Jack Wu Principal
Jack Wu is a landscape architect and urban designer who creates imaginative urban settings – parks, streetscapes, plazas — that are at once responsive to the surrounding built environment and distinct places unto themselves. A native of Shanghai now working in SWA’s studio there, Jack spent most of his eleven years at the firm working from the Sausalito studio, where he played important roles on many award-winning projects. His experience includes large-scale urban open spaces, such as the Ningbo New Town Eco-Corridor, to more human-scaled spaces such as Beijing Finance Street and the Suzhou Science, Culture and Art Center. Trained as a landscape architect and an urban planner and designer, Jack enjoys exploring new design approaches and material palettes.
Inspired ByGuanzhong Wu, a Chinese painter who represent oriental culture in a contemporary way
EducationMaster of Landscape Architecture, Urban Design, University of Pennsylvania;
Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning, Tonji University, Shanghai, China.
Design philosophyRespect the context, history and culture;
Create comfortable, memorable and durable spaces;
Keep strong concept throughout the project;
Apply nice details to enhance delicacy and elegancy;
Each project has potential and challenge to be creative but practical.
Professional philosophyMixed-use spaces to incorporate visions and needs from different disciplines;
Public spaces to promote more healthy and sustainable lifestyle;
Recognition2009: ASLA Northern California Chapter Honor Award, Ningbo New Town Eco-Corridor.
2008: AIA San Francisco Merit Award for Urban Design, Beijing Finance Street.
2008: ULI Global Award for Excellence, Beijing Finance Street.
2008: ASLA Texas Chapter Design Award, Suzhou Science, Culture and Art Center.