Lead Designer and Project Manager
Sam Millar is our Lead Landscape Designer and Project Manager. He has been Designing and building landscapes for over 10 years. Sam takes great pride in his work and has a strong passion for creating unique and practical designs. With his construction background, Sam is not afraid to get dirty and he understands the way things “should” go together. He is always up for a site challenge and finding creative solutions for problematic areas. Sam earned his bachelor degree in Landscape Architecture from Washington State University.
When he is not nerding out on plants, managing his jobs, or creating designs, Sam loves to get outdoors. You can usually catch him up in the mountains hiking, skiing, biking, or off-road motorcycling. Sam also loves spending time with his family and packs his daughter Luna around with him everywhere.
Skills: CAD/LandFX drafting, hand-drawn sketches, horticulture, native & drought tolerant plants, construction details, stone and hardscape materials, estimating/budgeting, dealing with picky clients, buying expensive stone.
Rob created Avid Landscape Design and Development LLC in 2005. A Seattle native with a passion for re-defining outdoor spaces, Rob earned Bachelor’s Degrees in Botany and Environmental Science from the University of Washington. Between college and the beginning of Avid Landscape, Rob lived nearly a decade in West Africa, working in Agriculture and Forestry, including two different volunteer assignments with the Peace Corps (The Gambia ’95-’97 and Senegal ’98-’01). After his service in the Peace Corps ended, Rob continued to live in The Gambia, working as the Public Relations Coordinator for a Joint Forestry Project between The Gambia Department of Forestry and GTZ/GIZ GmbH. Upon his return to the U.S., Rob began working in the local landscape industry and shortly thereafter formed Avid Landscape to create and maintain beautiful Northwest landscapes.
Rob is a longtime member and active volunteer with the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals (WALP), promoting professionalism in the local landscape industry, including serving as the Association’s President in 2018.
Rob’s industry credentials include ecoPRO Certification (WA State Department of Ecology Certification) and the National Association of Landscape Professional’s (NALP) Landscape Industry Certification.
Rob’s designs and installations have been featured in national publications and filled an office with awards. His volunteer work in the local landscape industry has also garnered numerous accolades.
When Rob is not working he can be found with his family, and/or enjoying a day at Safeco Field or Husky Stadium.