Come be a part of our team! by Mark Garff

At SCJ Studio Landscape Architecture, part of SCJ Alliance we not only serve our clients but also one another. We are a multi-disciplinary firm with five offices in Washington and we strive to employ top-quality people who embrace our unique culture of service.

This Landscape Architect position is in our SCJ Studio Landscape Architecture office in Ballard, Seattle, providing a small firm feel with none of the drawbacks. Enjoy the benefits and security of a large firm, while working with a four-person team on a variety of project types. Benefit from individualized professional training and mentoring that supports your career as a landscape architect.

Position:   Landscape Architect

Location:  SCJ Studio Landscape Architecture office in Ballard, Seattle, WA

Position Summary: At SCJ Studio the work is varied, from luxury single-family residential to high profile regional transportation projects. Commercial, multi-family, and campus/institutional work round out our typical client list. SCJ’s Studio’s Landscape Architects perform professional level planning, site design, and graphic design tasks in a variety of formats and settings in a supporting capacity for project managers and principals throughout SCJ Alliance.  

Duties may include:

  • Communication with design team members.
  • Assist in the management of individual projects and drawing production.
  • Site inventory and analysis duties including on-site investigations and mapping.
  • Research of code, regulations or standards.
  • Development of programs, schematics, and concepts.
  • Drafting and development of design drawings and construction documents (manually and utilizing Adobe, CAD and LandFX software).       
  • Development of construction specifications.
  • Perform construction observation, review of shop drawings, materials submittals.
  • Delivery/retrieval of project materials.
  • Design/development of communication materials (graphics, hand and computer).
  • Assist in the maintenance of project files (paper and digital).
  • Assist in the maintenance of digital file storage, digital libraries of graphic symbols, CAD details, etc.
  • Manage projects as assigned, depending on experience level.
  • Assist with business development and securing new clients, depending on experience level.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education, Experience, Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree of landscape architecture from a college or university accredited by the Landscape Architectural Accreditation Board (LAAB).
  • Five years of direct landscape architecture experience in the fields of site planning, recreation planning, site design, landscape design.
  • Experience working with a team to develop conceptual, schematic, and construction documents for landscape architecture projects.
  • Strong design and problem-solving skills.
  • A positive “we can help” attitude.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills working with team members, consultants and clients.
  • Experience utilizing Autodesk/LandFX, Adobe Creative Suite, 3D modeling and MSOffice
  • Ability to graphically render plans by hand (marker, pencil) and using computer rendering programs.
  • A landscape architecture license in the primary state of planned practice or a Council of Landscape Architecture Registration Board (CLARB) record in good standing.

Value-Added Qualifications:

  • Seven to ten years of experience in the fields of site planning, recreation planning, site design, landscape design, and/or GIS mapping and analysis. 
  • Experience with GIS mapping and analysis.
  • Experience with Bluebeam, Revit, Infrastructure Design Suite.

 Special Requirements/Physical Demands/Working Conditions:

  • Work is primarily performed in an office setting, periodically requiring site visits to make bids on potential projects and/or to see the progression of won projects.
  • During site visits, projects may be under construction and therefore muddy, dirty and containing normal construction related dangers.  Safety gear is usually not required, but will be provided if necessary.
  • Requires operating office machines such as, but not limited to, computers, copiers, phone and scanners.
  • A Washington State Driver’s License is required.

Compensation: DOQ, plus generous benefits package including paid time off, 401(k) matching program, health insurance, and disability insurance.

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Queen Anne Deck Remodel by Mark Garff

The existing landscape of this Queen Anne backyard contained a series of cramped, disconnected spaces on multiple levels with little space to spread out or entertain. We designed a new deck that allows a smooth flow from the adjacent kitchen to this generous and flexible outdoor space.

Built-in bench seating, centered around a gas firepit, maximizes space and incorporates storage while integrated planters define the space into distinct but connected outdoor rooms. A lower platform provides ample space for grilling and an integrated stair connects the deck to the adjacent garage. We chose two shades of gray composite for the deck surface, a neutral palette that allows the vibrant planting scheme to pop. 

Eagle Scout Park Grand Opening by Mark Garff

The completed park on a quiet morning.

The completed park on a quiet morning.

Located in the City of Lake Forest Park, the new and improved Eagle Scout Park is now officially open to the public!

Originally a grassy area populated with defunct outdoor exercise equipment and aging birch trees, SCJ Studio redesigned the space as a vibrant community gathering point with play structures, new planting and seating. In order to provide needed amenities, SCJ designed the space to not only be a pleasant area for relaxation – but also a fun new play space for neighborhood children and kids from the nearby elementary school and church. At the park’s grand opening on Saturday June 10, 2017 kids and parents from the surrounding neighborhood were already enjoying the new play equipment and benches – marking the beginning of a new life for Eagle Scout Park!

Kids and parents having fun on opening day.

Kids and parents having fun on opening day.

Kids enjoying the new play structure.

Kids enjoying the new play structure.

A new year, a new name! Project Groundwork is now SCJ Studio by Kevin McCoy

Our focus is the same -- turning your vision into a reality. The only thing that's changed is our name; we have been a part of SCJ Alliance since 2014.

Our excellent service and creative design continue uninterrupted. Whether a complete master plan, streetscape, playground, or an inviting landscape connecting your home to your garden, we are poised to make your project a reality. Site planning, site design, planting plans, ecological restoration and permitting – we do it all.

Our services, team, address, and phone number are all the same. 

Yarrow Point Lake Terrace by Mark Garff

seattle waterfront landscape architecture

On Lake Washington, an existing pool terrace was disconnected from the rest of the yard and and waterfront.  The site had a challenging slope, but it was no match for a thoughtful design and some earth moving equipment! 

