Inspired Promotions 2020

Inspired Promotions 2020

Inspired Promotions 2020

SWA is a network of talented professionals motivated by the shared purpose and challenge of designing for a more livable world.  We’re delighted to promote these up-and-coming leaders, whose skills and commitment embody the firm’s values and advance our commitment to excellence in design. Read on to learn about them — the projects that inspire them, and the places, ideas, and people that fuel their creativity.

– Gerdo Aquino, CEO, SWA Group

New Associate Principals

Cindy Riley
Accounting
SWA Firmwide

“SWA is family, legacy, beauty and function. Each studio is a branch of the family tree, all supporting a common goal. Our designers don’t shy away from taking on big issues, and supporting this effort is my joyful work.”

Projects that inspire:
Burj Kalifa, Pacific Plaza, Buffalo Bayou Park

Clayton Bruner
Landscape Architect
Houston

“I’m inspired by project management, and the process associated with a diverse range of project types ranging from urban infill projects to large master planned communities with an environmentally conscious approach.”

Projects that inspire:
Cross Creek Ranch, Heights Mercantile, Hermann Park

Irene Duan
Landscape Architect
San Francisco

“Forms that create conversation and elicit emotive responses from people inspire me.”

Projects that inspire:
California Academy of Sciences, Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, Paypal Global Headquarters

Yu-Chung Li
Landscape Architect
San Francisco

“To me, one of the most critical tasks for landscape architects is to initiate social change through design and public involvement. I view process as being as important as result, and I believe good design evolves through contextualization and response to unique locality.”

Projects that inspire:
Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park, Ping Yeun Public Housing Renovation, Portsmouth Square, Poly International Plaza, Ichigaya Forest

New Associates

Fangyi Lu
Landscape Designer
Houston

“I’m inspired by Terry Hershey, an environmentalist who prevented Buffalo Bayou from being channelized and stripped of its natural beauty. Houston could became a more natural and greener city because of her involvement and persistence in preserving the bayous. Her work encouraged me to always focus my design goals on improving the urban natural environment’s diversity and sustainability.”

Projects that inspire:
Bayou Greenways, Exploration Green, Halls Ahead, Guicheng Waterfront and Shashan Nature Park

Abdallah Labib
Landscape Architect
New York (SWA/Balsley)

“I’m inspired by the way landscape as green infrastructure can provide a broad range of environmental, social, and economic benefits to build a resilient community, and transform how we envisage urban design in the future.”

Projects that inspire:
Hunters Point South, Buffalo Bayou, Burj Khalifa

Carson Lindley
Landscape Architect & Urban Designer
Sausalito

“For me, the most powerful design inspiration can come from the places you least expect, when you least expect it. It could be a piece of art, an animal, a rusty piece of metal, or a shoestring on the floor. Staying in tune with your surroundings and being open to alternatives can yield the most compelling ideas.”

Projects that inspire:
Culver Steps, Burj Khalifa, Shekou Promenade

Yuting Jiang
Landscape/Urban Designer
Sausalito

“Can I say everything inspires me? For example, natural phenomena like clouds or water, striking patterns in satellite images, the memory of a place, or small moments in daily life or dreams.”

Projects that inspire:
Hunters Point South Waterfront Park, Burj Khalifa, City Creek Center

Ray Zhao
Landscape Designer
San Francisco

“I’m inspired by landscape architect Charles Jencks; environmental artist Ned Kahn; and artist James Turell. I really like their unique perspectives on nature and space. Their works all have a magical quality that’s beyond reality but at the same time, all derived from the subtle and intricate nature of surroundings.”

Projects that inspire:
Longfor Shun Shan Fu, Portsmouth Square

Peichen Hao
Landscape Designer
Shanghai

“I’m inspired by observation of any conflicts – graphical, artistic, natural, political, social or human-oriented – that opens up possibilities to redevelop a relationship.”

Projects that inspire:
Ningbo Eco Corridor, Gubei Gold Street, Xiqu Opera Center, Shekou Promenade, Shenzhen Bay, Wusong Riverfront

Ya You
Landscape Designer
Shanghai

“I’m inspired by Johann Sebastian Bach: his calm, rational and elegant melody is like a pendulum clock: sometime it builds to a crescendo, but it will always return to a balance point. It’s like the process of experimenting with design and life, mediating between aesthetics and ecology, individuals and public, responsibility and ambition, etc.”

Projects that inspire:
Shen Nan Boulevard Transformation

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