Dirtworks is pleased to have Mark Tepper join the firm as landscape designer. Mark has assisted the firm in business development and marketing by creating graphics and specialized renderings for Request for Proposals, multimedia and presentation documents for various projects. Mark is currently Dirtworks’ Webmaster.

Most recently, Mark received a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture, with Honors from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). At his time with SUNY ESF, Mark has been working on an honors thesis for a master plan for the 23-acre Wolf Preserve located on Eastern Long Island that incorporates a 3/4-mile trail which targets the five senses through five unique nodes. Mark is part of a team designing a landscape that is both inviting and easily accessible to all including individuals who are physically and neurologically challenged.

Mark spent the summer of 2017 in Edinburgh, Scotland conducting independent research required of his program at ESF. His study explored the inter-relationships between history, culture, and programming, and how they all come together to create a special place, not just a space. The study focused on the historic British estates, parks, botanical gardens museums and streetscapes, what makes these places unique, and how these places derive from rules which beautifully blends them together. This in-depth study highlighted how they relate to present day designs by decoding the rules of the design and drawing comparisons from the forms while still maintaining a focus on programming.

Mark received the 2017 Distinguished SUNY ESF Student from the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. This Distinguished Student (Cornell, SUNY ESF) award recognizes students who have demonstrated exceptional leadership and service within the Department of Landscape Architecture or in other activities in the community related to the profession. Only two awards per year are conferred; one to a student from Cornell University and one from SUNY ESF.

Mark Tepper