Christian Harris

Associate Principal

Christian has been a dedicated surfer all his life, and he is now settled in as a dedicated member of our team. Like analyzing the next big wave, Christian loves analyzing the details. Most designers dread technical specifications, but Christian has an affinity for detail, which is one of the reasons we love having him on our team. He also loves sports, and is as psyched on specs as he is about the Giants winning their next big game. However, he takes umbrage with Karen Sutherland who thinks she is the biggest Giants fan in the office. As if. Christian has coached his step-son, Ayden, in baseball and soccer for many years and is very proud of him and his accomplishments, and in 2017, he and his wife welcomed their daughter, Zoe, into the world.

Christian joined SSA in 2014. As a landscape designer for projects, he provides support to the design team and prepares presentation graphics, cost estimates and construction documents, as well as assisting in technical specifications for public bid. His experience on projects for numerous client types, and his 16 years of experience in the landscape industry provides valuable knowledge towards up-to-date and budget-friendly product selection, ADA accessibility and technical expertise. The speed and experience gained working on a multitude of fast-paced projects strengthens his ability to meet a fast-tracked schedule. Christian has a Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture from the California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. He is a licensed Landscape Architect.


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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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If you are looking for an opportunity to advance your career, whether it is to become a licensed landscape architect or a leader in the profession, this could be the place for you. SSA Landscape Architects is seeking to invite exceptional, creative, talented, skillful, and professional landscape architects and designers with four to six years of experience. You must have at least two years minimum experience working in a landscape architecture office in California. Our office in Santa Cruz is in a great open studio space where our team collaborates on innovative and creative solutions for our clients with a high level of quality service. Our office space is designed in such a way that Social Distancing and safety related to the COVID19 Pandemic are easily achieved. We utilize platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom and GoToMeeting to further enhance the safety of our team and our clients during this challenging time.

Our projects are located throughout California and have won national, statewide, and regional awards since SSA was founded 33 years ago. Our projects include parks and recreation, open space and trails, sports facilities, K-12 education, college campuses, corporate campuses, healthcare, public works and high-end residential.

Currently, we are recruiting for landscape designers and architects with four to six years of experience. Microsoft Office, AutoCAD, LandFX, SketchUp, Adobe Creative Suite experience and a bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture are the minimum requirements for the current positions. Applicants must have at least two years of experience working in the many microclimates of Northern and Central California.

If you have the qualities and experience stated above with the required minimum experience and you want to work in a dynamic, exciting work environment on great projects, please send your portfolio and resume to:

Applicants must have valid permanent, unrestricted authorization to work in the United States*.  Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include healthcare, life insurance, long term disability insurance, 401K, profit sharing, paid holidays, vacation, and personal leave.

 *Green Card or US Citizenship

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