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Landscape Architecture Firms

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While you may have heard of one of last year’s most celebrated A+Award winners — James Corner Field Operations, most well known for its work on the iconic High Line in New York — there are many other important landscape architecture firms that, despite their profound impact on the urban environment, get less coverage. To put this right, we’ve put together a collection of some of the best landscape designers on the planet. Explore these key firms and their projects, and if your favorite is left out, make sure to let us know in the comments.
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While architects of buildings sweep all before them in the media and at the awards ceremonies, those that shape everything that surrounds, complements and frames those structures are often the unsung heroes of a project, entwining natural life with man-made environments and blending architecture with the earth in extraordinary ways. Indeed, the discipline should be regarded as an integral part of the built environment, as some of the most iconic designers in history can attest to. Luis Barragán, who called himself a landscape architect, once said: “I don’t divide architecture, landscape and gardening; to me they are one.”
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Since its founding in 1953 by Hideo Sasaki, Sasaki is now a 270-person-strong firm offering high-quality service in landscape architecture, architecture, civil engineering, urban planning and urban design, graphic design and branding and data science. The firm focuses on a holistic, interconnected vision and framework in crafting the plethora of urban and campus environments it operates in, driven by the core tenet “what we create will shape the way we live.” High-profile projects are common to this firm, including but not limited to the Chicago Riverwalk and the Lincoln Memorial Landscape.
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18. Oehme van Sweden & Associates Established nearly 40 years ago, this firm is widely credited for creating the New American Style of landscape architecture. “The firm has garnered world-wide recognition for pioneering a green approach to landscape architecture that promotes a naturalistic planting style, highlights drought-tolerant perennials, eschews the use of pesticides, and focuses on a thorough understanding of native soils.”
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Founded in 1990, Balmori Associates is a New York City–based urban and landscape design firm. Balmori projects enjoy wide notoriety for their inventive interfacing of landscape and architecture, utilizing research and collaboration to collapse the boundaries between nature and structure. The firm insists on producing ‘green infrastructures’ — designs that invite community interaction and reveal constructed and natural operations — in its projects, be they parks, open space restorations or recreational venues. Recent projects include the GrowOnUs floating landscape on the Gowanus Canal and the Rebuild by Design project Hoboken: Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge with OMA.
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Founded in 1987, this landscape architecture and urban design practice has offices in Rotterdam, New York and Brussels. With an international team of over 70 architects, landscape architects, urban designers and industrial engineers, West 8 draws from its expertise in tackling complex projects, spanning large-scale urban master planning and design, waterfront, parks and squares. West 8 combines its Dutch and landscape heritage in applying a design logic based on utility plus necessity in constructing landscapes that respond to such issues of water management, population growth as well as reinforcing cultural identities and expression. Key projects include the Governors Island Park, Schouwburgplein public square and four WaveDecks on the Toronto waterfront.
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Based in Seattle since 1999, this 45-person practice has a professional staff with expertise in landscape architecture, architecture, art, engineering and ecology. GGN provides clients with extensive skill in the design of high-use, prominently sculptural landscapes in complex urban contexts. The firm’s work operates from deep research into each site’s history, ecology and communities and varies in scale and type, from campus and master plans to furniture. Among its notable work is the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Lurie Garden at Millennium Park and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Campus.
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Earning wide international acclaim for its innovative environmentally and culturally significant designs, Turenscape is a firm with over 600 staff providing services in landscape architecture, architecture, urban planning and design and environmental design. Driven by a philosophy of “nature, man and spirit as one,” Turenscape projects amount to over 300 ecological cities and 1,000 completed projects in China alone. Key projects for this firm include the Red Ribbon Park, the 26-hectare Yanweizhou Park in Jinhua and the Shanghai Houtan Park.
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23. Sasaki Associates, Inc. In 1953, Hideo Sasaki founded Sasaki Associates, which has grown to include architecture, interior design, planning, urban design, landscape architecture, graphic design, and civil engineering, as well as financial planning and software development. The firm created a “Sustainable Solutions Framework,” which is at the center of all its work. “The framework sets our aspirational goals – the goals we work toward and embrace in our work.”
