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Professional Affiliations

  • Oregon Licensed Landscape Architect #824
  • California Licensed Landscape Architect #5545
  • Alumni, Colorado State University, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2002
  • Member, American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Member, Bend Chamber of Commerce
  • Alumni, Leadership Bend Class of 2015
  • Member, City Club of Bend

Michael Szabo, PLA, ASLA | Principal Landscape Architect

SZABO Landscape Architecture founder Mike Szabo is an award winning licensed landscape architect with over 17 years of experience in the landscape industry.  Working his way through college on grounds crews for golf courses and the local Parks and Recreation division, Mike graduated from the Landscape Architecture program at Colorado State University in 2002.  After an enlightening trip across Europe, Mike started his professional career in San Diego where he honed his design skills at two renowned landscape architectural design firms.  Quickly becoming a lead designer and project manager, Mike has been an integral member on design teams for a wide variety of projects ranging from corporate and educational campuses to neighborhood parks, hotel and resort renovations, retail centers, public works projects and residential garden design.  Mike’s work has received numerous accolades and awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the San Diego Architectural Foundation, and the California Landscape Contractors Association for various landscape designs.

In 2013, Mike and his family moved to Bend, Oregon to be closer to family and enjoy all that beautiful Bend has to offer.  An outdoor enthusiast, avid guitar player, and home brewer, Bend has been a natural fit for Mike and his family.  


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Professional Affiliations

  • Colorado Licensed Landscape Architect #1156
  • Member, American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Alumni, University of Idaho, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2004
  • Mentor, ACE (Architecture, Construction, Engineering) 

Brian Nierman, PLA, ASLA | Landscape Architect

Brian Nierman joins SZABO Landscape Architecture with over a decade of experience in designing sophisticated spaces. 

He is a graduate of the landscape architectural program of University of Idaho and holds a particular fondness for natural landscapes of the northwest.

Over his career he has brought value to a varied breadth of project types and scales to much of the west including Colorado, Arizona, California, and Oregon.  Be it a large scale commercial or retail development, natural or culturally significant landscape, or an intimate residential outdoor room, Brian strives to bring timeless contextual design into every project while highlighting the unique social, environmental, and aesthetic qualities of the site.

With backgrounds in the arts and construction, he is excited about bringing an aesthetic construct-ability to the design while navigating the logistical and economic constraints. This cohesive design approach fosters solutions that bring together quality design with functional implementation.