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Education Session - Panel Format

SAT-A01 - Inside the LA Studio with Hocker Design Group

Saturday, October 21
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

1.5 PDH, LA CES/non-HSW, AIA/non-HSW, AICP, FL

David Hocker ventured into business in late 2004 with a clear vision—beautiful articulation of the “spaces between” that exude meaningful connection to region and place for the people who inhabit them. In 13 short years Hocker Design Group (HDG) has grown into a focused design firm with a succinct point of view that responds to architecture, site ecology, and geographic features with appropriately scaled designs of exhibited restraint. A commitment to provide responsible and innovative solutions has earned the small firm 30-plus design awards and accolades in national and international publications.

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David Hocker

Hocker Design Group

David Hocker, ASLA, is a Dallas native with a vast knowledge of landscape architecture and horticulture, developed through early time spent at the family farm and his summer landscape construction and maintenance business. His curiosity into how things are designed and construction, even deconstruction, grew through 2 semesters and many follow-up visits to Italy. He launched HDG in 2004, approaching each project with a strong, hands-on methodology that results in a unique level of commitment and success in each project. As Design Principal, he extracts influence from contextual architecture and other elements to create outdoor spaces offering clear organization and aesthetic.


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Ashlee Lehmann

Landscape Designer
Hocker Design Group

Ashlee Lehmann, ASLA, is a Florida native who joined HDG in 2014. She has practiced both architecture and landscape architecture in Florida, Arizona, and California. Ashlee utilizes her background and consideration for the built environment to recognize and strengthen the interaction between interior/exterior relationships. Her primary interest lies in residential projects where she is able to work closely with clients and design on a more intimate scale. Ashlee currently teaches at UT Arlington and previously taught at Arizona State University.


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Dylan Stewart

Landscape Architect
Hocker Design Group

Dylan Stewart, ASLA, is a New York native, raised in Central Texas. He joined HDG following graduate school, where his research on urban trail systems received accolades. He contributes experience from positions held between undergrad and graduate studies for providing planting, irrigation, and construction services knowledge; his subsequent contribution to project success at HDG is apparent. Interactions of design thinking, people and place stimulates Dylan’s continued growth in the profession.


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Biff Sturgess

Managing Partner
Hocker Design Group

Biff Sturgess, ASLA, LEED AP, was raised in the arid and windswept Texas Panhandle where he developed an early appreciation for horticulture, planting techniques, and the importance of water to the land. Following several years in Houston working on large scale projects, he returned to HDG as a partner in 2013. Successful urban design and its dependence on landscape architecture drives his passion for the work at HDG, and this extends to his guest classroom instruction at UT Arlington.


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Keith LeBlanc

LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, Inc.

Keith Leblanc is a nationally recognized Landscape Architect whose firm, LeBlanc Jones Landscape Architects, has gained local and national recognition with over 25 awards from the ASLA and BSLA. His work has been honored with both peer and popular appreciation including recognition from The Southern California Chapter of the ASLA, the Institute for Classical Architecture and Art, and The James Rose Center. In 2011 Keith was elected a Fellow by the ASLA Council of Fellows.


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