Colin Hynes, Principal, PLA, CA

Colin's a professional landscape architect as well as an ISA certified & RI licensed arborist with over 20 years of experience in the landscape industry. He previously served on the Zoning Board of Review for the Town of Narragansett from October, 2015 till July, 2016 and on the Conservation Commission/Tree Board for the Town of Narragansett from May, 2014 till October, 2015. In 2010, he obtained his Green Business Management Certificate from the Rhode Island College Outreach Program and continues to support as well as practice resource conservation and sustainability. He's a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a degree in landscape architecture and minor in community planning.

Prior to founding Elemental Designs, Colin worked for Sudbury Lawn and Landscape Design, a design/build company in Sudbury, MA, for over 8 years as its lead designer and project manager. During that time, he had the opportunity to design and supervise projects in the high-end residential, commercial, and public sectors.

During his younger years, he was Head of Grounds and Maintenance for a Fire District in southern Rhode Island where he maintained the community's roadsides, memorials, community center, and beaches. He eventually moved on to assist in the creation of Little Feet Landscaping, a landscape maintenance company in Rhode Island, and became its Vice-President.

Over the years, Colin has been a firm member and supporter of the Surfrider Foundation and International Society of Arboriculture. He currently serves as the RI Surfrider Foundation's Volunteer Coordinator. Growing up by the coast has given him a tremendous appreciation for the ocean and the living environment. His passion for both the arts and sciences has helped him to develop a design style with a unique blend of creativity and practicality. Some of his favorite hobbies are soccer, surfing, hiking the White Mountains, studying environmental psycology, world travel, and attending University of Rhode Island athletic events.