Stan Clauson

Stan Clauson

AICP | ASLA

Stan Clauson has over 30 years experience in planning, landscape architecture, and urban design. His work has come to focus on planning and design issues relating to resort environments. He holds a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design, and has served as planning director for the cities of Aspen, Colorado and Montpelier, Vermont. His career began as urban design planner for the city of Newton, Massachusetts and continued in public service positions and private practice in New England and the West. A former president of the Massachusetts Association of Consulting Planners, and currently serving as Past-President of the American Planning Association Colorado Chapter, he is active in professional groups and a frequent speaker on transportation and resort planning issues at conferences. This has carried with it a strong international orientation, and Stan has lectured in Switzerland, France, Austria, and Japan on resort development issues. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Urban Land Institute. An avid skier, student of languages, and yoga practitioner, Stan brings a broad range of experience to his work.

Patrick Rawley

Patrick Rawley

AICP | ASLA

A native of Colorado, Senior Associate Patrick Rawley has been captivated by the fusion of nature and human settlement patterns from an early age. Whether pursuing outdoor activities, studying history, traveling or enjoying the arts, Patrick seeks the common threads that form and enrich the human experience. He enjoys adventures with his wife and three young boys. Patrick graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with dual Master's degrees in Landscape Architecture and Urban and Regional Planning. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). Prior to graduate school, Patrick worked with a transactional law group that provided experience in the acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate. This led Patrick to his graduate studies and laid a solid background for his education and professional career. Patrick's favorite quotation is from Dan Kiley, one of America's greatest 20th Century landscape architects: "Should not the role of design be to reconnect human beings with their space on their land?"

Nicholas Valentino

Nicholas Valentino

PLA | ASLA

A licensed Landscape Architect in Colorado and member of ASLA, Nicholas has spent the better part of the last decade in Colorado designing and recreating in resort communities. He joins our staff as part of a collaborative effort acting as our in-house Landscape Architect while continuing to operate his own design firm. Since studying landscape architecture at Michigan State University, he has gained experience working with numerous landscape architecture, planning, and architecture firms, as well as recreation planning with the US Forest Service. He has worked on many different project scales from detailed intimate spaces to large scale planning efforts. Nicholas discovered landscape architecture as a medium to connect his passions for the outdoors with the need to design and influence how we use, protect, and ultimately view our built and natural environments. His goal as a landscape architect is to create spaces which affect people and evoke emotion. He believes in the power of design to influence people's behavior, through both physical and intellectual means, and that emotion better creates a lifelong impression. Nicholas draws design influences from his many adventures and travels, and strives to implement designs that are reflective of place, utilizing simple materials, textures, and geometry influenced by the site. His love for the outdoors and landscape started at a young age, surrounded by the unique topography, environment and watershed of Northern Michigan. His connection to Colorado began with ski racing and over the years he found himself increasingly spending time in the mountains to pursue his other recreational interest including hiking and mountain biking until he found himself a year around resident. He best relates to a quote by John Muir: "The mountains are calling and I must go."

Tawn Hillenbrand

Tawn Hillenbrand

A graduate of the University of Colorado Boulder in Environmental Design, Tawn Hillenbrand serves as Office Manager and Planning Technician for SCA. Having gone to school to focus on architecture, Tawn quickly developed an interest in urban planning and sustainable development after spending a semester focused on planning. Her passion for design and its ability to shape our day-to-day experiences, as well as her passion for and commitment to the health of our environment encouraged Tawn to pursue a career in planning. As a Colorado native, Tawn has always had a strong connection to the natural environment. Spending much of her free time outdoors, Tawn enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, camping, and hiking with her dogs, but most importantly, she enjoys connecting with nature. Tawn's favorite quote is by John Muir, "Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another."

Alexa Geller

Alexa Geller

MLA Graduate Intern

Alexa Geller was born and raised in Syracuse, New York. Having begun her college career studying architecture, she rediscovered her love of the outdoors while attending SUNY Binghamton, and an interest in the fusion of the two was born. Having ultimately obtained a Bachelors degree in Urban planning, Alexa became fascinated with the roll of people in the built environment. Currently enrolled in the Master of Landscape Architecture program at the University of Colorado Denver, Alexa has her sights set on the progressive integration of our cities back into the natural environment. She loves post-industrial landscapes such as Duisburg Nord Landscape Park, and playing blues guitar. Her favorite quote comes from actor, Jim Carey, "Flowers don’t worry about how they're going to bloom. They just open up, and turn toward the light and that makes them beautiful."