About Us

SWA is a leading landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm practicing at various scales of complexity across the U.S. and abroad. Our mission is to enhance quality of life in the public realm by creating multi-benefit places for people and nature through the power of design. We believe landscape is the essential infrastructure to achieve this mission of defining the future of equitable and resilient cities.

We are passionate about how ecological restoration and social engagement reimagine place-making and connect people with the environment in new and surprising ways. Through partnerships with public, private, institutional and non-profit organizations we seek opportunities to innovate and work across disciplines to engage knowledge leaders in various fields. We are collaborators and work together with clients as active partners toward a shared vision.

Fifty years ago, SWA became one of the first 100% employee-owned design firms in the U.S. – a big deal then, and even more relevant today. As employee owners, we are committed to supporting the aspirations of our creative community and shaping our cities into healthier, safer, and economically sustainable places to live, work and play.