As Principal and President of Mills Design Group, Corey spearheads an experienced MDG team. Corey leans on his many years of collaboration on high profile residential and commercial projects, nationally and abroad, providing clients elevated professional insight and world-class landscape architecture.

Corey Mills, ASLA


  • Licensed Landscape Architect / RLA# 6666831
  • Registered in the State of Florida
  • Member ASLA, National and Florida Chapters
Growing Up in Florida,
the outdoors became an intimate part of my life at an early age. My love for Florida’s boundless beaches, forests, lakes and estuaries allowed me to easily connect to the environment.
Graduating Magna Cum Laude with my degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Florida, I am passionate about my work and designs. Specializing in high-end, custom residential and commercial projects throughout Florida, the Southeast and Caribbean, I team with many notable clients and distinguished partners. Today, the outdoors remain an integral part of my life beyond the profession—getting out as often as possible with my wife and daughters, and drawing inspiration from the new places to which we travel.

Aaron Emerson, RLA

Sr. Project Manager

  • Licensed Landscape Architect / RLA #6667032
  • Registered in the State of Florida
Aaron Emerson graduated from Mississippi State University and the University of Kentucky with degrees in Horticulture Business and Landscape Architecture, respectively. He began his career leveraging his experiences in land management in Savannah, Ga. and Hilton Head Island, S.C., and then large-scale hospitality design in Orlando, Fla. Aaron's passion for creating inviting spaces that integrate elements of luxury resorts provides a dynamic element for the Mills Design Group team.

Kathy Mills

Business Manager

Kathy Mills joined the team in 2010 to work as our office manager. Before coming to Mills Design Group, she earned a B.A. degree in Elementary Education and spent more than 10 years teaching in the Orange County Public School System. Her organizational talents and communication skills play an integral part in the day to day operations of our office.

Crystal Simmons

Landscape Designer

A Florida native, Crystal graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. Growing up with a love for the outdoors, her landscape design interests stemmed from exploring Florida's native ecosystems. Her artistic background in photography and visual art have helped to hone her hand rendering. Her inspiration comes from exploring Florida's waterways while fishing and kayaking in her free time.

Francesca Fernandez

Landscape Designer

Francesca graduated from Florida International University with a Masters in Landscape Architecture and Urban Design. Bilingual in both English and Spanish. Painting has become a part of her life, starting as a passion at 10 years old, these skills transform over into the design skills that she brings to our team.