Zach Mermel, B.S., M.A.
Founder, Design Director

One part ecologist, one part horticulturist, one part land planner, Zach’s work and education in ecological design have taken him across the Hawaiian archipelago, the US mainland, and beyond.

Born and raised on Hawai’i Island, Zach is intimately familiar with the different microclimates and varied flora and fauna of our island home. An interdisciplinary designer, Zach holds a master’s degree in ecological design from the Conway School. In addition to offering weekend workshops and seminars in various aspects of ecological design, Zach has taught on a part-time basis at Hawai’i Community College, thru the Forest TEAM Program. As an active member of the East Hawai’i Chapter of Hawai’i Farmers Union United, Zach helps to advance regenerative agriculture practices at the neighborhood, island, and state levels. 

Meet Our Team

Zach Mermel, Ola Design Group, Landscape architect Hawaii

Zach Mermel, B.S., M.A.

Founder, Design Director

Brad Kurokawa, ASLA

Registered Landscape Architect

Gabriel Howearth, BLA, MLA

Master Horticulturalist & Permaculturist

Jana Bogs, Ph.D.

Soil Scientist, Horticulturist, & Nutritionist

Jason Fox

Founder, Vetiver Farms Hawai'i, Landscape Contractor (License C-33895)

Brian Burke, P.E.

Civil Engineer (License PE-14900)