Susan Millhouse is an accomplished business development professional with proven leadership and strategic business development expertise and outstanding communication skills. Susan’s core responsibility is the strategy and execution of business development and marketing initiatives to support the growth of the San Francisco office as well as the academic planning sector across the U.S.
As a thinker, doer, writer, coach, collaborator, and decision-maker, her activities include market research, building and maintaining client relationships, and driving new concepts for winning pursuits.
Focused and strategic, Susan believes the measure of intelligence is the ability to change, and she feels energized and exhilarated by exposing her mind to a vast repertoire of ideas and perspectives. This allows her to identify new opportunities and quickly take action to capture them. Her origins as a landscape architect give her a unique marketing perspective, grounded in design excellence, collaboration, and execution.
Susan’s favorite quote by John Muir, “Keep close to nature’s heart…and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”, sums up her attitude about life and work. As an avid camper and hiker, Susan enjoys being outdoors as much as she can. A life-long fan of national parks, she has visited well over half of our country’s national parks; her favorite is Glacier National Park in Montana, which she started visiting as a child with her grandparents. With a strong desire to bring more nature into the built environment, Susan became a landscape architect and practiced for several years before transitioning into marketing professional services for design firms. After working for several large architecture firms in New York City, she moved to San Francisco and has worked in a number of national and international architecture and landscape architecture firms directing business development, marketing, and reputation enhancement activities.