Faith Okuma is a Principal of Surroundings and is a licensed landscape architect, AICP Certified and a LEED Accredited Professional. She brings distinguished experience through programming, planning and design expertise for public agencies and private clients throughout the American West. Notable projects that she has led include: Santa Fe Railyard Master Plan; Planning Services for Los Alamos National Laboratory; Rancho Viejo Master Plan and Implementation and the South Santa Fe Transit Oriented Neighborhood Study. Faith graduated from ASU and studied landscape architecture at Utah State University and the University of Arizona. She has been involved with numerous professional affiliations and boards and has presented at national conferences of the APA and the ASLA.
Kenneth Francis, ASLA, PLA, RA
Kenneth Francis is a founding partner and principal of Surroundings, a New Mexico based multidisciplinary design studio. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from The Cooper Union in New York City and a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. While studying at Harvard, he was awarded a travel grant to research the historic and cultural landscape of the acequias in Northern New Mexico. As a direct result of this study, Kenneth’s work has been focused on innovative and sustainable water practices in every scale of project that comes into the studio. Kenneth has 20 years combined architecture and landscape experience and has presented on the topic of green infrastructure at multiple conferences, including the 2014 ASLA National Convention. He has been interviewed on PBS Austin and was also profiled in Smithsonian Magazine for the stormwater design features of El Parque del Rio, a newly completed example of green infrastructure along the Santa Fe River.
Sandra Donner, RA
Sandra Donner is a a founding partner and principal of Surroundings. She holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture from the Cooper Union and is a licensed architect in New Mexico. Formerly, she was a partner at ARC engine, an architecture firm engaged in commercial and high end residential design with projects in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and New York City. She taught design studios at the Boston Architectural Center in Massachusetts and has been a visiting critic at colleges and universities across the country. Sandra’s designs are built upon process-driven testing and experimentation to arrive at powerful and new solutions for our clients. Her methodical accuracy for drawing and critical eye proves to be an asset on every project. Prior to receiving her Bachelor’s in Architecture, she received a Bachelor in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design.
Joseph Charles, PLA
Associate + Project Manager
Joseph Charles graduated from Rutgers University where he received his Bachelors of Science in Landscape Architecture. Previously he was an Associate at the Santa Fe office of Design Workshop for almost six years. He is a licensed Landscape Architect in NM. As a designer, Joseph looks to balance the functional and aesthetic requirements of a project with the responsibility of creating environmentally sound landscapes that positively enhance our quality of life. Joseph has been working within the Southwest region for the past ten years, and has designed and managed a wide variety of urban, institutional, streetscape, and residential landscape projects.
Madeleine Aguilar received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Planning and Design from the University of New Mexico. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture. Previously, Madeleine worked for the Albuquerque Public School's planning department where she focused on facility planning and programming needs. Madeleine continues to draw upon her planning experience in her approach to landscape architecture. She, along with her team, were recently awarded first place in the national Better Philadelphia Competition for their master plan design addressing neighborhood health. Born and raised in Santa Fe, Madeleine’s design approach is sensitive to the unique cultural and environmental challenges that the southwest presents.
Will Iadevaia, PLA
Will Iadevaia earned his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Arizona State University and has been practicing in the southwest region and internationally for the last 9 years. During this time, Will has designed and managed a variety of project types including urban design, community planning, and residential landscape architecture. Will’s approach to design strives to discover the opportunities in which the aesthetic intersects with ecological, cultural, and client needs to develop successful design solutions.