Chih-Wei Lin Principal

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 more recently, the systematic usage of vacant lots in urban contexts for the creative integration of natural systems. I also enjoy learning about new technological applications for materials and detailing—and try to spend time in academia as a design critic or studio instructor. In this field, I get to continually experiment and learn.

Chi-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. She describes landscape architecture as a complex practice that systematically weaves together urban design, spatial structure, architecture, and place-making with a focus on human scale and quality detailing.

Inspired By

The richness of culture and the balance of nature.


Master of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, Tunghai University, Taiwan


2015: MIPIM Asia, Best Chinese Futura Mega Project, Suzhou Center, Suzhou, China.

2011: Competition Winner, Suzhou Center Landscape Master Plan, CBD of Suzhou, China.

2011: “Best Office Building” by Times Properties, Nanjing Greenland with SOM Chicago, Nanjing, China.

2010: “Global Icon” Award by the Council on Tall Buildings & Urban Habitat, Burj Khalifa with SOM Chicago, Dubai, UAE.

2009: ASLA Northern California Chapter Honor Award; Analysis, Research, Planning and Communication, Ningbo East New Town Eco-Corridor Phase I, Ningbo, China.

2008: Spark Awards/Green, Carbon-Lowering & Environmental Category; Gold Award, Pearl River Tower with SOM Chicago, Guangzhou, China.
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