People

BEN LASSETER ASLA, CBP

As Partner and Director of Construction, Benjamin is responsible for bringing Design Ecology’s designs to life. He oversees all construction projects from planning to completion while managing a skilled team of craftsmen to provide unparalleled attention to detail.

After earning his B.S. in Horticulture at Texas A&M Benjamin gained valuable experience working as Assistant Superintendent on one of the nation’s top resort golf courses. He moved on to manage the construction division of a landscape architecture firm for 4 years where he built luxury estate landscapes and pools. Benjamin opened his own landscape design and construction company in early 2009 & joined with Scott in 2010 to form Design Ecology.

ben@designecologyaustin.com

SCOTT CUMMINGS PLA, ASLA, CBP

As Partner & Principal Landscape Architect for Design Ecology, Scott takes responsibility for every design produced. He works very closely with associate designers & clients to ensure that all plans fully address the unique challenges of each individual project.

Scott has a broad range of experience with residential and commercial projects ranging from private estate master planning to streetscapes, parks & botanic gardens. A graduate of Mississippi State University’s Landscape Architecture program Scott has a formal education rooted in the principles of design. He brings Over 18 years of professional experience to the firm, specializing in swimming pool and water feature design & construction.

scott@designecologyaustin.com

MICHAEL BAEZ

Associate designer Michael Baez graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture in 2010. While at Tech he was a member of Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society and a brother of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. Since graduation, Michael has been involved in the design & construction oversight of several award winning projects.

Michael is a very talented designer with exceptional technical knowledge. He brings a talent for producing outstanding 3-D renderings to the Design Ecology team.

michael@designecologyaustin.com

TODD JENKINS

Construction Project Manager Todd Jenkins brings a designer’s perspective to the construction of each project. Todd earned his Bachelors of Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M in 2000, and brings over 14 years of experience to the Design Ecology team. Specializing in design and construction of high end residential projects & estate master planning, Todd has worked for firms in Houston, Los Angeles and Austin as both designer and project manager.

todd@designecologyaustin.com

BRET SCHMIDT

Landscape & Irrigation Specialist Bret Schmidt brings a detail oriented eye to installation and maintenance for Design Ecology. Bret has 20 years of high end landscape and irrigation experience a is a licensed irrigator with the state of Texas. In his off time, he likes to spend his days outdoors relaxing with his family and friends.

bret@designecologyaustin.com

MICHELLE SMITH

Office Manager Michelle Smith has many years of experience in Construction Management.  Having been in the pool industry since 1995, Michelle joined the Design Ecology team in 2017.

michelle@designecologyaustin.com

JASON ARMOUR

Associate designer Jason Armour graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelors in Landscape Architecture in 2009.

As designer and project manager for two residential Design-Build firms in Chicago that specialized landscape and swimming pool design and construction, he developed a solid foundation and understanding of both the design and construction process.

In the summer of 2017 he came to Austin to join the Design Ecology Team, bringing 8 years of experience his passion for nature and design. His ability to combine traditional and modern technique to bring a client’s visions to life make him a valuable addition to our team.

jason@designecologyaustin.com