News & Updates

22 March, 2017

World Water Day 2017

Today is World Water Day! On March 22 of every year, we celebrate and raise awareness for one of...
21 March, 2017

Wavertree wins a Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award

The South Street Seaport Museum's Wavertree was awarded a Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award...
17 March, 2017

St. Patrick's Island Wins ASLA NY Design Award

We are honored to announce that St. Patrick's Island has received a Merit Award from the New...
16 March, 2017

Julian B. Lane Park Construction Moves Forward

The community center in Tampa's Julian B. Lane riverfront park is under construction! It...
8 March, 2017

Happy International Women's Day

A message from Barbara Wilks: "As a strong supporter of International Women's Day and the...
22 February, 2017

Shoelace Park Public Meeting in the Bronx Times

Hot off the press! The Bronx Times covered our public meeting for the greenway in Shoelace Park....
21 February, 2017

St. Patrick's Island Featured in "International New Landscape"

W and Civitas' St. Patrick's Island in Calgary is featured in International New...
16 February, 2017

W Leads Community Meeting for Shoelace Park

On Tuesday, W led a public community meeting for construction and improvements of the greenway in...
13 February, 2017

Restaurant Row Breaks Ground!

The groundbreaking for Restaurant Row, a gateway improvement that will provide wayfinding and a...
23 January, 2017

Barbara Speaking Tonight at UPenn

Barbara is speaking and leading a discussion on W's recent work at UPenn's Myerson Hall...

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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.