Who We Are
HABITATwas founded by the pursuit of adding value to hospitality and residential projects through the use of landscape. We are dedicated to creating the best outdoor spaces for people to interact with; connecting them with nature and with others.
After more than a decade working as a landscape designer with world-renowned landscape architecture and planning firms, it became clear there must be a better way to serve the landscape and hospitality industries. Landscape is often overlooked and/or undervalued in the hospitality and residential industry, but perhaps it simply takes a greater understanding and focus by those setting the parameters. With a unique approach to how landscape is integrated within each project, we strive to create dynamic and vibrant outdoor spaces that will stand out from the crowd and increase the value of each property.
We explore the world analyzing what makes a project work. Understanding the client, the objectives, the culture, and the land is at the heart of what we do.
Founder, Landscape Architect
Ben has been practicing landscape architecture around the world, working for the past 16 years throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Asia. In each project he strives to find inspiration in the local environment; using native materials, and capitalizing on each site’s natural opportunities. He’s passionate about connecting people with nature and enhancing the way in which we interact. Through design, he strives to find the perfect balance between function, comfort, and beauty while trying to improve the way we experience outdoor spaces and increase value for both human well-being and clients.
Ben graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Regional and Community Planning from Kansas State University. He later achieved a Master’s Degree in Architectural Management from I.E. University in Madrid, Spain. He has been a licensed landscape architect since 2018.
Juan was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela before moving to the USA at age 18. He earned his master’s degree in Landscape Architecture, Environmental and Urban Design from the Florida International University after receiving an undergraduate degree in Architecture.
Juan is interested in community-driven projects that directly impact the way people engage in common spaces, generate opportunities for small-business growth, and provide healthy recreational programming that positively impact
a diverse range of communities. Amongst his other passions are planting design, streetscape design, and environmentally-friendly strategies to mitigate climate-related issues using
Design techniques as the driving force to make a change.