Ventana maintains one overarching philosophy when creating homes: minimizing the impact of building on the surrounding landscape. From the moment construction breaks ground, throughout the build process, and with long term visual impact in mind, architectural and site design guidelines provide a map not only for the continuity and quality of each home, but preserving the natural beauty of the existing landscape and community. Material use and color palettes blend with the forest with minimal site disturbance during construction, and innovative stormwater management practices are established throughout the entire build process to design homes with architectural style that are appropriate for their specific mountainside property. The architectural and site design philosophy aims to educate owners, builders and architects of sustainability practices to protect the land’s natural beauty and resources that extends beyond the moment of initial construction to achieve the best possible home for themselves as well as the land and surrounding community.

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Our design team is known for design quality and expertise in green building and sustainable design.

Our design process focuses on the unique character of each site and our client’s needs and aspirations.  Each of our projects, whether set in the woods or in a rugged mountain landscape, reflects the special character of its surroundings.

Gregory P. Cloos, ASLA

Principal, Cloos Landscape Architecture, P.A.


Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, Cornell University, 1988
Denmark International Study Program, University of Copenhagen, 1987
Landscape Architecture Program, Colorado State University, 1984-1986


Professional Experience

2003-PresentPrincipal, Cloos Landscape Architecture, Horse Shoe, NC
2000-2003Senior Landscape Architect, Scott R. Melrose & Associates, Arden, NC
1997-2000Director of Landscape Architecture, Borrelli& Associates, Winter Park, FL
1992-1997Landscape Architect / Planner, Herbert-Halback, Inc. (HHI), Orlando FL
1988-1992Project Manager, The Saratoga Associates, Saratoga Springs, NY


Professional Registration

Landscape Architect, South Carolina, 2013
Landscape Architect, North Carolina, 2001
Landscape Architect, Florida, 1996
American Institute of Certified Planners, 1995
Landscape Architect, New York State, 1992



I was born in Rochester, New York and developed an appreciation for nature and design at an early age through exposure to my hometown’s excellent park system, much of which was designed by the great Frederick Law Olmsted. My education in Landscape Architecture began in Colorado before transferring to Cornell University, with an exceptional semester abroad at the University of Copenhagen. After graduation I have been fortunate to work at several of the top multi-disciplinary design firms in New York, Florida and North Carolina, gaining experience through a wide variety of project types and learning to work in a collaborative environment to solve complex design problems creatively and effectively. Since establishing Cloos Landscape Architecture in 2003, my practice has primarily involved institutional, municipal, military and residential planning and design assignments, often working in close coordination with allied design professionals, diverse user groups, and multi-faceted ownership teams. A constant objective throughout my career has been to work in harmony with nature to create special places and allow for rewarding experiences throughout the built environment.

Gregory Cloos, ASLA

Is principal of Cloos Landscape Architecture P.A. of Horse Shoe, NC. A native of Rochester, NY, Greg received his Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. As a registered landscape architect in North Carolina, New York and Florida, Greg’s career has involved numerous community planning projects as well as park and recreation design, resort developments,campus planning and residential design. Clients in WNC have included AB Tech, the NC Arboretum, Mars Hill University, Cherokee Central Schools and Biltmore Farms.