“Thinking outside the box is for those who are in the box, dream without boundaries, think free.”
As Director of Design + Sciences, President for Grey Leaf Design, Inc., Bryan is responsible for setting and controlling the design direction of the project. Bryan’s role is interactive to ensure the functional, practical and aesthetic elements of the design are achieved. Bryan’s interest in the environment and his passion for design is enhanced by a commitment to excellence in design and innovation through science and research. He brings over 20 years of experience with a vast portfolio of projects from small residential gardens, to luxury private residences, 40,000-square foot green roofs, to master site planning. His belief in a collaborative design process is evident in his work. This belief has brought award winning design and recognition as an innovator when it comes to solving site design challenges and create inspiring landscape design.
Bryan plays an active role in the world of design, through regular speaking events pertaining to design technology and stormwater management and design. He is an active member and currently President of the APLD Minnesota chapter. Bryan also believes computers and design go hand in hand, so he frequently provides software training and lectures for those starting or growing their design firm with landscape design software. With Bryan’s never ending search for better design, he started “The Lab @ Grey Leaf” allowing the Grey Leaf design team to experiment and create giving boundless expression and enlightened creativity to the team. The “Lab” has laid the seeds to other ideas that have become entities of their own. Grey Leaf Gabion is a spinoff of the “Lab”.
Bryan grew up in Woodbury, MN seeking the wonders of nature while constantly designing the environment around him. This manifested into a love of the outdoors and a deep passion for landscape design. He has spent a great amount of time discovering the intricacies of nature. He models much of his works from nature, giving his designs a modern artistic yet natural feel, emphasizing bold lines and architectural features, allowing a peaceful resonance with ones self. At present Bryan lives in Woodbury with his wife and two boys and his furry little buddy “Eddie” the cat. Bryan strives for perfection, thoughtfully redesigning the landscape around him.
Angie’s role at Grey Leaf Design is Senior Designer. She has a part in each design from the initial site measurements to construction documentation. She enjoys the challenge each design brings and thoughtfully crafts a design with the right plants and details for each individual project site.
The landscape served an important role in Angie’s childhood growing up on a dairy farm in northeast Iowa. She grew up spending as much time as possible outdoors in the fields, streams and woodlands around her home. It was instilled in her early on that hard work and dedication are key qualities to live by. Angie worked for small, family-owned restaurants throughout high school and grew to appreciate the opportunities small businesses offer. She earned her degree in landscape architecture at Iowa State University and had the opportunity to complete internships at state and city agencies as well as a small firm. Angie has focused on natural resources planning, designing with native plants, and stormwater management.
When Angie is away from the office she is most likely working on another project of her own or spending time outside. She enjoys gardening, biking and spending time with her dogs, friends and family. Food is an essential part of life and Angie likes to spice things up by visiting new restaurants and the local microbreweries.