Graham Kimak, certified since 2012 with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), graduated from Clemson University in 1994 with a degree in Landscape Architecture.  Since 1991 he has worked for two landscape firms in the Upstate. In 2009 he opened his own business, Graham Kimak Landscape Designs, (GKLD) LLC and the company has grown to include six additional employees. Over his 27 years of experience, his designs have been published in several magazines and have been featured in local garden tours. He was selected as one of Greenville’s Best and Brightest 35 and Under in 2007. During his career, Graham has created over 3100 designs of residential homes, parks, commercial spaces, neighborhood entrances and new development areas. The majority of his work is in the Upstate, however he has completed designs over the entire Southeast from Washington DC to Alabama.

 

Mission Statement

“Relaxing, fresh, classical, elegant, simple… these are just a few of many characteristics that Graham Kimak Landscape Designs strives to achieve in our landscape and garden designs. With every client having different needs, likes and desires, it is our job to listen and then translate those wishes from words… to paper… to reality. Our process begins with a preliminary plan, then revisions, and finally a completed landscape plan. The final product includes construction details, a thorough plant list, and a maintenance schedule. By using some of the best contractors in the upstate, we are able to complete your project by managing all aspects of the installation process. Along with the client, Graham Kimak Landscape Designs wants to combine our ideas and visions to create a detailed, aesthetically pleasing and functional landscape for you, your family and friends to enjoy for many years to come.”

 

Staff Bio

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Graham Kimak               

 

President

 

In the 27 years that Graham has worked in the Landscape Architectural industry, he has enjoyed helping many homeowners successfully create inviting and beautiful outdoor spaces.  A huge Steelers fan (he is originally from Pittsburgh), he has equal attachment to the Clemson Tigers, his Alma mater.  He thinks no project is too small and is proud to give his personal attention to all projects at our firm.

Awards and Community Involvement include:

  • Student President of American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Voted Greenville Magazine's Best and Brightest 35 and under, Class of 2007
  • Design and Preservation Commission Member for the City of Greenville 2004 - 2009 
  • Greenville Literacy Association, Board Member 2005 - 2007
  • Mentor for Greenville Tech Charter High School program, 2007 - 2008
  • Past President of Neighborhood Home Owners Association, North Main area of Greenville
  • Hands on Greenville volunteer
  • Habitat for Humanity Home builder with wife, family and friends 2004
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Ben Wakely               

 

Senior Associate

Ben is originally from London, England and joined GKLD in January 2010 having moved to the US after living in Italy for several years.  His background is in Illustration & Graphic Design and so he is responsible for most of the drafting and construction details.  Ben also takes care of many other project oriented tasks including contractor communication, bid packages, site measuring, photography and computer graphics.

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Tim Freitag               

 

Associate

Tim is a Greenville native with 10 years experience in construction and design. He graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture in June 2014. He completed his college internship with GKLD and now works full time drafting, assisting in design, and project management.

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Lynda Kimak               

 

Office Manager

Lynda began working with Graham at GKLD before they opened their doors. From the beginning she has managed the business and financial aspects of the company. In addition to working as a teacher at First Baptist Day school, she enjoys her role at GKLD handling invoicing, accounting needs and doing payroll. Oh, and she is married to Graham.

 

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Melissa Dombrowski        

 

Office Assistant

Melissa began working with GKLD in 2017 after recently moving to the area from Delaware. After graduating from the University of Delaware with a degree in Landscape Design she has held positions in multiple areas of the industry including: golf course maintenance, landscape design & construction, landscape maintenance and garden center management. 

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AnnDouglas Leineweber   

 

Associate

AnnDouglas is a Greenville native who joined the GKLD team in 2017. She graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and afterwards continued her studies with a focus on horticulture and landscape design.  She has since obtained industry certification in sustainable landsacapes from the US Botanical Garden and Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center as well as completing the Greater Greenville Master Gardener Program. 

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Zahra Ghazanfari            

 

Intern

Zahra Ghazanfari is a Landscape Architect who has worked on a wide range of landscape and natural environment projects in Iran. She received her Bachelor of Science in Landscape Engineering from Tehran University, Iran.  Zahra is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture at Clemson University and interning at Graham Kimak Landscape Designs firm since June 2017. 

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Riley                                    

 

Office Mascot

 

Riley is the welcoming committee at GKLD. She will be sure to say hello to everyone and loves to show off her toys.