Oasis’ staff members include landscape architects, horticulturists, planners, and urban designers. They see themselves first as problems solvers and second as designers, although the two are inextricably tied together. Passionate about their work and their profession, they are members of professional boards or societies, published authors, and leaders in their profession.
Oasis’ top principal actively works on every project. Every staff member has the opportunity to contribute ideas to all phases of the firm’s projects. As a result, the work illustrates the cumulative strength and creativity of the firm.
Scott C. Scarfone, ASLA, PLA Principal
Molly Guenzer, PLA Associate
Paula R. Scarfone Director of Marketing
Scott is a registered landscape architect in nine states and certified professional horticulturist. In practice for 24 years, he has a broad range of project management experience and often serves as leader of multidisciplinary teams of allied consultants. He manages projects through construction. He has extensive design-build project experience, serving early in his career as director of design for a major Washington, D.C., area design-build landscape contractor. He is a dynamic, knowledgeable public communicator who oversees and facilitates public planning and design workshops with key stakeholders for clients nationwide. He is the author of an award-winning book Professional Planting Design: An Architectural and Horticultural Approach for Creating Mixed Bed Plantings.
He writes and teaches on landscape architecture and related topics. A sought-after instructor, he has lectured at some of the nation’s most prestigious institutions, botanical gardens, and arboreta as well as spoke at many international, national, and regional conferences.
Scott is an active Board Member of the Center for Watershed Protection and The Maryland Chapter of Trout Unlimited. He also participates as a member of professional organizations including Urban Land Institute; Maryland Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (past president); American Institute of Architects; American Public Gardens Association (past Chair of the Design and Planning Professional Section); and others.
He was competitively selected as a Member of Leadership Maryland’ Class of 2009 and recipient of The Baltimore Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Award in 2007. In 2003, Scott completed a one-year Fellowship at Chanticleer Garden, an acclaimed public garden outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, renowned for its cutting-edge horticultural and creative planting practices. During that year, he gardened with staff and traveled the world visiting and studying some of the most unique gardens, public parks, botanical gardens, and arboreta. His emphasis was studying how culture, society, and technology affect the designs of public landscapes, gardens, and the urban landscape. He incorporates these many perspectives into his site and landscape architectural designs through his work on a variety of sustainable projects.
Scarfone earned a bachelor of science degree in landscape architecture and a bachelor of arts degree in geography with a specialization in planning from West Virginia University in 1992.
Testimonials for Scott
“Scott is a valuable asset to the Center for Watershed Protection as a board member. His more than 20 years of experience in landscape architecture, specifically land planning and site design, brings a needed perspective to the Center’s watershed planning approach. A proactive leader, Scott is guiding the Center toward new approaches with some of its policies and practices. Scott represents the profession of landscape architecture well.”
–Hye Yeong Kwon, Executive Director at Center for Watershed Protection (national nonprofit)
“Scott’s tireless, generous leadership as a former Maryland ASLA chapter president and founding member of Maryland Public Garden Consortium contributed to public education regarding the broad societal contributions of landscape architecture in providing memorable and inspiring places. Scott’s vision and passion for landscape architecture and his boundless energy and optimism about creating beautiful, ecologically-sensitive landscapes are infectious. The profession’s future depends on designers like Scott who ensure that good ideas are sustained and realized.”
-Eleanor “Ellie” Altman, ASLA, former Executive Director at Adkins Arboretum in Ridgley, MD, who is now retired
Ellie and Scott are cofounders of the Maryland Public Gardens Consortium.
“One of the leading landscape architects who supports public gardens, Scott makes indispensable contributions to the American Public Gardens Association community. For 15+ years, Scott has been an active member of APGA. He is past Chair of the Design and Planning Professional Section and has contributed to APGA’s quarterly journal Public Garden. He is a sought-after speaker at APGA’s annual conference and related symposia and supports these programs through his leadership, sponsorship, and volunteer work.”
-Casey Sclar, PhD, Executive Director at American Public Gardens Association (APGA)
Molly is a registered landscape architect and has more than 21 years of experience. She is an experienced project manager specializing in parks, landscape over structure, and complex multi-disciplinary projects. She has expertise in grading, design detailing, construction documents, specifications, and construction administration.
While at Oasis, she serves as project manager for a diverse range of projects. Guenzer works closely with the firm’s founder on projects and she manages the day-to-day development and production of construction documents. Her depth of knowledge in construction provides the firm with rich experience.
Prior to joining Oasis, she worked for 16 years at several prominent landscape architecture firms in the greater Washington, DC, area and also worked as a gardener at Garden Keepers in Arlington, Virginia, and a writer at eNature.com.
She earned a master of science in landscape architecture at the University of Virginia in 1996 and a bachelor of science with distinction in applied mathematics at the University of Virginia in 1983.
Paula Scarfone is director of marketing at Oasis Design Group. She oversees media relations, marketing, and human resources. She has more than 20 years of professional experience including public relations, media relations, marketing, advertising, writing, editing, and website design. Throughout her career, she has been a news media spokesperson; proactively pitched news stories and secured local, regional, national, and international media; and overseen marketing strategic planning.
She was a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), Maryland Chapter from 2012-2017 and was a mentor in its Mentor/Mentee Program from 2013-2014. She was a member of the Public Relations Society of America, Baltimore Chapter, from 1995-2013, and planning outreach committee member of the 22nd Annual PRSA Chesapeake Conference in 1999.
Prior to joining Oasis Design Group, she was media relations manager at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, and a public relations manager at MicroProse Software in Hunt Valley, Maryland.
She earned a master of science in environmental biology at Hood College in 2002. Her graduate Independent Research Project focused on macroinvertebrates as biological measurements of water quality and worked extensively with the Monocacy Basin Stream Monitoring Project at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland.
She earned a bachelor of science in journalism with a major in public relations and a minor in English and a bachelor of arts in liberal arts, both at West Virginia University in 1991.