Rita Manna

Landscape Designer

Rita loves Santa Cruz and relocated to her dream town in 2016 to join SSA from Vail, Colorado. She is an avid snowboarder and will now have to drive a little farther to hit the slopes. Perhaps she will pick up riding the waves of Monterey Bay between designing great projects and driving to the Sierras to shred.

Rita has a very broad background and brings a wealth of varied experience to SSA. Beginning with her talents as a graphic designer, Rita worked overseas in Germany for the US Dept. of Defense and the renowned design firm of Alexander Isley, Inc. She went on to found her own landscape design company in Vail, Colorado, specializing in residential landscape design and regenerative gardening techniques. Eventually, Rita returned to school to get her Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture.

Rita attended Syracuse University and studied Communication Design & Illustration; she has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from Colorado State University.


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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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