Team

 
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Paul Linehan

Principal / Founder

Paul founded Land Strategies, Inc. in 1983. Over his 36 years in land-use design, community planning, and landscape architecture, Paul has accumulated a vast and varied portfolio of more than 1,800 development projects. He has worked in every aspect of land use planning and design from advocating for his clients at city council to project leadership of interdisciplinary design teams. An active member in the public realm, Paul’s civic leadership accomplishments include serving on the RECA executive board, giving expert witness testimony on urban issues, and lecturing on site plan design at the University of Texas. In 2009, he won RECA’s Gary S Farmer Commendation for Excellence. Paul has a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design

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Michael Linehan

Managing Partner / Architect

Michael’s joining forces with his dad in 2018 immediately opened up new horizons for Land Strategies, Inc. His experience as a licensed architect, coupled with his Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin, offer LSI’s clients a seamless and comprehensive approach to the planning, design, and ultimate realization of their development projects. Building on Paul’s deep knowledge and widely respected expertise, Michael is extending LSI’s scope of services and growing its stable of designers to achieve his vision for the firm’s future. By combining new ideas with a seasoned approach to the client’s needs, Michael plans on a smooth transition to ensure many more years of success at LSI.

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Erin Welch

Senior Project Manager

With 16 years of professional experience in the areas of entitlement issues and governmental procedures, Erin leads LSI’s work on development-related projects, including due diligence and feasibility/yield analysis, annexation and zoning, master planning, subdivision processing, site development permitting, and before-and-after take analysis. She has taken the lead in presenting clients’ projects before Planning Commissions, Zoning and Platting Commissions, and City Councils across the Central Texas region. Erin has a degree in political science from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Danuta Dias

Senior Project Designer

Danuta highly values the need for thoughtful integration between environmental and social systems to generate site specific responses that create meaningful, lasting communities for people. Her Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin expands on her background in Architecture and Interior Design. Danuta hails from Dubai, and brings with her a wealth of international, professional design experience on numerous projects in the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Germany. Since joining LSI in 2015, Danuta focuses on site planning, landscape architecture, and presentation graphics.

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Kyle Butta

Project Designer

Kyle focuses on environmental, social, and cultural interactions in understanding how well-designed public spaces can create healthy and sustainable landscapes for their users. His knowledge of these factors is critical in creating experiences that fosters authentic community interactions. Kyle earned his Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and a minor in Horticulture from Virginia Tech in 2013. Kyle joined LSI’s team in 2014 where he uses his vast knowledge of native plants and careful analysis of a site’s natural, social, and cultural features to create unique places across Central Texas.

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John Adams

Senior Planner

Having assisted in feasibility studies and site planning for more than a thousand development projects over 30-plus years, John’s experience ranges from small sites of less than one acre to master planned communities encompassing 4,000 acres. His specialty at LSI is calculating numerical yield analyses, and working with the design of site plans and residential subdivision layouts from the initial concept phase through project completion. He is a veteran and holds a Master’s in Environmental Studies from Baylor.

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John Laycock

Planner

John is LSI’s most recent team member, having joined in 2019. Before joining LSI he worked in a range of planning fields, including transportation consulting, higher education consulting, and economic development. He brings a planner’s eye for the big picture and creative problem solving to feasibility and yield analyses and project research. A native of Austin, John has an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, and a Masters Degree in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Erica Millard

Business Manager

Erica has been with LSI for 17 years with a wide spectrum of knowledge of all things LSI. The past 14 years she has served as LSI’s Business Manager encompassing financial, business administration, human resources and office organizational duties. A native Texan, Erica grew up as an Air Force brat and moved to Austin in 1980.

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Tracy Brown

Receptionist

For many of our clients, the first impression they have of LSI is Tracy’s friendly voice when she answers the phone. For others, it’s her smile when they walk through our front door. She’s a natural at her job because she genuinely enjoys meeting new people. Tracy assists her teammates with an assortment of tasks throughout every workday. She’s a family-oriented Austin native who loves being outdoors and surrounded by nature.

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David Guerrero

IT Manager

David keeps his LSI teammates connected, productive, and equipped to efficiently accomplish their daily tasks. David currently manages the IT network, troubleshoots computer glitches, and keeps the software licenses up to date. In particular, he is LSI’s resource for all things AutoCAD, the state-of-the-art suite of design and engineering apps.