UCLA Extension Landscape Architecture Program

Post Graduate Certificate in Landscape Architecture

Mark Susser


Instructor Biography:

Mark Susser is a landscape architect who specializes in irrigation design and water management. His diverse background and experience ranges from engineering to architecture. As a project manager for over 20 years he is noted for thorough and organized project team coordination, his ability to complete projects in a timely and budget-conscious manner while maintaining long-term relationships with repeat clients. Mark has designed and implemented many irrigation projects and continually looks for and adopts technology to develop innovative technical solutions. Besides completing his studies at UCLA Extension’s Landscape Architecture program, Mark is a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor (CLIA) and also holds degrees in Electronic Engineering (BSEE) and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He is a member of American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), the Irrigation Association (IA), US Green Building Council (USGBC) and is a Director in the Architecture Foundation of Los Angeles, (AFLA). Mark teaches Irrigation Design at UCLA-Extension and was recently certified by the City of Santa Monica as a “sustainable landscape professional with water management certification.”

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Instructor Statement:

As a an irrigation designer and instructor with almost a decade of experience I can personally tell you that thorough and organized plans are not an accident. Nor is the ability to complete projects in a timely and budget-conscious manner while maintaining long-term relationships with repeat clients.

Irrigation design is a mix of left and right brain thinking. A mix of good design process and developing technical skills. You wear many hats in this profession, and your ability to recognize this is what will set you apart.

From in class experience I am amazed at how fast students can absorb new technical information with very little experience and develop skills that can lead to a great design. From day one, you will be asked to start your irrigation design. Applying information learned in class and applying it directly to your design project, you will see how fast you can start designing an irrigation project.

Class time is a mix of vendor presentations, class lectures and design time.

While working with fellow students and your instructor, you will see how fast you gain self confidence in your ability to design a system on your own.

What Students are saying:

[Mark] is very knowledgeable and approachable. Everyone in the class seemed engaged.

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