Karen Sutherland

Vice President

Karen is the matriarch, taking a personal interest in the well being of everyone at SSA. Karen was also Steve’s influence to go back to school to pursue landscape architecture, so without her, SSA might not exist. Karen is very perceptive which makes her an integral part of the business. Though she’s not typically in before the crack of 10am, she is a stickler for finances and keeps the ship afloat and sailing in the right direction. Karen is also the biggest Giant’s fan in the office. In fact, Steve may have a bone to pick with Hunter Pence.

Karen began her career as a legal assistant in 1975 and worked in the field of law for eight years before joining Steve in 1983 as his business partner. Having gained valuable experience managing law offices, the transition to the landscape industry was nearly seamless. Karen also grew up in a family-run retail business and learned early on the value of providing excellent client service. As Vice President and co-founder of SSA, she manages the business side of the firm. 


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SSA is an award-winning landscape architecture firm. We have been published in notable magazines and have garnered numerous awards for our exceptional designs.  You can find out more here. 

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We are always looking for talented and passionate people to join our team.

Please email us a cover letter, resume and examples of  your work to info@ssala.com 

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