Meet Our Team
Principal Landscape Architect (CA Lic# 4414)
ASLA, AICP-CUD, LEED-AP
Problem solver and a people person. Strong background in design, management and entrepreneurship, Mike Nichols is the founding member of NICHOLS DESIGN GROUP, Inc., and brings over 20 years of professional experience and leadership in the San Diego region to each of his projects.
He has vast design experience in a wide-range of project types, ranging from residential landscapes to large-scale corporate campuses and public parks, completing over 400 projects since 1997.
Mike's planning experience includes consulting with both private and public sector clients on master plans, feasibility studies, workshop facilitation, public outreach, and project entitlements.
Throughout his career, Mike has been involved with numerous projects that have received local, regional and state awards. To learn more of Mike's specific professional experience, click below for a full resume.
In every project, Mike brings his passion for working with clients to produce high-quality, award-winning designs and planning solutions that inspire and foster a greater human connection with one another, their community and the environment.
Designer | Marketing Manager
Avid communicator, networker, and skilled marketer with an impecable eye for detail, Heather Nichols is a 3rd generation Realtor & a 7th generation Southern Californian who loves tackling design challenges and making client's happy.
She has vast experience in new home development, residentail resale, resort and hospitality design and construction. Heather has the abilty to see the "big picture" when developing a project, and carry the design through in every detail.
As a designer, she is well-versed in construction methods, project financing, and contractor negotiations. She has a proven track record of successfully building projects from the ground up, solving any and all obstacles that may arise throughout the process.
Through marketing, social media and collaboration (both nationally & internationally), Heather has developed a network of industry leaders in the real estate, design and construction and stays on top of current trends in design, materials and furnishings.
Throughout her career, she has sold over 600 homes and has also launched projects for Resort Fractional Developments in San Diego and in Italy, garnering five quarterly and annual Sales & Marketing Awards.
Designer | Project Manager
New York native Ali Ludas received her bachelor of landscape architecture with a minor in community planning from the University of Rhode Island.
During her years at URI she served as student chapter vice president of the Rhode Island ASLA and as a research assistant to one of her professors, co-authoring papers for RIASLA.
Many of her designs were showcased in local newspapers, and she was awarded the ASLA Certificate of Merit upon graduation in 2016.
As a steward of the land, Ali feels indebted to the environment and does everything in her power to protect it and provide sensitive design proposals for each of her projects.
An internship of the Big Island of Hawai’i instilled in her a sense of duty to live and practice her work sustainably. She is excited to see how the profession of landscape architecture is thriving and is hopeful that this next generation of designers will create spaces that work with the ever-changing landscape.
A year post-graduation, she trekked across the country to San Diego in search of new opportunities to explore and develop her design skills. She has fallen in love with the Mediterranean climate and the flora that thrive in California.