Dan K. Gordon, Founder & Principal, Dan Gordon Landscape Architects

Dan K. Gordon is the founder & principal of Dan Gordon Landscape Architects (DGLA). Prior to establishing DGLA in 1996, Dan’s professional career began with a west coast-based international land-planning firm where he worked primarily as the project manager for a 5,000-acre planned new town. After three years on the west coast, Dan returned to Boston to assume responsibilities as the Lead Designer for the Central Artery Tunnel Project – Central Area. Dan’s role included developing the preliminary design for eight miles of streetscapes in downtown Boston, a design for which he received a 1995 Design Achievement Award from Move Massachusetts 2000. Currently professionally licensed in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, New Hampshire, California, and Rhode Island, Dan graduated magna cum laude from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, in 1983 with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design. He received his Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1986. Since founding his firm, Dan has guided his office and colleagues to sustained recognition, including numerous awards by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects as well as a Bulfinch Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art. In 2017, the office was recognized with a Best of Boston Home award for best Landscape Architect – West. Dan currently serves on the board of the New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. dangordon.com

 

Feras Irikat, Director of Design & Marketing, Lunada Bay Tile

Feras Irikat is a designer with a modern vision, a global perspective, and the confidence to take an unexpected path. Both a trailblazer and a tastemaker, Irikat’s style is informed by art, architecture and travel, and he interprets these cues for today’s lifestyle through the innovative use of color, texture and technology. As a celebrated educator of color theory, applications and color psychology, Feras Irikat taught at San Francisco State University, UC Santa Cruz Extension and West Valley College. He shares his extensive knowledge about design, color theory and trends forecasting with architects and designers at seminars and showrooms around the world. Regarded as an innovator in the design industry for his unusual approach to color, he has partnered with a variety of companies for more than 18 years to produce furniture, textiles and tile. Today, he is director of design and marketing for Lunada Bay Tile, a leader in the design and production of handcrafted glass, stone, metal, wood and ceramic tiles. lunadabaytile.com

 

Chuck Baumann, Owner, Creative Environments

Chuck Baumann, owner of Creative Environments, has been in the swimming pool industry for 63 years, getting his start in 1955 in his Dad’s pool company, King Neptune Pools in Lafayette, California. Chuck started his first pool company on his own in 1966 servicing swimming pools in the local area. In 1970 he became partners with his uncle, George Marcotte in the pool company Coral Pools, which is still in business today. In 1979 Chuck started Creative Environments, which was founded on the principle that the swimming pool was only one part of the backyard entertainment experience. Today, Chuck has built over 1,400 backyard yard water recreations features. He has been selected as one of the top 50 pool builders 5 separate times during the 1990’s. Chuck also has been  a member of the Carecraft Buying Group since 1989 and has sat on their board for the past 20 years. Chuck is joined in business by his son Nicco Baumann, reprenting the third generation of his family to design and build swimming pools in the San Francisco Bay Area. creativeenvironments.com