People first, landscape architecture second. That may sound a little odd coming from a landscape architecture firm, but it’s how we approach everything we do: focusing on your needs rather than our own.

Yes, we rely on our experience – several decades’ worth, at last count – along with our education and expertise and credentials. But what it really comes down to is listening. To owners, to architects, to maintenance staff. To those who will be using the places we make. Because good landscape design is more than the expression of craftsmanship; it’s a responsiveness to the interaction of both social and natural systems – which, in turn, leads to memorable places that delight and inspire.

Just as landscape architecture is ultimately about striking a balance between the natural world and the built environment, SPVV’s success rests – at least in part – on our ability to connect seemingly disparate characteristics. We’re fun, yet disciplined. Creative, yet collaborative. Professional, yet relatable. A highly trained team of consultants capable of providing cost-effective solutions. Not to mention outstanding customer service.

Together, we can go beyond the obvious. Let’s have a conversation.

OUR DESIGN TEAM

“I watched Expo ’74 evolve out of railyards. And I thought, A landscape architect did this? It was mind-blowing. And at that point, I was done. I was 14 years old.”

Tom’s responsibilities at SPVV include project planning, public involvement processes, project design and construction documents, and construction administration. With 38 years of experience across the entire spectrum of landscape architecture under his belt, he focuses primarily on public and private work, parks and recreation, municipal facilities, and K-12 through higher education. Tom not only handles most of the business development aspects of the firm, along with the dreaded accounting side of things, he…likes it.

EDUCATION:

  • Washington State University, Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, 1982

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION:

  • Washington State No. 489
  • Idaho No. LA 16717
  • Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards No. 6499

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Construction Specifications Institute
  • CLARB Representative, Landscape Architecture Accreditation Board (LAAB), 2014-2020

“When you think about it, landscape architecture reflects the values of a community and the social organization of its people.”

A strong background in urban revitalization, park planning, government facilities, and business park development – coupled with practical experience in the agriculture industry and landscape maintenance and construction – gives Ken a unique perspective grounded in the basics of form and function. His specific emphases at SPVV include street beautification, park planning, and large-scale residential projects. Ken’s responsible for both design and management, construction documents, specifications, as well as human resources, business development, and financial planning.

EDUCATION:

  • Washington State University, Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, 1987

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION:

  • Washington State No. 647
  • Idaho No. 702
  • Montana No. 145

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Washington Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects
  • City of Spokane Park Board 2010-2016

“You walk through our spaces all the time, and you don’t know why you feel what you feel – but you feel it. And it matters.”

Twenty years ago, Anne traded her 9-to-5 career in healthcare – more specifically electrophysiology, which involves the reprogramming of pacemakers and cardio defibrillators – for the 24/7 life of academia, earning first a BLA, then an MS Architecture, then becoming only the 48th person in the United States to earn a certificate in healthcare design from Chicago Botanic Garden. Today she continues to make a difference in people’s lives, focusing her creative expertise in therapeutic and healing garden design on helping seniors and people struggling with dementia.

EDUCATION:

  • University of Idaho, Master of Science in Architecture, 2005
  • Washington State University, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2002
  • Eastern Washington University, Bachelor of Arts, 1986

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION:

  • Washington State No. 1252
  • Idaho State No. LA 16857
  • State of Arizona Board of Technical Registration No. 68908

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS:

  • Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards, member
  • Providence Health Care Foundation Women’s and Children’s Health Council
  • City of Spokane Design Review Board

“The coolest part about this job? Seeing the transformation from bare ground to something that gets used and enjoyed.”

When Darren joined the firm in 2012, he brought with him not only eight years of design experience, but also a couple of years on the landscape maintenance and construction side – training that continues to influence the way he plans a project. Proficient in AutoCAD programs like Civil 3D and Infoworks, Darren’s role at SPVV includes creating conceptual designs, generating planting and irrigation plans, estimating, and managing and developing landscapes for governmental, commercial, and educational commissions.

EDUCATION:

  • University of Idaho, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2005

PROFESSIONAL REGISTRATION:

  • Washington State No. 1186
  • Idaho No. LA 16716

“I wanted to be a marine biologist before I realized the ocean is terrifying and full of really scary creatures that can kill you.”

Katie joined SPVV in 2014, shortly after she graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science in secondary education (Social Studies Broadfield option). In addition to her duties as phone master and door guard, Katie handles the firm’s invoicing and provides assistance with marketing. And perhaps most important, she ensures that the supply of office chocolate never reaches a level low enough that it might be cause for consternation.

