As leading a leading practice of landscape architecture, planning, and urban design, SWA’s professionals engage in projects of all scales—from a discrete urban pocket park to master planning entirely new cities. We believe that landscape and open space are essential elements of the infrastructure of great cities–as critical as a freeway or electrical grid. Our responsibility as land-based professionals goes beyond fulfilling our clients’ objectives to also contribute to the greater health of the human and natural systems that underpin communities.
Landscape architecture at SWA involves the design of landscapes at a variety of scales—from large, multi-functional sites to small, intimate spaces. Innovative research into materials, lifestyles and landscape technologies coupled with a deep understanding of how people use outdoor spaces informs our unique design process. SWA’s landscape architectural work has received worldwide recognition for its innovative excellence.
Land Use Plans
Site Analysis and Selection
SWA provides land planning and master planning. We integrate high-level landscape architecture into our planning work. Our plans make sensitive use of topography, landform, natural resources, vegetation, infrastructure and buildings, resulting in more livable and sustainable projects. This approach can nurture new directions for the master planning of communities, campuses, workplaces, civic and commercial districts, transit-oriented developments, waterfronts, recreation, and natural system restoration. As needed, we pull together teams of consultants ranging from engineers to scientists whose collective experience complements our own. SWA’s award-winning planning work is recognized for creating exceptional places.
Urban Land Use Studies
Urban Landscape Design
Urban design at SWA involves the systematic layering of various cultural and natural systems in order to solve design issues of the city. As with planning, we integrate high-level landscape architecture into our urban design work. Whether it’s decaying infrastructure, a prominent urban district, high-density living, a river corridor, heavily used public spaces, or a series of transit stations, urban design requires a sophisticated understanding of integrating nature into dense urban environments. The multi-functional character of urban design is the key to its success. SWA excels in this regard and our success can be measured by the quality of our implemented projects around the world.