our people

 
 

MARTIN MOSKO
Founder

Founder of Marpa Design Studio, graduated from Yale University and has trained extensively with Japanese master gardeners both in the U.S. and Japan. He has designed and built private and public gardens in the Rocky Mountains and throughout the U.S. for 35 years, which have been recognized for their unsurpassed artistry as well as technical excellence.

In addition to his responsibilities at Marpa, Mosko is abbot of Hakubai Temple, co-author of the book Landscape As Spirit: Creating a Contemplative Garden, and travels the country lecturing on garden design, the art of rock setting, photography, and meditation.


 

Luke Sanzone
Principal

A licensed Landscape Architect, graduated from The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) with degrees in Fine Arts and Landscape Architecture.  In addition to his continued studies in Construction Science and Management at Colorado State University,  Luke has been designing and overseeing the construction of private and public projects in Colorado for over 10 years.  He brings the utmost creativity, project planning, and honed construction management skills to every one of his projects.  From large-scale residential and TOD work, to small, intimate spaces, Luke strives to create environments that not only respond to his client’s needs with sensitivity, but also, to create landscapes that blur the boundaries between design, art, and construction. This results in a legacy of built, richly designed places.  Luke believes that a Landscape Architect’s ability to orchestrate experience on multiple levels leads to environments that engage the senses and spirit.


 

Forty perkins

Classically trained in design, emphasizing digital art at The Savannah College of Art and Design, with a masters degree in Landscape Architecture from The University of Colorado, Denver, and a second masters degree in Architecture from Tunghai University in Taichung Taiwan, Forty has a cultivated understanding of design that grew out of a love of culture and cultural differences.

For Forty, it is the ethics of landscape architecture, stewardship in particular, that keep this practice relevant and meaningful.


Kate FRANKLIN

 

Kate joined Marpa in 2015 and brings to the office a passion for planting design, efficient project management and implementation of elegant and contemporary spaces.  Kate holds a Master of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Conservation Resource Studies degree from University of California at Berkeley. Her experience includes high-end residential, multi-family mixed-use, community planning, estate master planning and public art installations.

Kate was a lead designer and project manager at Moody Landscape Architecture in Washington, DC for four years before moving to Colorado. Prior to graduate school, Kate worked as a designer and project manager under Topher Delaney at Delaney and Chin in San Francisco, California.  Her experience designing and managing gardens has developed her ability to imagine and implement projects in a variety of scales and contexts.