With a passion for the design of public spaces — including pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, parks and trails — Marianne Zarkin founded her design firm in 2006. To Marianne Zarkin Landscape Architects (MZLA), she brought savvy insights gained from more than two decades of work experience in the public and private sectors.

From managing the master planning and design to construction observation for a rich variety of public and private facilities, MZLA offers their clients comprehensive services in project management, design, construction documentation and public involvement.

Publications, Presentations + Press

  • Featured in a Landscape Architecture Magazine article about TriMet’s newest MAX line  Read Here>
  • Panel moderator for the Current Trends in Designing for Nature Play session at the 2012 ASLA Oregon Symposium
  • Panel moderator for the Plant Materials for Urban Conditions session at the 2011 ASLA Oregon Symposium
  • Featured in an Oregonian article about Eco-Roofs
  • Marianne was selected to write about her experiences running a small landscape architecture firm in Landscape Architecture magazine View >
  • Speaker – 2010 Entrepreneur and Principal Panel, ForWARD (Forum for Women in Architecture and Related Design) More info >
  • Featured in the Southeast Examiner about Outdoor Classroom Naturescaping Project
  • Marianne Zarkin presented the session Public Involvement Challenges in the Trail Planning Process First International Trails and Greenways Conference, San Diego, 1998

Professional Affiliations

  • Marianne is a member of and the immediate past Vice President for Chapter Services for the Oregon chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects
  • MZLA is a member of the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME)

Certifications + Licenses

  • Oregon: DBE, WBE and ESB firm
  • Washington: DBE firm
  • WBENC: WBE firm
  • Marianne Zarkin is licensed as a Landscape Architect in Oregon and Washington