Leslie Parkinson Olson, Landscape Architect, Boulder

Leslie with friends hiking in Colorado and with husband, Chris, enjoying wine in Italy Born in the Chicago suburbs, sometime in the 60’s, Leslie migrated to Colorado in 1982 after living in exciting metropolises like Wayne NE, Dumas TX, and Wichita KS. Colorado was a welcome place to finally land and make home. Leslie attended Colorado State University, graduating with a degree in Landscape Architecture in 1987. Except for a short year in Virginia after college, she has made the Front Range of Colorado her home for the past 34 years. Leslie moved to Boulder in 1991 while working for a small Landscape Architecture firm with offices on the Pearl Street Mall until a company merger caused the office to move to Denver. While working at the firm, she was involved in very early planning and design visioning for the Boulder Civic Center and Farmer’s Market. Most of Leslie’s career focus has been working in the private sector for developers, builders, and private land owners. However in recent years, as Principal of her own design firm, Eleven.Eleven : Landscape Architecture, her projects have moved into the public sector working on notable projects such as Denver Union Station Public Realm and consulting on site and landscape design at Denver International Airport. One of Leslie’s favorite current projects is the Village on Redwood, an affordable housing project in Fort Collins. Leslie wants to become more involved with her own community and give back to a place that has provided her so much joy. 

Leslie with friends hiking in Colorado and with husband, Chris, enjoying wine in Italy

Born in the Chicago suburbs, sometime in the 60’s, Leslie migrated to Colorado in 1982 after living in exciting metropolises like Wayne NE, Dumas TX, and Wichita KS. Colorado was a welcome place to finally land and make home. Leslie attended Colorado State University, graduating with a degree in Landscape Architecture in 1987. Except for a short year in Virginia after college, she has made the Front Range of Colorado her home for the past 34 years. Leslie moved to Boulder in 1991 while working for a small Landscape Architecture firm with offices on the Pearl Street Mall until a company merger caused the office to move to Denver. While working at the firm, she was involved in very early planning and design visioning for the Boulder Civic Center and Farmer’s Market.

Most of Leslie’s career focus has been working in the private sector for developers, builders, and private land owners. However in recent years, as Principal of her own design firm, Eleven.Eleven : Landscape Architecture, her projects have moved into the public sector working on notable projects such as Denver Union Station Public Realm and consulting on site and landscape design at Denver International Airport. One of Leslie’s favorite current projects is the Village on Redwood, an affordable housing project in Fort Collins. Leslie wants to become more involved with her own community and give back to a place that has provided her so much joy. 

Georg Apitz, human being, jack-of-all-trades, software craftsman, Boulder

Georg Apitz and ED David Adamson consider the Boulder housing challenge Growing up in East Germany, Georg is part of the "generation of the lost dreams” as he calls it. His journey from a small German village to the Foothills of the Rockies took him through a cabinet making apprenticeship, working as a line cook, bar tending, studying furniture restoration and computer science. Currently he works as a software craftsman and leads and coaches engineers. He is also focused on building the environment and neighborhoods that he wants to live in. The focus here is on fewer cars, better, shared transportation and dwellings that are designed for humans and human connection.  

Georg Apitz and ED David Adamson consider the Boulder housing challenge

Growing up in East Germany, Georg is part of the "generation of the lost dreams” as he calls it. His journey from a small German village to the Foothills of the Rockies took him through a cabinet making apprenticeship, working as a line cook, bar tending, studying furniture restoration and computer science. Currently he works as a software craftsman and leads and coaches engineers. He is also focused on building the environment and neighborhoods that he wants to live in. The focus here is on fewer cars, better, shared transportation and dwellings that are designed for humans and human connection.