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VISION

Collaboration

A team that shares ideas and communicates effectively is vital to success. At NWLD you have a loving team behind your project. Each member does not let the other fail. We are experts in our fields. NWLD works with talented landscape designers and install teams capable of executing to our exacting standards. We work together to achieve success and our work is not complete until you are happy.

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Nathan Wright

Nathan is a Founding Partner and Registered Landscape Architect with Nathan Wright Landscape Design. Raised on an organic farm in Northeastern Ohio then trained in architecture, Nathan moved to Chicago and pursued his love of the urban environment at archi-treasures, where he assisted community leaders and organizers in the creation of community gardens. Nathan went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture while working for some of Chicago’s most respected designers including Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, Conservation Design Forum, and McKay Landscape Architects. Nathan has been educating the public on the value of sustainable landscape practices both as Faculty at Triton College, and in his own practice, since 2011. Nathan is a Partner in Wright Landscape Architecture, a commercial firm with local and national appeal. Lola and Nathan have been married since 2007, are raising four children, and enjoy the stillness and relaxation they experience in their Oak Park home.

Team Members

Lola Wright

FOUNDING PARTNER

Lola is a Founding Partner and eternal innovator with Nathan Wright Landscape Design. Lola has spent years working with the world’s leading global financial institutions, healthcare and technology startups, emerging and innovative nonprofits, entrepreneurs, creatives, and cultural influencers. With robust experience in supporting teams through transition, Lola serves as an essential ingredient in the growth of Nathan Wright Landscape Design. Lola has an extraordinary understanding of nuance and the complex considerations of change. Lola’s aesthetic sensibility and design sensitivity support the subtle and special art that comes out of Nathan Wright Landscape Design. Lola is also Principal of Wright Landscape Architecture, a commercial firm with local and national appeal. In addition to design work, Lola is a highly sought after coach and consultant supporting influencers, leaders, and organizations in creating a fierce and loving presence on the planet. Lola and Nathan have been married since 2007, are raising four children, and enjoy the stillness and relaxation they experience in their Oak Park home.

Olivia Schifeling

Olivia Schifeling

ACCOUNTS MANAGER 

After graduating with a BLA in Landscape Architecture from Mississippi State University, she came to the big city eager to learn. Her love of design and passion for the built environment made her want to become a landscape designer because for her there is nothing more rewarding than to see a design idea built in the physical world. She values teamwork and is devoted to accomplishing a shared goal and achieving it at its highest level. She helps in a variety of tasks including production of drawings, coordination with clients and consultants and management of the office.

Kim Hedrich

Kim Hedrich

GARDEN DESIGNER

As a nature enthusiast, Kimberly likes being outside listening to the birds, feeling the warm breeze, and getting her hands dirty. Her professional experience is extensive where she has worked in residential landscape design and interiors. Currently, her focus is garden design; enjoying a garden while you are within the space as well as inside looking out. All her passions come together by combining meandering paths, beautiful colors of flowers and foliage, textures & shapes, and creating inviting space. With a shovel in her hand and a pair of pruners in her pocket, Kimberly enjoys the therapeutic maintenance of gardening. A garden isn’t something to just look at, a garden should be a place that invites you in, relaxes you, and inspires you. Kimberly works collaboratively as a landscape designer and installer, as well as a steward.

Shilin Hora

Shilin Hora

GARDEN CARE TEAM LEADER

Shilin joined Nathan Wright Landscape Design in 2018. She is a botanical visual artist and curator of botanical content. Shilin’s formative years were spent between the neighboring peach orchard, grape vineyard, and her grandfather’s blue spruce farm in St. Joseph, Michigan. For Shilin, closeness to the land has led to appreciation of “place” and she brings this ancient art of “seeing” to our team. Shilin’s genius lies in creating beautiful nature-centric works that showcase nature’s elegance. Whether it’s creating green plant screens as functional objects or working with plants to enhance backyard landscapes, Shilin illuminates nature’s intrinsic beauty while providing exquisite craftswomanship and thoughtful skill. Shilin is also the owner of a small fine art business and is well known for her botanical artwork that is housed in private collections, along with university and museum collections throughout Canada, United States, Mexico and England. Shilin believes it is crucial to instill in the next generation a deep sense of respect and appreciation for nature. She is a practicing naturalist and an Environmental Education consultant specializing in youth and intergenerational nature adventure programming.

Jeff Levrant

Jeff Levrant

PROJECT LEADER

Jeff joined Nathan Wright Landscape Design as a Project Manager in October of 2019. While earning his BFA in Architecture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jeff began working in Chicago’s Urban Agriculture industry. After 7 years of work in nonprofits farming, teaching, and building he merged his love of the environment with his passion for architecture and began focusing on landscape design and planting. When he’s not designing or managing installations you can find Jeff playing board games with friends, teaching rock climbing classes, or out hiking and climbing around the country!

Julia Goeke

Julia Goeke

PROJECT APPRENTICE

Julia joined the Nathan Wright Landscape Design team in April of 2019. Julia is an avid gardener and nature enthusiast. A native of St. Louis, MO, she moved here after college, and seeks nature wherever she can find it, in places large and small. Prior to joining Nathan Wright Landscape Design, Julia worked in edible education teaching children to grow their own food, encouraging them to taste a rainbow of different fruits and vegetables, explore the wonders of a garden, their natural environment and get dirty. She works on garden care and small projects with the company. She loves exploring new surroundings. She’s traveled to several different continents and nearly every state in the country.

Raul Ramos

Raul Ramos

PROJECT APPRENTICE

Raul joined Nathan Wright Landscape Design in October of 2019. The focus of Raul’s work is in Garden Care and Planter design. Born and raised in Texas and attending college in Louisiana, Raul graduated with an engineering degree. During his college years, Raul discovered his passion for design and architecture. While attending college, he worked for a garden center and landscaping company where he designed and installed residential projects. Outside of work, Raul enjoys seeking out hiking spots, camping, spending time with family, reading, and adventuring outdoors. 

Stewart Hepker

Stewart Hepker

PLANTSMAN

Stewart joined Nathan Wright Landscape Design in June of 2020. After earning a degree in horticulture, he spent some formative years at a native plant nursery where he gained experience working with local ecotype plant material. As a garden designer, Stewart specializes in naturalistic plantings that are rich with diversity, and hold interest all year. When he’s not spending his free time toiling away in his own garden, he loves to hit the road with his wife and explore this strange and beautiful planet that we call home. 

 

Lauren Mathias

Lauren Mathias

JUNIOR DESIGNER

Lauren joined Nathan Wright Landscape Design in August of 2020. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame with a BFA in Visual Communication Design, she went on to earn an MLA in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Lauren works on residential and commercial design for the company. She enjoys working at the intersection of the social, ecological, and botanical and values spontaneity and resilience in the landscape. Outside of work, she enjoys riding her bike, reading, and playing with her dogs and chinchilla. 

 

Christine Zalokar

Christine Zalokar

OPERATIONS MANAGER

Christine joined Nathan Wright Landscape Design as Operations Manager in March of 2019. Christine’s career has spanned the coordination of daily operations, project management, and live event production. She has a passion for bringing vision into reality and empowering leadership among those around her. She has an ability to see what is missing and implement change that is necessary for growth. Christine loves supporting live events and experiences that include brilliant people, beautiful music, and conversations that inspire growth and change.