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Paul Comstock

Born into a family of gardeners and horticulturists, Paul Comstock has spent his life around plants.  Not only is he an expert horticulturist, he is also a trained musician and artist.  He has a true love for the language of numbers, problem-solving and design.  His designs draw inspiration from life experience, art, and music.  Just as he considers the individual notes and rhythms that make up a melody when writing a song, Comstock considers the chemistry and science of each plant in order to compose landscapes that are both evocative and horticulturally sound.

All of Paul Comstock's designs reflect a unique level of pan-geographic experience.  While Director of Landscape Design for Walt Disney Imagineering, Comstock traveled the world collecting, locating, and bringing back rare species of plant material to make his designs as authentic as possible.  Among his most significant accomplishments, Comstock is credited as Chief Landscape Architect and Designer of Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, FL.  Additionally, Comstock was Director of Landscape Design for Hong Kong Disneyland and Resort.  Paul has planted more than 20 million trees and shrubs in his global projects collected from 80 countries around the world.

 

 

With over 80 years of collective experience, Paul Comstock and team have designed some of the most successful and popular destinations around the world. The in-house team and extended staff of consultants are a group of Award Winning designers and artists whom all have a through understanding of branding and design development from concept creation to implementation. Each member of the team has years of experience designing landscapes, artwork, themed interiors, theme park attractions, retail, dining and entertainment themed environments, and architecture that encapsulate thematic design ideas from the smallest details to the overarching brand concept. This team has worked at a multitude of scales ranging from the theme parks requiring materials sourced around the world, to high-end retail and one-of-a-kind intimate projects.


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Angela Huerta–

Landscape Architect

 

Angela naturally fell in love with landscape architecture, a livelihood that merges creativity with construction, form with function. 

Angela was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area to a family that strongly encouraged learning through doing. 

Creativity is the keystone of my life. I'm a landscape designer focused on themed landscapes, resorts, and high-end residential projects, domestically and internationally. I love getting my hands dirty, figuring out how to tell stories/solve problems with plants, and enjoying the tangible results of a job well done.

Angela has collaborated on a variety of landscape architecture efforts, including themed resorts and hotels, large-scale outdoor retail spaces, housing developments, entertainment/athletic venues, education centers, and large private estates. 

Thoughtful in design, adept at producing and conducting multi-media design presentations at all levels, knowledgeable in plant materials, construction methods and proper maintenance procedures, Angela is the quintessential well-rounded team member. During her past 6 ½ years at Comstock Landscape Architecture, Angela has played a significant role as project manager for a variety of projects where she develops concepts, manages construction documents, fulfills construction administration responsibilities and participates in extensive site work and direction. 

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Alan Holstein–Landscape Designer

 

Alan’s experience as a designer has been cultivated by work on a range of projects. He has participated in the design of theme parks, water parks, planned communities, mixed-use commercial, apartments, and residential gardens. He earned a degree in History from the University of California, Riverside and a Professional Certificate in Landscape Architecture from UCLA. His experience working in botanical gardens brings a unique understanding of both native and exotic plant materials. He brings a high level of creative, artistic, and technical expertise to project design and the studio. His strong interest in art, architecture, plants and the outdoors helps to inspire him to create beautiful landscapes with a sense of pride and place. 

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Kristen Kennedy–

 

Landscape Designer

Kristen Kennedy grew up in Northern California, in what was once a small, sleepy, suburban town, covered more in mature trees per block than people, streets without sidewalks, kids who all rode their bicycles to school, surrounded by foothills of golden grasses growing taller with each drift of fog that rolled over from the pacific. With parents who loved nature, fishing, camping, hiking, and beach combing, a career in the natural world ultimately called to her. 

Before devoting full time to landscape architecture and design, Kristen worked in a variety of industries including investment banking in New York City, internet startups in Los Angeles, public relations in Marina del Rey, and feature films in Hollywood.

Kristen’s educational background includes a graduate certificate in Landscape Architecture from the University of California Los Angeles and a B.A. in Film Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  

When she isn’t engrossed in project management and design on the computer, she is managing placement of plants on site, meeting with clients, learning Italian, and trying very hard not to be the worst ukulele player this side of the Rockies.

Above all else, she stays true to the saying, “It’s better to put a $5 plant in a $50 hole, than a $50 plant in a $5 hole.”