Nathan founded the design firm Island Planning Corporation under the principle that resourcefulness and native horticulture are inherently valuable to any project. In the past decade and a half since its inception Nathan has led IPC to work on a diverse list of international projects in locations ranging from dense urban environments to the Swiss Alps, remote tropical islands, and everywhere in between.
Nathan never set out to run an office full of people drawing circles on paper. He wanted to assemble a tight team of globally-minded specialists who could mobilize the expertise, creativity, drive, and resources necessary to realize sophisticated and nuanced design and complete a diverse range of projects around the world.
Early on in his career Nathan developed the understanding that the landscape design discipline was largely inadequate worldwide – if he wanted the landscapes he designed to be implemented with the correct scale, proportions and maturity, he would have to create his own unique approach and structure. In order to achieve depth, substance and longevity in a completed project the design and planning process would need to be supported by a strong ecological and botanical foundation and followed through with hands-on implementation.
Over the past 15 years, Nathan has built a specialized team of hands-on multi-disciplinary designers, planners, thinkers and doers. Collectively the IPC team has traveled, lived and worked in dozens of countries, designed on thousands of acres of land, propagated and planted hundreds of thousands of trees and delivered timeless and sophisticated projects to a diverse list of discerning clienteles.
Today, IPC provides master-planning, landscape design, and installation for urban projects, hotels, resorts, and private residences IPC shares ongoing collaborations with resort groups including Aman Resorts, Apple, Cheval Blanc (LVMH), GHM, Maha, Six Senses, and numerous private clients throughout the world.
As a result of his experience, Nathan has helped governments, brands, developers and individuals redefine their position by placing more emphasis on nature and the benefits of ecological design and sustainable land stewardship. For example, Nathan has worked closely with the National Parks of Gabon, Africa on a range of projects. Nathan has directed the Miami Design District to anchor their luxury retail experience within a dense and mature tree landscape and more recently, Nathan designed a capsule collection for Rimowa, a brand that is redefining luxury through travel.
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.
For over a decade 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 much of his free time with his wife and two daughters, talking and reading incessantly about plants and collecting, propagating, and growing a wide diversity of ethnobotanically significant species you’ve probably never heard of.
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 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.