René Bihan Managing Principal

Urban design (especially parks/open spaces); projects with density and intensity of use.

“I was driving a tractor at the age of 12,” says René, who grew up with a nursery in his backyard and whose father was a landscape contractor. Beyond his enduring connections with the land and his 25 years of landscape design experience, René has a deep familiarity with studio arts, urbanism and architecture. He credits this varied background with his desire to “synthesize conceptual ideas with practical solutions” on a wide variety of development projects around the world.

Inspired By

Simplicity in thought and execution.


Masters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from California Polytechnic State University.


2015 Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects

San Francisco Art Comission; Civic design

Member, Boards of Directors; The Cultural Landscape Foundation, SWA Group

Affiliate Member, American Institute of Architects

Member, Urban Land Institute, Lambda Alpha


2013 ASLA Northern California Chapter Merit Award, Sunnydale HOPE

2013 ASLA National Honor Award, Nanhu New Country Village

2013 ULI Global Award of Excellence, Finalist, City Creek Center

2011 ASLA Northern California Chapter Merit Award, Beijing Finance Street

2008 ULI Global Award of Excellence, Beijing Finance Street

2003 ASLA National Merit Award: Tokyo University Foreign Studies Campus, Tokyo, Japan.

2000 ASLA Centennial Award: Charleston Park, Mountain View, California.