Zach Johnson brings over two decades of experience in the Green Industry to the Landscape Design & Contracting and Landscape Business programs at Colorado State University. Zach first became interested in construction and plants while in high school but never thought it would lead to a career. He began researching educational opportunities and was glad to find that he could combine those elements into a profession. His career has provided opportunities to work in the design, construction and management of landscapes and gardens. His expertise in is in residential and small scale commercial design emphasizing sustainable construction techniques. Zach has traveled throughout the nation and internationally with students from the programs. Zach earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Horticulture from CSU and a Masters of Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Colorado at Denver. In addition to his responsibilities at CSU, he also owns Green Ink Designs, LLC. He has also been recognized for his work within industry associations, most recently leading efforts to create a Sustainability Partnership with the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado. Zach is a licensed landscape architect and holds multiple industry certifications.
Elizabeth Mogen has been teaching in the Landscape Design and Contracting Program since 1987. She has seen the program grow into a nationally respected, award winning, accredited program that consistently ranks in the top ten in the Industry sponsored PLANET (Professional Landcare Network) competition. Teaching, or helping students see the landscape through the very practical/functional and aesthetically balanced eye of a well-trained designer is the ultimate goal of every class she teaches whether it be Grading and Drainage or Graphics. She received the Shepardson Teaching Award and the Cermak Advising Award from the College of Agricultural Sciences which reflects her focus on teaching. Before coming to CSU, Liz worked at all size offices as a Landscape Architect from a family business to an interdisciplinary firm, all in Colorado. She also started her own business, Design Consultant which is still active today. She has a bachelor’s in Economics from American University, Washington D.C., a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois, Champaign – Urbana and is a licensed landscape architect in the state of Colorado. Currently her research interests focus on Wind Farm Development and visual impact.