People

Sam Williamson, ASLA

Sam grew up in Portland, Oregon and earned his landscape architecture degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

After graduating, Sam worked for two of the country’s most prominent contemporary landscape architects as well as with a more traditional landscape architect. These professional poles formed a range from which Sam draws his own design vision, stating that he hopes his most traditional designs have the freshness of the new within them and that his most contemporary designs express a knowledge of history and garden tradition.

Sam opened his own firm in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1991 and has been in Portland, Oregon since 1997.

 

Courtney Skybak, ASLA

Courtney grew up in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Montana, and came to the Pacific Northwest to attend Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. She received a bachelor of arts in studio art from Willamette in 2000, where in addition to art, her studies had included biology, literature, and writing.

Courtney then earned a masters of landscape architecture from the University of Minnesota in 2004. Her graduate studies focused on the intersection of ecological and artful design. After graduation she returned to Oregon and has been with SHWA since the beginning of 2005. Courtney has had a lifelong interest in plants, a fascination with the natural world, and a love of the outdoors, as well as an attraction to objects that gracefully combine beauty and utility. She is perpetually engaged in a number of creative pursuits, including writing, painting, sculpting, gardening, and crafts, all which inform her design work at SHWA.

Courtney has been with SHWA since 2005.

Alex Zatarain

Alex, a native of Portland, received his undergraduate degree in fine arts from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. His interest in the intersection of the built and natural environments led him to then pursue a masters degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon. His studies focused on the ways in which historic landscape painting has informed past and present landscape design.

Alex has been with SHWA since 2017.