Island Planning Corporation (IPC) is a landscape architecture firm working at the intersection of design, ecology, and luxury.
IPC has worked in 38 countries from offices in Miami, New York, and California — on projects ranging from resorts in the Swiss Alps, urban planning in equatorial Africa, and ecological restoration in California, USA.
Our global collaborations, often in remote and challenging locations, involve the design, engineering and master-planning of beguiling landscapes for the world’s most consummate clients.
Underpinned by intensive research and a hands-on approach, IPC takes on the complex logistics of plant propagation and tree relocation to create timeless, mature landscapes that exponentially increase the aesthetic, cultural, and financial value of our projects.
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Nathan realized early in his career that he needed to surpass the current boundaries within the discipline of Landscape Architecture.
The industry standard of a two-dimensional format lacks the ability to produce a design with a unique aesthetic that serves deeper ecological purpose and functionality.
Nathan set out to create a team of experts in horticulture, botany, ecology, architecture and environmental engineering that would compliment his sense of four-dimensional design.
His experience with designing, building, then watching projects evolve has enabled him to create a company that is in a field of its own.
Spencer is interested in the history of human relationships with plants and landscapes and how the ever-changing state of these relationships has affected the ways in which people interact with and influence larger ecological systems.
Spencer’s foundations in landscape design and anthropogenic agro-ecosystems began with the study of plants - traditional pre-colonial land management, ethno-botany, agroforestry, and horticulture - in Central and South America.
Since 2007 Spencer’s professional work with Island Planning Corporation (IPC) has taken him around the world countless times and consisted of a malleable integration of horticulture, design, research, botany, and logistics. Spencer spends his free time with his wife Katerina and two daughters at home in Sebastopol CA, where he is continuously expanding and managing an extensive and diverse collection of edible, medicinal, useful and ethnobotanically significant tree and perennial species.
Spencer started working with IPC twelve years ago, the day after he graduated from Antioch College with a self-designed major in Socio-Ecological Sustainability.
Eric started with IPC in 2010. His work involves large landscape project design and implementation in remote locations in a wide variety of climates. He develops the support networks for landscape systems through vocational, natural resource and infrastructure development with the primary goal of amplifying native ecology and promoting land stewardship.
Prior to IPC, Eric worked as an independent contractor for the United Nations Development Program and United States Agency of International Development as a chief engineer implementing wastewater-to-resource projects. He also worked in the private sector in Panama, as a project engineer for remote developments. Before his international experience, he worked super boring engineer type jobs in the states.
Eric Nyman graduated with an environmental engineering degree from Humboldt State University in the northwest of California.
His other experience ranges from being a vegetarian chef, co-restauranteur (whose restaurant is still running after twenty years) to developing tropical homesteads. He has studied human interaction with the environment in many places around the world to understand the erosion of the relationship in order to determine how to stop it.
He speaks enough Spanish to joke and almost, but not quite enough, French.
Joaquin is an architectural designer with experience in a wide range of building sectors including commercial, master planning, cultural, and residential. His work with Perkins+Will and Aranda\Lasch has won awards such as AR MIPIM Future Projects Award for Tall Buildings and the J.Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize.
Joaquin's B. Arch comes from Syracuse University and his M. Arch II from Harvard Graduate School of Design. In the Academic field he has taught with Benjamin Aranda at Harvard Graduate School of Design, at Columbia University and at Pratt GAUD.
Joaquin is a Legacy LEED Accredited Professional.
André is a construction professional with over 20 years experience that spans a variety of scale and types of projects. He grew up in the urban core of New York City and began his career in Public School and Heavy Civil construction. He worked on subway station and track renovations, the rehabilitation of the Manhattan Bridge and the cleanup at Ground Zero/PATH Station rebuild. Since then he has done extensive consulting/travel work for FEMA and various disaster recovery contractors after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Hurricane Ike in Galveston, and Hurricane Sandy in New York. Eventually, he landed in Miami and managed a large portion of the construction in the Miami Design District. It was at this point that he brought his talents and experience to IPC where he serves as Project Manager for various projects, company and world-wide, since 2014.
André holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master’s of Science in Construction Management.
André has traveled the world extensively, speaks English, German, and Spanish and loves the outdoors, spending his free time skiing, mountain-biking, hiking, and SCUBA diving.