david hill [asla, leed ap]
founding principal
david.hill [at]
David is a registered architect, registered landscape architect, founder of HILLWORKS, and Associate Professor in the Graduate Landscape Architecture Program at Auburn University (not to mention a proud father of three). This rich relationship between education and practice offers a wide spectrum of opportunities for David to advance disciplinary research. Born and raised in a plant nursery in South Georgia, David developed a deep affinity for plants and an early admiration for the rich, working landscape of the south. After 15 years of experience, this fascination with cultural and productive landscapes continues to impact how David unpacks site histories and explores design opportunities.

Prior to founding HILLWORKS, David helped unearth post-industrial landscapes as an Associate, and later a Principal, of D.I.R.T studio where he managed projects such as Urban Outfitters Headquarters at the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Hardberger Park in San Antonio Texas, the Historic Pabst Brewery in Milwaukee Wisconsin, and the Holy Cross Project in New Orleans Louisiana. David’s work through D.I.R.T. and HILLWORKS has received regional and national awards in design and research. David lectures regularly at universities, symposia, and conferences.

David graduated from Georgia Tech in Architecture and earned a Master in Landscape Architecture and Master in Architecture from the University of Virginia.

kelly homan

studio associate
kelly [at]

Kelly began a fascination with the landscape during a childhood which provided her the opportunity to spend summers in coastal South Carolina, fostering an enthusiasm with the marsh lands of the low country. Building upon a Horticulture undergraduate degree from Auburn in 2001, she went on to receive a Master of Landscape Design from Columbia University in 2009 and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Auburn in 2012.

Kelly started at HILLWORKS in 2011, initially working on Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts and the Congregation Or Hadash Synagogue. Prior to joining HILLWORKS, Kelly gained experience on urban revitalization projects, vertical vegetation walls, and restorative landscapes throughout New York, Florida, and Alabama. As an associate at HILLWORKS, she has worked on a range of projects including Philadelphia’s Discovery Center, Puente Hills Landfill outside of Los Angeles, and the Pabst Blue Ribbon Historic Brewery in Milwaukee.

In addition to HILLWORKS, Kelly serves as adjunct faculty in Auburn’s Master of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Design programs. Her academic interests are embedded in concepts of complexity and process.  Her courses explore methods of visually unweaving landscape systems to discover simple and imaginative ways to reinterpret our urban environments. Fundamentally she sees landscape as an ever evolving set of relationships and design as a tool to reconfigure how those relationships form, grow, and reorganize.

amanda foran

landscape designer
amanda.foran [at]
Amanda joined HILLWORKS in 2016, returning to her hometown of Auburn, Alabama where she grew up developing a lifelong curiosity with neglected spaces by wandering in marginal creeks and woodlands.

After graduating from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, she worked in the non-profit and urban sustainability realm in Chicago in various roles as both artist and environmental advocate. The desire to blend these skills with her fascination with urban wilds led to the pursuit of a Masters of Landscape Architecture at Virginia Tech’s Washington Alexandria Architecture Center. Here she was awarded the Potomac ASLA Chapter Student Honor Award for conceptual projects and was a member of the multidisciplinary team that was selected as the winner of the Casey Tree Farm Master Plan Competition along the Shenandoah River.

Amanda has designed residential and commercial projects of various scales throughout the Washington, DC area. Her work aims to draw out the innate connection between people and place by integrating sensitivity to form and experience with the natural environment.

will nix
landscape designer
will.nix [ at ]
Will has been working with HILLWORKS in various capacities since early 2015. Initially toiling away part-time while in graduate school at Auburn University, Will worked on a wide range of projects including the Puente Hills Landfill Park in Los Angeles County and Building 29 Pocket Park in Milwaukee’s Historic Pabst Brewery. Prior to HILLWORKS, Will explored many diverse regions around the world, gaining particular interest into the interactions within cultural and natural systems.

Will holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Auburn University. During his time at Auburn Will accumulated many accolades as he investigated design potentials of emerging urban wilderness within America’s Legacy Cities.

elizabeth hill
chief everything officer + financial manager
elizabeth.hill [at]
Elizabeth has been with HILLWORKS since the beginning, consistently providing wisdom and financial guidance to the studio. She oversees the financial operations of the practice as well as coordinates client billing and administrative management of all HILLWORKS projects. In addition to sheparding three of the most incredible kids on the planet, Elizabeth has previous work experience with various financial planning and investment houses. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Georgia Tech.