15 Famous Landscape Architects You Should Know

Famous Landscape architecture is, far too often, the forgotten profession of the building sector.

While architects of buildings sweep all prior to them in the media and at the awards events, those that form whatever that borders, matches and also frames those frameworks are typically the unrecognized heroes of a task, lacing all-natural life with manufactured atmospheres and mixing design with the earth in phenomenal means. Certainly, the technique ought to be regarded as an indispensable component of the built setting, as some of the most renowned developers in background could attest to. Luis Barragán, that called himself a landscape architect, once claimed: “I do not separate design, landscape as well as gardening; to me they are one.”

Cuadra San Cristobal by Luis Barragán

In recognition of this crucial technique, Architizer’s A+A wards– the globe’s biggest honors program for engineers and items– includes classifications committed to the innovative works of landscape style firms, consisting of prizes for public parks, private yards and the sought after Plus award for Style +Landscape.
While you may have come across among in 2015’s most well known A+A ward victors– James Edge Area Procedures, many popular for its service the iconic High Line in New york city– there are numerous other important landscape architecture firms that, in spite of their extensive effect on the urban environment, obtain much less coverage. To place this right, we have actually assembled a collection of a few of the most effective landscape designers on the planet. Check out these crucial firms and their jobs, and if your fave is omitted, make certain to allow us recognize in the comments.

Balmori Associates

Plaza Euskadi, Barcelona

Founded in 1990, Balmori Associates is a New york city City– based metropolitan as well as landscape style firm. Balmori projects take pleasure in broad prestige for their innovative interfacing of landscape as well as style, using study as well as collaboration to collapse the borders in between nature and also framework. The firm insists on generating ‘environment-friendly infrastructures’– styles that welcome community communication and disclose constructed as well as natural procedures– in its tasks, be they parks, open room restorations or leisure locations. Current jobs consist of the GrowOnUs drifting landscape on the Gowanus Canal and also the Rebuild by Design task Hoboken: Withstand, Postpone, Shop, Discharge with OMA.

Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN)

Lurie Garden, Millennium Park Chicago;

Based in Seattle since 1999, this 45-person practice has a specialist personnel with know-how in landscape style, design, art, engineering and also ecology. GGN offers customers with comprehensive ability in the design of high-use, prominently sculptural landscapes in complicated metropolitan contexts. The company’s job operates from deep research right into each website’s background, ecology and also neighborhoods as well as differs in scale as well as kind, from school and also plan of attack to furnishings. Among its significant work is the National Gallery of African American History as well as Society, the Lurie Yard at Millennium Park and also the Costs & Melinda Gates Structure Campus.

Hood Design

De Youthful Gallery, San Francisco;.

Developed in 1992, Hood Style is a company concentrating on creating dynamic, cultural environments where individuals live, work and play. The studio technique looks for to involve with metropolitan landscapes where residents share cumulative physical, social and also financial resources, as these multidimensional contexts set up powerful, sculpted resolutions for several area redevelopment as well as revitalization obstacles. Over its 25 years, the California-based method has actually taken pleasure in essential praise dealing with such varied tasks as Sprinkle Pad Park as well as the de Youthful Museum with Herzog & de Meuron. The acclaimed company has actually gotten citations from such different organizations as the AIA, the Cooper-Hewitt and also Rapid Company and also has actually won the 2010 Venice Biennale.

James Edge Area Workflow (JCFO)

High Line Area 3, New York;

You might know the firm already, yet we simply had to include it on the listing nonetheless. Winning a few of the most desirable payments in the last 10 to 15 years, JCFO is a landscape style and also metropolitan style experiment workplaces in New york city City and London. The company is kept in mind for its ingenious, modern style interventions throughout a range of task types and also scales, running the gamut of large city districts to complex abandoned as well as postindustrial websites. Assisting the firm’s work is a strong commitment to making a vivid, vibrant public world educated by both the ecology of individuals as well as nature. Seriously acclaimed and also award-winning projects consist of the High Line, Freshkills Park as well as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Martha Schwartz Partners

Grand Canal Square, Dublin;

Locateded in London, the firm has over 35 years of experience making gardens, plazas, parks, institutional-plus-corporate landscapes and public installations. The company locates itself at the crossway of landscape, public art and urbanism, believing that the city landscape works as a system upon which an artistic synergy of human and natural surroundings occurs. MSP’s multidisciplinary team collaborates with cities in order to help envision and also implement jobs that stick to environmental, financial, social and eco lasting principles. The firm’s eagerness to collaborate gives possibility to work with a range of project kinds and ranges in complex city, social contexts with a particular need for human connection, identity and also satisfaction. Notable projects consist of the Dublin Docklands, Exchange Square in Manchester, England, and Mesa Arts Facility in Arizona.

! melk

” The Park,” Las Vegas;

! melk, established in 2010, is a metropolitan style as well as landscape design method based in New york city. The workshop attracts from a comprehensive worldwide profile originated from 20-plus years in conceiving, establishing as well as implementing jobs in numerous cities worldwide. The guiding concept for its park as well as waterside jobs is to accept every social, political as well as financial challenge, making use of these as inspiration to create site-specific interventions. Setting the company apart is its imaginative method, which makes up research, advanced innovations, focus on information and quality in addition to earnings and also guts. Key jobs: “The Park,” Kodrina Facility masterplan with Workshop Libeskind and also Governors Island Park with West 8.

