Tom Schuster (Dipl.-Ing.)
Tom Schuster was born and raised in Munich, Germany, and lived there until 2000, when he moved to the United States.
He holds the German titles of “Gärtner” (Certified Landscaper after a 2-year apprenticeship) and “Diplom-Ingenieur in Landschaftsarchitektur” (Engineer in Landscape Architecture after a 5-year university education) and the American certifications as ICPI Paver Installer, NCMA Wall Installer and Green Industry Nursery Worker.
Tom designed, installed and managed residential landscape construction projects in Germany and Italy from 1993-2000, and has been designing and managing residential and commercial landscape construction projects in Texas, California and Nevada since 2000. His international expertise lies especially in horticulture, themed landscapes and construction techniques for a broad array of outdoor landscape features. In Texas, he also designed metal art for two years.
Tom currently is the president of Tom Schuster Landscape Concepts, Inc. He provides landscape designs and project management for residential and commercial design-build projects and works with LandArt here in Reno.
He is a member of the Nevada Native Plant Society, the Lahontan Audubon Society, the Tahoe Institute of Natural Science and iNaturalist.
In his spare time, Tom enjoys studying natural terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and discovering their species all around the world as well as pursuing artistic activities.
Monika Evans (Dipl.- Ing.)
Monika grew up overseas and met Tom while studying Landscape Architecture in Germany – they were put on the same team for a group project during the first semester, and have worked together ever since. She graduated in 2000; her thesis was about the spatial experience and entertainment value of theme park landscapes.
Her specialties in landscape design are public spaces, parks, playgrounds, long-term development plans and commercial projects. She implemented these while working for the City of Munich and for a large engineering and landscape architectural firm in Houston. Since moving to Reno, she has worked with Tom on residential designs and also pursued her own creative endeavors.
Monika is the technophile part of the team and in charge of drafting, rendering, web / computer support and accounting; she is also Tom’s sounding board for designs.
In her spare time, she loves traveling, art, reading and movies (especially Harry Potter-related ones), food and fiber arts of any kind – her own knit and crochet patterns are published in magazines and on Ravelry.