News & Updates

6 December, 2016

All Piles Installed for the Empire Pier at The Edge in Williamsburg!


All piles for the Empire Pier have been installed at the Edge Park in Williamsburg. The piles were...
5 December, 2016

Barbara Interviewed by Brainard Carey for Yale University Radio


Barbara was interviewed by Brainard Carey for Yale University's radio station, WYBCX....
1 December, 2016

Humpback Whale Spotted in New York Harbor


We think this is really cool - a humpback whale was spotted in the New York Harbor! The whale made...
18 November, 2016

Invasive Plan Removal Begins at Shore Parkway


Invasive plant removal began this fall at Shore Parkway! Shore Parkway is a 1+ mile long landscape...
17 November, 2016

W Chosen for the Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program


W has been chosen for the Walton Family Foundation's Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence...
14 November, 2016

Visit to Plattsburgh for the Empire State Development Downtown Revitalization Initiative


We visited Plattsburgh, NY last week to commence starting work on a master plan for the city with...
10 November, 2016

St. Patrick's Island Named a 'Great Place in Canada' by the CIP


The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) named St. Patrick's Island a winner of its 2016 Great...
4 November, 2016

Barbara Chairs Panel on Increasing Diversity at ASLA Conference


A few weeks ago, at the annual national ASLA meeting in New Orleans, Barbara chaired a panel on...
3 November, 2016

W Attends Site Walk at Shoelace Park


W attended a site walkthrough in Shoelace Park to kickoff a new design project! We have been hired...
24 October, 2016

St. Patrick's Island Receives International Award from the Waterfront Center


Kate Thompson from CMLC, our client in Calgary, and Barbara Wilks received the Waterfront...

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What We Believe


A visitor to a place is a participant in that place. Recognizing this, we believe creating landscapes and architecture that offer unexpected opportunities for access and engagement can elevate the human experience, triggering reflection, awareness, and action on the part of visitors. Well-designed places can result in more sustainable relationships between ourselves, our communities, and the earth.

What We Do


At W Architecture and Landscape Architecture, we create meaningful places where city and nature come together and form new relationships. These new relationships work at multiple scales, connecting communities to one another, people to place, and places to natural systems. We have particular expertise working with urban waterfront sites, transforming neglected, marginal areas into vital places for people to gather and experience a diversity of life.

Our work is evolutionary: our designs are rooted in context, -yet the effect can be catalytic. Our designs unlock potential for positive change and healthier, resilient communities. We grow places by examining the forces that exist at a site, creating new relationships that encompass physical, social, temporal, and political realms.

Who We Are


Barbara Wilks founded W Architecture and Landscape Architecture in 1999. With an international team of urban designers, architects, and landscape architects, we are able to bring an unusual breadth of capabilities to every job. With this professional diversity, we have an innately holistic approach to work, generating solutions that simultaneously solve challenges of scale, scope, and budget. Based in New York City, our award-winning projects are found throughout the world.