Kinder Baumgardner Managing Principal

“It’s all about the process and ideas; the approach that we use to reach the solution is as important as the solution itself.”

Kinder is the managing principal of the Houston studio. Over the span of 20 years, Kinder has actively traveled the country seeking out regional flavors to create landscapes that are culturally and ecologically resonant. Kinder’s collaborative mindset and awareness of the effect of historical and contemporary culture in creating experiential places is rooted in the design work he has performed in all corners of North America. His current work often finds him in the Middle East and Africa, where he is called upon to synthesize complex systems in order to create open spaces for new cities or urban precincts. While much of his work is focused internationally, he cherishes his projects in the US and Texas, where inimitable regional American cultures and landscapes define who we are and how we live.

Inspired By

Photographer William Eggleston, artist David Hockney, fashion designer Miuccia Prada, graphic designer Paula Scher, and musician Elvis Costello, all artists who found beauty in the commonplace and mundane.


Bachelor of Landscape Architecture with minor studies in fine arts photography, Louisiana State University


Landscape Architecture Foundation, Board of Directors, 2008 to 2014

Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, Member, 1992 to present

American Society of Landscape Architects, Member 2011 to present


ASLA, The Dirt, “Let the Water Tell the Story: Leading with Landscape III Convenes in San Antonio,” 3.21.2017

Speaker, 2017 SXSW, Wayknowing: The Future of Getting from A to B, 3.14.2017

Panelist, 2017 The Cultural Landscape Foundation Leading with Landscape III, Renewing San Antonio’s Brackenridge Park, 3.3.2017

ASLA Texas Chapter, Honor Award - Design Unrealized, Bend of the River Botanic Garden, 2017

Presenter, Texas Society of Architects’ 77th Annual Convention and Design Expo, San Antonio. “Autonomous Cars’ Impact on the Design of Cities,” November 3-5, 2016

Presenter, 2016 ASLA Conference - New Orleans, Louisiana. “Restoring a Louisiana Landmark from Ecological Collapse to Cultural Sanctuary,” 10/24/2016.

Presenter, Galveston Historical Foundation Living on the Edge Conference. “Resilient Cities - Healthy Cities,” 10/20/2016

“Imagine There’s No Drivers” Anthropocene Magazine. Jim Motavalli. October 2016.

“Here’s How Self-Driving Cars Will Transform Your City,” WIRED. Sam Lubell. October 21, 2016.

ASLA Honor Award- Planning & Analysis - Baton Rouge Lakes Master Plan, 2016

ASLA Texas Award of Excellence - Planning & Analysis - Baton Rouge Lakes Master Plan, 2016

ASLA Louisiana Chapter President’s Award of Excellence - Baton Rouge Lakes Master Plan, 2016

“Freeway of Love”, Texas Architect, 7.8.2016

Studio Instructor, LSU 5th Year Design Studio - Fall Semester 2016

“Driverless Cars Will Shrink Our Roads and Radically Reshape Urban Space,” Curbed, May 26, 2016

Panelist, 2016 Parks Without Borders Summit, New York City Parks. Ideas for the Next Generation of Urban Parks and Public Space. “A New Parks Paradigm: Design Innovation for Civic Spaces.” 5/24/2016.

Panelist, 2016 Dwell on Design New York. “Driverless Cars and the Future of Green Space.” 5/13/2016.

Lecturer, 2016 Texas ASLA Conference, “Art in Infrastructure,” 4.28.2016

“Houston Bets on the Bayou,” Landscape Architecture Magazine, March, 2016

Panelist, 2016 The Cultural Landscape Foundation Leading with Landscape II, Houston Transformation Conference, 3.11.2016

NPR, Houston Matters, Future Cities, 2.23.2016

Houston Chronicle, “In the future, you won’t be buying cars. You will be subscribing to ‘Goober’,” 1.29.2016

Lecturer, 2016 Louisiana State University, “Impact of Self-Driving Vehicles on Architecture,” 1.27.2016

2016 Design Week Leader, Louisiana State University College of Art & Design, January 25-29, 2016

The Dirt, “How Autonomous Vehicles Will Change the Build Environment,” 10.14.2015

Panelist, 2015 SXSW Eco Conference, International Urbanization for Culture and Climate, (A Look at the Driverless Future) 10.7.2015

Lecturer, 2015 Texas ASLA Conference, “Walkable Cities, Drivable Cities - The Clash of Convenience and Culture”

Lecturer, 2015 Gulf Coast Green 2015 Conference, “Tear Down the Freeways, Long Live the Freeways”

“Beyond Google’s Cute Car”, Cite Magazine, October 2015

Tri-State Watershed Alliance, TheAFWBlog: Dan Wire and Kinder Baumgardner Interview: Riverfront Fort Wayne, 2.8.2015

Panelist, 2014 Walk Houston Civic Forums sponsored by Rice Design Alliance: “How To Walk”

Lecturer, 2014 APA National Conference, “Transforming America’s Cities Through Infrastructure”

“Airline Market Mile: Inclusive Design for Growth”, Cite Magazine, July 22, 2014

ASLA Land E-News from ASLA (blog), Land Matters: Pipeline Dreams, 4.2014

Point of View - Metropolis (blog): Flea Markets Save Houston Neighborhood (Airline Improvement District), 3.14.2014

ASLA Honor Award, Planning and Analysis, Atlanta Connector, 2013

ASLA Texas Chapter Award of Excellence, Planning and Analysis, Airline Market Mile, 2013

Lecturer, ASLA National Convention, LandCandy, 2013

Houston Chronicle, “Could this pipe dream work?” 11.4.2013

Lecturer, Middle East Landscape Summit 2013

Current TV’s The War Room, Keystone XL Pipeline and a 5000-Mile Bike To Go With It, 4.2.2013

Design China Gold Award, Landscape Design Category: Shenzhen Bay Coastline Park and Restoration, 2013

China Exploration & Design Association, 1st prize in the 15th Excellent Exploration & Design Awards in Shenzhen City: Shenzhen Bay Coastline Park and Restoration, 2013

ASLA Texas Chapter Award of Excellence, Planning and Analysis, Atlanta Connector, 2012

ASLA Texas Chapter Honor Award, Shenzhen Bay Coastline Park and Restoration, 2012

Lecturer, ASLA National Convention, “Lost in Translation: Cultural Case Studies in International Design Practice,” 2012

Lecturer, Georgia Tech School of Architecture Lecture Series, Landscape Infrastructure 2011
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Houston Public Media’s Imaginarium Series: Kinder Baumgardner

The Impact of Self-driving Vehicles on City Planning (Cite magazine)

LSU Lakes: Islands Shorelines, or Beach? (