People

AT HG DESIGN STUDIO, YOU’LL DISCOVER…

Our creative drawings are as functional as they are beautiful.

A culture of gratitude infuses every interaction.

Determination and accountability are a way of life. 

Relationships begin with a welcoming, humble approach. 
When you choose HG Design Studio, you choose the best of both worlds – functional land planning and attractive site design. Our team includes land planners, civil engineers, landscape architects, project managers and support professionals all working together to ensure our clients and our community are served with exceptional outdoor site design.
Charlene A Harper, PE
Director of Engineering/Design Partner
Mobile: 804.393.9350
Office: 804.740.7500 ext 412

Function: “Earth Mother”
Years of Experience: 21
Personal Value(s): Projecting a positive attitude and outlook; stepping up and pitching in; and treating others as I want to be treated.
Favorite Project: Term contract projects at the University of Virginia – UVA is the kind of client that everyone dreams of having—they have interesting problems to solve, expect a lot from their consultants, and are both appreciative and fair.
David C Gerstenmaier, PLA
President/Partner
Mobile: 804.347.1645
Office: 804.740.7500 ext 407

For over 35 years, Dave has accumulated an extensive and award-winning portfolio in landscape architectural design and land planning in Virginia. He started his own firm in 1991, and built a reputation for effective project delivery, balancing cost, time, and quality design.

Dave’s passion for design with an eye on constructability distinguishes HG with the kind of creative ingenuity usually characteristic of a metropolitan practice, but with the personable responsiveness of smaller firms.


Meril Gerstenmaier
Managing Partner
Mobile: 804.370.1849
Office: 804.740.7500 ext 403

Function:
“Chief of Police”
Personal Value(s): Courage, Never Giving Up
Board Memberships: The Branch Museum of Design and Architecture, Virginia Institute of Marine Science-Advisory, Rivertrace Credit Union, RVA STEM, Virginia Council of CEOs-Advisory
Favorite Projects: Expanding our higher education studio beyond Richmond. We are now designing on almost every major campus in the state of Virginia. 
Randy J. Biltz, PLA
Partner/Director of Project Management
Mobile: 804.512.3448
Office: 804.740.7500 ext 404

After college and before joining HG, Randy cut his teeth in landscape architecture working for golf resort design firm George Golf Design. At HG, he worked closely with Dave to learn the planned development sector, but then left for a brief 2-year stint with one of our community development clients, The Cresent Group. HG rehired him in 2017, and with almost twenty years of experience, Randy is astutely aware of budgeting and constructability on both sides of the aisle, and how to minimize a client’s expense without sacrificing a project’s delivery. He is a graduate of the Davis School of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University, and possesses a rare skillset of designing and managing projects from the very small to the sizable, i.e., a large mixed-use development with varied amenities, and every variable in between.
Our vision is to be the firm of choice for clients 
who demand attractive, functional site design.