Rebecca Asser

Rebecca Asser



Rebecca found herself seeking a major career change from an elementary school teacher to a landscape architect and landed at Civitas. While she was working on her Master of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at North Carolina State University, she was consistently attending guest presentations from Civitas team members and was drawn to the company’s culture and work environment.

Their intention to build a team made up of diverse backgrounds and the mindset that “good ideas can come from anywhere” really spoke to Rebecca as she found herself in the middle of pivoting her career path into a wildly new direction. Upon graduation, she received the LAF Olmsted Scholar award from the NC State Faculty and was a part of the team that won the Student ASLA Award of Excellence in Community Service for their work at Princeville Elementary School. She was also awarded a Red-Tailed Hawk feather by the Lumbee Tribal Council, which is the largest state-recognized tribe east of the Mississippi, for her collaborative work on the Maxton/Hayes Pond, which is a project she holds dear to her heart.

Today, Rebecca is enveloping herself in the world of landscape architecture, and finds herself completely immersed in learning as much as she can from her team. Her ability to listen deeply, evolve and expand her way of thinking has made her an asset, as she brings a new perspective to the team and offers a fresh take on the projects she has joined.


“I grew up moving around a lot which was both lucky and challenging as I was exposed to diverse ecosystems and people, from low-lying polders of the Netherlands to the deserts of Arizona and California. While this might not have had a direct impact on my design approach, it subconsciously has influenced my curiosity on what makes a place unique and why people are drawn to it.”


North Carolina State University, Masters of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning – May 2022, Raleigh, NC

Northern Arizona University, Bachelors of Arts: French and Bachelors of Science: Sociology – May 2013, Flagstaff, AZ