Ying-Yu Hung Managing Principal

Ying-yu Hung is the Managing Principal at SWA’s Los Angeles Studio. Ms. Hung has 25 years of experience in urban design and landscape architecture for complex projects that balance environmental and development issues. Ms. Hung has directed landscape design for a wide variety of public and private projects, including Oceanwide Plaza – a $700,000, innovative mixed-use project located adjacent to L.A. Live in Downtown Los Angeles. The project comes with an unprecedented 270,000 sf of amenity open space, as wells as two through-block paseos at the street level. Ying-yu has also worked on La Plaza Historic Paseo, an open space linkages study with the County Supervisor’s office. The project celebrates the history, culture, and heritage of the City’s birthplace. Currently, her office is collaborating with ELP and the City of L.A. for the next phase of feasibility analysis and programming of Downtown L.A. Cap Park over the 101 freeway. Ying-yu is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of the Landscape Architecture Master’s Degree Program at the University of Southern California, and a Design Critic in Landscape Architecture Harvard Graduate School of Design. Her design studios focus on the topic of landscape infrastructure, dedicating over six years studying Los Angeles River downtown segment as the testing ground for multi-functional infrastructure systems. The studios challenge issues related to density, environmental remediation, water capture, health and accessibility.

Inspired By

Bill Viola, James Turrell, Su-Chen Hung


Master of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design; Bachelor of Arts, Architecture with honors, University of California, Berkeley

Design philosophy

Ying-Yu believes that the act of design leads beyond form giving and the built object. For her, landscape architecture has become a meta discipline that guides other disciplines --one that protects the resources of the world and sets strategies to curtail global warming, to augment habitats for endangered species, and to minimize the human footprint. Under this broader definition of landscape architecture, Ying-Yu is a conceptual thinker who looks to the context and its participants for clues that may lead to an answer beyond traditional solutions. A San Francisco Bay Area transplant recently moved to downtown Los Angeles, Ying-Yu is highly energized by the dynamism of the city and seizes every opportunity to investigate the issues of cultural diversity, public and private interests, and the overriding importance of green technology and practices in the urban environment.


Member of the American Society of Landscape Architects

Business Advocacy Member, Central City Association, Los Angeles

Lecturer for the School of Architecture, University of Southern California


2012 ASLA Award of Excellence, Southern California Chapter, Design, Gubei Pedestrian Promenade

2012 ASLA National Honor Award, Communications, Landscape Infrastructure: Case Studies by SWA

2011 Westside Prize Merit Award, Open Space Category, Milton Street Park

2010 Ideal Space Planning and Design Award: Best Open Space Design Category: Gubei Pedestrian Promenade, Shanghai, China,

2010 AIA San Francisco, Historic Preservation and Innovation in Rehabilitation Merit Award, Historic Ford Assembly Building

2009 ASLA National Honor Award, Zobon City Sculpture Garden, Shanghai, PR China.

2008 ASLA National Honor Award, Chongming Island North Lake Region, Shanghai, PR China.

1999 California Governor’s Historic Preservation Award, Stanford University, Green Library West.

2006 Award of Excellence, Kaohsiung Waterfront Renovation Project at Wharfs 1-22, Kaohsiung City Government.

2002 Pacific Coast Builders Conference Gold Nugget Merit Award, 'Best Residential Site Plan,' UC Berkeley, Albany Village, California.

2002 Gold Key Award, Sun City Takasutki, Osaka-Fu, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, 1st Place.