René Bihan Managing Principal
“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 BySimplicity in thought and execution.
EducationMasters in Landscape Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from California Polytechnic State University.
Affiliations2015 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
Recognition2013 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.
Advocacy TopicA New Creek in the City
Corporate Campus 3.0: Understanding Cultural Urbanism and Landscape Urbanism
English Picturesque Restricts Contemporary Design
Lands End: A Cultural Landscape in Evolution
Legible Landscape: Design not Nature
Nature is Dead: Long Live Design
Public Realm: Where Urban Interactions Happen
Reconnecting Downtown Salt Lake City
The UK Landscape
What is a Park?: The Kindergarten Project