Growing up in Colorado, Marcie Harris loved art, drawing, gardening, hiking, biking and just being outdoors. And when searching for a career, she asked her aunt, “If you could do anything, what would it be?” Her aunt replied, “a landscape architect.”

“I happened to be at the right school, Colorado State University (CSU), where they had a great program and the more I learned about it, the more I realized it was a perfect match for what I wanted to dedicate myself to,” Harris said.

Not widely recognized in our society, landscape architecture is a very rewarding career. Depending on a person’s interests, there are many different directions to take such as urban design, city planning, small or large development and more.

“I think landscape architecture is going to become more important as we respond to climate change. Hopefully our profession can lead teams towards creative solutions to preserve our planet and change the way we develop,” Harris said.

After graduating from CSU in 1998, Harris moved to Laguna Beach to work at SWA Group, an international landscape architecture planning and urban design firm, as a project designer. During those two years, she fell in love with the ocean and Southern California. From there, she moved to San Diego to work at Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects for four years.

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