Matt Nelson, the company's president and founder, has been practicing in the Midwest for over 15 years. As a graduate from the Landscape Architecture program at University of Wisconsin-Madison, he started his career working for the Lannert Group, which is a small but influential firm that specializes in real estate development based projects. After being with the firm for over 5 years he was recruited to join Hitchcock Design Group, which at the time was Illinois largest landscape architecture firm and one of the most prestigious firms in the country. After working with Hitchcock, he joined the international Jacobs Engineering company to help manage their Chicago office's Site Development Group. During this time, the economy started spiraling out of control and the landscape architecture field was hit hard. The Jacobs team was shut down and Mr. Nelson went on to briefly work with a small firm called Planning Communities before joining the Residential Design/Build firm of Francissen Landscape Group. Under the mentorship of Pat Francissen, Mr. Nelson developed a passion for residential design and quickly became a respected designer with a reputation for unique designs and excellent customer service.

Nelson Design Associates was started in 2010 initially as a side project. The company quickly grew and developed a backlog of work through referrals and reputation alone. At the beginning of 2011, Nelson Design Associates was officially incorporated. The first year was successful, with a steady stream of residential design work and consulting services to the Morton Arboretum and other local firms. NDA formed partnerships with local contractors, and implemented several successful installations during the first year. In the second year, NDA expanded services offered to include construction services, and has expanded its client base. Each year has had consistent growth as our repuation grew.  In 2014 we merged with our long time partner Olive Grove Landscape and now can offer full design build services while still being able to maintain our focus on high quality, custom design services.  

Our goal has always been to provide unique design solutions and unmatched customer service to our clients. That has helped us grow into a successful company and we look forward to continuing to provide top quality service for years to come.

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