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PWP Design Director Adam Greenspan to give keynote address at San Francisco Botanical Garden's 2020 Garden Feast

Adam Greenspan is a directing partner at PWP Landscape Architecture and has been the lead designer on a wide range of projects including public parks, campuses, mixed use developments, design competitions and private estates. He became a California Certified Nurseryperson in 1996 and has brought his passion for plants to his work at PWP. Adam led the design of Salesforce Transit Center Park since the initial design competition in 2007 through its opening. PWP conceived of the park as an integral part of the building and the neighborhood from the start, with a focus on the incredible array of plants that are particularly suited to grow in San Francisco. Salesforce Park is conceived as a compact, accessible and experientially intense botanical garden in the middle of the densest and hardest part of the city providing multifunctional green space for respite, activity and education.  His additional recent projects include: Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore; Glenstone Museum, Potomac, MD; Colorado Esplanade, Santa Monica; Newport Beach Civic Center and Park; and Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Singapore.  Adam has served on public art selection panels for the City of San Jose and the City of Santa Monica and served as the president of the Landscape Architecture Foundation. 


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Adam Greenspan interview on DESIGN:ED Podcast

"What I think you can see is that the work that we show is the work that we’ve done. It’s really important that we work on design and landscape architecture that is realizable in the real world, gets built, and is able to have a life of its own as part of a community, as part of a system." 

"Seeing places take on a life of their own is the proudest moment, being able to go somewhere when its not, you know, my work or our work, but it’s a place that people are really excited by or enlightened by or moved by…and seeing people, or animals, or plants end up spending time at the projects that we’ve designed and those projects becoming their home, their place is something that is really touching it makes you think about the future, and time and how what we do today, hopefully will last hundreds of years into the future."

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2019 Architecture + The City// "Diversified Spaces: A POPOS Walking Tour"

In 1985, San Francisco implemented a Downtown Plan that required new developments to create quality, publicly-accessible open space at a ratio of 1 square foot of open space to 50 square feet of occupied office space. Today, downtown San Francisco is home to over 70 POPOS, and traditional ideas of urban open space have broadened to include small-scale plazas, parks, gardens, sun terraces, and atriums that serve the public under private ownership.

Join AIASF COTE for a walking conversation with planners, architects, and landscape architects to discuss the history, design, and lasting impact of a selection of POPOS in downtown San Francisco, including 525 Market Street, 555 Mission Street, and 101 Second Street. Tour speakers will include Joshua Switzky, the Acting Director of the Citywide Planning Division of the San Francisco Planning Department, Stephen Sobel, Design Director at SOM and Architect of 101 Second Street, and Alan Lewis, Design Director and Open Space Practice Leader within SOM’s City Design Practice and Mike Dellis, Design Partner at PWP. This tour is co-hosted by ASLA-NCC.

This event is sold out. 

BRDI Presents: Michael Dellis on Art and Landscape

PWP's Michael Dellis will be lecturing at The Nevada Museum of Art on December 13, 2018 at 6PM. Tickets can be found here

PWP Announced as Master Landscape Architect for San Francisco's Parkmerced

Earlier this year PWP and several other internationally-recognized firms were invited to compete for the role of Master Landscape Architect for Phase 1A and 1B for San Francisco's Parkmerced Project. PWP is proud to announce that on Oct. 3rd we were announced as the winning team.

Originally constructed in the post-war era with landscapes from Thomas Church and Robert Royston, Parkmerced is a 150-acre residential community along the south-western edge of San Francisco near Lake Merced. PWP's role as Master Landscape Architect will stitch together the layered legacy of Parkmerced's landscape, architecture, culture and scenery. The first phase focuses on approximately 15 acres of the site. The project will center on increasing density, adding new towers, reducing car parking, increasing car-sharing, on-site stormwater management, and enhancing urban nodes for visitors without trespassing on the private space of residents. PWP will be working with SOM, Woods Bagot and a group of local architects who will design the first phase of new towers.

