Peiwen Yu, ASLA, RLA (Texas #2328)


“In a technological age that so often produces a simulated reality at the expense of the real, I believe in landscape’s power to tell stories. Immersion in nature can shape human feelings; my approach to placemaking and design bring memorable places into urban communities, framed by my belief that this mixture will be the solution to make cities more fascinating and engaging, while disincentivizing sprawl and protecting the precious natural environments.”

Peiwen Yu, PLA, is an award-winning landscape architect with over 20 years of experience. She followed her passion for cultural exploration through world travel, writing, photography, and storytelling. At SWA, Peiwen has personally directed a number of significant public projects from concept to implementation. Her professional contributions are realized through built works that reinvigorate urban parks and waterfronts, enrich places through cultural integration, and promote both aesthetics and a forward-looking social agenda. Through her urban transformation projects in Asia, the US, and Africa, Peiwen’s unique approach restores urban ecology, promotes socially resilient public spaces, and embraces a forward-looking lifestyle. Her thought leadership is developed through writing on her Ren Chi Space website, where she explores a design methodology that is applicable to original urban community-building in diverse cultural contexts.

Master of Landscape Architecture, Texas A&M University

Master of Science in Urban Planning & Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing

Bachelor of Architecture, Tsinghua Uni­versity, Beijing

Member, American Society of Landscape Architects

Registered Landscape Architect: Texas, No. 2328

The 5th China Real Estate Award, Landscape Design Merit Award, Shenzhen Bay Shekou Promenade, 2019

ASLA Texas Chapter Merit Award, Design Constructed Category, Shenzhen Bay Shekou Promenade, 2018

2015\ULI Urban Open Space Award, Design Constructed Category, Thousand Lantern Park System, 2015

ASLA Texas Chapter Award of Excellence, Design Constructed Category, Nanjing Kylin Eco Campus, 2015

ASLA Texas Chapter Honor Award, Planning Category, Zhuhai Qiao Ecotourism Island, 2014

CIHAF Design China, Gold Award in Landscape Category, Shenzhen Bay Waterfront Park, 2013

IFLA Asia Pacific Award of Excellence, Shenzhen Bay Waterfront Park, 2012

ASLA Texas Chapter Honor Award, Design Category, Nanjing AVIC Town Development, 2012