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1. AECOM Considered a mega-multidisciplinary firm, AECOM employs everyone from engineers and architects to planners and landscape architects — and this is in addition to numerous other brands the company markets. AECOM has offices all over the world, and landscape architecture projects include multi-acre corporate landscapes, small urban parks, resorts, downtowns, and college campuses.
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Founded in 1982, MVVA “is a landscape architecture firm that creates environmentally sustainable and experientially rich places across a wide range of landscape scales, from city to campus to garden.” The firm has been recognized by ASLA, the U.S. National Park Service, and the National Trust for Historic Places, as well as by numerous other groups, for its projects.
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20. PWP Landscape Architecture Most recently known for its work on the National 9/11 Memorial, PWP has been in business for nearly 30 years. Its “design process combines knowledge of history and tradition with fluency in contemporary landscape debate,” and the firm brings its “mastery of construction to bear on the latest technologies and innovations.”
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6. Edmund Hollander Landscape Architects Founded in 1989, this firm “seeks to create landscapes which serve as an extension of the constructed building, through scrupulous translation of architectural motifs into the landscape beyond.” The American Society of Landscape Architects has recognized the firm on local and national levels every year from 2003 to 2011.
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You may know the firm already, but we just had to include it on the list nonetheless. Winning some of the most coveted commissions in the last 10 to 15 years, JCFO is a landscape architecture and urban design practice with offices in New York City and London. The firm is noted for its innovative, contemporary design interventions across a range of project types and scales, running the gamut of large urban districts to complex abandoned and postindustrial sites. Guiding the firm’s work is a strong commitment to designing a vibrant, dynamic public realm informed by both the ecology of people and nature. Critically acclaimed and award-winning projects include the High Line, Freshkills Park and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
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!melk, founded in 2010, is an urban design and landscape architecture practice based in New York. The studio draws from a wide-ranging international portfolio derived from 20-plus years in conceptualizing, developing and implementing projects in many cities worldwide. The guiding principle for its park and waterfront projects is to embrace every social, political and economic challenge, using these as motivation to produce site-specific interventions. Setting the firm apart is its creative methodology, which comprises research, advanced technologies, attention to detail and quality in addition to profitability and courage. Key projects: “The Park,” Kodrina Complex masterplan with Studio Libeskind and Governors Island Park with West 8.
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Based in Los Angeles, California, Mia Lehrer+Associates is a full-service international landscape architecture practice and has under its belt a diverse range of public and private projects. From large urban parks and neighborhood redevelopment to intimate garden spaces, MLA approaches each work with high emphasis on holistic, public engagement and creative methodologies. The firm’s design interventions seek to foster rich, layered experiences, using the experiential qualities of natural and man-made elements as well as the ephemeral properties of materials. Some of MLA’s work that reflects its profound technical expertise and inventive imagination include the LA River and Hollywood Park master plan and Dodger Stadium.
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The 20-year-old firm with a body of work spanning the Americas and Asia is one noted for its culturally sensitive landscapes that address the collective human experience and environmental issues. Driven by a zeal to enliven and heal the public realm through a layered, multigenerational civic experience, the practice exploits its deep understanding of material detailing and technologies. A background in fine arts and music allows MKD to sculpt designs that blur the boundaries between landscape architecture and environmental art. The range of designed landscapes, from playgrounds to parks and master plans, all feature seasoned understandings of hydrology and lighting plus holographic technology in such projects as the ChonGae Canal Restoration Project.
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With offices in Philadelphia and Los Angeles, OLIN seeks to affect positive change through landscape architecture, urban design and planning. Utilizing a rigorous research, analytical and iterative design process, OLIN imbibes the intrinsic qualities of a site and its community and artfully transforms its projects that include urban districts, campuses, civic parks and ecological/regional systems. No stranger to prominent commissions, the firm’s recent work includes the 11th Street Bridge Park project with OMA, the Bryant Park restoration and the Sylvan Theater at the Washington Monument.

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