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, ASLA, PLA
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 negotiation to the practice. He spends his free time gardening and off-roading in his Jeep with his wife and beloved Bullmastiff.
Miranda H. Estes, ASLA, PLA
With a wide range of professional experience, from residential estates on both coasts to luxury resorts in the Caribbean, Middle East and China, Miranda brings a passion for designing spaces that respond to the subtleties of each unique site and individual desires of the client. A graduate of the the University of Kentucky, Miranda is a licensed landscape architect and recently obtained her certification as healthcare garden designer. She is excited about the positive quality of life impacts that landscape architecture can have on the population. Miranda enjoys creativity in all its forms and finds her greatest inspiration in photography and travel. She loves exploring Seattle and its surrounding with her husband and taking her two Yorkies for walks in the city's abundant parks.
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 and 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.
Hailey Mackay, ASLA
Hailey discovered her passion for landscape architecture through her love of plants. Growing up gardening with her family in Seattle, she found endless inspiration in the complex world of flora. With a background in fine art and oil painting, Hailey discovered landscape architecture as her ideal profession – where she could merge her enthusiasm for plants with her painterly interest in form, texture, and color. A passion for designing evocative landscapes led Hailey to earn her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Washington. In practice, Hailey strives to create resilient, vibrant landscapes that embrace the flora and climate of the Pacific Northwest. In her free time, Hailey enjoys visiting the family homestead in Lewis County and observing native plant communities in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.