Mia Lehrer+ Associates

Vista Hermosa Natural Park, Los Angeles;

Based in Los Angeles, California, Mia Lehrer+ Associates is a full-service worldwide landscape style technique and also has under its belt a varied series of public as well as personal jobs. From huge metropolitan parks and also community redevelopment to intimate garden rooms, MLA comes close to each collaborate with high focus on all natural, public engagement and also creative techniques. The company’s layout interventions seek to foster abundant, split experiences, utilizing the experiential qualities of natural as well as man-made elements in addition to the ephemeral residential properties of products. Several of MLA’s job that reflects its extensive technical know-how as well as creative creativity include the LA River and also Hollywood Park plan of attack and Dodger Arena.

Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA)

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn;

MVVA is an 80-person technique working with a variety of task kinds and ranges varying from huge public parks and university schools to intimate yards and also personal landscapes. Directing the multidisciplinary company is the need to create vibrant landscapes as well as areas that are solid in identity, enhance everyday experience and also enhance quality of life. Identifying MVVA’s job is its focus on premium programming, ecological performance, monetary resourcefulness and technical development. Among the firm’s greater profile jobs are the Brooklyn Bridge Park as well as Drop Park.

Michel Desvigne Paysagiste

Kelo College Roofing system Garden, Tokyo

Established in 1988, Michel Desvigne Paysagiste delights in collaborations on premier jobs such as the Pedestrian Art Center in Minneapolis with Herzog & de Meuron and the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts with Norman Foster and also REX/OMA. Differentiating the company’s job is its decidedly agricultural aesthetic and technique to metropolitan sites. MDP likes to introduce flexible structures and also growing techniques that produce varied, unforeseeable densities and also appearances, unlike the recommended manicured areas that are latest thing today. Through this strategy, MDP projects play with time as well as sequence (plant life development, ephemeral experiences brought on by seasonal changes), hence getting substantial quantities of anticipation and also possibility.

Mikyoung Kim Design

140 West Plaza: Exhale, Chapel Hillside;

The 20-year-old firm with a body of work covering the Americas and Asia is one kept in mind for its culturally sensitive landscapes that deal with the collective human experience and ecological problems. Driven by a passion to jazz up and also recover the public realm via a layered, multigenerational public experience, the method exploits its deep understanding of product outlining as well as technologies. A background in arts as well as music allows MKD to shape layouts that blur the limits between landscape style and also environmental art. The variety of developed landscapes, from playgrounds to parks and also master plans, all feature experienced understandings of hydrology as well as lighting plus holographic technology in such jobs as the ChonGae Canal Restoration Task.


Sylvan Cinema at Washington Memorial, Washington, D.C.;

With offices in Philadelphia as well as Los Angeles, OLIN looks for to influence positive change with landscape style, city style as well as preparation. Making use of a strenuous study, logical and also iterative design process, OLIN drinks the innate top qualities of a site as well as its neighborhood and skillfully changes its tasks that consist of metropolitan areas, campuses, civic parks and ecological/regional systems. No stranger to famous commissions, the firm’s recent job consists of the 11th Street Bridge Park job with OMA, the Bryant Park repair and the Sylvan Movie theater at the Washington Monolith.

Sasaki Associates

Chicago Riverwalk, Chicago;

Considering that its beginning in 1953 by Hideo Sasaki, Sasaki is currently a 270-person-strong company offering premium service in landscape architecture, style, civil engineering, city preparation as well as metropolitan layout, visuals layout as well as branding and data scientific research. The company concentrates on an alternative, interconnected vision and also framework in crafting the plethora of city and also university environments it runs in, driven by the core tenet “what we produce will form the method we live.” High-profile jobs prevail to this firm, including but not restricted to the Chicago Riverwalk and the Lincoln Memorial Landscape.

SCAPE/Landscape Design

Dune Co-Habitat, Queens; 

A landscape style and also urban style workshop based in New York, the studio seeks to integrate natural cycles and systems into its lots of tasks that take care of regenerative framework and public landscapes. Projects vary in scale from a local ecological strategy to an urban pocket park and appreciate a synthetic solution informed by the company and also its collaborators’ varied abilities. SCAPE strongly engages neighborhoods and also stakeholders and also thoughtfully equates its vision into recognized landscapes of lasting relevance as well as reconnects neighborhoods as well as habitats for present and future generations. Significant projects: Oyster-Tecture for the Museum of Modern Art and the Living Breakwaters Reconstruct deliberately winning proposal (South Coast of Staten Island).


Red Bow Park, Qinhuangdao; 

Gaining large worldwide praise for its innovative eco and also culturally significant styles, Turenscape is a firm with over 600 personnel supplying solutions in landscape architecture, architecture, urban preparation as well as style and also environmental style. Driven by a viewpoint of “nature, man and spirit as one,” Turenscape jobs total up to over 300 ecological cities and also 1,000 completed tasks in China alone. Secret tasks for this firm consist of the Red Bow Park, the 26-hectare Yanweizhou Park in Jinhua and also the Shanghai Houtan Park.

West 8

Queens Quay Boulevard, Toronto Waterfront; 

Established in 1987, this landscape style and also urban layout method has workplaces in Rotterdam, New York as well as Brussels. With a global team of over 70 engineers, landscape architects, urban developers and also commercial designers, West 8 attracts from its proficiency in taking on complicated projects, extending massive metropolitan master preparation as well as layout, waterfront, parks and squares. West 8 incorporates its Dutch and landscape heritage in applying a layout logic based upon energy plus requirement in creating landscapes that react to such problems of water monitoring, populace development in addition to enhancing cultural identities as well as expression. Secret projects consist of the Governors Island Park, Schouwburgplein public square as well as four WaveDecks on the Toronto waterfront.

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