The DVD Team

DVD is comprised of award-winning professionals that have a plethora of experience in the field of landscape architecture. We are a dedicated and hardworking team continually seeking opportunities to create exceptional landscapes.

David Volz, President, ASLA

Bachelor of Science, Landscape Architecture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Graduate Studies, Computer Applications for Landscape Architecture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona LEED Certified, 2008 Qualified Stormwater Professional, QSD/QSP, 2015

Mr. Volz is a registered landscape architect and has 30 years of extensive experience in public works and private sector projects. He has managed over $200 million of public works design projects with much of this experience involving the coordination of multi-disciplined consulting teams. He has experience in the development process from inception through master plan development, construction document preparation, contract administration, and on-site inspection.

His extensive knowledge of landscaping materials and vegetation is often called for at commission meetings and in council reports for agencies he has served. His management experience is very strong in the community outreach and public input process. Conducting public workshops for park design is a concept that he always encourages. The opportunity to get first-hand insights from users, neighbors, and the public in general is always beneficial in the design of public projects. Several of Mr. Volz’s most successful park projects have benefited from the ideas and energy that was put forth at public input sessions.

Gary Vasquez, Principal

Master in Landscape Architecture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Bachelor of Science, Ornamental Horticulture, California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

Gary provides senior design leadership as a result of 20 years of experience designing multifaceted projects throughout California. His design abilities have proven to be not only innovative and unique, but award-winning. He will work under the direction of David Volz providing creative design solutions to the challenges and opportunities that arise. Mr. Vasquez has provided high quality project management on many of our firms’ most successful and highly acclaimed park projects.

Mr. Vasquez is a key figure in our community outreach program. He successfully integrates the ideas generated through the public input process to create the master plan. This dedication to ensuring the community’s input has led to extremely successful projects. Mr. Vasquez has extensive experience in the development process from inception through master plan development, construction document preparation, contract administration, and on-site inspection. He ensures adherence to established project budgets, schedules and cost agreements. His recent projects include project management, design,construction drawings and construction oversight and landscape plans for several projects.

Paul Cassar, Project Manager

Bachelor of Science, Landscape Architecture, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Paul has more than 13 years of experience in landscape architecture working on projects for public agencies. His design expertise ranges from recreational parks to streetscapes, school sites, as well as city design guidelines. A benefit to Mr. Cassar’s design ability is his attention to detail and his knowledge of playground design, the latest construction practices and materials, ADA accessibility concerns, and his experience in the installation of hardscape, softscape, and irrigation systems. He brings field investigation, research, and communication experience to each of our projects.

Luis Pedraza, Project Designer

Master of Landscape Architecture Candidate, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Certificate in Ornamental Horticulture, Orange Coast College
BFA, Graphic Design, California State University, Fullerton

Luis has more than 5 years of experience in graphic design, working on projects for agencies and design companies ranging from print advertisement to landscape design. His design abilities have proven to be innovative, unique, and award-winning. He has won first place in the Annual Southern California Spring Garden Show for garden design two years in a row. His most notable work here includes 3D Modeling and walk-through designs. In addition to graphic and marketing design material, Mr. Pedraza is also has experience designing: trade show banners, flyers, brochures, and business cards.

For his master thesis project Luis worked collaboratively with the Conservation Corp of Long Beach, Rivers and Mountains Conservancy to address park poverty issues in communities in West and North Long Beach. The work included inventory and analysis, extensive community outreach included canvassing and facilitating community workshops and meetings, leading and coordinating a community built project, developing a neighborhood vision plan, and creating conceptual plans for a variety of different projects including a park, plaza and commercial area.