meet the founders
Founders Paul Kawoczka and Dan Nichols grew up climbing trees, building forts, damming creeks, and digging holes. Our passion for tinkering with the natural world led us to pursue degrees in landscape architecture and urban planning. We met while attending Penn State, and we've been friends and colleagues ever since.
Enliven is the latest in a long line of collaborations and adventures together. During school we traveled to Rome to study urban design and planning. Shortly thereafter we took a trip to rural Tanzania where we studied land use policy, economic development, and ecotourism. Our trip to East Africa culminated in a rainforest canopy walk we designed.
Prior to starting Enliven, Paul worked for Terrain as an estate garden designer in Greater Philadelphia. There, he had the opportunity to manage dozens of projects from concept sketch through concrete pour. He worked hand in hand with clients and directed landscape and construction crews to execute a creative vision. Dan was working as an urban planner and designer for a small firm in Philadelphia, where he helped craft long-term master plans for institutional properties, drafted planting plans and construction documents, and was privileged to get an inside look at the day-to-day of running a small business.
We started Enliven in 2013, motivated by the belief that everyone should be able to enjoy a lush, green environment. It's that simple.