About Us

At Intrinsic Landscaping, the Earth is our business!

Intrinsic Landscaping Inc. is a family owned company whose commitment to the environment is part of an inheritance we take as seriously as our commitment to quality. We have grown to become a premier installer of green roofs and other unique landscapes. Our reputation as a leader in the green industry is based on our expert knowledge of plant materials, the systems that support them and their long-term viability.

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The Green Dream Team™

Kurt Horvath

Intrinsic Landscaping President Kurt Horvath has been a leader in roof garden design and implementation in the Midwest since taking the company in this direction in 1998. Realizing that Intrinsic's environmental mission aligned with more environmentally sensitive building practices, Kurt created a division of the company to service this developing field. Kurt has worked and consulted on projects around the country and is the inspirational spirit behind our success and the driving creative force of Intrinsic Landscaping.

Kevin Crist

Kevin Crist has been a critical part of the Intrinsic team since 2008 and serves as Lead Project Manager. He holds a B.S. of Crop and Soil Sciences from Michigan State University, where he first studied green roof technologies more than a decade ago. Crist manages Intrinsic green roof and living wall installations, provides green roof consultation, evaluates green roof system detailing, and lectures on green roofs. He was an editor for Green Roofs for Healthy Cities 401: Green Roof Plants and Growing Media and serves on the GRHC Advanced Maintenance Committee. Crist launched an original curriculum and taught a special topics green roof course at the College of DuPage.

Kevin has been involved in green roof project management since 2006 and has worked all across the country on projects ranging in size from small residences to multi-acre commercial structures, including hundreds of projects for Intrinsic. He is most proud of Intrinsic's installation of 165,000sf of green roof at O'Hare Airport for FedEx and the City of Chicago.

Brian Barry

Brian Barry joined the Intrinsic team in April 2011 and serves as Business Development Manager and Lead Designer. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana and is a LEED AP. Brian has nearly twenty years of experience in the green industry in both the contracting and design realms. He spent five years as a Senior Associate at Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects in Chicago where he established himself as an invaluable resource to architects, landscape architects, developers, and building owners for detailing green roof system and high end construction. Brian has been involved in multiple award winning projects throughout North America and brings a refined sense of design and detailing to the table.

Tommy Hileman

Tommy Hileman joined the Intrinsic team in March 2012 and serves as the Field Project Manager for green roof gardens, living walls, and at-grade landscapes. He holds a B.S. degree in Agriculture from The Ohio State University, where he majored in Landscape Horticulture and minored in Design.

As a certified Green Roof Professional and highly skilled horticulturalist, Tommy has a thorough understanding of how these traditional skills translate to both the green roof and living wall environments. His greatest strength is his passion for the green industry and desire to continually grow as a professional.