News & Updates

4 December, 2018

2018 Best of Design Awards Honorable Mention for Temporary Installation: 85 Broad Street Ground Mura

85 Broad Street Ground Mural, W Architecture's concept as implemented by FXCollaborative...
19 November, 2018

The Morton Street Bulkhead Restoration is Underway!

Construction is underway at the Morton Street Upland Park Restoration project! Located along the...
16 November, 2018

Restaurant Row Lights Up NYC's Snow Day

Restaurant Row's streetscape, designed by W and commissioned by the Times Square Alliance, lit...
13 November, 2018

Form of Wander Added to Tampa's Active Waterfront

Form of Wander, a twisting tree-like structure that appears to float between water and land, has...
2 November, 2018

Are we the 'last generation' that can save nature?

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has issued a new report warning that global wildlife populations have...
29 October, 2018

Reef Balls at West Harlem Piers Park Encouraging Oyster Growth

Ira Gershenhorn, also known as the 'Hudson Swimmer,' found four tires on rip rap near our...
26 October, 2018

Julian B. Lane Park Wins Award of Excellence

Julian B Lane Park in Tampa won the Award of Excellence from the Hillsborough County Planning...
22 October, 2018

'Atlas for the End of the World' Wins ASLA Honor Award

Congratulations to Chieh Huang, a member of our studio, whose research project Atlas for the End of...
19 October, 2018

Tours of The Edge park During OHNY

Barbara led two tours of The Edge park in Williamsburg last weekend as part of Open House New York....
17 October, 2018

Community Meeting Held in Detroit for Jefferson Chalmers

More than 120 community members attended the Jefferson Chalmers community meeting held on October...

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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.