EDUCATION:

  • Montana State University, Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education (Social Studies Broadfield), 2014

CAREER & INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

We’re always on the lookout for the right people – people who are as passionate about place-making as we are. People who are creative, collaborative, client-focused problem-solvers. (And, if we’re being completely honest, people who are fun.) Sound like you? Give us a call.

Landscape Designer/ Architect (1 to 3 years)

Benefits Package: Includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, and retirement plan.  Full medical, dental, vision, and prescription plan.  State license fees, membership in a professional organization, and continuing education, and flex hours to promote work-life balance.

Spokane, WA 99205

Job Description

SPVV Landscape Architects seeks a full time landscape designer or landscape architect with one to three years of experience in professional design, project management, and construction observation. As a valuable team member, you will be involved throughout the design process, including graphic production, client meetings, drawing documentation, and site visits. Creative input throughout the design process will be expected and encouraged within our collaborative team.

Explore our website for further information on recent projects, design philosophy and additional information.

Required Skills

  • Have a Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture from an accredited university
  • Proficiency with computer applications: AutoCAD, Land F/X, Adobe Creative Suite, SketchUp, and Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Excellent time management, organizational, and design skills (hand drawing as well as computer graphics)
  • Be able to assist the lead landscape architect to complete projects while meeting deadlines and budget requirements
  • Capable of construction document packages, including hardscape, planting, landscape lighting, construction details, and assisting in the preparation of specification and bidding packages
  • Capable of working with design teams and consultants through all design stages from concept through construction
  • Knowledge of and have experience with construction methodologies and implementation

Additionally, the successful candidate will be self-motivated, anticipate the needs of clients and projects, communicate effectively orally and in writing, work well independently and on a team, and have a solid portfolio demonstrating their abilities.

Work Location: The majority of SPVV’s work is in the Spokane region, with our office located in Northwest Spokane.  This position requires employees to live within commutable distance to the Spokane area.

Please submit letter of introduction, brief portfolio, resume, and references in electronic format to hello@spvv.com.

Landscape Architect / Project Manager

Benefits Package: Includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, and retirement plan.  Full medical, dental, vision, and prescription plan.  State license fees, membership in a professional organization, and continuing education, and flex hours to promote work-life balance.

Spokane, WA 99205

Job Description

SPVV Landscape Architects seeks a full-time landscape architect with five or more years of experience in professional design, project management, and construction administration. As a valued team member, you will contribute ideas, solutions, and deliverables in a collaborative team environment, including meeting with project managers and clients and managing projects of varied scale and complexity. You will assist or lead drawing production from conceptual design through construction document phases and project close-out.

Explore our website for further information on recent projects, design philosophy and additional information.

Required Skills

  • Bachelor’s (BLA) or master’s (MLA) degree from an accredited landscape architecture university program.
  • Current license to practice Landscape Architecture. We are happy to consider your application if you are in the process of taking the Landscape Architectural Registration Exam (LARE).
  • Minimum 5-years’ experience in a landscape architectural or allied professional firm.
  • Strong landscape architectural design skills and capable of preparing construction document packages at various scales including: site, planting, materials plans, irrigation, low voltage lighting, construction detailing, and assisting in the preparation of specifications and bid packages.
  • Technical skills in developing construction packages with attention to detail and emphasis on QAQC.
  • Project management experience through all project phases, including coordinating with clients, design teams, and contractors, and performing construction administration.
  • Experience with multiple project delivery methods and alternative methods like GCCM and design-build is helpful, but not required.
  • Solid computer software skills in: AutoCAD, Land F/X, and Adobe Creative Suite. Knowledge of Civil 3D, SketchUp, Revit, Rhino, and other industry software is a plus. You must be proficient with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Excellent time management, organizational and design skills (hand drawing as well as computer graphics).

Additionally, the successful candidate will be self-motivated, anticipate the needs of clients and projects, communicate effectively orally and in writing, work well independently and on a team, and have a solid portfolio demonstrating their abilities.

Work Location: The majority of SPVV’s work is in the Spokane region, with our office located in Northwest Spokane.  This position requires employees to live within commutable distance to the Spokane area.

Please submit letter of introduction, brief portfolio, resume, and references in electronic format to hello@spvv.com.

We’re always on the lookout for the right people – people who are as passionate about place-making as we are. People who are creative, collaborative, client-focused problem-solvers. (And, if we’re being completely honest, people who are fun.) Sound like you?