SCJ Studio specializes in residential gardens and site planning, as well as public and urban spaces, parks, ecological restoration, and navigating tough permitting requirements. We are strategic thinkers and enjoy challenging work. We are team players, and understand the complex environment in which we do our work, as our experience in Washington runs deep.
Our landscape architecture-focused office is in Seattle, but is part of a larger group of talented engineers, planners, biologists and designers with locations in Wenatchee, Lacey, Centralia, and Vancouver. We listen to our clients and the community, taking their vision to bring to life design solutions that exceed expectations, are site-sensitive and appropriate, and match the project constraints.
No matter the location, we understand and consider local climate when developing our plans. In particular, planting design is a true art. Plants are dynamic from season to season and year to year. We consider all four seasons when selecting material, and specify materials based not just on what it looks like today, but what it will look like ten months and ten years after installation.
We are dedicated to making the places we live better. Whether that is by developing plans for entire communities or creating intimate spaces for you and your family, we are proud of our high quality designs that are sensitive to the community, the site and your budget.
Mark S. Garff, PLA, ASLA
Growing up in Utah, Mark developed a deep love for the outdoors and wide, open spaces. After working at a retail plant nursery in high school, he quickly became a self-proclaimed "plant nerd"; when he discovered that there was a profession called landscape architecture that combined these passions, there was no looking back. Mark received his BLA at the University of Washington and believes that the most satisfying part of his job is helping clients achieve their dreams. Mark is a registered landscape architect and brings a deep knowledge of ecological restoration, native planting design, residential gardens and permitting to the practice. He spends his free time gardening and messing around with old cars or working on his old house.
Keith Jankovsky, PLA, ASLA
Keith made his decision to specialize in Landscape Architecture during his 3rd year of college while studying architecture at the University of Arizona. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2003 from rival ASU with a BSLA in Landscape Architecture. While the differences between the Pacific Northwest and the Sonoran Southwest are many, a few things remain the same. Clients still have the same expectations from designers to facilitate their vision and complex design problems persist from project to project. Keith is a project manager who is quick to problem solve challenging issues at all scales. He is happily married with two dogs that are more or less treated like human children and his current interest is discovering the local trails in the surrounding the Seattle area.
Alyse Wright, ASLA
Alyse realized her passion for design early in life after watching a high school project go from pencil sketch to poured concrete. She was struck by the impact a landscape architect could have on the physical environment and the natural world. Alyse enjoys the act of creating and working with her hands, particularly welding, a skill she learned during her design-build capstone project. She has also spent time as a volunteer forest steward, which helped build her knowledge of the flora and fauna of her native state of Washington. She earned her BLA at the University of Washington and enjoys weekend hikes with her husband and daughter. As all good landscape designers should, she also enjoys gardening!
Jennie's love for cultivating and curating outdoor spaces comes from a lifetime of watching her mother's dedicated diligence towards creating productive and sensory oases for the wildlife in their backyard. She enjoys completely immersing herself in landscapes by working with her hands, whether it's growing food and flowers in her backyard or painting watercolors outside on her travels, most recently during a 10-month internship in Copenhagen. With two prior bachelor's degrees in Environmental Science and Art Practice from UC Berkeley, and as a recent graduate from the University of Washington with a dual master's degree in Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture, Jennie feels she is finally on a career path with the right mixture of creativity and practicality. A Californian native, she loves living in the PNW where nobody takes the sun for granted!
Born and raised in the Inland Northwest, Lauren gained a love and appreciation for the outdoors and the many wonders it has to offer. This passion for the outdoors spearheaded her search for a way to influence and improve the built environment and ultimately led to her studies in landscape architecture. After attaining a bachelor’s degree from University of Idaho, Lauren began practicing in both eastern and western Washington working on a variety of projects ranging from water features, public parks and plazas to small residential homes. While Lauren’s love for the Northwest remains, a sense of adventure and curiosity resides within her that led her to spend the last year living and exploring the wild, untouched of New Zealand, Australia and parts of Asia. Lauren is now using her cultural experiences to give a new edge to her designs, better understanding the diversity of landscape and people that exist within this world. While traveling remains a great passion of Lauren’s, she also enjoys other activities the Northwest has to offer such as snowboarding, paddle boarding, wake surfing, hiking and fishing.
Leopold “Leo” McFluffy Pants, AKC
With a wide range of professional experience including lounging on exotic beaches to vigorously defending his right to roll in the snow at the west’s best kept secret trails, Leo brings a passion for discerning the subtleties of each unique site through olfactory engagement with all encountered objects. A graduate of Oxford University with a degree in Descending From English Bullmastiff Royalty, Leo lives life in the moment, taking each challenge head on (physically, with his head), and improving the quality of life for all those who don’t mind a little slobber and warmth. Leo enjoys exploring Seattle and road-tripping in the back of air-conditioned vehicles, particularly those with large back seats or even larger cargo areas. As an ambassador for all bullmastiffs, Leo is quite at home in front of adoring crowds, where his ebullient actions speak louder than words.