Peter Walker interview on Novartis Headquarters

In June 2014, Peter Walker returned to Basel, Swizterland to visit the Novartis Headquarters. In this interview, he discusses the project's design and the collaborations that make it a success.

ASLA Southern California Presents... "Building/Rebuilding Civic Space in Orange County"

PWP Partner Adam Greenspan will lead a tour from 1:00-3:00pm of the Newport Beach Civic Center & Park.

The existing site required significant technical effort to allow for the realization of successful horticultural conditions. The park is conceived as a series of planting characters that respond to both design program and existing conditions, linked by a series of meandering paths. Civic gardens adjacent to City Hall in the southern portion of the site transition to park land made up of multiple meadows, habitat for native flora and fauna, trails, bridges over an existing wetland, and extensive native California planting.

Reservations are required and may be obtained via the link below.

Texas ASLA Conference

Adam Greenspan of PWP will be speaking on a panel called "Landscape Performance in Texas: Lessons Learned from Buffalo Bayou Promenade, University of Texas at Dallas Campus Plan, and Klyde Warren Park" at the Texas ASLA Conference. 

An Evening of Conversation with Peter Walker

Landscape architect Peter Walker's decades-long career includes enough professional highlights to fill several careers, among them the 9/11 Memorial in New York.  How Walker translates a patron's vision, whether a garden for a great art collector's sculpture or a hallowed place for remembrance and reflection, will be covered in a West Coast Legacy Lecture/interview by Charles A. Birnbaum, founder and president of The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

Tour NBCC App is Here

Whether you live, work or visit Newport Beach, you’ll enjoy touring this modern new Civic Center complex. Officially opening its doors on May 4, 2013, the center is the realization of a community vision to build a true Civic Center that would serve as a vibrant gathering place for both Newport Beach residents and visitors.

Newport Beach Civic Center and Park Sustainability Initiatives

The Newport Beach Civic Center project turns nearly half a million square feet of underutilized land into a new public park, exceeding open space requirements by over 60%. The park restores most of the site with native and adapted planting.

2013 CSI Firms and Projects Announced

PWP Landscape Architecture | University of Texas at Dallas is chosen as one of the projects for the Case Study Investigation Program

Sydney International Convention, Exhibition & Entertainment Precinct

PWP Landscape Architecture led the landscape master plan design of the Sydney International Convention, Exhibition & Entertainment Precinct (SICEEP) as part of the winning Destination Sydney Consortium team

Bloomberg Businessweek's First Annual Design Conference

Top Designers, including Pete Walker, gather in San Francisco on January 14 to demonstrate how design can make the world better, smarter, cooler, and more innovative. DeYoung Museum, San Francisco, January 14.


Peter Walker, FASLA 2012 Laureate of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development

"The thread that runs through all of my work is to make public space memorable, to make it the heart of the city," Walker said. "You have to make people aware of the space so that it sticks in their memory, and it is important to the community. It's not enough to just have open space. It has to have character and uniqueness."

Five Architect teams will compete to design ESS exterior

Five international consortia of architect and landscaping companies will compete to make the architectural design of buildings and landscape at the future European Spallation Source research centre.

ASLA Announces 2012 Honors

Peter Walker, FASLA, will receive the ASLA Design Medal in recognition of exceptional design work over a sustained period of at least 10 years. 

PWP Landscape Architecture will receive the Landscape Architecture Firm Award, the highest award ASLA can bestow upon a landscape architecture firm in recognition of distinguished work that influences the profession.

5 teams compete for European Spallation Source Centre in southern Sweden

Foster + Partners, PWP Landscape Architecture, Research Facilities Design, Ramboll Group, Berg/CF Moller Architects team is selected to submit a design proposal for the European Spallation Source Centre, Sweden

The Bartlett Seminars presents Peter Walker

Peter Walker, FASLA, Toward a Legacy of Trees: Keynote address of Trees as a Legacy in Design & Development. June 28, 2012 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM Chicago Botanic Garden

Matt Donham to Discuss National Sept. 11 Memorial Design

Matt Donham will present a lecture titled “Structured Forest: The Trees of the National 9/11 Memorial” at 1:30 p.m. April 23 in Hembree Auditorium, in the Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences Building (Room 107E), at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.


