Zach Rix

Landscape Architect

As a recently licensed professional, Zach has undertaken an increasing amount of design and project management responsibility and continues to assist with design and production on a variety of projects. His experience to date includes streetscapes, healthcare facilities, higher education, community housing, land use planning graphics, parks master planning, infrastructure refinement plans, and athletic facilities. Areas of emphasis include higher education, urban design, transportation, and parks master plans.

Education & Professional Expertise

His interest in the impact of positive urban spaces that promote welfare and equality and the importance of local interaction with native ecology in urban areas influences each project he works on.  He has amassed skills in technical and creative software, technical drawings and site design, hand rendering and multi-media design techniques, understanding of team organization and applied leadership in team environments, and an exploratory attitude to design.  He has progressively increased his design responsibility with each assignment, and exhibits a particular affinity for grading and drainage and hardscape design components of his projects.

Zach has amassed 7 years of professional design experience, including nearly 4 years as a licensed landscape architect in Oregon. He has provided design leadership and held project management responsibility on a variety of public agency and institutional projects from site specific parks and urban plazas to playground design, park master planning, bus rapid transit corridors, streetscapes, healthcare facilities, higher education, public schools, community housing, and athletic facilities.

His career has focused on study of spatial relationships promoting interaction between densely urban and ecologically based passive landscapes. He believes a city’s river corridor and stream network are a premiere example, illustrating the unique opportunity to knit civic values with environmental stewardship in a diverse, accessible, and inclusive manner. His interests in the importance of local interaction with native flora and fauna in urban areas influence each project he works on.

Zach’s contributions to a collaborative design approach include his fun and exploratory attitude to design, understanding of team organization and applied leadership in team environments, conceptual development with concise, whimsical hand illustrations, multi-media presentation graphics, and fluency in technical as well as creative software.


Zach is a native Oregonian hailing from a rural area near Salem.  He is a recreational cyclist and enjoyer of the great outdoors.  He may be found appreciating local music venues, exploring the Cascades, or spending time with his partner and overly privileged cat.

“The most important issue of the 21st century will be the condition of the global environment.”    –Ian McHarg