dan Zedick
Project Designer

Dan received his Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Arizona in 2018 and has a background in environmental science and sustainability. Dan has experience working in residential and commercial design-build as well as in landscape installation and maintenance. He has a passion for plant materials and nature, and looks to natural elements for design inspiration. Dan is interested in how public spaces can positively impact people’s lives and help in the formation of community. He enjoys taking long walks on the beach and finding public places in the rain.

Allen Worthington
Landscape Designer Intern

Allen is a fourth year undergraduate Landscape Architecture student at the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University. He is interested in how landscape architecture affects change in the relationships between small and large-scale systems – specifically, interventions surrounding the balance of health, culture, and ecology. Allen’s experience in landscaping, maintaining organic gardens, and experimenting with design mediums helps to inform his sense of design and his approach to solving problems and finding solutions. An aspiration of his is to synthesize his interests by furthering an enterprise with his partner, which aims to improve the health of all life through thoughtful design.

Tiffany Rasco
Office Manager

Art, nature and Austin all come together at Studio Balcones and Tiffany could not be more excited to be a part of the team. Making the most of her varied work experience: waiting tables, museum education and salon ownership, she assists wherever needed. Growing up in Austin and watching it evolve into a “grown-up” city, she finds it rewarding to work where nature, beauty and sustainability are still cultivated and created for everyone to enjoy.

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