If you are interested in inquiring about employment opportunities at Surface 678, please submit a resume, references and samples of work in confidence to:

Surface 678, PA
Attention: Walt Havener, FASLA, LEED AP
The Imperial Building
215 Morris Street
Durham, North Carolina 27701

Inquiries can also be digitally submitted by email here.


It is the firm’s objective to provide a climate favorable to the individual advancement and professional growth of our employees. To meet this objective, we are committed to operating a stimulating workplace environment for our professionals. We are committed to continue building a staff that functions as a cohesive unit while supporting and encouraging the excellence of each individual staff member.

Each designer at Surface 678 has at their workstation all the tools — computers, drafting and managerial software, and the technical and design support — to complete all aspects of the design and documentation process demanded by our projects. We tend to hire generalists — that is, people an especially strong design foundation, but also possessing skills in the technical, graphic and horticultural aspects of landscape architecture.

Our studio is organized to accelerate our younger staffs’ growth toward a project manager / lead designer role through a combination of directed and independent learning. Experience is gained from design and technical tasks under the supervision of a principal or senior project manager as well as involvement in larger, more complex projects as part of a multi-person team. Our strategy is to provide responsibility as an individual becomes ready to take it on.

We work in an open studio atmosphere that we believe facilitates a cross-pollination of ideas and the sharing of staff expertise and experience. The studio is comprised of the following personnel:

Entry Level Landscape Architect

BLA and MLA graduates.

Apprentice Level Landscape Architect

One-to-three years experience.

Mid-Level Landscape Architect

Three-to-six years experience, functioning as project manager/lead designers.

Senior Landscape Architect

Six-to-12 years experience, functioning as project manager/lead designers.