We are highly motivated individuals who have come together for work that we find challenging, enjoyable, and purposeful.  Our backgrounds include private sector, government, and non-profit work, with a focus on land use planning, design, and conservation.  Our work has contributed to land being set aside in perpetuity for conservation, the restoration of public and private properties, and the creation of sustainable land use policy.



Clients Include:

City of Austin – Office of Sustainability   •   City of San Antonio   •   The Contemporary Austin (@ Laguna Gloria)   •   Cullinan Park Conservancy   •   Devils River Conservancy   •   Hill Country Land Trust   •   Hill Country Conservancy   •   Hill Country Alliance   •   Pease Park Conservancy   •   Sustainable Places Project   •   Texas Land Conservancy   •   Texas Land Trust Council   •   Victor Emanuel Nature Tours   •   Wilbarger Creek Conservation Alliance   •   Wimberley Valley Watershed Association


Our Team:

Jonathan founded Siglo Group in 2006 to help clients integrate natural systems into land planning and design. He specializes in environmental assessment, regional analysis, conservation planning, mapping, and land use feasibility studies. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with an M.A. in Geography and the Environment and a B.A. in Biology. He is now on the faculty at the University of Texas School of Architecture, where he teaches graduate students to integrate geographic analysis into their research. One of his first professional jobs was with NASA. The experience changed his direction through the realization of how valuable and irreplaceable natural systems are here on this planet. Jonathan also worked at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Sequoia National Park and has served on the Imagine Austin Comprehensive Plan Advisory Task Force. Outside of work, Jonathan can be found running around Lady Bird Lake or hiking the Hill Country with his sons.

Ben has worked in the environmental planning and education field for 15 years. In the past, he has worked as a Peace Corps volunteer, a National Geographic Society fellow, and a lecturer in Urban Geography and Community and Regional Planning at Texas State University’s Geography Department. Ben received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Rollins College, an M.S. in Community and Regional Planning from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Geography from Texas State University. Ben’s academic and professional experience includes environmental and geographic education, sustainable agriculture, cartography, and environmental planning. His research has focused on riparian corridor conservation strategies, the political ecology of land use change, and the use of visual media in the development of National Scenic Trails. Outside of work, Ben grows delicious garlic, tomatoes, and berries on his property, Hartwood Farms, which he generously shares with his hungry coworkers.

Kaitlin is a researcher, educator, and designer with 9 years of experience in the environmental science, conservation, and community engagement fields. She specializes in conservation prioritization, decision tools, community conservation planning, land use impact analysis, and cartography. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Master’s degree in Geography, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology from Tulane University. Kaitlin has acted as the primary researcher on multiple projects examining human impacts on the environment and cooperative conservation design. She has also made maps, dashboards and infographics for clients in various industries, camped in remote sections of the Peruvian Amazon, and lived on a boat. Outside of work, she spends her time enjoying the incredible natural places that Sigo Group works to protect and eating all spicy foods.

Haley joined Siglo Group in 2018 shortly after receiving her Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. Her background includes a B.S. in Regional Development with minors in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Spanish from the University of Arizona as well as a Certificate in GIS from Portland State University. Before moving to Austin for graduate school, she worked in Portland, Oregon where she was involved in restoration efforts for the endangered juvenile salmonid population passing through the Lower Columbia River Watershed. Her academic and professional experience includes GIS analysis, cartography, environmental design, planning, land survey, on the ground restoration, community engagement and environmental education. Haley loves to spend time outside getting her Vitamin D fix whether she is biking, hiking, running, skiing, or most importantly, floating a beautiful Hill Country River.

Ben Labay has worked as a biologist and conservation scientist for over 10 years. He received a B.S. in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.S. in Aquatic Resources and Biostatistics in 2010. Ben’s academic and professional experience started in stream fish ecology and has transitioned to studies involving spatial patterns and modeling species occurrences and distributions. Over the last few years, his research has focused on systematic conservation assessments at regional and national scales, with an emphasis on communication and mainstreaming of planning products for effective conservation implementation among diverse stakeholders and priorities. Having spent many years in Austin, Ben now splits his time between Austin and France; inspiring jealousy and awe among his coworkers.