Chih-Wei Lin Principal, Sausalito

“Landscape architecture is a complex practice that systematically weaves together urban design, spatial structure, architecture, and place-making with a focus on human scale and quality detailing. In this field, I get to continually experiment and learn."

Chih-Wei brings a thoughtfulness and curiosity towards the ever-evolving field of landscape architecture and urban design in our increasingly global world. Her projects have ranged from building work locally in California to a diverse range of projects in the Middle East and Asia—including Stanford University, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and Beth El Sanctuary in California to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and projects throughout Taiwan, Japan, China, India and Indonesia. Her interests include figuring out innovative solutions to site-specific issues; close collaboration and teamwork between clients and consultants; understanding and figuring out microclimate control for harsh outdoor environments; learning about local cultures through material studies; creating solutions for water through landscape design; and the systematic usage of vacant lots in urban contexts for the creative integration of natural systems.

Inspired By

The richness of culture and the balance of nature.

Education

Master of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design (2003)

Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Tunghai University (1999)

Affiliations & Registrations

Member, American Society of Landscape Architects (2012-Present)

Assistant Professor, Tung-Hai University, Taiwan (2014-2015)

Studio Instructor, Chung-Yuan University, Taiwan (2014)

Registered Landscape Architect: California #5615

Selected Awards

ASLA National Honor Award; General Design: Ningbo East New Town Eco-Corridor Phase I (2016)

MIPIM Asia, Best Chinese Futura Mega Project, Suzhou Center (2015)

Competition Winner, Suzhou Center Landscape Master Plan (2011)

“Best Office Building” Award with SOM Chicago by Times Properties, Nanjing Greenland (2011)

“Global Icon” Award with SOM Chicago by the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat, Burj Khalifa (2010)