principal executives

Chris Hermann

ASLA – CEO/President

A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Chris has over 35 years of experience resolving the challenges of designing in the Inland Empire and desert environment, and he is a CLARB Certified Landscape Architect. He founded Hermann Design Group in Palm Desert in 1995. During the span of nearly three decades, Chris has worked with the majority of the Cities in the Coachella Valley, as well as many of the large and small private developers who have operated in our valley and the Inland Empire. Chris is a licensed landscape architect in the states of California, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada, and Texas.

Jose Estrada

Vice President

Jose is a graduate of Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in landscape architecture. He has been an integral part of Hermann Design group since 1999, and he heads up our production team out of the Riverside office. He has established a professional aptitude in landscape and irrigation design, and he is able to direct a project at all stages of development. His extensive experience in the preparation construction documents and field work experience allows for a complete design process from the schematic level to final design. Jose is bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish, making him invaluable in the field.

Kristin Hermann

CFO/Managing Director

Kristin is responsible for the firm’s financial, business and marketing management, and also heads the firm’s construction project management division. A graduate of Cal State San Bernardino, Kristin has spent the majority of her career in the Inland Empire and the Coachella Valley, working for various real estate development industry related firms such as Bank of America, The Keith Companies, AEI-CASC Engineering, and Fedderly & Associates.

Armando "Opus" Garza

Associate/Senior Designer

Opus joined the firm in 2010 after working for another local firm for over eight years. He is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in landscape architecture. In his tenure at Hermann Design Group, Opus has quickly earned additional responsibilities and leads the team on smaller projects. His understanding of plant material, maintenance and horticulture experience, as well as artistic talent, provides our design team with invaluable insight.

Ivan Ortiz

Irrigation Designer

Ivan attended Cal Poly Pomona and joined the HDG team in 2018.  Before coming to HDG, Ivan was a project manager at TDK. He gained seven years of experience at the firm, contributing to some of the most recent developments in downtown Palm Springs such as the fashionable Kimpton Rowan Hotel rooftop and Tova Hotel. Additional to traditional landscape architecture skills, he has extensive irrigation design capabilities contributing to most projects within the firm. His father’s construction business has given him a unique insight and a wealth of knowledge to project development and execution.  This has brought tangible insight into HDG’s projects on an ongoing basis.

francisco sanchez

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Both graduates of Cal Poly Pomona, Francisco and Cesar joined the firm in 2020 and 2021 respectively.  Both are showing great design promise, and we are proud to have them both as designers on the HDG team.