Jesse is a Colorado native and has grown up in the Eagle River Valley. This has given him a great appreciation for the mountain environment and a robust understanding of the integral connection between nature, culture, and the built environment. He attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado where he received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, as well as an award for excellence in Landscape Architecture. Jesse's design philosophy is rooted in the elements of nature and culture. He has always drawn inspiration from nature in his designs and has been intrigued by the way a landscape evolves over time. He also draws inspiration from the site itself and looks for opportunities to tell the history of a place through artifacts, materials, or other culturally significant symbols.
Jesse's project experience at Zehren & Associates includes a diverse range of planning and landscape architectural design projects in the United States and abroad. Some notable projects include the streetscape and village design for the Chongli Four Seasons Destination Resort in Chongli, China, Master plan of the Four Seasons residences in Hualalai, Hawaii, Master planning of the Town Farm in Todos Santos, Mexico, Landscape renovations at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail, Colorado, Landscape design for the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center in Vail, Colorado, Landscape and playground renovations at the Ford Park restrooms in Vail, Colorado, Landscape design for a new hotel in Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico, and Finish stadium graphics, countdown clock, and signage structures for the 2015 World Alpine Ski Championships in Vail and Beaver Creek, Colorado.
Jesse was drawn to Zehren & Associates because of its long history with Resort Master Planning and Design and the opportunities to design in Mountain Resort Oriented projects. He also wanted to return the area in which he grew up. He currently serves as the Planning Commissioner for the Town of Eagle. Some unique attributes that Jesse brings to the design team include design creativity, vision, plant knowledge, and attention to detail. When not laying out his next design, Jesse can be found snowboarding, fishing, hunting, rafting, hiking, or playing golf.