We believe landscape architecture, planning, and urban design can be a transformative force for our clients — improving the health and well-being of people and natural systems.

For decades, SWA has led the design industry forward.

Since our earliest days, our studios have designed, planned, and built projects that have enlivened the communities that use them. Today, we’re drawing that legacy into the future, innovating on projects of all scales.


We see landscape as essential infrastructure.

Our studios work across scales, geographies, and contexts—from large, multifunctional spaces to small, intimate sites. Research into materials, lifestyles, and landscape technologies informs all of our work, coupled with a deep understanding of how people use outdoor spaces.

Learn about our landscape architectural work.


We see planning as a framework for long-term transformation.

Our approach to planning sets the stage for civic life, balancing short-term benefits with the long view. We help clients nurture the growth of entire urban districts, campuses, workplaces, transit-oriented developments, waterfronts, and more—creating places that flourish, adapt, and strengthen the communities that use them.

Learn about our planning work.


We see cities as laboratories of the future.

Urban design is about systems thinking. In cities across the globe, our designers have navigated the most complex conditions imaginable to deliver visionary projects embedded with unique cultural and environmental identities—from high-density housing to reimagined ports, restored river corridors to multimodal districts, reinvigorated cultural landscapes to high-traffic recreational hubs.

Learn about our urban design work.