Karen Folsom

Senior Project Manager

Having experience as the mother of three grown children, Karen is very patient and kind to those less experienced and coaches her team through the toughest of projects. She always knows just how to brighten people's spirits around the office. Sometimes that involves sugar and carbs. Her distinctive laugh will bring a smile to anyones face. A self-professed binge watcher of Downton Abbey (and really, who isn't?), Karen is a connoisseur when it comes to PBS and literature.

With over 20 years of experience in the field of Landscape Architecture, Karen has established a career of creating outdoor spaces for the enhancement of our lives. She has worked collaboratively with a variety of clients and program types to achieve project goals. As a LEED Accredited Professional and certified arborist, she continues to incorporate sustainable practices into every project. Karen has successfully led large consultant teams with many varying fields of expertise. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Landscape Architecture from the California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. Karen 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 31 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: careers@ssala.com

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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