“It has been a pleasure working with MZLA.  The firm’s approach is fresh, yet seasoned with an emphasis on quality and delivery.”

Elizabeth Higgins, Tri Met


“[Marianne] is an extremely talented designer…she leads by example and takes responsibilty  for the success of her discipline’s integration into the design as a whole.”

Ron Stewart, Principal, ZGF Architects


“Marianne became a key member of the PMLR-West urban design team, learned how to be a driving force in design and issue resolution and added levity and great chemistry to the whole project team. She earned the trust of all the task leads and the client group and has become a preferred landscape architect for CH2M HILL’s Portland Transportation business group”.

James McGrath, CH2M HILL Urban Design Task


“[Marianne] is direct and honest, with an ability to respond professionally and flexibly to changing circumstances…[she] pays close attention to detail….I strongly recommend her work.”

Elizabeth Connor, Artist


“Marianne was fantastic! Our yard had become a nuisance and too difficult to change, or so we thought. Marianne listened to my wife and I and quickly presented us with three great solutions.  Looking at our yard doesn’t do justice to the level of professionalism involved. Marianne listened to us and planned accordingly. She is professional, an expert at what she does, and a great communicator. We highly recommend her.”

Property Owner


“OBEC started using Marianne Zarkin for landscape design services on federally funded transportation projects in 2014 and she is currently on our team for several current projects.  Marianne is a highly experienced and creative landscape designer who understands the requirements of ODOT and local agency transportation projects.  She works independently to provide creative, quality solutions that are appropriately scaled to the specific project needs.  We intend to continue using MZLA on future projects.”

Larry Fox, President, OBEC Consulting Engineers