Rogers Marvel Architects + Peter Walker and Partners call for a large restaurant/pavilion to face a reflecting basin that would allow ice skating in the winter and model boating in the summer. Paths would be widened and, at the lakeshore, bordered by an aquatic shelf for filtration; connections with other parts of the Mall would be improved.

Winners Announced for the AIANY Design Awards 2012

This year’s recipients of the AIA New York Chapter’s Design Awards were announced Monday, March 5 at 6pm at a symposium at the Center for Architecture moderated by architecture critic and journalist Alexandra Lange.The announcement was followed by a discussion of the 36 winning projects by distinguished jury members.

Architects: Handel Architects and Davis Brody Bond | Landscape Architect: Peter Walker Partners | Project: National September 11 Memorial | Location: New York, NY

City Conversations 2012 Headland Park - Barangaroo

At the first City Conversation for 2012, Peter Walker, internationally renowned landscape architect, will talk about the designs for Barangaroo’s Headland Park.

"Before the Memorial" Lecture at Dumbarton Oaks

For many years, Peter Walker and his firm, PWP Landscape Architecture, have been exploring the artistic issue of flatness or horizontality as a metaphor for the earth, an abstraction of the way we perceive the landscape...

Peter Walker speaks at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo's College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED)

Hearst Lecture Series Lecture at Cal Poly's College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED) Friday, February 3rd, 2012, at 4:00pmBusiness Rotunda (03-213)

Peter Walker: Monuments and Memorials

Peter Walker to commence Gardner Museum Landscape Lectures 2012 - 2013

Peter Walker Opens the CED Spring 2012 Lecture Series

CED Lecture series kick-off at University of California, Berkeley, College of Environmental Design (CED) Monday, January 23rd, 2012, at 6:30 pm Wurster Hall

Trust for the National Mall Announces National Mall Design Competition Stage II Results

PWP short-listed for National Mall Design Competition

Bachelard's Connection to Artists, Art, and Architecture" with Rick Brettell, Kevin Keim, Mary Ann Caws, and Peter Walker


Thirty years of Dallas Institute publications will be celebrated with the focus on French philosopher Gaston Bachelard, whose works on the "imagination of matter" have been translated and published at the Dallas Institute under the direction of Joanne Stroud. 

Beauty and Function in Landscape

Peter Walker discusses on Dallas KERA public radio station 90.1 FM what makes a landscape beautiful, pleasing and functional space. 

PWP partners Peter Walker, FASLA, Liz Einwiller, Matt Donham and associate Conard Lindgren are scheduled to speak at the upcoming ASLA conference in San Diego

Panel Discussions

Is Your Firm an Elephant or a Cheetah? Sunday, October 30 

Field Session: Icons of Art and Architecture in the Landscape Sunday, October 30

Building the Garden at the 9/11 Memorial Wednesday, November 2 

Perspectives on Soil Design: Opportunities and Challenges Wednesday, November 2

Matthew Donham presenting to the NYC Million Trees Advisory Board

PWP Partner Matthew Donham, will present, "Structured Plantings at the 9/11 Memorial" as part of a panel discussion at the NYC Million Trees Advisory Board Annual Meeting. 

AIA Monterey Design Conference

Peter Walker will speak at this prestigious conference, which has become a “Renaissance Weekend” for well-known California architects, more than 700 of whom are expected to attend.

Xtreme La Challenge: Tucson, Arizona

Michael Dellis will take part in an intensive 2-day charrette organized by the Landscape Architecture Foundation and sponsored by Landscape Forms.  This unique professional development program teams select young professionals with prominent landscape architects, in which participants develop design solutions for urban initiatives. Xtreme La will take place at the University of Arizona, Tucson.

Grand Central of the West: The Transbay Transit Center

PWP partner Adam Greenspan will take part in a nine-person panel discussion sponsored by the San Francisco AIA on September 22: "Grand Central of the West." The $4.2-billion Transbay Transit Center, a modern regional transit hub connecting eight Bay Area counties to the State of California, will include a PWP-designed 5.4-acre public park on the roof of the bus and rail station.