A retaining wall at the edge of the existing pool was replaced with a wide, generous stair welcoming guests to a new, bocce-style terrace below, complete with gas fire pit and stunning views.  A gentle, winding path leads down to a waters-edge patio with intersecting stone and concrete patterns creating a visually dynamic experience.  A small sandy beach and generous lawn complete the experience.  A California style planting palette with beach groundcover, perennials and elegant, flowing grasses highlighted with LED low-voltage outdoor lighting complete the vacation-home-in-the-city feel.

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seattle yarrow point waterfront landscape
seattle yarrow point waterfront landscape design
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seattle yarrow point waterfront pool landscape

HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards Nomination by Mark Garff

We're thrilled to announce that one of our projects has been nominated for an HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Award!  This mid-century Seattle courtyard remodel can be found in the Love At First Sight Category and is one of our all-time favorite before and after transformations!  Show your support and vote once a day through April 5!  Click HERE to cast your vote.

SCJ Studio Team Member Honored With Student ASLA Award by Mark Garff

Congratulations to our own Alyse Wright, whose University of Washington student team just received an Honor Award from ASLA for their Kintsugi Garden design build project near downtown Seattle. Nice job Alyse and UW!

Alyse graduated from UW in 2014 and is now a full time Landscape Designer at SCJ Studio. When she began interning at PSCU Studio early last year, she was simultaneously working with her Bachelor of Landscape Architecture class to design and build the Kintsugi Garden.

Often after work, Alyse would head to UW to work in the shop. She learned to weld, and enjoyed crafting the metalwork which would become the frame for the site's gate and shelter.


Check out all of the great details in person at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center and for more on the project from the ASLA, click here.

Hunts Point Pool Renovation by Mark Garff

An existing home built in 2004 on Hunts Point was in need of a landscape renovation. Project Groundwork transformed the existing, uneven and small pool terrace from “afterthought” to a focal point.  

Hunts Point Pool Renovation Project Groundwork Seattle
Hunts Point Pool Renovation Project Groundwork Seattle
Hunts Point Pool Renovation Project Groundwork Seattle
Hunts Point Pool Renovation Project Groundwork Seattle
Hunts Point Pool Renovation Project Groundwork Seattle
Hunts Point Pool Renovation Project Groundwork Seattle

The rough concrete terrace was cold and dark, feeling cramped and unloved around a small pool.  By reconfiguring two walls and changing them from concrete to cor-ten steel, the patio was transformed and expanded.  Now larger and all on one level, the owners have an outdoor amenity oasis with a built in gas firepit, ipe deck, a new privacy fence, planters and dramatic lighting. 
A new side garden with play lawn and spring-free trampoline for the kids included raised cedar planting beds, crushed granite steel edged walkways, lighting and thoughtful planting.  
Finished in 2015, the home went up for sale and, thanks in part to the amazing landscape, sold after only one day.

SCJ Studio has been featured on Houzz! by Mark Garff

We are excited to announce that one of our Seattle gardens, completed during the summer of 2014, was recently featured in an article on Houzz.  This edible urban oasis has become a favorite for it's contemporary details and strategic use of space on a small lot.  We appreciate the feature and look forward to sharing more of our work with the Houzz community!

Capitol Hill Modern by Mark Garff

Our client built a striking new home on the east slope of Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.  To complement the clean lines of the facade we designed a simple, elegant landscape that sets off the home rather than competing with the bold architecture. 

Soft grasses offer contrast to the natural stone veneer, perennials brighten the mood, and planters add a bit of whimsy to the arrival sequence.  On either side of the main entry, roof runoff is dramatically routed down the face of the home in steel troughs to biofilter planters faced in stone. 

Around the back of the home, a small “leftover” space was transformed into a cozy patio terrace with bluestone slabs and crushed granite underfoot.  A view down into, or across the back patio area provides a serene foreground to the beautiful views to Lake Washington beyond.

Collaborating with Thielsen Architects provided the owners with a sold design team--working together with one voice to build their dream home.

Capitol Hill Modern Home Seattle Project Groundwork Landscape Architects
Capitol Hill Modern Home Seattle Project Groundwork Landscape Architects
Capitol Hill Modern Home Seattle Project Groundwork Landscape Architects
Capitol Hill Modern Home Seattle Project Groundwork Landscape Architects
Capitol Hill Modern Home Seattle Project Groundwork Landscape Architects
Capitol Hill Modern Home Seattle Project Groundwork Landscape Architects
Capitol Hill Modern Home Seattle Project Groundwork Landscape Architects
Capitol Hill Modern Home Seattle Project Groundwork Landscape Architects
Capitol Hill Modern Home Seattle Project Groundwork Landscape Architects

Photography by Miranda Estes

Mercer Island Waterfront Estate by Mark Garff

A Mercer Island couple wanted to transform and upgrade the usability of their waterfront landscape.  A large, mushy lawn with no walkway to the dock or the water isolated the house from the waterfront.  The owners, having lived in both California and Cape Cod, wanted a beach-like feel to the new landscape, better access to the water, and more amenities.  

Project Groundwork transformed the waterfront by adding large concrete slabs and stairs to provide hard-surface circulation to a new sandy beach, complete with salvaged, cedar logs around a deconstructed wood-burning firepit, invigorating the space and creating a place to relax and entertain right on the water. 
Closer to the house, an ipe deck built around a new Paloform gas firepit created a new outdoor room. for enjoying endless summer evenings. A large deck overhead was covered underneath and rain-proofed, allowing more light into the lower floor rooms and brightening the look and feel of the already beautiful home. LED landscape lighting completes the improvements.

Photography by: Miranda Estes