Habitat Horticulture Founder David Brenner is a pioneer in the field of living walls. Working at the intersection of botany, architecture, interior design and urbanism, he’s applied his passion for plants to a growing list of innovative projects.
David has partnered with architecture firms including Studios, Snohetta, and EHDD to build a wide variety of modern, human-centric spaces with abundant plant life at their heart. The result has been everything from a luminous foyer teeming with greenery at the Foundry III building to an inspiring installation of native plants at the California Academy of Sciences. Other clients include SFMOMA, Westfield, Facebook and Google.
David holds a degree in Environmental Horticulture Sciences from California Polytechnic University at San Luis Obispo. He credits his time spent studying at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London, with setting him on the path to living wall design. It was at Kew that he came to fully appreciate the beauty of epiphytic plants – those that grow on trees. He later experimented with growing mediums and studied further how plant species interact, eventually perfecting the system he uses today.
David sees this work as an integral part of a public shift in consciousness – towards a renewed sense of the value of nature and a growing appreciation amongst city-dwellers of the restorative effect of plants in our lives. For David, designing living walls affords the chance not only to promote awareness of native and endangered plant species but also to have a direct impact on quality of life.
Mickey brings a keen sense of the construction process, formal design training, a professional attitude and a lifelong obsession with plants to Habitat Horticulture. His devotion and meticulous manner is crucial in ensuring each installation is not only executed successfully according to plan, but also on time, within budget. Mickey is a proud graduate of the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo landscape architecture program.
Before joining Habitat Horticulture, Alan Good spent nearly six years as the steward of the 2.5 acre living roof on San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences, overseeing the establishment of the the roof’s initial plant community and developing the roof’s diversity from four to over 100 species of Bay Area native plants. As head of the Academy’s Landscape Department, Alan also managed many major landscape construction projects in Golden Gate Park, while collaborating with botanists and other scientists to align the Academy’s outdoor landscape with the mission of the institution. Beyond the Academy, his career includes significant experience in nursery management, native plant restoration, project management, and the creation of visually powerful and ecologically coherent planted environments, including the maintenance of San Francisco’s only Patrick Blanc installation, a four-story vegetated facade. At Habitat Horticulture, Alan draws on his many years of experience to bring living architecture projects to public, commercial, and residential environments.
Billy is a talented horticulturist who constantly pushes the boundaries of what is possible with one of the world’s most valuable and interesting resources: plants! In our ever-changing environment, Billy believes it is necessary to respect plants, while using them to our best advantage. This enthusiasm and intensity for all things green spurred from his roots growing up on a farm.
Billy attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he earned a degree in Environmental Horticultural Science, with a concentration in Nursery & Floriculture Production. He worked at the Cal Poly Plant Conservatory, as Head Curator, as well as at the Horticulture Unit on campus, as an orchid specialist. Billy’s background is heavily influenced by greenhouse systems that can be directly applied to any type of growing situation. Yes, that means green walls!
Billy’s primary role is to ensure that our living walls are healthy and vibrant throughout the year.
Nicholas graduated from Vassar College in 2012 with a degree in Urban Studies, focusing on Architecture and Geography. Nick produces detailed shop drawings/specifications and prepares submittals for each of our projects. His wizardry of CAD programming and attention to detail are paramount in creating a seamless transition from design to installation. He has worked with Burdge and Associates in Malibu, CA, ERW Design in Los Angeles, CA and Interboro Partners in Brooklyn, NY, and now lives in the Bay Area, where he continues to pursue his passion for architecture and design. In his free-time, he likes to organize concerts in the East Bay, and hike the area’s vast array of trails and open spaces.
Patrick’s diverse background includes expertise in aquatic and terrestrial environments and horticulture maintenance.
He has always been fascinated by the natural sciences and has studied plants and animals for many years. He has also been employed with the California Academy of Sciences as a Biologist. Patrick has done extensive work and been primarily focused on aquatic and tropical plants and the re-creation of habitats.
Patrick holds a degree in Environmental Horticulture and Biology from San Francisco City College. Through CCSF, he was awarded the Alice Eastwood scholarship from the San Francisco Gardeners Club in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
When not designing and maintaining garden walls and aquatic environments you can find Patrick scuba diving and cultivating coral and tropical fish.