During the week leading up to the 10th anniversary, PBS will present new and encore programs on the events and the aftermath of 9/11. NOVA's "Engineering Ground Zero," which follows the five-year construction of the Freedom Tower and the World Trade Center Memorial, premieres on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at 9:00 p.m.

New South Wales Review


Peter Walker, David Walker, and Jay Swaintek attended a review of Barangaroo that confirmed government commitment to the project. New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell said Barangaroo would reinvigorate Sydney’s position as a financial hub of the Asia Pacific, generate jobs, boost the economy, and create a new place for people to live, work, and visit.

St. John International University Design Workshop

Adam Greenspan has been invited to lead an urban design workshop at St. John International University in Torino, Italy - Modern Cities Transformations: Toward A Sustainable Growth, in which international students will envision a renovation of historic Piazza Crispi in Torino.

Aspen Ideas Festival

Walker and Arad talk about the National 9/11 Museum and Memorial and the challenges of bringing it to life.

Cleveland Clinic

PWP partner Chris Dimond, FASLA, speaks at the Patient Experience Summit: Empathy and Innovation.

Landscape Architect's Leaders Roundtable

Peter Walker participated in the annual roundtable co-hosted by Landscape Forms and the Landscape Architecture Foundation. This year the topic was about integration-bringing Architects, Interior Designers and Landscape Architects together early in the design process and about creating a common language to facilitate the best possible project outcome.

Australian Institute of Architects National Conference: Natural Artifice

Peter Walker chairs session on Colombian landscape and architecture studio Paisajes Emergentes. 

The Designed Landscape Symposium at the Nasher Sculpture Center

The symposium features keynote lectures by Peter Walker, who was responsible for the landscape at the Nasher Sculpture Center as well as the transformation of the campus at the University of Texas at Dallas, and Dr. Richard R. Brettell, the Margaret McDermott Distinguished Chair of Arts and Aesthetics at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Newport Beach Arts Commission

Peter Walker, principal of the firm designing the landscape for the Newport Beach Civic Center and Park, lectures on “Landscape and Art: In, Of, and For,” at the Central Library, Newport Beach, California.

Second Wave of Modernism IV: Making Space within Place Conference

Although Dallas, Texas, is the ninth largest city in the United States, the number of residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth area increased more than in any other metropolitan area in the nation from 2017 to 2018, according to recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. To explore the choices that will shape Dallas’ future, and to initiate and inspire broad community-based participation in decision-making, The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) will curate a one-day conference on Friday, October 4, 2019, in the Horchow Auditorium of the Dallas Museum of Art. Second Wave of Modernism IV: Making Space within Place will highlight the city’s leadership with projects that balance design with natural and cultural values and the imperative to deal with climate change. It will also showcase the city’s public-private initiatives and recent innovations in creative management and stewardship.
Introductory presentations (by Peter Walker, Peter Ker Walker, and James Burnett) will illuminate the role that landscape architects have played in laying the foundation for today’s planning and design work by exploring several iconic projects completed in the Dallas Arts District over the past 35 years. A morning panel, titled “Transforming the Downtown Core,” will examine four projects (by Field Operations, Hargreaves Associates, Ten Eyck Landscape Architects and SWA) that are currently in the design or construction phase in downtown Dallas, revealing how a public-private partnership was able to facilitate the development of these priority parks in the urban core. The afternoon panel, “Transforming and Connecting the City,” will be a forward-looking discussion of larger-scale projects currently underway (i.e., in the planning, design, or execution phase) that aim to balance, leverage, and steward both natural and cultural resources. The closing panel, featuring leaders in landscape architecture, planning, journalism, patronage, and stewardship, will reflect on the day’s presentations. 
Making Space within Place is the fourth installment in an ongoing series of conferences about the Second Wave of Modernism. Earlier conferences on that theme were held at the University of Toronto (2015), New York’s Museum of Modern Art (2011), and the Chicago Architecture Foundation (2008).