Remarkable Landscape Architects

Adriaan Geuze

West 8, founded by Adriaan Geuze in 1987 and based in Rotterdam, is an international office for urban design and landscape architecture. The team includes 75 architects, urban designers, landscape architects, and industrial engineers working around the world on large-scale urban master planning and design projects, landscape interventions, waterfronts, parks, squares, and gardens. West 8 also develops concepts and visions for large-scale planning issues involving global warming, urbanization, and infrastructure.
Geuze won the prestigious Rome Prize in 1990 and founded the SLA (Surrealistic Landscape Architecture) Foundation in 1992. West 8 has won numerous awards, including the Dutch Maaskant Award, the Rosa Barba First European Landscape prize, and the Veronica Rudge Green Prize for Urban Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. In 2005 Geuze curated the 2nd International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam. The firm has won many international design competitions, including Governor’s Island in New York, Playa de Palma Mallorca in Spain, and Toronto’s new Central Waterfront.

Jubilee Gardens, London

Governors Island New York, New York

Simcoe Wavedeck, Toronto


Remarkable Landscape Architects

Laurie Olin

Laurie Olin is a distinguished teacher and author and one of the most renowned landscape architects practicing today. His involvement often marks the signature of OLIN’s distinguished portfolio of projects, which span the history of the studio from Bryant Park in New York City to the Brancusi Ensemble in Romania. Recent projects include Simon and Helen Director Park in Portland, Ore., and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. Olin and his fellow partners at OLIN recently received the 2008 Landscape Design Award from the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum for excellence and innovation in landscape design and dedication to sustainability.
Mr. Olin is currently a practice professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught for 30 years. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and recipient of the 1998 Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

J.Paul Getty Center,CA

Memorial to the Murdered jews of Europe, Berlin

Washington Canal Park, Wasington, DC 2009-in progress


Remarkable Landscape Architects

Remarkable Landscape Architects

George Hargreaves is the Design Director of Hargreaves Associates, a professional consulting firm comprised of landscape architects and planners with offices in San Francisco, California, Cambridge, Massachusetts, New York City, and London. Under his design direction, Hargreaves Associates has received 34 national awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), six from the American Institute of Architects (AIA), five from the Waterfront Center, and three from Progressive Architecture. His work, and the work of Hargreaves Associates, have been and continue to be published and exhibited nationally and internationally. Mr. Hargreaves was an artist in residence at the American Academy of Rome in 2009. He taught at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University for 20 years, tenured there for 12 years, and served as the chairman of the Department of Landscape Architecture from1996 to 2003. He is the co-editor and author of “Large Parks,” a book that explores large urban parks in depth as complex cultural spaces, where key issues of landscape discourse, ecological challenges, social history, urban relations, and place-making.

Los Angeles State Historic ParkLos Angeles, California

Louisville Waterfront ParkLouisville, Kentucky

London olympic park, London


Remarkable Landscape Architects

Thomas Balsley


Thomas Balsley, FASLA, is the principal designer of Thomas Balsley Associates, best known for its practice of landscape urbanism within our public parks, which make evident Thomas Balsley’s deeply held belief that our parks are among society’s truest forms of democracy.
Thomas Balsley’s reputation has been built by creating public spaces that enhance and enrich the lives of the individuals and communities who inhabit them. His practice includes design at a range of scales, including landscape architecture, urban design and site planning. With over 35 years of experience, a broad and balanced portfolio of award-winning attests to his ability to manage the intricacies of the public review process, multiple client interests and challenging budgets and schedules without compromise to design quality.
Mr. Balsley is a graduate of Syracuse University and the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. His lectures and teachings have extended to universities around the world including Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, the University of Pennsylvania, the National Building Museum and Seoul National University.
Among a number of local and international works, his notable projects include Leeum Museum in Seoul, Gate City Park in Tokyo, Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles as well as Gantry Park, Riverside Park South and Chelsea Waterside Park, in New York City. Recent international design competitions won include the Magok Waterfront and the National Ecological Center in Korea, and Kasumi Plaza in Tokyo. In New York City alone, Mr. Balsley has designed more than 100 public parks and plazas; In an unexpected gesture of recognition for Mr. Balsley’s contribution to New York City’s public realm, a park he designed on 57th Street was renamed Balsley Park in his honor.

Balsley Park in New york

Gantry Plaza State Park in Queens, NY

Chelsea Waterside Park in New York, NY

Capitol Plaza in New York, NY