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.
- Washington State University, Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, 1982
- Washington State No. 489
- Idaho No. LA 16717
- Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards No. 6499
- 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.
- Washington State University, Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, 1987
- Washington State No. 647
- Idaho No. 702
- Montana No. 145
- 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.
- University of Idaho, Master of Science in Architecture, 2005
- Washington State University, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2002
- Eastern Washington University, Bachelor of Arts, 1986
- Washington State No. 1252
- Idaho State No. LA 16857
- State of Arizona Board of Technical Registration No. 68908
- 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.
- University of Idaho, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2005
- Washington State No. 1186
- Idaho No. LA 16716
“Our lives are more meaningful when we’re in beautiful places – places that allow us to live better together.”
Jena currently has the “funnest” job at SPVV: designing children’s play, learning, and healing landscapes, with a special focus on nature play environments and designing for children with autism. With almost 20 years’ experience on a wide range of projects – public and institutional facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, wetland mitigation and native restoration – she contributes to projects with extensive expertise in master and site planning, detailed site and planting design, cost estimation, technical specification writing, and assisting in the public involvement process.
- Washington State University, Master of Science in Landscape Architecture, 2004
- Washington State University, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2000
- Washington State No. 1072
- Idaho No. LA 16787
- Montana No. 246
- Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CSPI)
- EDAC Certified (Evidence-Based Accreditation and Certification)
- LEED AP BD+C
- American Society of Landscape Architects, member
- Founder and Past Chair of the ASLA Children’s Outdoor Environments Professional Practice Network
“Thinking about the big picture, doing research, writing reports, creating graphics – it all just kind of hits the sweet spot for me.”
Thirteen years ago, fresh out of college, Gina landed a job at SPVV – and quickly found her niche as a specialist in sustainable design. She earned her LEED AP credentials in 2008, and has since worked on dozens of sustainable and LEED projects throughout the Inland Northwest. In addition to drafting and project management skills, Gina has a penchant for graphic design, so she handles all of the office graphics and spearheads the firm’s marketing efforts.
- Washington State University, Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Architecture, 2007, Sigma Lambda Alpha Honor Society
- LEED AP BD+C
“I want to spend my time in a way that helps me develop and grow as a person; to know that what I’m doing is making a real difference.”
Mattie initially chose landscape architecture because, as she puts it, “you get to be outside and draw.” But her college program was so theory-focused she didn’t think she’d enjoy it as a career—so, after graduating, Mattie taught high school biology in Mississippi, then worked as a volunteer coordinator at Mount Rainier National Park. But luckily for SPVV and its clients, Spokane was calling her home. And after putting her original degree to work, it turns out that Mattie does, in fact, like landscape architecture after all.
- University of Washington, Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture, 2018
“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.
- 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.
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?