Marina joined Cameron McCarthy in 2010 and earned her license to practice landscape architecture in 2011. A native of Germany, she brings to our firm an international perspective that is ecologically progressive and practical. She is both a project manager and specialist – working on design and planning projects for higher education facilities, park design, streetscapes, health care facilities, and transportation facilities.
Education & Professional Expertise
Wrensch’s education and career were launched in her native Germany where she received a Graduate Engineer degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Applied Science Neubrandenburg in 2001. She practiced as a landscape designer for the German Department of Agriculture for a year prior to beginning study at the University of Oregon (UO) as a Fulbright Scholar. She acquired both a bachelor and master degree in landscape architecture from UO in 2005, and was a Graduate Teaching Fellow for her final year there. Upon graduation, Marina returned to Germany for a year where she acquired private practice experience. She was hired in 2007 by a Eugene multi-disciplinary firm where she acquired nearly 3 more years of experience prior to her employment with us.
Marina is an active member of the Oregon chapter of ASLA and served two years as chairperson of the local section. She currently serves on the board of the Willamette Valley Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), where she chairs multiple committees. She is a member of the Cascadia Green Building Council, the local chapter of the USGBC, and is a LEED Accredited Professional BD+C.
Notable projects of Marina’s include the Keizer Transit Station, Madrona Park and Main Street Improvements in Monmouth, OR, and Oregon Department of Veteran’s Affairs Lebanon Home. Marina has had a major production role in the Sacred Heart Medical Center project in Eugene and Serenity Lane Campus in Coburg. Marina has a strong command of irrigation design, including the latest products and strategies, and provides frequent mentoring to others in the firm. She played a major role in designing irrigation systems for projects including OSU International Student Housing (INTO), UO Integrative Science Building, Spectrum Senior Housing, OSU Washington Way Realignment, and a subsurface drip irrigation system at Zen North Park at Autzen Stadium.
True to common perception of her native culture, Wrensch possesses an affinity toward the particulars of a project that are vital to achieving design excellence. Her attention to detail proves to be a great value not only for the construction document phase, but also during initial visualization in conceptual and schematic design.
Marina leads a very active life outside of work. When she’s not in the office, she can be found sprinting across the fields with her husband playing Ultimate Frisbee in spring and fall, golfing in summer, and snowboarding in winter. During her time at UO, she picked up a very unique hobby – fire dancing – which she loves to entertain family and friends in Oregon and Germany.
“Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths”
–Johann Wolfgang Goethe